What Is a Baby Squirrel Called?
Squirrels are members of the rodent family and typically have litters of three or four young. A baby squirrel is called a pup and is born hairless, blind, and weighing less than an ounce.
A warm, safe habitat is vital to the survival of a baby squirrel. Because the animals don’t hibernate during winter, they need to avoid burning stored fat to control body temperature. Nests provide this necessary shelter from the elements as well as camouflage to hide from predators.
Squirrel nests may look different depending on their location:
- Tree Cavity Nests – The most common place to find squirrel nests is in tree knots, crevices between branches, and woodpecker holes. These natural shelters are ideal because the pests don’t have to waste energy on construction.
- Leaf Nests – Balls of moss, leaves, twigs, and vines high up in branches may also be squirrel nests. When tree cavities aren’t available, the pests weave these materials together to create a warm, sturdy home.
- Attic Nests – Attics with damaged vents or gaps around eaves and siding may invite mothers with baby squirrels indoors. Squirrel nests in attics are typically made of leaves, paper, insulation, or whatever is on hand.
Finding one of these nests in the yard or home is a strong sign of squirrel infestation.
Squirrels in Homes
Whether in yards or houses, squirrels can cause problems for property owners. Baby squirrels in attics are at risk of falling into wall voids because of their small size. They often damage cords and walls trying to get out or die in these hard-to-reach spaces. Contact Trutech for safe removal of baby squirrels.