While sitting outside on a nice, sunny day, watching squirrels as they hop from on tree to another tree might be pleasurable, as they can appear adorable. However, when they enter and live in your house, that is a completely different scenario.
While many squirrels might dwell in trees and tree stumps, when they have the chance, they will gladly move into other spaces, like your attic or garage. Such warm, cozy areas are excellent places for squirrels and other wildlife to store their food sources, build homes, and have their little ones.
The issue usually starts when a squirrel finds an opening in a structure, like a crack in an attic or roof, or in the foundation or basement and it enters your home or garage. Once these little critters move in, they can cause a lot of damage.
Besides the damage they make while making their beds and homes, they can cause contamination. Squirrel droppings might have bacteria and pathogens in them. The pathogens could cause an array of diseases, and these little critters could transfer ticks, fleas or other parasites into your home or garage.
A squirrel is a natural chewer and could chew on things that you might have stored away. If you store items in the attic and squirrels get in there, if the items are stored in cardboard boxes, the squirrels could chew the cardboard and the items within the boxes. They also could get into your heating and air conditioning systems. They could chew through electrical wires too.
Squirrels chewing through electrical wires could cause a fire in your home or garage. Numerous damages have happened in Dunwoody, Georgia because of wildlife critters chewing through electrical wires in homes. Removal of these pests is even more vital if they are in the walls in your house.
The only way to deal with squirrels that have made themselves at home in your garage, attic or other areas in your property is squirrel removal. After the removal of these critters is complete, it is vital to seal all areas where these animals could enter your house. They frequently burrow their way into insulation and build nests there too, so there could be signs of nesting there as well.
To make your home critter free, the initial process is known as exclusion. This process involves an in-depth inspection of your house and/or garage to locate entry points, which include cracks, vents and holes along the edge of the foundation, basement area, and along the edge of the roof. Also, it might be necessary to clean up any area where the squirrels have made homes, such as vacuuming up feces and washing the flooring where they resided. If they made nests in the insulation, you might want to consider replacing that as well.
Since this type of inspection and clean up requires safety gear, such as gloves and masks, you might want to have professionals perform these tasks. Our technicians are sufficiently trained, experienced and well-informed, and they have access to expert gear and equipment necessary to remove the issues. We have many years of experience with pest removal.
Exclusion: The initial process to adequately perform squirrel removal is to find the areas where the critters are getting into your home and/or garage. Creating an exclusion plan will help locate and seal the areas where they can get in. It might be possible that, when a home or other structure settles throughout different kinds of weather, gaps in the construction of the attic, basement, or other areas might occur. Such instances might happen with chimneys as well. The removal strategy assists with sealing all targeted locations and assures squirrels will not get back into those locations or other areas again.
Making sure these critters cannot get onto your house or garage will additionally help you control such situations from happening in the future. How do squirrels get onto the house or garage? If there are any nearby trees, for example, the wildlife critters could jump from the trees to the top of your home or garage, and then they have easier access to the inside of the structures. You might wish to consider removing any nearby trees or other items that squirrels can climb or jump to.
Live Traps: If you have done everything possible to remove squirrels or to eliminate the chance of them getting into your house or garage, including trimming tree limbs or removing trees or other things they could climb on, then you might want to consider live trapping. This process is a part of nuisance removal as well. It is done by using certain bait to draw the squirrels into the live traps. It is a different approach that some folks might choose, because the people might not like the idea of killing the critters. The animals get caught and can be released way away from your property.
Trapping the squirrels might be a temporary removal solution though, especially if the entry points have not been sealed up. If those areas are not sealed securely, wildlife critters could come back and make homes in your home and garage again and again. Trapping works better with an exclusion plan in place.
The most popular types of squirrels are grey and red squirrels. There are flying and fox squirrels too. You might only see the grey and red ones during the daytime. Flying squirrels are more active during the dark hours. These critters spend most of their time searching for food courses and searching for a place to live during the winter. Those laces are where they store their winter’s food supply too. Although they might live on bark, nuts, acorns, fruit, insects, etc. they tend to look for other types of food too.
Typically, a squirrel might have her babies a couple times per year. Flying ones might only have one litter per year. They usually give birth early in the Spring or later in the Summer, and they could have 3-8 babies, depending on the type of squirrel. If there are no noticeable indications of these critters in or about your property, you might hear scratching noises in the attic, ceilings or walls, particularly earlier in the day.
If you think you might have this kind of infestation issue, you might want to contact us for an expert consultation.