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.
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.
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.
Here are some randomly-selected pictures of squirrel removal work we've done in North Georgia.
Squirrel damage to a rain gutter in Alpharetta
Squirrel damage to the roof of a Woodstock home
Squirrel entering a funnel trap
Squirrel gap into the attic of an Alpharetta home
Squirrel-proofing a house in Acworth
Squirrel hole in a roof in Dunwoody, Georgia
Squirrel burrows in the insulation in Roswell
Squirrels removed from a house in Woodstock
Squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Acworth
Squirrel gnaw hole into a house in Suwanee
Squirrel was hoarding soffit panels in Roswell
Squirrel damage to a Roswell house
Squirrel entry gap into a house in Big Canoe
Gray squirrel chew hole into a house in Milton
Squirrels damaged this house in Roswell
Homemade squirrel trap in Ellijay didn't work
Squirrel entry point into a house in Calhoun
Squirrel gap in the siding at a Big Canoe home
Squirrel gaps in the eaves of an Alpharetta home
Squirrel gap into a stone house in Dunwoody
Squirrel chewed its way into a house in Suwanee
How squirrels got into this attic in Commerce
How squirrels got into an attic in Dunwoody
Squirrel damage at a house in Rome
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.