There are several types of squirrels in Virginia. There are grey squirrels, red squirrels, flyingsquirrels(both northern and southern) black squirrels( which is a pigmentation off of a red squirrel) and the fox squirrel
Squirrels in Virginia are classified as a game species, this typically indicates squirrels can not be hunted outside of the defined hunting season and at no time can they can be trapped. Virginia code address problematic squirrels with two laws distinguish the taking of squirrels in areas where the discharge of a firearm is legal and in areas where the discharge of a firearm is illegal.
In areas where the discharge of firearms is legal Virginia allows a landowner to take squirrels for personal use year round. However if the landowner is looking to take a squirrel for damage reasons rather than personal use, a permit is required from a game warden.
It is important for the landowner to ensure before any type of Virginia Squirrel Control that it is not one of the three federally endangered specie of squirrel in Virginia (Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel, Carolina northern flying squirrel and the Virginia northern flying squirrel). These three species are protect under the federal endangered species act that states it is illegal to take any endangered species in Virginia.
In the areas of Virginia where the discharge of a firearm is illegal, Virginia law allows landowners to trap problematic squirrels on their property year round and dispose of the animal any way they see fit except by sale. This section of code was created to help homeowners in populated areas deal with problematic squirrels.
As with any wildlife, non lethal measures should be exhausted before lethal measures are taken.
Trapping squirrels in populated areas should only be done by a professional, remember these are wild animals and should be treated as such. Animal Control Solutions can help you to remove squirrels from your home.