What to Do If You Find a Squirrel Nest
If you discover a squirrel nest, there are a few simple steps you can take. First, observe the nest and baby squirrels for at least six hours during the day. If you do find a baby squirrel, put him or her in a cardboard box or carrier, and place it as close to the original nest site as possible. If you disturb the nest, remove it and move the babies to a safer location.
Observe a baby squirrel for six to eight hours of daylight
If you want to observe a baby squirrel, make sure that it is in a safe place. If the squirrel is injured, you should immediately take it to a veterinarian. Observe the squirrel for six to eight hours of daylight. During this time, it is most likely to survive. A baby squirrel may be covered with fly eggs or maggots or a moving caterpillar. It might be cold, wet, or have broken bones. If the squirrel is crying non-stop, it might need medical care.
Observe a baby squirrel for six or eight hours of daylight to observe the changes it undergoes. The fur on its skin will change from a pinkish hue to a grayish color. You will notice that its eyes are closed and that its ears are moved away from its head. The fur around its mouth and nose will form by the end of this stage. You will notice that the baby squirrel has little teeth.
Place a squirrel in a cardboard box or carrier
Whenever you discover a squirrel nest, you should place it in a cardboard box or carrier to ensure the safety of the baby. If the baby is not injured, you can also place it back in the nest or a container near the base of the tree. It may take a few hours for the mother to return and get the baby, but you can leave it there for the time being. If the mother does not come back, you should contact a wildlife rehabilitator immediately to help you get the baby squirrel back to its mother.
A box or carrier is a good choice if you can’t afford to spend the money on buying a cage. But remember that a squirrel is prone to chewing through boxes so make sure to cover the box with a heavy towel or blanket so that it doesn’t hurt the animal. A squirrel’s claws and teeth are sharp and can pierce even heavy leather gloves, so be careful and wear protective gear.
Place a box with baby squirrels as close as possible to the original nest site
If you find a baby squirrel on the ground, don’t put it in a box immediately. Wait a few hours before you put it in the box. The baby is likely to be cold and will need help getting warm. If possible, place it directly under the tree from where it fell. If you don’t know what to do next, contact a wildlife rehabilitator and ask for help.
You can also place a sign on the outside of the box, letting people know that a squirrel is in the nest box. You can also use a plastic bottle filled with hot water. If the baby squirrels have escaped, the mother will most likely come back and retrieve them. Place the box as close to the original nest site as possible, as it will prevent any unwanted visitors from hearing them.
Remove the nest if it is disturbed
Professional squirrel removal services are the best option when you notice the presence of a squirrel nest. These experts use protective gear for animals, which will help them safely remove the nest. They will also use proper procedures for squirrel removal to prevent the birth of new squirrels. Moreover, they will ensure the safety of your children and pets. A squirrel nest can be dangerous to humans and should only be handled by a professional.
If you are disturbed by the presence of a squirrel nest, you must first check whether it is disturbed by humans or a cat. If there are baby squirrels in the nest, you should not disturb them. Otherwise, the baby squirrels may be attacked by other animals and adult squirrels could invade and destroy them. If you cannot remove the nest, the best time to do it is during midday on a sunny day. Most squirrels will be feeding, and will defend their nest if disturbed.
Attempting to remove a nest is illegal
In addition to being incredibly expensive, attempting to remove a squirrel’s nest is also highly dangerous. While it may seem like a simple task, a squirrel’s nest is a delicate balance between safety and the well-being of the little ones. This is why professional squirrel removal services are recommended – because professionals are trained to safely and humanely remove a squirrel nest and its babies.
If you suspect that a squirrel has a nest in your attic, you can try to frighten the adult squirrels away by banging on the rafters. If this doesn’t work, try leaving rags soaked in cider vinegar on the ground beneath the nest. If you have children, you can also place a bright light on the attic’s floor. Remember that it’s illegal to attempt to remove a squirrel’s nest if you don’t know how to do it safely.
Leave the nest alone
Squirrels are extremely social creatures and will frequently use more than one nest in their home range. They will use their vacation homes and the main nest to rest in between searches for food. If you happen to find a squirrel nest, leave it alone. You may notice chewed pine cones or scratch marks in the ground. They may also make chukking noises. If you find a squirrel nest in your yard, you can be sure that it is a nest made by a squirrel.
If you find a squirrel nest, leave it alone and do not disturb the baby. You should first check for warmth and injuries. The main objective is to reunite the baby squirrel with its mother. You may be tempted to take the baby squirrel inside your home to give it a warm place, but your main goal should be to leave it with his mother. You must remember that it is illegal to keep wild animals as pets. Keeping a squirrel as a pet is not only cruel to them, it is also illegal. It’s also not very sustainable for the species and their environment.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.