Squirrels often build nests in attics, soffits, eaves, gutters, chimneys, and on roofs. It is important that nuisance squirrels are removed to prevent damage. If squirrels are left alone and not exterminated, they could chew on wires, cause a fire, damage insulation, chew on rafters, chew holes in the roof, and chew holes through the ceiling.
Squirrels which have made their way into any structure are removed by trapping the animals and exclusion (sealing the entry points). It may be difficult and very time consuming to trap squirrels one by one. In most cases, it is much more efficient to remove squirrels by sealing off all of the entry points and allowing the squirrels to exit by installing a one way exclusion device (excluder).
There are many different types of squirrels depending on what part of the country you live in.
Squirrels want to get in. If every squirrel around your home knew they could get in, they would. Your attic is warm, insulated, and safe from predators. Squirrels will usually find a way in through a construction gap that was left open when the home or building was built. Squirrels can also get in if they can find a weak area that can easily be chewed. Even if there aren't any weak areas, squirrels have to chew to keep their teeth from getting too long. So, in some cases, squirrels could find a way in by accident. Squirrels can chew through anything that is not metal or concrete.
The most common problem for squirrels is when they go into an attic. Usually, squirrels in the attic are first noticed when scratching is heard in the ceiling. They may also be found by seeing holes chewed into the attic, soffit, or eaves.
So, you're probably wondering, how do we get rid of squirrels!? The process is simple, but it can be a daunting task. Removing squirrels the right way is time consuming and could be dangerous to the amateur.
This is the first step to properly identifying the correct species and that it is in fact squirrels getting in. Wildlife specialists will find the entry points, squirrel damage, and be able to create a plan to remove the squirrels, seal off the openings, and repair any damage.
Squirrel Trapping & Removal
On any squirrel removal program for attic squirrels, typically it will be recommended by your wildlife control operator that squirrels should be removed with a one-way excluder door. This door is installed on the main entry point where there is clear evidence of where the squirrels are going in and out. The evidence that we find is either chew marks, fecal matter, urine, grease marks, hair, or crumbs from a food source. This information is vital to a successful squirrel removal program.
Squirrel Exclusion, Squirrel Proofing, & Squirrel Prevention
Different materials will provide different levels of protection depending on the type of species and the severity of your problem.
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