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Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing in North Georgia

Young squirrel being held by an animal control worker in his hands after the squirrel was removed from the attic of a house.

Squirrels are furry rodents who are more closely related to rats than any self-respecting squirrel is willing to admit.

The most common squirrels in our area are the gray squirrel and the flying squirrel. Both of these critters spend much of their time in trees, attics, and other high places, but there are some differences. This page deals with gray squirrel removal; please click here for information on flying squirrel control.

In North Georgia, gray squirrel removal is in demand pretty much all year. The demand usually peaks in the fall and winter, however, and there's usually a short lull during June and July when the squirrels tend to stay outdoors.

When squirrels get into the attics and soffits of our homes or businesses, they become serious nuisance animals because they can cause serious damage, make quite a mess, and present a fire hazard. That's why squirrels in an attic are very unwelcome visitors and must be trapped and removed. In nature, they're harmless rodents. In houses, not so much.

Squirrels are also believed to be responsible for many thousands of house fires every year due to their habit of gnawing on the electrical wiring in houses. They also drag flammable materials into a home to use as nesting materials. The fire risk caused by squirrels is of special concern here in Georgia, where we have so many irreplaceable historic buildings.

Squirrels in attics also create a health risk by way of their urine, droppings, and shed parasites. That's one of the reasons why after we remove squirrels from your home's attic, we also clean up the mess they made and apply disinfectants and insecticides, if needed, to remove odors and kill displaced parasites.

The long and short of it is that when squirrels move into human-occupied buildings, they have to be humanely trapped, removed, and relocated.

Signs that You May Have a Squirrel Problem

Most people realize they have a squirrel problem when they hear scratching noises in the attic or walls. Squirrels usually are the culprits; but sometimes mice, rats or birds can get into attics and wall voids and make similar noises.

Other common signs of a squirrel problem include gnawing or other damage to the attic or items stored there, droppings, urine, stored acorns or shells, burrows through the insulation, or gnawed wiring.

Determining whether the animals in your attic are squirrels or some other critters requires a combination of old-fashioned know-how and high-tech gadgetry. Our motion-sensitive, infrared Attic Cam can positively identify which animal is in your attic, as well as help us know how the critters are getting in and out.

Keeping Squirrels Out of Your Home

The best way to deal with squirrels in your home is to trap, remove, and relocate any existing squirrels using safe, humane, non-chemical methods; and then to seal up your house to keep new squirrels and other wildlife from getting in. We call this squirrel exclusion or squirrel proofing. It's just another way of saying that we seal up your house to keep squirrels out of the attic.

Squirrel exclusion is challenging and hazardous wildlife-control work. It's also painstaking to do well. It's definitely not a do-it-yourself or "handyman" sort of job. Permanently sealing squirrels out of a building is physically difficult work that requires specialized equipment and a keen knowledge of squirrel behavior. It also requires working in high places using long ladders, scaffolding, or bucket trucks ("cherry pickers").

Don't waste your time or endanger your life trying do-it-yourself squirrel removal, nor waste your money with handymen who don't have the equipment and know-how to do the job right. Call us instead for humane, long-lasting squirrel removal and exclusion that's backed by the best warranty in the business.

Squirrel Removal Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of squirrel removal work we've done in North Georgia.

These pictures represent only a small sample of the thousands of North Georgia squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing jobs we've done. We have the tools and personnel to handle any squirrel control job and do it at a reasonable cost, so please call us today for an inspection and consultation.


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Gray squirrels gnawed a notch about four inches wide through the wooden roof fascia to get into the attic of a house in Young Harris, Georgia. A squirrel-removal and damage-repair crew from our North Georgia office is on the scene, trapping and humanely relocating the squirrels and wildlife-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 06, 2022 09:48:29 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Wildlife control technicians doing gray squirrel removal in Young Harris, Georgia are almost finished. All the squirrels have been trapped and relocated, and the roof has been made animal-proof. All that's left to do is replace the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2022 10:24:39 am.

