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 entry gap into an attic in Woodstock
Huge squirrel gap into an attic in Dunwoody
Squirrel hole in a soffit in Dacula
How squirrels got into a house in Roswell
Squirrel gap into the attic of an Alpharetta home
How squirrels got into this house in Roswell
Squirrel entry gap at a Kennesaw home
Squirrel damage in the attic in Cumming
We removed squirrels from this house built in 1800
Squirrel hole into an attic in Lawrenceville
Young squirrel spending too much time online
Squirrel gap into an attic in Roswell
How squirrels got into this attic in Canton
Squirrel in a funnel trap
Squirrel doing some research on humans
Flattened insulation caused by squirrels in Jasper
Squirrel stuck in a range hood at a restaurant
Squirrel burrows in the insulation in Roswell
Squirrel damage to frieze board in Dunwoody
Squirrel evidence in an attic in Johns Creek
Squirrel hole in a rain gutter in Alpharetta
Squirrel hole in a house in Cumming
Squirrel entering a funnel trap
Squirrel trails in an attic in Aplharetta
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.