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Where Do Squirrels Nest: Habitat Facts

Not all pests are gruesome and unattractive. Take the grey squirrel as an example. In the wild, squirrels are considered cute. Squirrels that have gained access to your home, on the other hand, are less appealing. The truth is, they tend to chew through just about anything.

If you’re trying to determine whether squirrels could be a problem in your own house, one of the questions you may be looking to answer is: “where do squirrels nest?“

In the following post, we’re going to discuss this and other habitat facts. We will also explore some important things you should know about having squirrels in your home.

So, Where Do Squirrels Nest?

Squirrels build nests called dreys. These are spherically-shaped, compact structures, and are a little bigger than a football. They are normally made from twigs that the squirrels have woven together, and feature a comfy lining made from fur, feathers, grass, leaves, moss and other soft materials.

squirrel nest in tree hole

Generally speaking, squirrels make their dreys inside holes in tree trunks or amongst tree branches. Sometimes though, if they manage to gain access to your roof space or loft, they are happy to set up home there too.

Highly Adaptable

Unlike red squirrels, grey squirrels do not hibernate. They are fully active for the whole year.  Since their introduction into the UK, they have managed to adapt well to living in Britain’s mixed array of broad-leaved woodlands. These areas provide them with a diverse and plentiful diet. Although they are vulnerable to foxes, their woodland habitats keep them well protected from most of their natural predators.

The simple answer to where do squirrels nest, is this. As well as parks and woodlands, they are also able to live on farms, and in urban residential areas.

Stubborn Residents

Once they’ve settled, squirrels are known to be very stubborn. Especially if they have a family of their own in the place they’ve chosen to nest. They don’t have the same fear of loud noises, flashing noises and scarecrows that other pests do, either. And because they have sharp incisors that can gnaw through everything. From frameworks and insulation to electrical cables, squirrels pose a really serious threat.

squirrels gnaw wires

In fact, their incisors don’t ever stop growing, because they need them to maintain a healthy diet of seeds and nuts. You can clearly see why the danger posed by fire and flood risk, plus structural building damage, would be an ongoing problem if they take up residence.

Knowing where squirrels nest is vitally important. If they choose to make a home in your home, you need to deal with them as soon as you spot any signs them. If a squirrel and its family makes a home for itself in your property, it is incredibly hard to get rid of them without the help of an experienced pest control professional like Diamond. Luckily, our technicians are on call 24 hours a day to assist.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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