Squirrels may look cute jumping from branch to branch in your yard, but once they find their way into you're home, that cuteness wears off very quickly. Squirrels usually tend to live in trees. However, when an opportunity arises for them to take up residence in your attic or chimney, they'll gladly jump at the chance. Attics and chimneys provide the perfect combination or quiet and warm, which is exactly what squirrels are looking for, especially where nesting is concerned.
If your home doesn't have any easy-access points for squirrels, they'll usually stay outside where they belong. All it takes is a crack in the roof, an unprotected chimney, or a whole in your attic wall, for squirrels to shimmy their way inside. You may think that small cracks and holes are safe, but that's simply not the case. Squirrels will chew away at a hole or crack until the space is large enough for them to crawl through.
Once the squirrels are inside your home, they'll wreak havoc on everything they come in contact with. They'll chew through the wires and insulation, destroy the duct work, and eat anything you have stored in boxes. They'll also fill your attic or chimney with disease-causing bacteria and pathogens. Not only that, but they'll bring fleas and ticks with them, as well.
Squirrels pose a serious risk to you and your family. In fact, they're classified as nuisance wildlife for a reason. The only way to protect your home is to eradicate the problem altogether. To do that, you need to ensure the removal of all the squirrels from your home, and make sure that your home is properly sealed to eliminate any access points. The first thing you need to do is identify all the access points in your home and yard. This process is known as exclusion. Once you identify those access points, you'll need to take steps to seal them off. As soon as you've sealed off the access points, you'll need to clean any contaminated areas to remove droppings that might be present. Damaged insulation should be removed and replaced. To avoid contamination and exposure, you should have a registered professional handle the cleanup process. Our professional technicians are knowledgeable and experienced in the cleanup and removal of infestations. They also have access to the professional-grade equipment required for complete and thorough elimination of the problem.
Exclusion: When it comes to managing squirrel infestations, the first thing you need to do is identify the path your squirrels are taking to gain access to your home or building. Once the pathway is identified, an exclusion plan can be put into action. Areas to focus on include: crawlspace and attic vents, drain pipes, chimneys, and roof gaps. The chosen exclusion plan should focus on sealing all the access points that were previously identified. This exclusion plan will ensure that squirrels have no access to the area through those locations. Any tree limbs that hang over the home or building should be removed as part of the exclusion plan. The removal of overhanging limbs will eliminate those access points.
Live Traps: If the removal of branches and limbs fails to resolve the issue, and all previous exclusion plans have failed to alleviate the problem, removal will become necessary. Removal can be accomplished through bait and trapping. Baited cages can be used to attract and trap the squirrels. Once they've been successfully trapped, they can be removed from the property. Because some squirrels may return to the property, it's important that exclusion plans remain in effect. Part of your continued exclusion plan should include the immediate trapping and removal of all future squirrels. The removal process will help keep them away from your property.
The most common types of squirrels to come in contact with in the Canton, Georgia area include the red, grey, fox and flying squirrels. Most squirrels are active during the early morning and late afternoon periods. However, flying squirrels are primarily active during the nighttime hours. Squirrels primarily survive on a diet rich in bark, fruit, nuts, insects, and plant material. Squirrels spend the majority of their time in search of food. A large portion of the food they gather will be stored for the winter.
Squirrels tend to reproduce about twice a year. However, flying squirrels only reproduce once a year. Most litters arrive during the early spring and late summer months. In most cases, litters will consist of anywhere from three to eight kits. In addition to seeing active squirrel activity around your home, there are other ways to identify an infestation. Some of those signs include droppings in or around your Canton, GA home, or chew marks in your attic. You may also hear scratching coming from your chimney.
If you suspect that you have an active squirrel infestation on your hands, and you live in the Canton area, contact us as soon as possible for a professional consultation. Our trained technicians will help you develop an effective exclusion plan for the removal of squirrels and their kits, and the prevention of future infestations.