Many times, our customers didn’t know how much of an issue squirrels can be. Our experts understand these animals and what it will take in order to get rid of them efficiently, successfully, and prevent them from returning. Squirrels are a common pest species that our squirrel removal experts deal with all the time.
The most common issues that our customers have with squirrels are when:
- They get loose in the house somewhere
- They have decided to make the attic their home
- They are living in the chimney
- They are chewing on the woodwork inside or around the outside of the home
In order to successfully get rid of squirrels in the attic, it is essential to understand the behavior and habits of the animals. It is this information that is going to allow our professional removal experts to be able to handle the process in a way that is safe for them and the animals.
If a squirrel has made its way into a home, it is likely going to be in the attic because they are accessing this area of the house from the trees or power lines nearby. They make their way in because they are looking for a safe place to build a nest for themselves and/or their young. Many of our customers have gotten rid of an adult squirrel only to realize that there are still babies in the attic or somewhere in the home that need to be dealt with.
Squirrels seem like passive animals, but there are times when they can get aggressive with people. If you are dealing with a mother who is trying to protect her young, there is a good chance that she is going to get aggressive in order to do so. Another time when squirrels can become aggressive is when they are used to having access to a food source and then it is suddenly taken away. They will become aggressive in their hunt for food.
Although they are small in size, squirrels can cause major damage to a home. They are nest-building animals, and this can cause damage to the insulation because it can become torn up or matted down as then build their nests. This damage to the insulation will end up costing money in repairing the damage and the loss of energy efficiency within the home.
The major source of the damage that they do is because of the constant chewing. Squirrels have to chew constantly in order to keep their teeth healthy. They will chew on anything possible including wood, pipes, ductwork, and even the wiring of the home. This chewing can lead to a lot of scary problems.
3 Main Damages Caused By Squirrels
- Fire hazards due to exposed or broken wires (rodents and other pests are a cause for many house fires)
- Water damage due to torn open roofs leaving the attic exposed to the elements, such as rain and snow.
- Damage to the wood or other structural supports of the home from squirrels gnawing.
- Smashed attic insulation from squirrels trailing back and forth through the attic as they exit and return.
Getting Rid Of Squirrels
Our removal experts know exactly what needs to be done in order to help our customers deal with these pests. This process consists of trapping and removal, habitat modification, and exclusion. Our experts will start with effectively trapping and removing all of the squirrels that have made their way into your home, including any babies that may be present.
During this part of the process, they will also employ one-way doors that will allow the animals to exit the area but not get back in. These doors are only temporary during this part of the removal process. These doors are not a permanent solution because squirrels will return and try to chew another way into the area.
Once we are sure that all the animals have been removed, we can go through the process of identifying all the possible entry points so that they can be repaired to keep the animals from getting back in.
Repellents do not work. There are no repellents on the market that are going to successfully keep squirrels out of your home.
Cleanup & Decontamination
The last step is the cleanup. The presence of squirrels is going to come with the depositing of hair, oils, urine, feces, nesting materials, soiled insulation, and food. It is important to clean up and decontaminate the area because it could lead to more problems even after the squirrels have been removed. These leftovers can attract other pests like more squirrels or insects into the home. There may also be a major odor problem because of the waste that they have left behind. The waste can also cause illness to people in the home like Salmonella or Leptospirosis.
Because of the severity of these problems, we will remove all of these materials from the area. We will then use enzyme-based foggers to disinfect the area and to get rid of the horrible smell as well. We will also make sure to aid in the repair of all of the structural and component damage that the squirrels may have done.