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Atlanta Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing

RAC technician feeding a baby squirrel with an eye dropper

RAC technician feeding a baby squirrel with an eye dropper

The two squirrel species that most commonly get into attics and soffits throughout Metro Atlanta and all of Georgia are the Eastern gray squirrel (which we'll talk about on this page), and the flying squirrel. If you're not sure which squirrels are living in the attic of your home or building, please feel free to give us a call. We'll be happy to help you identify "your" squirrels, and we'll provide a plan to keep squirrels aqnd other nuisance wildlife out of your attic.

Gray squirrels are usually grayish in color, but there's a lot of color variation. We've encountered "gray" squirrels ranging in color from jet black to albino, along with a lot of reddish-brown ones. In nature, they live mainly in hollow trees; but they're even happier to find a nice, warm, dry attic to live in, especially during the cooler months.

The need for squirrel removal and exclusion in Atlanta usually peaks during the late fall or early winter; but squirrels start looking for their winter homes long before the weather gets cool. Squirrels become highly motivated to get into houses, by any means necessary, in the late summer through the early fall. Wildlife biologists speculate that they know winter is coming due to factors such as the angle of the sun, the length of days, and the availability of nuts and seeds.

Speaking of which, squirrels spend a lot of time on the ground gathering and burying nuts. They're known as "scatter hoarders," which means that they bury nuts all over the place -- often in hundreds of different locations -- nearby their nests. They'll also hide nuts in other places and usually store some in their nests.

It's not clear how (nor even if) squirrels remember all the places where they buried nuts. It's possible that they just bury them in random locations and sniff around for them when they get hungry, sniffing for the scent of the nuts themselves or possibly for their own scent, and then start digging when they find it. It's also possible that they only remember the general area where they cached their food, and start digging randomly once they're there. With so many caches, their odds of hitting one are pretty good.

This burying behavior, incidentally, is one of the beneficial things that squirrels do. The squirrels, in effect, plant the trees that produce the nuts.

Squirrels as Nuisance Animals

Infrared photo of a squirrel in an Altanta attic.

When needed, we use top-secret, stealth, night-vision technology to positively identify your animal problem.

Squirrels aren't considered "pests" like their cousins the rats. They're classified as "nuisance wildlife." That means that they're higher up in the rodent social scale and are treated with a lot more respect than rats are.

It also means that there's no such thing as a "squirrel exterminator." If you meet one, turn him in. He's breaking the law. It's illegal to use rodenticides (poisons) for squirrel control or to use traps that intentionally kill them. They're protected animals. When they get into a home, squirrels have to be humanely trapped, removed, and relocated to a more suitable habitat.

In addition to trapping and removing existing squirrels, permanent squirrel control also requires sealing up the gaps in the house or building to prevent new squirrels from getting in. We call this "squirrel exclusion" or "squirrel-proofing," and we do a lot of it. In short, we make your home or building off-limits to squirrels. There's no point in removing squirrels from a house if you're not going to seal up all the gaps to keep the squirrels out of the attic.

Why Remove Squirrels from a Home?

Some folks consider squirrels harmless and are happy to leave them alone "as long as they're not bothering anyone." This is a mistake. There are very good reasons why you don't want squirrels living in your home or commercial building.

First of all, squirrels living in a home or building make college students in a dorm seem squeaky-clean by comparison. Squirrels are hoarders by nature, and they hoard things that really don't seem to make any sense at all. It's obvious why they would hoard things like acorns and other foods, but we've found squirrels hoarding everything from jewelry to toys.

Squirrels also cause damage to the building itself and to items stored in the attic, which we'll talk about in the next section.

As is the case with all rodents, squirrels also present a health risk when they get into homes. Their droppings can harbor bacterial and fungal pathogens that can cause human diseases. Their fleas, ticks, and other parasites can also transmit diseases. They also stink the place up with their urine and droppings. If your air-conditioning or heating system is in the attic and you have a squirrel problem, you're probably spreading airborne pathogens and odors throughout your home. That's why we offer squirrel clean-up and decontamination and insulation-replacement services as optional add-on services. We clean up the mess the squirrels made, pack it up, and cart it away so you don't have to. We're also licensed to apply insecticides to kill any displaced parasites, if needed.

