There are four native tree squirrels in Oregon: the Western gray, Douglas, Northern flying, and American red squirrels. There are also invasive nonnative species like the Eastern fox and gray squirrels. They are listed as predatory animals.

While they are fun to watch, squirrels can be a pest when they cause damage to your property. From March to September, squirrels give birth in a nest they created, possibly in your attic or chimney. Squirrels’ teeth or constantly growing, and if they get too big, they are painful. These pests will gnaw on anything hard, including metals, wood, siding, shingles, pipes, ducts, and drywall, to keep them small.

How Do Squirrels Get into My Attic?

Squirrels are outstanding climbers and exceptional jumpers. A squirrel can jump five feet vertically and clear seven feet across. So if you have tree branches within that range to your home, squirrels can gain access to your roof.

Squirrels need an entry point ranging in size between a golf ball to a softball. If the gap isn't big enough, squirrels can gnaw through most housing materials to gain access. 

This squirrel in Portland found a gap along the eaves after gaining access to the roof from nearby trees. 

Squirrel Control in Portland

Most people identify squirrels from the noises they make early in the morning. In this situation, the homeowners actually saw the squirrel make the jump onto their roof. 

‚ÄčNever try to catch a squirrel. They can carry diseases and will bite or scratch if they are cornered. According to Oregon laws, squirrels cannot be relocated unless it is on the same property. T

We don’t typically have to trap and remove squirrels.Trapping and transporting a squirrel to a facility that will take in the rodent requires a special permit. Hunting permits may be required for certain species during particular seasons.

We install a one way door or valve. The squirrels evict themselves. Once they go through the door, they can't return. You need to make sure all potential squirrel entry points are sealed. Squirrels cna find their way back inside. If babies are in a nest, we remove them by hand and immediately reunite them with the mother outside.

We provided an exhaustive inspection of the property and found the squirrel building a nest in the insultation. We were able to set a squirrel trap and humanely remove it from the home. We sealed the entry point along the eaves and removed the contiminated insulation. 

Critter Control Reviews

Kirk D.
It has been very effective at reducing the number of mice, lizard, and snake sightings. During one visit Edgar removed a rattlesnake he came across. We may see a snake maybe two to three times during the spring and summer months, but it has been far less than before.

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Robert B.
Full service. Excellent job of extracting raccoon, cleaning all animal waste, sanitizing, and spraying anti-parasitic substance. They closed all potential ports of entry, though the work did not match the vinyl, and it looks kind of tacky. They added blown insulation, which added a lot to the cost. They provide a one year warranty against animal intrusion, with an option to extend the warranty at the end of each one- year period. They were willing to work with me one the price. I will probably extend my warranty, and will definitely use them it the future.
Gene F.
I was really impressed by these guys. Got a call within a few hours of making an inquiry. Had a rep out to inspect the situation by the end of the week, and when they laid out the timeline they kept if not exceeded listed times.

Rob, Travis, and Jim were all professional, polite, and courteous and after months of hearing squirrels in my ceiling they are gone and the repair to my flashing looks excellent. Can't recommend these guys enough.
Bob I.

Jeff was incredibly professional and helpful. I'll use them again and would recommend them to anyone.
-Detroit, MI
Richard L.

Critter Control did a great job of evaluating our house for sites of entry after we found bats and a squirrel in our attic. They completed their work promptly and professionally.
-Seattle, WA
Kenneth H.
We heard some noise from the corner of our house. Concerned that it could be inside we called for an inspection. Jessy arrived as scheduled and conducted a complete inspection of our home. Based on a recording we made he determined we had a tree frog on our roof. I was pleased that we didn’t have any rodent in our house. And his inspection could a few spots I can tighten up around my house. I am very happy with the outcome.
-New Hampshire
Lee F.
We have a vacation home in Western Mass and haven’t been there much during the pandemic as we live and work in Atlanta, GA. On our most recent visit we noticed that we had some rodent intrusion as well as some un-welcomed wildlife who decided to make our vacation home their home.

We contacted Critter Control and Mr. Cahoon was quick to set up an appointment as we wouldn’t be in town very long. He came out and assessed our issues. He informed us of our options to both eradicate and control future intrusions. Keeping in mind that wildlife is wildlife! He quickly got to work eradicating the rodents and wildlife from our home and addressing the intrusion issues. We feel much better leaving our vacation home for periods at a time knowing that Mr. Cahoon and Critter Control did their job and did it right! Thanks again!
Mary L.
We bought an old cabin last spring , it was used for years as a summer vacation cabin, therefore maintenance wasn’t a priority. After our project to remodel started, we found evidence of mice droppings.

We immediately called Critter Control and they came and gave us a reasonable estimate to remove all remnants and insulation. They sanitized and replaced with new insulation and sealing up points of entry .

Seeing their professional work made us feel confident and secure that the problem was solved ! Everyone we worked with continued to show professional and respectful work. Highly recommend this company! We continue to use critter control monthly to be sure we are mice and bug free!
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