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Atlanta Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing

Squirrel damage to the roof of a home in Alpharetta

Squirrel damage to the roof of a home 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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There are squirrel droppings all over the attic of a house in Marietta, Georgia. Obviously the squirrel have been up there for a long time. We're setting traps to catch and relocate the squirrels, animal-proofing the roof, cleaning up the squirrel mess, and replacing the soiled attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 27, 2021 11:14:43 am.

A homeowner called to tell us they saw gray squirrels trying to get into the attic of their Marietta, Georgia home. Looks like they're getting an early start preparing for the winter. We sent Chris out to draw up a squirrel removal and exclusion plan.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2021 10:00:39 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Squirrel-removal technicians from our Atlanta office are working at a Smyrna, Georgia squirrel damage-repair job. The squirrels gnawed through the wooden roof fascia, which needs to be repaired to make the attic squirrel-proof.
by Webmaster
Jul 23, 2021 10:39:45 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is installing sturdy, metal roof vents that will keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The existing squirrels will be humanely trapped, removed from the attic, and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jul 22, 2021 10:59:58 am.

One of our crews is trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a pool cabana outside a house in Atlanta. The squirrels will be relocated to the forest, where they'll have to make do with a pond instead of a pool.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:55:07 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is removing a squirrel drey from the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The squirrels are being relocated to their new home in the forest while our technicians squirrel proof the attic.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:31:46 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed through a metal rain gutter and the fascia board behind it to get into the attic of an Atlanta home. We've set traps to catch and remove the squirrels. We're also repairing the squirrel damage and animal-proofing the roof of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2021 10:28:49 am.

We Found Bats on a Gable Vent Screen in the Attic of a House in Atlanta
by Webmaster
Jul 13, 2021 09:33:02 am.

Squirrel droppings and flattened-out insulation were all the evidence we needed to deduce that the attic of a house in Decatur, Georgia needed gray squirrels removed from the attic. We'll trap and remove the squirrels, squirrel-proof the roof, and replace the insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2021 11:14:33 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-control crews is repairing squirrel damage at a house in Lithonia, Georgia. They're also trapping and removing the squirrels from the attic, and animal-proofing the roof to keep squirrels and other critters outside where they belong.
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2021 11:18:58 am.

A young squirrel was waiting outside the trap that held its mother and siblings when we arrived to remove the squirrels from the attic of a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. We reunited the family and are relocating them together to the forest.
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2021 10:51:41 am.

We just picked up a whole family of squirrels and removed them from the attic of a house in Douglasville, Georgia. They're on their way to their new home in the forest. I'm told the little ones are excited and are constantly asking if they're there yet.
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2021 11:07:26 am.

One of our Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal crews is repairing water and squirrel damage at a house in Decatur, Georgia. Between the water and the squirrels, most of the outer edge of the soffit panel is gone. Our guys will replace it, as well as trap and relocate the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Jun 30, 2021 11:03:28 am.

Squirrel-removal technicians from our Metro Atlanta office are installing squirrel-proof roof vents on a house in Fayetteville, Georgia. They're also trapping and removing the existing squirrels from the attic, of course,
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2021 12:52:28 pm.

Gray Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a House in McDonough, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2021 10:23:24 am.

Our technicians are repairing squirrel damage to a metal rain gutter at Marietta, Georgia home. The squirrels never did make it into the attic because the homeowner called us right away. That avoids a lot of work that would otherwise be necessary cleaning up squirrel mess.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2021 10:19:59 am.

Today we're relocating a family of squirrels to their new home in the forest. The squirrels were caught and removed from the attic of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia, all at the same time.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2021 09:24:44 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

A Handyman's Failed Attempt to Squirrel-Proof a House in Jonesboro, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:57:51 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed through a metal rain gutter and roof flashing and the wooden roof sheathing to get into the attic of a house in Atlanta. We have a squirrel-removal crew setting traps to catch and relocate the squirrels. They'll also be repairing the squirrel damage.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2021 09:33:15 am.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Gray Squirrel Damage to a French Drain at a House in McDonough, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2021 10:51:29 am.

Squirrels made a real mess in the attic of a house in Marietta. We have a squirrel-removal team setting traps to catch and relocate the squirrels. They're also fixing the squirrel damage, cleaning up the mess, and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Jun 17, 2021 10:47:55 am.

A Metro Atlanta squirrel-removal team is setting traps to catch and relocate squirrels from the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. They'll also be repairing the considerable damage the squirrels did, cleaning up the mess they made, and squirrel-proofing the roof.
by Webmaster
Jun 16, 2021 10:43:50 am.

An Open-Door Policy Allowed Squirrels into a Brick House in Fayetteville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2021 10:13:20 am.

Today we have a crew installing a squirrel-proof roof vent to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic of a house in Atlanta. Most roof vents are too flimsy to keep animals out of a house. The replacements we install are both sturdy and energy-efficient.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2021 09:48:09 am.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

A crew from our Metro Atlanta office is on their way to a McDonough, Georgia squirrel removal call. The squirrels are getting into the attic through gaps along the edges of the roof, which we'll be sealing to make the house squirrel-proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 10, 2021 12:14:32 pm.

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, Dunwoody, 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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