There are several different squirrels that can be of concern to the home gardener. In most areas, the most common types are the fox and the gray squirrels. These are the largest squirrels to be found in the yard. They store their food by burying it in the ground. These are the squirrels you see digging in your flower beds and borders.

Another group are the red squirrels. These are smaller than the others and are "red" in color. They are very fast critters who zoom around in the trees. Red squirrels have the habit of having a place in a hollow tree or in the house where they store their food supply.

Other, even smaller critters are the thirteen lined ground squirrel. As the name implies, the 13-lined squirrel has 13 lines, some spotted, which run from their head to their rumps.

They are commonly confused with the chipmunk which have five dark brown stripes with a light one in between the outer four. Two light and three dark stripes also run above and below each eye of the chipmunk.

Critter Management Options:

Exclusion - Change Habitat - Trap - Repel - Poison

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.


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