New Jerseyans Dealing With Squirrel Invasion Caused By Mild Winter
GLEN ROCK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - The folks in the Garden State are feeling encroached upon by those gray, nut-gathering rodents.
WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond On The Story
A tongue-in-cheek video shows what Dean Weiss, who runs Roseland-based Got WildLife?, deals with for a living.
It shows a wiley gray squirrel doing circles in the bathroom of a Glen Rock home.
“Squirrels make me very nervous,” he says in the video.
It’s been a busy season for Weiss.
“We get a lot more saying ‘We never had this problem’ as opposed to saying, ‘Look it’s the favorite house on the block. I get them every year,'” he told WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond.
A mild winter has produced a bumper crop of acorns and beechnuts.
“They have no concerns about eating, because food is plentiful. Then reproduction is the next thing on their mind,” he said.
He believes there are fewer nesting habitats available and the animals are forcing themselves indoors more often.
“They’re dirty. Their feces and urine will create mold. The teeth will rip though wires and if it’s not the wires, it’s part of your house,” he said.
He gets five to ten squirrel calls a day at 877-FUR-FIND, and because New Jersey has a no-kill policy for squirrels, it’s trap and release and they could come back.