Squirrels, you’ll find them all over Canada, scurrying around and gather pine nuts, acorns and other goodies for the winter. Red squirrels in particular can be pesky because they have no qualms about setting up in your home or cottage for the season and moving things around to suit his comfort. Even in the summer they will set up where it moist and cool They’ll occasionally eat insects or other small animals. Red squirrels are hoarders and will store two seasons worth of food by hiding it in multiple locations that are moist and cool, like your attic. If they choose to nest indoor at your home, you will be subject to the noises they emit, which can become incessantly annoying, but indoor nests may lead to serious fire hazards when blocking vents or parked on wires they have chewed though in ceilings and walls.
Every animal has a purpose, (except mosquitoes maybe) and a squirrel does provide some benefit. They are known to over store for the winter and often end up just dispersing their pickings of seeds, buds and nuts. This actually helps the bio system and should be viewed as favourable. However, they also do damage to trees when looking for their food. For other insects and animals: www.gtatorontopestcontrol.ca