Are you a Georgia resident experiencing problems with squirrels in the attic? Do you need professional assistance getting rid of squirrels in your home or office building and you live in Atlanta or nearby cities? Urban Wildlife Control offers nuisance squirrel control to protect your home or office building. We have extensive experience in removing squirrels from homes, attics and chimneys.

There are two species of squirrels that cause the most problems in Georgia: Eastern gray squirrels and Southern flying squirrels. If you hear animals in the attic, soffit or gutters during daylight hours, chances are that you need gray squirrel removal. If you are hearing the noises of a nocturnal critter, then you most likely need flying squirrel removal. Both species of squirrels live in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States.

How, When and Why They Enter Your Home

Squirrels have adapted well to urban and suburban environments. They frequently use homes and other buildings as nesting and breeding sites. They instinctively seek out safe den sites to bear and raise their young during the fall and spring.

Squirrels gain access to attics in several ways, usually by chewing the attic at the construction gap, roof vents, gable vents and other areas. They often find a small opening and chew a bigger hole to gain access to the building’s interior.

Squirrels bring nesting materials into the home or use items in the home for nesting material (insulation, stored belongings, etc.). Squirrels can gain entry to a home fairly quietly and may not make much noise while inside until they feel comfortable with their surroundings. Once these animals become more comfortable, they make quite a bit of noise scurrying around and storing food.

Juvenile gray squirrels can fall down a wall, get stuck and die, creating a need for Atlanta squirrel removal. However, flying squirrels may travel up and down walls to find a suitable nesting site without getting stuck.

Squirrels may live in your attic year-round, but they are especially active during the fall through the spring when the weather is cooler and they’re raising their babies. Your attic is an excellent place to raise them, as it provides protection from predators and the elements. If squirrels are present during this time of year, the adult females need to be checked to determine if they are nursing. If they are, the offspring should also be located, if they are not initially.

Damage They Cause

Chewing

Squirrels are members of the rodent family. Like all rodents, they must chew to keep their teeth sharp. Squirrels damage shingles, soffits and fascia boards by chewing them and enabling water to enter your home. If left uncorrected, this situation can cause a serious problem over the next several years, as water flows down the exterior walls, causing wood to rot. Worst of all, squirrels chew electrical wires and wire insulation until only bare copper is left. If the damage goes unnoticed, it can be a potential fire hazard.

Contamination

When squirrels are occupying your home, they will use it as a latrine, leaving behind a lot of droppings and urine. These unwanted gifts not only smell bad, but they also pose a potential health risk. The smell can even attract new squirrels for years to come, as it can linger.

Insulation

Many metro-Atlanta homes were under-insulated by the builders when the home was first constructed. Since homeowners do not spend much time in the attic, little consideration is given to the attic insulation.

After squirrels have resided in the attic for any period of time, blown-in insulation damage is

common. Loose-fill insulation will become matted and compressed, allowing heated air to escape into the attic in the winter and hot air to enter the home during the summer. Insulation replacement should not be completed until all the squirrels have been removed.

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Tackling Squirrel Nuisance Problems

To get rid of squirrels in the attic, trapping is the first step. Squirrels must be trapped and relocated at least ten miles from the property. During breeding season, this may be particularly difficult because the animals are very sensitive to new scents and changes in the environment.

Upon completion of squirrel control, Atlanta homeowners and business owners should have any holes found on the roof sealed. If your building has a construction gap, it must be sealed as well. The areas that squirrels have been using as entry points require special attention to remove the scent posts. The material needs to be replaced and the areas treated.

In addition, animal waste and nesting material should be removed and the odor eliminated. This is the most effective way to eradicate squirrels from an attic. Electronic and sonic devices will not work. Mothballs and other chemicals may be harmful to humans, and they are largely ineffective on squirrels.

Urban Wildlife Control will execute the proper Atlanta squirrel control steps for you or your business and offer quick solutions. If the proper steps are not taken, new squirrels will replace the squirrels that were removed.