Squirrel Damage

Like all rodents, squirrels like to gnaw. They gnaw to eat, they gnaw to make holes to get into or out of places, and they gnaw for the sheer joy of gnawing. They also gnaw to keep their teeth sharp and in good shape.

The problem is that when they get into houses and other buildings, squirrels gnaw on things like PVC pipe, HVAC ducts, personal belongings stored in the attic, and worst of all, electrical wiring. Squirrels and other rodents cause many thousands of home fires every year when they chew on live electrical wires. This is something of special concern to those of us in the Atlanta area because of all our irreplaceable historic buildings.

Another serious kind of damage that squirrels do is gnaw at flexible heating and air-conditioning ducts in the attic. If they manage to get inside the ducts, you'll have a major problem on your hands. The entire duct system will have to be inspected and cleaned, and parts of it will probably have to be replaced. And that's assuming that they don't get into the air-handling equipment itself and get caught up in the impeller. Scraping dead squirrel guts off an impeller fan is not fun. (Don't ask me how I know. Just trust me on this one.)

Squirrels also damage other things, including the house itself, as well as personal possessions that you store in your attic. We've seen many cases where valuable collectibles, antique furniture, sentimental heirlooms, and antique dolls and toys, were destroyed by squirrel gnawing. They really can do a lot of damage.

Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing in Atlanta

The only long-term solution to a squirrel problem is to humanely remove them, relocate them, and seal up the gaps in the house to keep squirrels out of the attic. That's what we do, and we do it best. We use safe, humane, non-chemical squirrel-control methods that remove the squirrels from your home or commercial building and make it squirrel-proof. In fact, we guarantee it. We back our work with the best warranty in the business.

Rid-A-Critter has the experience, know-how, and equipment to solve any squirrel problem, whether the building is a fishing cabin in the woods or a huge industrial building in the City of Atlanta. Our wildlife management professionals are animal-removal specialists, not handymen who do a bit of animal control work on the side.

Our squirrel-removal crews in the field are supported by a team of field service supervisors who make sure that the technicians have everything they need to prvent squirrels from getting into your home. They also make sure that every squirrel-exclusion job is completed to your satisfaction and Rid-A-Critter's exacting standards.

If you live in or around Metro Atlanta have a problem with squirrels or other wildlife, please call us for an on-site inspection and consultation. We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, please have a look at some pictures of squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing jobs we've done over the years.

Atlanta Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing work we've done in the Metro Atlanta area.

These pictures represent only a small sample of the thousands of squirrel-control jobs we've done in Metro Atlanta. We have the tools and personnel to handle any squirrel control job, so please call us today for an on-site consultation.

 

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Today We'll be Squirrel-Proofing the Attic of this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 10:46:49 am.

Typical Squirrel Trails through the Attic Insulation of a Newnan, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 11:01:35 am.

We have technicians sealing the gaps between the stone walls and the frieze boards to prevent squirrels from getting into the attic of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. The irregular walls of stone houses make squirrel-proofing a challenge.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 10:57:19 am.

One of our squirrel control teams is humanely trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Morrow, Georgia. We'll also be squirrel-proofing the roof to keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 10:53:26 am.

We have a squirrel-removal team sealing gaps in the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. We're also trapping and relocating the existing squirrels unharmed to their new home in the forest.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 10:50:59 am.

One of our crews is repairing the rain gutters and sealing the edges of the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Atlanta. The squirrels were climbing up inside the downspout to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 10:48:03 am.

We have a crew repairing squirrel damage to the heating ducts in the attic of a house in College Park, Georgia. Squirrels can cause serious damage to heating and cooling systems by gnawing their way through the ducts and into the system.
by Webmaster
Dec 01, 2020 10:45:20 am.

