Summer Behavior Patterns in Squirrels

Not all squirrels are the same. In fact, Maryland is known to host five different types of squirrels: red squirrel, gray squirrel, southern flying squirrel, eastern fox squirrel, and the Delmarva fox squirrel. These squirrels can be found in Anne Arundel County, Queen Anne’s County, Prince Frederick, Annapolis, and beyond. Each particular squirrel has its own behavior patterns. Here’s a look at how these squirrel’s behavior patterns in summer can affect your home and property:

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Red Squirrel

In the summer, these squirrels have a reddish to olive-gray coat that includes a black line along each side of its body and white underparts. During this time, in addition to their typical diet of buds, inner bark, sap, nuts, and seeds, they also rely on fungi and fleshy fruits for food. They tend to be most active during twilight. Also, during the summer, in particular between the months of April and August, they produce offspring. 


Grey Squirrel 

The grey squirrel’s summer appearance includes a dark grey or pale grey fur coat with the possibility of red tones. During this time they are most active about two hours before sunrise and two to five hours before sunset. The female grey squirrels are most active during the summer. Also, their summer diet mostly consists of flowers and buds. 


Southern Flying Squirrel

This squirrel has thick grayish-brown fur, very large eyes and a flat tail. They’re the most nocturnal and they mate during the summer months. After 41 days, they give birth to two to seven baby squirrels. It’s no wonder why they start to store food such as acorns, Beechnuts, hickory nuts, and other large seeds at the end of summer. Although they do not hibernate during the winter, they do have a lot of mouths to feed.


Eastern Fox Squirrel 

Eastern Fox squirrels have the most color variation than any other type of squirrels. Their fur can be brown-grey, brown-orange, or brown-yellow, just to name a few. They shed their hair during the summer and spend most of their time collecting nuts to bury for winter. This squirrel also tends to construct simple, saucer-like nests


Delmarva Fox Squirrel

The rarest type of squirrel to be found in Maryland, this squirrel has silver to whitish-gray fur and a full fluffy tail. During the summer they eat green pine cones and sometimes produce offspring during this time if conditions are right. They spend a considerable amount of time on the ground rather than in the trees. 


Do You Have a Squirrel Problem?

The last thing you want to deal with is pesky squirrels in your home during these summer months. If you’re looking for squirrel removal in Annapolis, K. P. Wildlife Control is here to help. Our animal experts will remove any species of squirrel humanely and quickly so you can get back to enjoying your summer. Contact us today!