Do Squirrels Make Nests In Tree Branches?

While birds are likely the most popular animal known to occupy trees, squirrels must come in at a close second. But while birds build nests, where do the squirrels live? Do squirrels make nests in tree branches, as well, or do they live inside of the tree?

In actuality, squirrels do make nests in tree branches, but they are known as “dreys.” Here is what you need to know about squirrel dreys and what you should do if you see squirrels building them on your residential property.

What Are Squirrel Dreys Made Of?

Dreys are small, bulbous bunches of natural materials, typically twigs, leaves, and moss. Although, some dreys will even be made of bits of paper and trash. Ultimately, the contents of a squirrel’s drey will vary regionally based on what materials the rodent has access to. If you notice squirrels rummaging through your trash, they may be looking for suitable materials with which to build their dreys, in addition to seeking food.

Where Would I Find a Drey?

Squirrel dreys can be located in various parts of the tree. They are commonly found on top of tree branches but can also be made within the tree cavity. On rare occasions, a squirrel will build a drey close to the ground. However, dreys are typically built high up in trees, sometimes 20 feet high or more, to protect the squirrel from the elements and natural predators.

Why Am I Seeing Dreys on My Property?

Squirrels build dreys for a number of different reasons. Usually, they’ll build dreys when they are raising their young or when they are in need of immediate shelter, like during the winter. TMostly, squirrels will only build dreys in places that they deem safe.

If you are seeing dreys on your property, it is because squirrels feel safe and have likely found access to food nearby. After all, squirrels love properties that have home gardens, bird feeders, or easy access to pet food bowls.  

If you start seeing squirrel dreys in the trees on your property, you might be dealing with the beginning of a squirrel infestation. If so, it is vital that you call the squirrel removal experts at Critter Control® of Pittsburgh as quickly as possible.

What Should I Do When I See Dreys on My Property?

At Critter Control® of Pittsburgh, our squirrel removal experts can provide you with effective, safe, and affordable squirrel removal services that will remove nuisance squirrels, take down unwanted dreys, and prevent new squirrels from nesting on your property in the future.

To schedule an inspection of your Pittsburgh-area property and receive a free estimate for our squirrel removal services, call Critter Control® of Pittsburgh today at 412-767-4067.

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