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

Rid-A-Critter tech feeding a baby squirrel with an eye dropper

Rid-A-Critter tech feeding a baby squirrel with an eye dropper

Squirrels are small to medium-sized mammals in the family Sciuridae. There are many species of squirrels, but the two species that tend to make nuisances of themselves in the Athens-Clarke County, Georgia area 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.

The way we handle squirrel problems is to humanely trap and remove the squirrels that are already in your home, relocate them elsewhere, and seal up your house so no "new" squirrels can get in. Removing squirrels from your attic without sealing up the roof to prevent new squirrels from getting in 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.

Squirrel Removal Gallery

Here are few pictures of some of our squirrel removal work.

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

 

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Video of Jason and Justin on a Squirrel Removal Job in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 08, 2020 09:57:50 am.

Here's a Squirrel Hole into the Soffit of a House in Auburn, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2020 11:22:24 am.

We just sent a crew of technicians to trap and remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. They'll also be sealing the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic for good.
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2020 11:30:23 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to the Ducts in the Attic of a House in Winder, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:57:23 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

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by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole in the Roof of a House in Mount Airy, Georgia
by Webmaster
May 19, 2020 11:14:05 am.

We have one of our crews on their way to remove a family of squirrels from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia.
by Webmaster
May 14, 2020 10:58:00 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Video Shows How Squirrels Got into an Attic in Statham, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 28, 2020 10:46:40 am.

Our Athens office has a crew headed out to Hoschton, Georgia to remove squirrels from an attic and seal them out.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2020 10:59:13 am.

We're sending a team of wildlife-removal technicians to remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia, and seal the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
Apr 16, 2020 11:05:19 am.

Our Athens office has a crew of technicians sealing a roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2020 10:21:19 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We're checking out a situation in Good Hope, Georgia where a squirrel gnawed through a metal rain gutter and into the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Mar 31, 2020 10:17:15 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Our Athens-area office is repairing squirrel damage to a gable vent on a house in Greensboro, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2020 10:38:21 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole in the Roof of a House in Oakwood, Georgia
by Webmaster
Mar 06, 2020 08:55:24 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Another Failed DIY Squirrel-Proofing Attempt at a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 28, 2020 10:16:24 am.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

A Squirrel Gnawed through the Roof Sheathing into an Attic in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2020 10:45:34 am.

This Roof Gap Allowed Squirrels into the Attic of a House in Hoschton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2020 10:15:18 am.

Huge Construction Gap Allowed Squirrels into an Attic in Bethlehem, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2020 11:46:14 am.

We're Using a Funnel Trap to Remove Squirrels from a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2020 11:20:05 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Gray Squirrel Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Hoschton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2020 10:53:20 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Ambitious Squirrel Chewed its Way into the Attic of a House in Winder, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2020 11:20:34 am.

A Squirrel Chewed its Way into this House in Hoschton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2020 10:39:43 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. Your town not listed? Contact us.

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