Our Metro Atlanta rat-control technicians are replacing a crawl space door and frame to keep Norway rats out of a house in Tucker, Georgia. Loose-fitting or water-damaged crawl space doors are common ingress points for rats.
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:59:48 am.

Here's What the Squirrels Saw Before being Removed from the Attic of an Atlanta Home
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Nov 30, 2020 10:51:46 am.

Here's Justin Squirrel-Proofing a House in John's Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 30, 2020 10:45:27 am.

We have an inspector on his way to draw up plans to remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia, and seal up the roofs to prevent future squirrel problems.
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 11:27:27 am.

One of our squirrel-removal teams is closing up constructions gaps in the roof to prevent squirrels from getting back into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Sealing them out is the only way to permanently solve a squirrel problem.
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 11:24:57 am.

A homeowner just called and told us she found squirrel droppings in the attic of her Atlanta home. We're sending an inspector to draw up plans for a squirrel removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 11:22:19 am.

One our our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is setting traps to catch and remove gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Chamblee, Georgia. We'll also be repairing damage to a wooden gable vent to seal squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 11:16:14 am.

Here's Why We'll Be Removing Squirrels from the Attic of this Marietta, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Nov 25, 2020 10:37:37 am.

An Old-School Squirrel Chewed its way into the Attic of this House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Nov 24, 2020 10:49:57 am.

Today We'll Seal this Gap to Keep Squirrels out of the Attic of a Marietta, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Nov 24, 2020 10:45:54 am.

Justin Doing Squirrel Damage Repair at a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Nov 24, 2020 10:24:25 am.

Here's Why this Marietta, Georgia Home Needs Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2020 10:49:42 am.

One of our crews is repairing squirrel damage to the French drain and the rain gutters and downspouts of a house in Marietta, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed through the French drain and climbed up the downspout to the roof.
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2020 10:46:12 am.

We have a crew from our Metro Atlanta office repairing water damage and squirrel damage at a house in Douglasville, Georgia. We often encounter and repair both animal and water damage at the same locations.
by Webmaster
Nov 20, 2020 10:15:15 am.

Here's Why this House in Atlanta Needs Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Nov 20, 2020 10:11:08 am.

We have a team of technicians animal-proofing the roof of a house in Marietta, Georgia to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 20, 2020 10:05:31 am.

One of our squirrel-removal crews is sealing the roof of a house in Smyrna, Georgia to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic. Trapping and removing squirrels makes no sense unless you also prevent them from getting back in.
by Webmaster
Nov 20, 2020 09:33:33 am.

We have an inspector on his way to check out what sound like gray squirrel burrows through the insulation in the attic of a house in Atlanta. Whatever the animal is, we'll trap them and seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 19, 2020 08:48:05 am.

We have technicians repairing water and squirrel damage to the roof of a house in Lilburn, Georgia. It's very common to find water and animal damage in the same places, and we make sure both problems are fixed before we leave the job.
by Webmaster
Nov 18, 2020 10:52:49 am.

Typical Gray Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a Kennesaw, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Nov 18, 2020 10:43:57 am.

We have technicians repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof trim of a house in Duluth, Georgia. They're also setting traps to catch and remove squirrels from the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:13:28 am.

One of our crews is busy at work trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia and repairing squirrel damage to the soffits and roof trim.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:10:57 am.

This afternoon one of our squirrel-removal crews will be replacing a water-damaged section of soffit panel to make sure squirrels can't get into the attic of a house in Dallas, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:04:43 am.

One of our inspectors is on his way to check out a squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia and draw up a squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing plan.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 11:01:30 am.

One of our crews is sealing the gaps around the roof and replacing the drip edge and rain gutters to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Ellenwood, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2020 10:58:35 am.

The Atlanta, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides squirrel removal and squirrel-proofing in all of Metro Atlanta including the City of Atlanta and the communities of Berkeley Lake, Buckhead, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Lilburn, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings.

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