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Atlanta Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing

Worried squirrel at a squirrel-removal job in Marietta

Worried squirrel at a squirrel-removal job in Marietta

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 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. It help propagate the trees that produced the nuts. The squirrels are, in effect, planting the trees.

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.

Legally speaking, squirrels aren't "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, effective squirrel control requires sealing up 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 new 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 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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Impressive Squirrel Hole into the Attic of a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 02, 2020 10:31:46 am.

A Gray Squirrel Gnawed a Hole Through the Soffit Panel at a House in Jonesboro, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2020 10:46:20 am.

We're replacing a portion of soffit panel on a house in Fayetteville, Georgia to keep squirrels from getting into the attic. The old panel was cut too short and fell out of the soffit, allowing squirrels to get in.
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2020 10:41:58 am.

Gray Squirrels Chewed Up the Rain Gutter Cover at a House in Powder Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2020 10:37:31 am.

Gray Squirrel Trails through the Attic Insulation at a Johns Creek, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2020 10:06:40 am.

Our Metro Atlanta office has technicians working at a house in College Park, Georgia to trap and remove gray squirrels from the soffit of the house. They'll also be sealing the roof so squirrels can't get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:44:28 am.

We have a crew working at a house in Atlanta sealing gray squirrels out of the attic. The homeowner tried the DIY squirrel-exclusion approach first, but it didn't work out too well. It rarely does.
by Webmaster
Jun 26, 2020 11:16:47 am.

A Squirrel Climbed the Downspout and into the Attic of a House in Tyrone, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:52:10 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Industrious Gray Squirrel Gnawed its Way into a Cabin in Cartersville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 19, 2020 06:29:10 am.

Impressive Squirrel Hole Gnawed Through the Roof of a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 04:13:26 am.

Huge Construction Gap Allowed Squirrels to Get into the Attic of an Atlanta Home
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2020 04:08:50 am.

A Gray Squirrel Gnawed its Way into a House in Lithia Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2020 10:20:20 am.

We have a crew at a house in Lithia Springs sealing up holes in the roof to keep squirrels from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 11:39:33 am.

A Squirrel Funnel Trap in Use at a House in Johns Creek, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2020 10:23:31 am.

We have a crew from our Metro Atlanta office on their way to remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Duluth, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2020 10:39:30 am.

Night-Vision Video of Young Squirrels in an Attic in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2020 10:10:37 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

We have a crew out repairing squirrel damage to the ducts in the attic of a house in Atlanta.
by Webmaster
May 22, 2020 10:44:32 am.

A Squirrel Burrowed Through Sprayed-On Insulation in an Attic in Smyrna, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 21, 2020 11:09:54 am.

We're Trapping and Removing Squirrels from a Commercial Building in Union City, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 20, 2020 10:20:33 am.

Gray Squirrel Chewed Through Metal Flashing to Get into the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 20, 2020 10:10:39 am.

A Gray Squirrel Gnawed through the Rain Gutter of a House in Franklin, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 19, 2020 11:10:42 am.

Gray Squirrels Gnawed their Way into the Attic of a House in Stockbridge, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:20:45 am.

Young Squirrels Removed from the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 15, 2020 10:33:23 am.

Example of a Funnel Trap in Use at a Conyers, Georgia Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
May 14, 2020 10:54:42 am.

One of our teams is on their way to replace a squirrel-damaged roof vent on the roof of a house in Berkeley Lake, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 14, 2020 10:48:37 am.

We have team from our Metro Atlanta office setting traps to remove a family of squirrels from the attic of a house in Kennesaw, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 14, 2020 10:38:03 am.

We have a crew from our Metro Atlanta office headed out to Ellenwood to trap and remove the squirrels who are living in the attic, and seal the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
May 12, 2020 10:25:49 am.

We Have a Crew Squirrel-Proofing a House in Stone-Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 12, 2020 10:05:27 am.

Gray Squirrels Gnawed their Way into the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
May 04, 2020 10:48:05 am.

One of our animal-control crews is headed to a brand-new house in Atlanta to remove squirrels from the attic and seal them out.
by Webmaster
May 01, 2020 10:49:40 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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