Squirrels have a lot going on in their lives; gathering and hoarding food, mating, raising young, and just being busy squirrels. So, it’s no surprise that they need to snooze every now and then. Depending on a number of environmental factors, adult squirrels need about 18-20 hours of sleep each day to stay active and healthy. Baby squirrels need a little bit more snoozing time because they require extra energy for growth and development.
Squirrel sleep locations vary by species, but all squirrels sleep in nests or tree cavities. These locations offer protection from predators and harsh weather conditions. They also provide a warm, safe environment for their bodies to recuperate after a long day of foraging and playing. During the winter, ground squirrels hibernate, while tree squirrels go through a period known as estivation. This is like a summer dormancy where the squirrel piles up fat deposits so it can survive through the winter.
In colder regions, tree squirrels often live in attics and roof eaves during the winter. This can be a problem for homeowners because it causes gnawing and insulation damage. However, you can keep squirrels from roosting in your home by blocking their access points to the attic and roof and trimming overhanging trees. In addition to helping block squirrels from gaining entry into your house, these actions can help prevent them from gnawing through electrical wires that may cause fires or electrical hazards. If you are concerned about squirrels moving into your attic, contact us for more tips on getting rid of squirrels.