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Why Aren't the Ground Squirrels Hibernating?

Burrow Blocker Ground Squirrel & Prairie Dog Control
Chunky California Ground Squirrel - skipping hibernation and stealing food from the chickens.
What happened to ground squirrels hibernating? We've all heard and maybe even read that California ground squirrels hibernate in the winter. Lately, it looks like the ground squirrels didn't get the memo to go underground and take a hiatus from their daily digging and destruction.

Makes me wonder if those jittery squirrels discovered the magical powers of coffee?

In Southern California, caffeine isn't the reason for all of ground squirrel activity - December is the beginning of mating season. That means, unless you do something about all of those ground squirrels, soon you'll have even more of the them to deal with. 

Ground squirrels are out in the winter for different reasons. In higher elevations and colder areas, they are more likely to hibernate. In Northern California, the male ground squirrels, hibernate a month earlier than the females and young. They also wake up a month earlier. When the weather is warm like it has been, they postpone and sometimes even avoid hibernation altogether. The young males are more likely to skip hibernation.

With some of the ground squirrels hibernating, it may seem like your rodent issues aren't as bad. Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean that you you no longer have a problem. This is an excellent time to use the Burrow Blocker. Eliminate the holes and your ground squirrel problem at the same time.

If you choose not to treat the problem, don't be surprised if the ground squirrels are still out digging and devouring this winter and preparing to add to their numbers this spring. I suggest you pour yourself a cup of coffee and give me a call. We can discuss your ground squirrel problems and I can provide you with a green solution.

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