Although squirrels are arguably one of the cutest animals, their destructive capabilities make them any homeowner’s worse nightmare. Squirrel removal from attic, walls or soffits is the only way to solve the problem.
Squirrels are fast and agile, with strong teeth. The three species of squirrels prevalent in the southeastern region of the United States include eastern gray, fox squirrel, and southern flying squirrel. Some of the significant problems they cause for residents include:
Little wonder many people want this nuisance species out of their property promptly. And for decades, thousands of homeowners in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida have trusted Metro Wildlife and Pest Control to resolve squirrel infestation problems. You can do the same today!
A squirrel infestation is relatively easy to spot because of the many observable signs. Some of which include:
The attic is a likely place for nuisance animals to be found in a home, and this is definitely the case for squirrels. Squirrels and their habit of chewing up materials can cause great damage to your home, and their ability to carry diseases can harm you and your family. If a squirrel is in your attic, there are some important steps to take. Continue reading to learn how to get squirrels out of your attic.
Why do squirrels like attics?
Attics are excellent sources of shelter for every species of nuisance animal, as they provide warmth and a great place to hide from humans. Since squirrels (especially mother squirrels) are always looking for this type of shelter, this often leads them right into your attic. Beyond the shelter, squirrels are very capable of scavenging for food, and there is often more than enough food located around the property of humans. With these two factors squared away, squirrels can live very well in attics.
Do squirrels cause problems?
One of the most serious problems that squirrels can cause has to do with their capability to carry many different diseases. These viral and bacterial infections can be spread through feces, urine, and saliva. Other transmission vectors are direct contact events, such as bites and scratches. Many of the infections that can be caused are very capable of leaving you, your family, and your pets in serious risk of hospitalization, and potentially even death.
Another issue that squirrels are able to cause is massive amounts of damage to homes and properties. Squirrels, like rats and mice, are able to chew up almost any material they want, which they often do. This can cause problems in many ways. New entry holes are often created by chewing through siding, shingles, or soffit and fascia. Once inside, more entry holes can be created that give the squirrels access to more parts of your home. As can be seen, squirrels are a threat that should be removed from your attic as soon as possible.
Are squirrels preventable?
The easiest way to remove squirrels from your attic is to never allow them in. One of the best ways to do this is to create a checklist of every area of your home, with special emphasis on the attic and roofline. Once you have made a list, begin to work your way through the checklist, looking for any weak spots that squirrels could easily get through. If you find any, be sure to repair them or have a professional take care of it if it is beyond your capabilities. Another great way to discourage squirrels is to keep any tree limbs that extend over your roof trimmed back. This will prevent squirrels the easy opportunity to jump onto your roof.
How can attic squirrels be removed?
The best way to remove squirrels from your home is to hire a professional wildlife removal company. While do-it-yourself removal might seem simple enough, squirrels can complicate the task. Since many invading attic squirrels are pregnant mothers, they will often leave their young in your attic. Should you remove the mother, the babies will die slowly, leaving you with bad odors in your home. Another reason to skip DIY is that DIY squirrel removal can lead to the contraction of a squirrel disease.
Nuisance wildlife removal companies provide many services that can be a great investment. Obviously, the removal of the squirrels is very important, but there are a couple of other very important services that can be performed, such as prevention to keep other nuisance critters out of your home and sanitizing, which removes the deadly illnesses from your home!
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Why do you have a squirrel infestation?
Squirrels have learned to adapt to human settlements because of easy access to food and shelter.
Garden, trashcans, pet food, and bird feeder provide squirrels with the added nutrition they need. That’s why they infest properties to access these accessible sources of food.
Living spaces – like the attic, chimney, or under the house – provide safety and warmth for squirrels to live and even raise their young. They will break into such places to build their nest if given the opportunity.
After getting rid of squirrels, you must put measures to ensure they don’t come back. Some things to bear in mind include:
Eliminate easy access to food. This involves securing your trash cans, taking pet food indoors, cleaning up under your bird feeder, and more.
Eliminate easy access to shelter. This involves making sure no vulnerable spots around your property squirrels can break in through.
Contact Metro Wildlife and Pest Control Today
Metro Wildlife and Pest Control provide squirrel removal services to residents of SC, NC, Savannah, GA, and Jacksonville, FL. Are you dealing with a squirrel infestation problem in any of these areas? Contact us today to get a permanent solution to your problems.
Do you live in Savannah, Georgia, or Jacksonville, Florida, dealing with a squirrel infestation problem? Read on to learn about our proven process for squirrel removal at Metro Wildlife and Pest Control.
Every squirrel removal process begins with a thorough inspection to identify the source and extent of the problem. The attic, chimney, porch, deck, and other building parts are inspected to discover how the animals are getting in and the damages they have wreaked. Only then can a robust removal plan be designed and implemented.
Squirrels leave lots of waste behind. From droppings to nesting materials, these wastes must be removed. Ensure appropriate gloves are worn to prevent decontamination. After that, the entire area should be disinfected with a powerful enzyme-based cleaner to kill all bacteria and pathogens. Only then should repairs be made to preserve the structural integrity of the building.
Over the years, Metro Wildlife and Pest Control professionals have developed several methods for squirrel removal. Our solution is usually custom to perfectly meet your specific needs. Some of the most common methods for squirrel removal include: Exclusion: Exclusion is usually the best method for squirrel removal because it is noninvasive. However, it is most effective for adult squirrels living in enclosed spaces. All entry holes to the area are sealed, except one. An exclusion device is installed in the last hole. Once the squirrels leave through the hole, they cannot get back in. Trapping: Trapping and relocation are best for dealing with outdoor squirrels or nursing squirrels. Peanut butter is usually the best bait for squirrel traps. Pups can also be used as bait to trick their mother into the trap. Once captured, the nuisance animal can then be relocated to at least 10 miles from the property. Repellents: Repellents are only effective after getting rid of easy access to food and shelter on your property. Common homemade squirrel repellents include capsaicin, peppermint oil, garlic, and rosemary, among many others. Note that repellents need to be continuously reapplied to remain effective.
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