It's always nice to sit and watch those adorable little squirrels jumping around on the trees, leaping from branch to branch. As cute as they look, you don't want them anywhere near your home. They prefer their natural tree-dwelling environment, but if given the chance, will become very comfortable living in your garage or attic. All squirrels need is a dry, warm spot to make their nests, store their food, and have their babies.
Squirrels will typically find their way into your home through an opening somewhere. All it takes is a small crack in the roof, attic, chimney, or basement, and they can chew their way through, getting inside. Once they're inside, they can wreak havoc quickly. While the squirrels are chewing away on anything that they can get their teeth on, they will be leaving a trail of their droppings. Not only do squirrel droppings carry fungal pathogens and harmful bacteria, which can cause diseases, but they also carry fleas, tick, and other parasites. And, all of that chewing and gnawing will include not only things that you have stored, but also HVAC ductwork and electrical wiring. Squirrels and other rodents are responsible for thousands of home fires yearly. In Smyrna, Georgia, we can help eliminate that risk.
Squirrel removal can be difficult without the help of a professional. Classified as nuisance wildlife or pests, once inside, they will burrow into insulation, making visible tunnels where they will hide their nests. For the most effective squirrel removal process, you need to both remove all of them and find and seal the way that they got inside. The first step for squirrel removal is called exclusion. It involves thoroughly checking your home for any cracks or holes in your foundation, basement, roof, eaves, and vents that could be used as entry points. It may also be necessary to vacuum any squirrel droppings as well as replacing any contaminated insulation. The removal process can be difficult, which is where we come in. Our registered technicians have the knowledge and experience to identify the problem and the professional equipment needed for a successful squirrel removal in the Smyrna area.
Squirrel Exclusion: The initial part of squirrel removal is to create an exclusion plan focusing on finding out how they got inside. Common entry points include attic and basement vents, attic construction gaps, chimneys, drainpipes, and utility lines. An effective exclusion plan guarantees that any identified or potential entry points are sealed. Keeping tree limbs pruned back away from the house will also prevent squirrels from getting inside.
Live Trapping: If trimming the trees isn't helping, and an exclusion plan isn't in place, trapping them is an option for removal. Traps are set up in strategic locations with baits that will attract the squirrels. Then, squirrel removal can take place. But, without an exclusion plan in place, trapping them may only temporarily solve the problem.
Most of a squirrel's life will be spent collecting food and hiding it, preparing for the lean, winter season. Their diet consists of nuts, fruit, insects, bark, and other plant materials. The most common species in Smyrna are red, grey, fox, and flying squirrels. Tree squirrels are more active in early mornings and later afternoons. Flying squirrels prefer nighttime.
Most squirrels will breed twice yearly, but flying squirrels will only give birth once a year. Their litters are born early in the spring or late in the summer. Depending on which species they are, they can have three to eight babies. Common signs of infestation are seeing them around your house, finding droppings in your attic or basement, noticing chewing damage, or hearing scratching and scampering in your walls or ceilings, especially during daylight hours. If you think that you may have a problem with a squirrel infestation in the Smyrna area , give us a call today for a professional consultation to go over your best approach for squirrel removal.