Squirrels in The Attic and Home

There are over 200 species of squirrels categorized as either ground, tree, or flying squirrels in the United States.

Your home can be used as shelter by flying squirrels and tree squirrels, making them capable of causing more damage than ground squirrels. Flying squirrels can glide distances over 150 feet, making it easy to access openings on homes. Tree squirrels use their climbing skills to gain access to homes. Ground squirrels are usually seen, causing yards or gardens to be destroyed.

Getting Rid Of Nuisance Squirrels

Our technicians listed for squirrel removal specialize in getting rid of squirrels from attics and other areas of the home. Your wildlife specialist will conduct a thorough inspection to determine the severity of the problem, find the entry points and also vulnerable areas on the home. This includes searching for signs such as gnawing, common open areas leading to the attic or the crawl space, squirrel droppings, and debris such as nut shells or nesting material. With this information they will build a custom solution after the inspection to trap, remove, and seal all entry points. They will also provide options for warranty as well as an estimate for prevention services.

Trapping & Removing Squirrels

It’s important that your wildlife technician determines the most effective and humane way of removing the squirrel(s) from your property when performing squirrel removal. Cage trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture are the most common approaches used. As they move too rapidly and fit in tiny spaces, we do not capture adult squirrels directly. If baby squirrels are present in an attic, they and their mother will be removed by hand and relocated. Hopefully if your technician has a rehabilitation center to bring the babies to, they will if the mother is not in sight. Babies squirrels in a nest typically can not survive on their own.

Exclusion & Structure Modification

The most effective means of preventing squirrels or wildlife from entering your home is squirrel proofing and wildlife exclusion. To avoid future entry after squirrels have been removed, it is essential to seal all entry points. Moreover, we strongly recommend service maintenance. Squirrels have front teeth that are continuously growing, like other rodents, which means they can chew a new way back into your home.

Precautions such as removing trees or tree branches 8 feet back from your roof can help prevent squirrels from entering or re-entering your home. We urge you not to use bird feeders because they are a massive attraction for squirrels and different wildlife. We advise all our clients, after squirrel removal, to remove bird feeders, if present, to maintain a home free of squirrels.