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Squirrel Removal and Exclusion

Young squirrel being held by an animal-removal technician in his hands after being removed from the attic of a house

Rid-A-Critter provides squirrel removal and exclusion in Metro Atlanta, including Conyers, Covington, Kennesaw, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Stockbridge, Dunwoody, Johns Creek.

The two squirrel species that most commonly get into attics and need to be removed from homes in 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 and 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 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. That's the time of year when squirrel-removal companies get busy.

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

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 Exclusion in Atlanta

The only permanent 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 Metro Atlanta squirrel removal crews working in the field are supported by a team of field service supervisors who make sure that the technicians have everything they need to prevent 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.

Metro Atlanta Squirrel Removal 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 removal 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're applying a metal shield to the edges of the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a Smyrna, Georgia home. Trapping and removing squirrels from an attic must be accompanied by proper exclusion work to prevent future problems with squirrels or other animals getting into the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2021 10:49:09 am.

While most litters of squirrels are at least 4+ wks old by now, there are always a few late bloomers! If you suspect activity in your attic, give us a call for an estimate!
by Amber A.
Oct 27, 2021 09:59:04 am.

Chris found a nest of squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. A crew from our Metro Atlanta office is gearing up to trap and relocate the squirrels and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2021 07:03:39 am.

Cute video of Baby Squirrels Removed from a House in Kennesaw, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2021 06:08:58 am.

A maze of trails meandering through the insulation turned out to be from squirrels who need to be removed from the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. We have a crew trapping and removing the attic and animal-proofing the roof, after which they'll be replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 10:33:10 am.

We Have a Crew Responding to a Failed Handyman Attempt to Squirrel-Proof a House in Marietta, Georgia
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 10:22:51 am.

Squirrels chewed right through a cedar end cap on the soffit to get into the attic of a cabin right outside Atlanta. A team of squirrel-removal experts is on their way to trap and relocate the squirrels and seal them out of the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 10:16:43 am.

A gap under the shingles at the end of the soffit allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. We have squirrel removal experts on their way to humanely remove and relocate the squirrels, and animal-proof the roof to keep wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 25, 2021 10:13:42 am.

Ridacritter teams are all over Alabama and Georgia this week removing all kinds of critters from homes. The best way to get rid of rats, bats, squirrels & mice in Atlanta, Macon and Birmingham is to call Ridacritter.
by Richard Adcock
Oct 25, 2021 08:21:25 am.

In Warner Robins Ga. today finishing up a bat exclusion installing Ridge Guard on the ridge vents. Then I’m going to Mount Plesant Ga. for another exclusion quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 25, 2021 08:18:08 am.

Headed to Cropwell to look at a house with a squirrel problem in the attic. Got a big bat exclusion and removal job in trussville today. Mouse job in vestavia. Then back to Birmingham for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Oct 25, 2021 08:16:14 am.

Three story houses ain’t an issue. We Rid The Critters
by Alfonso K.
Oct 22, 2021 12:13:28 pm.

Squirrel droppings and urine on a heating duct were evidence of gray squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Atlanta. We have a crew trapping the squirrels so they can be sealed out of the house and relocated to their new home in a hollow tree deep in the woods of Georgia.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:41:58 am.

A Gray Squirrel Sealed Out of a House in Fayetteville is Looking for a New Place
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:30:35 am.

Our animal-control experts will remove and relocate the squirrels, and animal-proof the roof to prevent future critter problems.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:23:06 am.

Gray squirrels used a knot hole in a wooden soffit panel as a starting point to gnaw their way into the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia. A squirrel removal team from our Metro Atlanta office is trapping and relocating the squirrels as we speak, and animal-proofing the roof to prevent future problems.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:19:42 am.

A missing slat in a wooden soffit panel right near a rain gutter downspout allowed squirrels into a house in Atlanta. We're using traps to remove the squirrels from the attic and relocate them, and repairing the gaps in the soffit and elsewhere on the roof to keep new squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 09:15:00 am.

A crew doing squirrel removal in Stockbridge, Georgia removed and relocated what we thing were the last of the squirrels in the attic this morning. They re-baited the traps and will check them again this afternoon just to be sure that we don't trap any squirrels inside the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 22, 2021 08:30:16 am.

Rainy day today but that hasn’t stopped the squirrels from getting in! Lots of calls today for those little critters!
by Amber A.
Oct 21, 2021 05:10:06 pm.

Rainy day today but that hasn’t stopped the squirrels from getting in! Lots of calls today for those little critters!
by Amber A.
Oct 21, 2021 05:09:50 pm.

Been a busy day! From Birmingham to Mountain Brook to Vestavia. Lots and lots of squirrel calls. They are very active and very destructive.
by Chris Scott
Oct 21, 2021 02:20:17 pm.

Technicians working a Hampton, Georgia squirrel-removal job discovered squirrel damage to the insulated heating ducts in the attic. It's superficial, so it will be easy to repair. Had they actually gotten inside the ducts, it would have been more costly. Animal problems only get worse when they're not addressed promptly.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 11:11:17 am.

Chris removed a soffit vent and found a squirrel nest at a house in Conyers, Georgia. We have a squirrel-removal crew on their way to trap and humanely relocate the squirrels, and seal them and other critters out of the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 11:00:42 am.

Out here in Lizella Ga doing a animal exclusion on a home that has bats. Then we’re headed to Macon Ga to do a exclusion quote for squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 21, 2021 10:48:10 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a baseball-sized hole through the Sheetrock to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. Our squirrel-removal team will patch the hole as part of the squirrel removal and exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 10:14:13 am.

Our technicians just removed three squirrels from the attic of a house in Atlanta. They were all in the same trap. That happens a lot with young squirrels. I guess kids of all species like playing follow the leader.
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2021 10:12:00 am.

Exclusion for grey squirrels this morning in Kenessaw. I’m really loving the cool weather, but with lowering temperatures comes more animals looking for a warm place to bunk down. Call us today for your free quote!
by Chris G.
Oct 20, 2021 09:11:36 am.

Albany, Americus and Thomaston squirrel calls are on the rise. Scheduled them all today for exclusion quotes. Scratching noises in the attic prompted them to call. Call for your free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 19, 2021 10:16:47 am.

One of our Atlanta squirrel removal and exclusion crews is repairing and screening a gable vent to keep squirrels out of an attic. The squirrels gnawed right through the existing, flimsy screen and the wooden gable vent slats to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 19, 2021 09:07:47 am.

Another busy day. Off to Tuscaloosa to quote a couple of clients who are interested in having their homes sealed to prevent rodent entry. Then to Mountain Brook for some squirrels in an attic.
by Chris Scott
Oct 19, 2021 07:55:58 am.

A crew working an Atlanta squirrel removal and exclusion job discovered water damage to the roof sheathing and fascia. They're repairing both the squirrel damage and the water damage as we speak.
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2021 10:49:56 am.

Earl is Getting Up in the World at an Atlanta Squirrel Removal Job
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2021 09:43:00 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, Cartersville, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Douglasville, Duluth, Dunwoody, Fayetteville, Hull, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Lithonia, Loganville, Mableton, Marietta, McDonough, Newnan, Norcross, Peachtree City, Powder Springs, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, and Vinings. We are fully licensed and insured.

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