Squirrels are entertaining to watch; however, they are not quite so fun when they come into your Roswell, Georgia house. Even though squirrels live in trees, they will move into your attic or garage if given the opportunity. Warm, dry places such as these are ideal for them to build nests, store feed, and raise their offspring.
If there is a crack in your attic, roof, chimney, or basement, a squirrel may then chew its way inside. Once inside, these creatures can cause a multitude of problems. Squirrels may bring in pests such as fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Their droppings could also carry fungal or bacterial pathogens that could lead to disease. They like to gnaw on your ductwork, electrical wiring, or things you have stored. Electrical wiring chewed by rodents such as squirrels is a leading cause of house fires in the United States.
Squirrel removal specialists generally classify them as either pests or nuisance wildlife. To get rid of squirrels, you must first remove them from the premises. Next, you will need to seal off their entryway so that more squirrels cannot get back in. Look for tunnels in insulation, which is where these rodents often have burrowed.
The first step in squirrel removal is referred to as exclusion. This process starts with a complete home inspection to check for entry points near your roof, eaves, foundation, or basement area. Next, you may need to vacuum up any droppings and replace any contaminated insulation. Exclusion involves multiple removal steps that are best handled by a professional. Our removal specialists have the experience, knowledge, and equipment needed in order to rid your home of squirrels.
Exclusion: You should first determine how squirrels are getting into your building and then create an exclusion plan to address those points. Some areas where they may enter your residence include gaps in your attic, basement and attic vents, utility lines, chimneys, and drainpipes. An exclusion plan will include sealing of all these entry points so that creatures cannot re-enter through them. If you are able to keep squirrels off of your house, this will help the situation also. A squirrel can easily gain access if you have overhanging tree limbs, so you should trim branches back whenever possible.
Live Traps: Trimming tree limbs may not solve all your squirrel removal problems. In that case, live trapping is the next course of action. Removal specialists will use bait to entice them into a trap. Once caught, the squirrel and the trap can both be removed at the same time. Trapping is normally only a temporary fix. Unless you use the exclusion method to seal entry points, you will likely need squirrel removal again.
The most common species of squirrel are the red, grey, fox, and flying. Red, grey, and fox squirrels are tree-dwellers that are most active during the day. Flying squirrels on the other hand will become most active at night. A squirrel’s diet consists mostly of nuts, tree bark, plants, fruit, and insects. Squirrels gather food during warm weather and hoard it for storage during the winter months.
A female tree squirrel will typically give birth twice each year. A flying squirrel however tends to have babies only once each year. Litters tend to appear in early spring through late summer, and may consist of anywhere from three to eight offspring.
Aside from seeing squirrels in your Roswell attic, you might also realize you have an infestation when you see gnaw damage. You may also hear squirrels actively running around or scratching in your walls or attic. If you are in need of squirrel removal services, call us for a professional consultation right away.