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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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We have a technician with good carpentry skills repairing water and squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Atlanta. Many animal problems begin with water damage from leaky roofs and clogged gutters.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:46:07 am.

We have a squirrel-removal crew replacing a section of soffit panel to exclude squirrels from the attic of a house in Newnan, Georgia. As the house settled, the soffit panels became loose, allowing squirrels to get in.
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2021 10:41:16 am.

Rainy day for after care appointments. Enjoy your Friday everyone.
by Chris G.
Feb 26, 2021 08:27:28 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

This afternoon we'll be heading out to repair water and squirrel damage caused by a clogged rain gutter at a house in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The rain gutter was so clogged that it had tree seedlings growing in it.
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2021 10:22:51 am.

Our technicians are repairing water and squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. They'll also catch and remove the squirrels the squirrels that are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2021 10:19:18 am.

We're sending a squirrel-removal crew to catch and relocate squirrels from the attic of a house in Conyers, Georgia. They're also sealing a gap along the edge of the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2021 10:14:04 am.

Video of Squirrel Damage Repair at a House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 24, 2021 10:07:05 am.

We have a squirrel-removal team relocating squirrels from the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The squirrels got in through a dryer vent on the second floor, which we're replacing with an animal-resistant one.
by Webmaster
Feb 23, 2021 10:56:15 am.

A homeowner just called to tell us that her electrician found squirrel damage to the wiring in the attic of her Smyrna, Georgia home. We have an inspector rushing over to draw up a squirrel-removal and exclusion plan.
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2021 11:19:45 am.

We have a crew repairing squirrel damage to the soffit panel of a house in Peachtree City, Georgia. They're also setting traps to humanely catch, remove, and relocate the squirrels from the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 22, 2021 09:46:46 am.

One of our squirrel-removal teams is on their way to catch and remove gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Stonecrest, Georgia. They'll also be sealing the roof to keep squirrels and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2021 10:33:01 am.

We have a squirrel-removal crew on their way to catch, remove, and humanely relocate squirrels from the attic of a house in Riverdale, Georgia. They'll also be animal-proofing the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 19, 2021 10:30:16 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

We're on our way to repair water and squirrel damage to a dormer at a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. The wood was already water-damaged when the squirrels showed up. We'll be repairing both problems.
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2021 10:49:27 am.

A crew from our Metro Atlanta office is heading up to Berkeley Lakes to repair squirrel damage to the chimney of a home. The chimney is enclosed in a wood-paneled facade, and the squirrels gnawed right through it.
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2021 10:41:09 am.

We have technicians repairing raccoon damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Monroe, Georgia. They've already trapped and removed the raccoons from the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 17, 2021 10:15:23 am.

A team from our Metro Atlanta office is repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Monroe, Georgia. We'll also leave traps in the attic for a few more nights to make sure that all the squirrels are out.
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 11:21:00 am.

One of our squirrel-removal teams is installing a new chimney cap to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. Removing squirrels from the attic doesn't make much sense unless you also seal them out.
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2021 10:34:28 am.

We have a crew removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Atlanta and repairing the damage they did. The customer noticed that something had been gnawing at a zippered plastic clothing case. It turned out to be squirrels.
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2021 11:23:57 am.

One of our squirrel-removal teams is just about finished squirrel-proofing a house in Conyers, Georgia. They've caught and removed all the squirrels from the attic. Now they're buttoning up the exclusion work.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 11:35:01 am.

Our inspector found evidence of squirrels in the attic of a house in Decatur, Georgia. We have a crew headed out to catch and remove the squirrels, and seal the roof of the house to make it animal-proof.
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2021 11:32:34 am.

A homeowner just called and told us that her electrician found squirrel damage to the wiring in the attic of her Newnan, Georgia home. We have a squirrel-removal crew on their way to remove the squirrels and seal them out.
by Webmaster
Feb 09, 2021 10:52:18 am.

We have a crew repairing squirrel damage to both the roof fascia and the metal rain gutters of a house in East Point, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed through both the metal and the wood to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 09, 2021 10:44:25 am.

We have a crew trapping and removing squirrels from the roof of a church in Atlanta. Churches are very attractive buildings to squirrels because most of them have many nooks and crannies the squirrels can get into.
by Webmaster
Feb 08, 2021 10:12:18 am.

Today We're Repairing Gray Squirrel Damage to a House in Sandy Springs, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 08, 2021 09:52:28 am.

We have a crew repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Atlanta. The squirrels started with a hole where the utility wires pass into the house, and gnawed at it enough to could get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2021 10:11:07 am.

One of our inspectors called to tell us he found evidence of a gray squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Johns Creek, Georgia. We'll be sending a crew to catch and remove the squirrels and seal them out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2021 10:05:23 am.

Today We'll be Squirrel-Proofing the Roof of this Stone Mountain, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2021 11:14:24 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Our technicians are repairing gray squirrel damage to the roof of a house in Locust Grove, Georgia. The squirrels climbed up the downspout and into the rain gutter, then chewed through the soffit into the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 02, 2021 11:10:57 am.

This Construction Gap Allowed Squirrels into a Kennesaw, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Feb 02, 2021 11:07:43 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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