Squirrels can look quite cute and be the little entertainer as they fly from limb to limb. But, when they enter into your home in Atlanta, things can take quite a different turn. Most squirrels live happily outside in trees but when other opportunities arise they won't have a problem relocating. A garage or attic could be a more desirable location due to the warm and dry atmosphere. They are able to easily build their nests, store their food, and expand their families.
A lot of the time, the problem starts with a simple crack in the roof of your home, chimney, attic, or basement. When the squirrel finds the crack, it will begin to chew on it until the crack has become large enough for entry. This is when the squirrel sets up new residence and also when your problems begin.
Squirrel droppings are one of the issues that you may deal with. These droppings carry fungal pathogens and bacteria. This can cause disease. The squirrels can also bring in ticks, fleas, and other parasites. Not only are the parasites an issue but the chewing that the squirrels do can wreak havoc inside of your attic. Some damage could be caused to your HVAC duct work, your personal belongings that are stored in the attic, or even your electrical wiring. It can be dangerous if not resolved as many house fires have been caused due to squirrels and other rodents chewing through wires.
Squirrels are classified as nuisance wildlife, or more commonly referred to as pests. The only way to really deal with the issue is the removal of the squirrels. You’ll also need to be certain any entry point has been sealed in a manner that doesn’t allow for re-entry. Because squirrels tend to burrow inside of insulation for their nesting, there may be tunnels that aren’t visible. To live in Atlanta squirrel free, you will need to take certain steps. The steps of this removal process may be difficult and it’s usually best to leave this handled by a professional that is registered in this type of field. The technicians on our team are very experienced in removal and have the proper knowledge needed to help you. Another benefit of going with a professional is they do have access to equipment that may be needed to get the removal done properly.
Exclusion: This is the first step to take in managing squirrel removal in Atlanta. In this step, we’ll assess your home for entry points. Look for holes or cracks in your eaves, vents, foundation, roof, utility lines, chimneys, drainpipes and also the basement area. If any droppings remain, it will be necessary to vacuum them up and replace any insulation that was damaged. The exclusion plan calls for an action to seal any entry points. This reassures that squirrels cannot enter through those specific locations again. This step helps to keep control over the current situation. It’s also important to prune trees that are close to or hanging over your home. Sometimes tree removal may be necessary. With many trees in Atlanta, this is one way the squirrels can access your home with ease.
Live Traps: If exclusion isn’t an option and removal of tree limbs doesn’t solve the problem, trapping the squirrels is the next action to take. Baited traps can be left out that will attract the squirrels. Once trapped, the traps and squirrels can be removed. If the entry points aren’t sealed during an exclusion process, the squirrels can re-enter. This means that trapping could be a temporary solution. It’s best to use the exclusion and trapping method simultaneously for the best odds of removal.
Squirrels that are most commonly encountered are those that are red, grey, fox, and flying. Tree squirrels are typically active in the mornings or later in the afternoon. Flying squirrels are the most active during the night. Diets consist of nuts, bark, fruit, insects, and plants. Most of a squirrel’s time is spent seeking out, hoarding, and storing their food for the colder months during the winter.
Squirrels typically reproduce two times a year and flying squirrels only one time annually. Litters are usually born in the late summer or early spring. The amount of squirrels in the litter can vary but are usually three to eight in number. The variation is usually dependent on the particular species. Seeing squirrels around your home is one sign of an infestation but there are others to look for such as gnawing damage or finding droppings. You may even hear scratching or running during the daytime. If you are worried that you may be sharing your home with some unwanted guests, please give us a call to discuss removal. We will be happy to provide you with a professional consultation.