Squirrels

Did You Know?


  • Colorado is home to three kinds of tree squirrels: the rusty red fox squirrel, Abert’s squirrel and the smaller but noisier pine squirrel.
  • Squirrels are diurnal - active during the day - and active year-round.
  • Squirrels build their nests in trees using leaves and other materials.
  • Adult squirrels can consume about one and a half pounds of seeds and nuts each week.
  • Squirrels must drink water at least twice per day.
  • A squirrel’s incisors grow about six inches per year. They must constantly gnaw on hard materials to keep them worn down and to sharpen them.
  • Squirrels can jump up to six feet vertically and eight feet between trees or structures.
  • The fox squirrel sweats through its paws. During hot weather, it will actually leave damp tracks on a dry surface.

Tips for coexisting with squirrels:


  • Prevent squirrels from climbing trees by placing 18-inch metal cylinders on tree trunks.
  • Trim branches hanging over the roof to prevent them from accessing attics.
  • Seal all small holes under eaves and along the roof line.
  • Screen attic vents on the inside with hardware cloth to keep squirrels out.
  • Eliminate easy food sources like bird feeders.