WebHeader_Grove.png
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Informed. Empowered. Sustained by you. Support NHPR this election season and become a sustaining member today.
News from everywhere *but* Central New Hampshire.

Unwanted House Guests: Squirrels Wreaking Havoc in Homes Across N.H.

It’s the year of the squirrel in New England. The animals have never had so much fame, never been the subject of so much attention.

It’s partly because they’ve put themselves in the spotlight—or in our headlights might be more accurate. Their populations have boomed in recent years, fed by a glut of acorns, and now they’re running across roads en masse in search of more food.

The thing is, all these squirrels aren’t just affecting our highways. They’re getting into houses as well. 

Of all people, Scott Borthwick knows this well. He runs a wildlife control company out of Canaan.

Squirrel complaints make up about 75 percent of his business. He recently had to hire another employee -- he’s getting double the demand he had last year, and that was double the year before, he said.

NHPR’s Britta Greene tagged along with him recently on several squirrel-related calls. Click the audio player above to hear this story.

You make NHPR possible.

NHPR is nonprofit and independent. We rely on readers like you to support the local, national, and international coverage on this website. Your support makes this news available to everyone.

Give today. A monthly donation of $5 makes a real difference.