This morning we're doing squirrel removal in Young Harris, Georgia. Today we mounted traps along the edges of the roof to catch and relocate the squirrels. We'll also animal-proof the house to prevent future problems with wildlife and rodent pests getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 29, 2022 10:52:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Insulation in the rain gutter was evidence of a nest of squirrels in the attic of a house in Valdosta, Georgia. The squirrels have moved inside for the winter, of course; but the insulation is still clogging the rain gutter. Our squirrel-removal crew will take care of the gutters as part of the job.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 09:56:06 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of an orange through the soffit panel at a roof junction point to get into the attic of a house in Woodstock, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal team will repair the damage to animal-proof the house, as well as trap and relocate the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2022 06:22:09 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

An unusually ambitious gray squirrel gnawed a hole about the size of a grapefruit through the soffit panel at a roof junction to get into the attic of a house in Rome, Georgia. Our equally-ambitious squirrel-removal specialists are trapping and relocating the squirrels and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Nov 08, 2022 11:10:02 am.

A gap of almost three inches between the roof sheathing and fascia will have to be covered with an animal barrier as part of a Snellville, Georgia squirrel-removal and wildlife-exclusion job. It would be pointless to trap and relocate the squirrels without sealing them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:34:40 am.

The screen under the dome of a roof fan rusted away over time, allowing squirrels into the attic of a house in Alpharetta, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will be re-screening all of the roof vents and fans this morning to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 06:32:02 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole through the shingles at the corner of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will repair the damage as soon as the squirrels have been trapped and relocated from the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 03, 2022 10:21:51 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Squirrels tore the insulation from between the rafters and made burrows through the insulation between the joists in the attic of a house in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will replace the insulation with fresh as soon as the house is made animal-proof and the squirrels are trapped and relocated.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 10:39:18 am.

This morning our urban wildlife-management specialists are busy doing squirrel removal in Roswell, Georgia. The squirrels got into the attic through a trapezoidal gap between the top edge of the end of the rain gutter and the bottom of the roof sheathing.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 10:26:42 am.

Wildlife-management specialists doing squirrel removal in Rome, Georgia are installing an animal barrier along the edge of the roof to keep squirrels and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 01, 2022 11:02:36 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a plum through the diagonal wooden roof trim where it meets the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Roswell, Georgia. A squirrel-removal crew from our North Georgia office is trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the roof.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2022 10:36:50 am.

Whoever installed a light fixture on the soffit broke the soffit panel and created a fist-sized hole that allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Carrollton, Georgia. A squirrel-removal crew from our North Georgia office is trapping and relocating the squirrels and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2022 10:14:03 am.

Went to Rome ga, squirrels for years, then off to Stone Mountain ga, previous customer new house, squirrels again. Headed to Bishop ga, guess for what, squirrels. Seems like theme
by Chris Collender
Oct 26, 2022 01:29:38 pm.

This afternoon a team from our North Georgia office will be starting an Acworth, Georgia squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job. The biggest part of the job will be installing a metal animal barrier over a two-inch gap in the edge of the roof to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2022 11:09:43 am.

Wildlife-management experts from our North Georgia office are setting traps to catch and remove squirrels from the attic of a Young Harris, Georgia home. They have to be sure all the squirrels are out of the attic before they seal the roof to make it animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2022 11:07:10 am.

Back at in, was in McDonough ga for squirrels and presences of bats, off the Athens ga for squirrels in a metal roof, over to Gainesville ga, previous customer, we sealed his other house, has flyers in his new house, now headed to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Oct 24, 2022 01:35:08 pm.

We have a crew heading out to do squirrel removal in Snellville, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed a baseball-sized hole through the end of the soffit right behind the rain gutter to get into the attic. We'll repair the damage, in addition to catching and relocating the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Oct 24, 2022 11:18:25 am.

Another busy day, Conyers ga for birds, then to peachtree city ga, bats/rats , headed to Atlanta ga and then to Decatur. Good times
by Chris Collender
Oct 21, 2022 03:14:28 pm.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Woodstock, Georgia are repairing damage the the squirrels did to the wooden soffit. The squirrels gnawed a hole through the soffit trim right next to the rain gutter to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 20, 2022 11:38:08 am.

Rid-A-Critter provides squirrel removal and squirrel-proofing in all of North Georgia, including Athens, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Carrollton, Cartersville, Cumming, Dacula, Doraville, Ellijay, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Jasper, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Macon, Milton, Norcross, Rome, Roswell, Suwanee, Villa Rica, Winston, Woodstock, Young Harris, and everywhere in between.

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