In the United States, there are over 200 species of squirrels classified as either a ground, tree, or flying squirrel.
Our wildlife professionals are knowledgeable in handling each type of squirrel; however, flying squirrels and tree squirrels will use your home as shelter, making them capable of causing more damage than ground squirrels. Flying squirrels can glide distances of over 150 feet making openings on homes easily accessible, and tree squirrels utilize their climbing abilities to gain access to homes. Ground squirrels are commonly seen causing destruction to yards or gardens.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels
Critter Control specializes in squirrel removal. In order to remove a squirrel or family of squirrels on your property, our wildlife specialist will perform a thorough inspection to determine the severity of the problem. After the inspection, they will build a custom solution to trap, remove, and seal all entry points. They will also provide warranty options as well as an estimate for preventative services.
Home Inspection for Squirrels
Our inspector will look for signs such as chewing on, in, or around your home, small openings leading to the attic or the crawl space, droppings, and debris like nuts or nesting material.
Squirrel Trapping & Removing
When performing squirrel removal, our wildlife professional will determine the most effective and humane way to remove the squirrel(s) from your property. The most common methods used are live trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture. We do not directly capture adult squirrels as they move too quickly and fit in very small spaces. If babies are found in an attic, they will be hand removed and relocated with their mom. If mom is not in sight and the babies are too young to survive on their own, our wildlife specialists will seek help from a local wildlife rehabilitation center.
Exclusion & Habitat Modification
Preventative exclusion is the most effective method to prevent squirrels or wildlife from entering your home. It is essential to seal all entry points to prevent future entry after squirrel removal. In addition, we strongly recommend maintenance service. Like other rodents, squirrels have front teeth that continuously grow, which means they can chew a new way back into your home.
Precautions like removing trees or tree branches on or close to your roof can help prevent the entry or reentry of squirrels into your home. We also urge you to refrain from using bird feeders as they are a huge attractant for squirrels and additional wildlife. After squirrel removal, we advise all our customers to remove bird feeders, if present, in order to maintain a squirrel free home.
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