It makes sense that squirrels and other wildlife would be hibernating due to the cold and the lack of food during New Hampshire winters, but it’s not the case.

Are Squirrels Active in Winter?

Some bears hibernate, but only those who possess enough body mass to sustain them for extended periods. Squirrels are so small they necessarily have to be active in winter, but because of the cold, their behavior is much different than in summer.

One reason it may seem that squirrels are hibernating is because they are so rarely seen in winter. There’s two reasons for this: 1. Squirrels are small and have a high metabolism. In winter, they are mostly huddled together in a hole far underground nested together to preserve heat instead of running around on the forest floor as they do in summer. 2. Us humans are outside a lot less as well, so the odds of us seeing them in winter is reduced even more.

In winter, due to the cold, squirrels come out very rarely – they need to leave the den to access food stores that they have put away during the summer months, but other than that, they’d just rather be warm than go exploring. Many parts of our houses are ideal storage places for winter food stores because they are protected from the elements and other critters. This is a bad thing for many reasons:

1. Squirrels carry dozens of diseases dangerous and even fatal to humans.
2. Food stores often contain and/or attract unwanted parasites and insects.
3. Squirrels deposit feces and urine where ever they go, usually in the walls and crawlspaces in your home.
4. Squirrels accessing their food stores in winter can cause damage to walls, floors, insulation or even undermine foundations.

Squirrel Damage

Benefits of Professional Wildlife Removal

At the first sign of squirrels in your home, you should call an wildlife removal expert to humanely trap, relocate and ensure they can’t get back in your home. Attempting to eliminate squirrels on your own can result in injury, exposure to dangerous pathogens and/or further damage to your home and loved ones. Poison baits usually end up leaving dead squirrels decaying in your walls, attic or other hard to reach spaces. Dead animals in your walls almost always produces an unpleasant odor that can linger for years, the circle of life can introduce more unwanted predators, insects, etc. causing a health hazard and even reducing the value of your largest investment, your home.

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