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Atlanta Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing

Young squirrels removed from a house in Alpharetta.

Young squirrels removed from a house in Alpharetta.

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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Chris figured out how the squirrels got into the attic of a house in Decatur, Georgia. They climbed up inside the rain gutter. They basically used it as a squirrel ladder into the attic.
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May 07, 2021 10:39:00 am.

Old-School Squirrel Hole in the Soffit of a House in Covington, Georgia
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May 07, 2021 10:35:36 am.

One of our crews is repairing gray squirrel damage to the siding and corner post of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. They've already trapped the squirrels and removed them from the atti8c.
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May 07, 2021 10:13:27 am.

Squirrel-removal technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are sealing gaps behind the rain gutter of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia to keep gray squirrels out of the attic.
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May 07, 2021 09:50:49 am.

We Met a Worried Squirrel on the Roof of a House in Covington, Georgia
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May 06, 2021 10:42:09 am.

An Old-School Squirrel Chewed its Way into the Attic of a Marietta, Georgia Home
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May 06, 2021 10:33:44 am.

A lady called to tell us she needs "friendly" squirrels removed from the attic of her house in Kennesaw, Georgia. We told her not to worry. We always practice humane, ethical squirrel removal and relocation.
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May 06, 2021 10:24:50 am.

Evidence of a Long-Standing Squirrel Problem in the Attic of a Lithia Springs, Georgia Home
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May 06, 2021 10:21:12 am.

One of our crews is replacing the corner post of the siding as part of a squirrel damage-repair job at a house in Marietta, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed right through the siding at the corner of the house to get inside.
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May 05, 2021 10:08:27 am.

Today we're finishing up squirrel-proofing a house in Atlanta. We've installed metal guards under the shingles along the edges of the roof to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
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May 05, 2021 09:36:25 am.

One of our squirrel-removal teams is installing traps to humanely catch and relocate gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Stockbridge, Georgia.
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May 05, 2021 09:31:16 am.

We caught a whole family of squirrels in one trap overnight and removed them from the attic of a house in Sandy Springs, Georgia. They'll all be relocated together as a family to a more suitable habitat.
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May 04, 2021 11:03:45 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is repairing squirrel damage to the roof of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed holes along the edges of the roof to get into the attic of the house.
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May 04, 2021 10:58:08 am.

We have a squirrel damage-repair crew replacing a section of rain gutter and repairing damage to the fascia and sheathing of a house in Atlanta. Gray squirrels gnawed right through the metal rain gutter and the sheathing to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:55:18 am.

Somewhat Unusual Squirrel-Removal Job at a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
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May 04, 2021 10:52:14 am.

Today we're catching and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Berkeley Lake, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed through the roof fascia to get into the house. We'll repair the damage and squirrel-proof the house.
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May 04, 2021 10:40:55 am.

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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Gray squirrels love the cozy attic life! Keep your trees trimmed, and call Ridacritter today!
by Jake A.
May 03, 2021 03:16:07 pm.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is repairing water and squirrel damage to the wooden soffit of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The water damage happened first and allowed the squirrels into the attic. We'll fix both problems.
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May 03, 2021 10:17:18 am.

Squirrel-removal technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are busy closing up the gaps along the edges of the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 03, 2021 10:14:06 am.

One of our teams is repairing squirrel damage in the attic of a house in Atlanta. The squirrels tore the insulation down from the rafters and gnawed at the flexible heating ducts. We'll remove the squirrels and fix the damage.
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May 03, 2021 10:08:31 am.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is trapping and removing squirrels from the soffit of a house in Duluth, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed a hole right through the wooden soffit panel to get into the house.
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Apr 29, 2021 10:51:50 am.

Another Failed Handyman Squirrel-Proofing Attempt at a House in Riverdale, Georgia
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Apr 29, 2021 10:35:33 am.

We have a pair of technicians repairing squirrel damage to the soffit of a house in Atlanta. The squirrels have already been removed from the attic and relocated. Now we're finishing up the damage-repair and exclusion phase.
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Apr 28, 2021 10:30:59 am.

The Water Damage to the Roof Allowed Squirrels into this House in Atlanta
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Apr 28, 2021 10:25:59 am.

One of our animal damage-repair crews is repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Atlanta. We're also setting traps in the attic to humanely catch the squirrels so they can be relocated elsewhere unharmed.
by Webmaster
Apr 27, 2021 09:06:43 am.

Gray Squirrels Gnawed their Way into the Attic of this House in Atlanta
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Apr 26, 2021 09:49:42 am.

Animal damage-repair technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Stockbridge, Georgia. Gray squirrels gnawed through the soffit panel and fascia to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 26, 2021 09:42:20 am.

Video of a Squirrel Removal Job at a House in Jonesboro, Georgia
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Apr 23, 2021 09:15:23 am.

Tuscaloosa bound this morning Squirrels stuck in wood column. Roll Tide!
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Apr 23, 2021 09:06:00 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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