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Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing in the Athens, Georgia Area

Young squirrel being held by an animal-removal technician in his hands after being removed from the attic of a house

Squirrels are small to medium-sized mammals in the family Sciuridae. There are many species of squirrels, but the two species that account for all of our Athens-Clarke County squirrel-removal work are the Eastern gray squirrel and the flying squirrel. This page is about the Eastern gray squirrel. You can read about the flying squirrel here.

Appropriately enough, most gray squirrels are predominantly gray in color. But there's a great deal of color variation. "Gray" squirrels can be found in any color from jet black to pure white. But most of them are predominantly gray or brown and gray.

During the summer months, gray squirrels usually live in trees. As would be expected of a tree-dwelling animal, they have excellent balance and can effortlessly run along tree branches, roof peaks, and power lines. Their daily lives during the warmer months consist of gathering and burying nuts, and trying not to get eaten by cats, canines, birds of prey, and other predators.

When the cooler weather comes along, however, squirrels look for a nice, warm, comfy place to sit out the winter; and all too often, the place they settle on is in the attic of a house. Once they get inside, they surely do make a nuisance of themselves. That's why it's so important to seal up a house to keep squirrels out of the attic, not just to trap and remove any squirrels who are already living up there. We call this "squirrel exclusion" or "squirrel proofing".

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 are classified as "nuisance wildlife," and they certainly do the name justice. Despite their small size, squirrels can create big problems when they get into your attic, roof soffits, or anywhere else in your home. That's why squirrel removal and squirrel exclusion are among the most common jobs we're called upon to do.

One of the problems with squirrels in your attic is that they hoard things. They're hoarders by nature, and they hoard the oddest things sometimes. We've found toys, jewelry, beads, and all sorts of small items "squirreled away" in attics over the years. What a squirrel needs with jewelry, we can't rightly say. But we've found them hoarding it anyway.

Squirrels also create a very unsanitary situation in an attic. They stink the place up and contaminate the attic with their urine and droppings, and also damage and contaminate stored clothing and other items. Their droppings can harbor bacterial and fungal pathogens that can make humans sick, and their fleas, ticks, and other parasites can vector arboviral diseases.

That's why we also provide clean-up and sanitizing services as part of our squirrel-removal protocol. If needed, we also offer contaminated insulation replacement as an optional add-on service.

Squirrel Damage

Electrical wires stripped of their insulation by squirrels in an attic

Squirrels cause many fires every year when they gnaw on electrical wiring.

Like all rodents, squirrels are gnawers. They gnaw pretty much anything they can get their teeth around, from nuts to roof flashing. This habit is another reason why squirrels inside your house are not something you can ignore.

When squirrels get into your home, they gnaw on anything that's handy. They gnaw on PVC pipe, HVAC duct work, stored clothing and other personal belongings, furniture, the structural wood of the house itself, and worst of all, electrical wiring. Squirrels and other rodents in houses cause many home fires every year when the wires they gnaw on short out and catch fire.

The long and short of it is that squirrels in a home can really can do a whole lot of damage. They can even start a fire that destroys your home.

How Do You Know that You Have a Squirrel Problem?

There are a lot of symptoms that suggest that you might have a squirrel problem, including:

Of course, there are other critters that can cause any of these signs, and proper control begins with identification. No worries. Our highly-trained technicians can identify the critters in your attic by careful inspection. In difficult cases, we even have newfangled, motion-triggered, infrared cameras we can set up to catch your critters in the act and identify them.

Squirrel Removal and Exclusion in Athens, Georgia

Two squirrels peeking through a hole after do-it-yourself squirrel removal attempt in Atlanta

Typical DIY Squirrel-Proofing. Don't waste your time. The squirrels will just laugh.

Squirrels are nuisance animals, not pests. That means there's no such thing as a "squirrel exterminator." The only way to legally control squirrels in to humanely trap them, remove them, release them, and seal them out of your home. If you come across an exterminator who wants to use poison to kill squirrels, that individual is breaking state and federal law.

In addition, even if it were legal, it wouldn't make sense to poison squirrels. There are few things that smell worse than a dead squirrel's carcass rotting away in a wall, and that's exactly what could happen if you poisoned squirrels in your home.

Our Athens-area squirrel-removal specialists solve squirrel problems by humanely trapping and removing the squirrels that are already in your home, relocating them elsewhere, and animal-proofing your house so no "new" squirrels can get in. Removing squirrels from your attic without sealing squirrels out is a waste of time.

This is not the kind of work that handymen, roofers, or do-it-yourselfers should attempt. Squirrels are very resourceful, determined animals. A poorly-done squirrel-proofing job won't keep them out for long, if at all. More likely they'll just enjoy a good laugh at your expense. Squirrel control also requires specialized equipment and can be hazardous because of the heights involved.

