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Plenty of pests? Mild winter may be to blame

Last year’s mild winter and a bumper crop of nuts have caused an apparent explosion in the squirrel population in patches of the country, bewildering fruit growers with their ravenous appetites, littering highway shoulders as roadkill and keeping homeowners and pest control experts busy. This squirrel was seen on Cemetery Road in Schuylerville.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Last year’s mild winter and a bumper crop of nuts have caused an apparent explosion in the squirrel population in patches of the country, bewildering fruit growers with their ravenous appetites, littering highway shoulders as roadkill and keeping homeowners and pest control experts busy. This squirrel was seen on Cemetery Road in Schuylerville.
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Guard your attics and your apples — the squirrels seem bolder this year. “It’s worse than last year,” said Mike Murauskas, who owns Independent Pest Management and has been in the pest removal business for 20 years. He’s gotten some recent calls for flying squirrels in people’s attics in the northern part of his territory, which covers the region surrounding Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls. And on Wednesday he worked at a house with a ...


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