That's why at Rid-A-Critter, all of our technicians complete an intensive training and apprenticeship program. They also are provided with everything they need to do squirrel exclusion safely, effectively, and permanently. We provide ladders, scaffolding, cherry pickers, safety equipment, or anything else they need to make your home squirrel-proof. More importantly to you, the homeowner, we back up our work with the best warranty in the business. It's even transferable to new owners if you sell your home. That's how confident we are in the work we do.

If you have a squirrel problem and you live anywhere in the Athens, Georgia area, please call us for an on-site consultation. We look forward to your call.

Athens Squirrel Removal Gallery

Here are few pictures of some of our squirrel removal work in and around Athens, Georgia.

We have the tools and squirrel-removal specialists to handle any squirrel control job, so please call us today.

 

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Busy day, was in Rome for squirrels, then powder springs and Atlanta for rats
by Chris Collender
Jan 26, 2022 06:14:43 pm.

Looks like the grey squirrels are nesting now for the upcoming spring litter. Techs reporting single large pest squirrels in attics nesting. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal prevention and removal. Established in 2001
by Richard Adcock
Jan 25, 2022 07:20:37 am.

The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

Gray squirrels gnawed a fist-sized hole through the corner of the water-damaged soffit panel behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal and wildlife damage-repair crew is on the way to trap and relocate the squirrels, address the water problem, repair the damage, and animal-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:39:56 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

A crew doing squirrel removal in Athens, Georgia just caught and removed the last of the squirrels from the ceiling void over a bedroom. It's a bit unusual for squirrels to get into that space without getting into the attic, but it happens once in a while. The house has now been animal-proofed to prevent future nuisance wildlife incursions.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 10:41:57 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

When asked how they got into the attic, the squirrels explained that they climbed up inside the downspout to the rain gutter, and then through a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia, to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal team overheard and set about animal-proofing the house, and setting traps to humanely catch and relocate the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:18:18 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

In a little while our technicians will be heading out to an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job. The squirrels gnawed through the wooden siding at a roof junction point to get into the house. We'll set traps to catch and relocate the squirrels, repair the damage, clean up the squirrel mess, and animal-proof the house to keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2022 05:42:50 am.

We have wildlife-damage repair specialists replacing some cedar shakes as part of an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job. The squirrels gnawed a hole right through the shakes to get into the attic. The squirrels have now been removed and the house made animal-proof, so all that remains is the squirrel damage repair and attic insulation replacement.
by Webmaster
Jan 05, 2022 11:30:34 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

Wildlife-removal technicians from our Athens office are repairing Squirrel Damage to the Pipe Insulation at a Winder, Georgia Squirrel Removal Job
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2021 10:09:03 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

Quoted squirrels in conyers, now off to McDonough, more squirrels
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2021 10:15:26 am.

Our wildlife-control technicians are screening the gable vents at an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job. This will also keep other nuisance animals like rats, birds, and bats out of the attic. The existing squirrels will be humanely trapped and relocated.
by Webmaster
Dec 13, 2021 09:49:34 am.

Over the weekend Ridacritter took new pest rat control jobs in: Birmingham, Al Douglasville, Ga Covington, Ga Valdosta, Ga Canton, Ga and others. Looks like pest rats are on the move. Don't share your home with pest animals and rodents.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 13, 2021 07:10:03 am.

Busy day, quoted rats in Buford, squirrels in Atlanta and stonecrest, then finished the day in Marietta, bats. Lots to wildlife quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 10, 2021 08:24:24 pm.

We can’t control the weather, but we do offer some great services for rat control, and for other nuisance wildlife. Give us a call today for a quote. We offer humane removal and excellent exclusion work!
by Amber A.
Dec 10, 2021 10:15:12 am.

Had a busy day yesterday. Lots of squirrel calls. In and around Hoover and Mountain Brook. Headed to Alabaster for wildlife activity in a person’s attic. He thinks he saw a chipmunk but my guess is flying squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 09, 2021 08:12:47 am.

Yesterday Ridacritter took new pest squirrel control jobs in: Doraville Ga, Rabun Gap Ga, Dacula Ga, Newnan Ga, White Ga, Macon Ga, Marietta Ga, Kennesaw Ga, Hoover Al, Bessemer Al and Oxford Al. Busy time of year rounding up pest squirrels
by Richard Adcock
Dec 09, 2021 07:04:30 am.

Today our Athens-area wildlife control professionals are hard at work doing gray squirrel removal in Bogart, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed right through a soffit panel to get into the attic. Our techs are trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the roof to keep squirrels and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 08, 2021 10:07:05 am.

Good morning! Pretty busy with wildlife exclusions today. I’m headed to Jacksonville to quote a house with squirrels. My bama crew are sealing houses in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham for raccoons and squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Dec 06, 2021 08:35:39 am.

The Athens, Georgia office of Rid-A-Critter provides squirrel removal and squirrel-proofing in Athens-Clarke, Greene, and parts of Barrow, Gwinnett, Hall, Banks, Jackson, and Oconee Counties in Georgia, including Athens, Auburn, Bogart, Commerce, Good Hope, Greensboro, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Watkinsville, and Winder. We are fully licensed and insured. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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