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

Young squirrel being held by an animal control worker in his hands after the squirrel was 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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A three-inch high gap between the roof sheathing and the fascia at the corner of the roof of a house in Jefferson, Georgia allowed gray squirrels to easily get into the attic. They didn't even have to gnaw a hole. We're covering the gap with metal to keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2022 10:19:11 am.

An animal-control crew from our Athens office is doing squirrel removal and wildlife exclusion at a Bogart, Georgia home. The squirrels gnawed holes through the fascia to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 09, 2022 10:42:40 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole through the roof trim on the side of the house right where it meets the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. A squirrel-removal team from our Athens office is trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the damage, cleaning up the mess the squirrels made, and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2022 10:48:51 am.

Droppings and urine were evidence of squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Bishop, Georgia. Animal-removal experts from our Athens office are trapping and relocating the squirrels, and sealing the roof to keep wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 31, 2022 11:54:23 am.

Squirrels nesting in a drop ceiling caused the ceiling to collapse into the waiting room of an office in Greensboro, Georgia. A squirrel-removal crew from our Athens office will clean up the mess and replace the drop ceiling tiles as part of the animal-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
May 13, 2022 10:31:29 am.

Heading to a snake call in Griffin Ga.
by Jason Arruda
May 09, 2022 02:31:20 pm.

An inch and a half gap running the entire length of the roof will have to be covered with a metal wildlife shield as part of a Hoschton, Georgia squirrel-removal job. The squirrels themselves will be humanely trapped and relocated to their new home in the woods.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2022 10:04:35 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are flying , Hampton to Ellen, off to demorest, snakes in Hoschton.
by Chris Collender
May 05, 2022 08:49:43 am.

Our Athens Wildlife-Removal Crew is Sealing a Gap in the Edge of the Roof that is The Reason why this Bishop, Georgia Home Needs Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2022 09:51:07 am.

Bats and carpenter bees are in full effect, From Rome, ga to Hampton, ga, then off to Atlanta. Busy times
by Chris Collender
Apr 28, 2022 11:15:13 am.

Our Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal crew is replacing the attic insulation as part of a squirrel-removal and wildlife-exclusion job. It's usually necessary to replace the insulation when wildlife get into attics because they physically damage it, as well as contaminating it with their urine and feces.
by Webmaster
Apr 25, 2022 09:58:36 am.

A Wildlife Damage-Repair Crew from our Athens Office is Repairing Squirrel Damage Inside the Attic of a House in Hoschton, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 22, 2022 09:04:12 am.

Animal control technicians from our Athens office are installing Ridge Guard over the roof ridge vent as the crowning touch of a squirrel-removal and wildlife-exclusion job at a house in Social Circle, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 19, 2022 09:46:00 am.

All that's left to do at an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job is to replace the attic insulation. All the squirrels have been relocated, and the roof has been made animal-proof to keep pests and wildlife out of the attic. We should be done by noon.
by Webmaster
Apr 15, 2022 08:45:42 am.

This morning an animal-removal crew from our Athens office has been doing squirrel removal in Bogart, Georgia. They'll also be animal-proofing the roof, cleaning up the squirrel mess, and replacing the filthy attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2022 10:47:23 am.

One of out Athens, Georgia wildlife damage-repair crews is replacing sections of water-damaged roof trim as part of the wildlife-exclusion phase of a Jefferson, Georgia squirrel-removal job. Water damage and animal damage often occur in the same places, usually with one contributing to the other.
by Webmaster
Apr 13, 2022 10:43:40 am.

Urine, droppings, and bits of insulation on a drop-down attic ladder were evidence of squirrels that need to be trapped, removed, and relocated from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Apr 12, 2022 10:12:03 am.

Busy critter day today, went to locus grove for some bats, Riverdale to get some squirrels, several Atlanta stops, of course rats, then ended in Marietta, rats again
by Chris Collender
Apr 11, 2022 07:25:46 pm.

Squirrels chewed a baseball-sized hole through the soffit panel to get into the attic of an Athens, Georgia home. Our squirrel-removal crew will fix the damage as part of the animal-proofing stage of the job.
by Webmaster
Apr 08, 2022 10:28:05 am.

Beautiful weather, bats are flying, and squirrels are breading, good times. Athens to snellville, over to Stone Mountain, then out to Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Apr 08, 2022 09:31:43 am.

A Wildlife-Control Inspector from our Athens Regional Office Found Squirrel Trails in the Insulation in the Attic of a House in Winder, Georgia
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:37:17 am.

Gray squirrels chewed a hole through the wooden roof trim to get into the attic of a house in Social Circle, Georgia. Our Athens-area wildlife damage repair crew will repair the damage as part of the squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2022 10:25:12 am.

Rain, rain go away, Chris C wants to do Some quotes today, Morganton(flyers), Carrollton(rats), College Park(raccoons), Brookhaven(squirrels)
by Chris Collender
Apr 05, 2022 02:15:46 pm.

We're trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia today. The squirrels are getting into the attic through a two-inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia, which our crew will cover with a metal animal shield to keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 05, 2022 10:26:15 am.

Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Forsyth Ga today bidding jobs and warranty services. Got crews all over south Ga as well sealing homes against bats and squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2022 02:12:52 pm.

Customer in Macon Ga.called in having issues with snakes entering her basement. Going out there now.
by Jason Arruda
Apr 01, 2022 10:28:59 am.

Mouse droppings in the pantry? Bats in the gables? Rats overtaking your living area? Squirrels nesting in your attic? Noises in the walls? Scratching noises coming from you attic? Snakes in your crawl space? We handle them all.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 04:29:56 pm.

Got critters? Squirrels, bats,rats, raccoons, birds etc. Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee give a call for a free consultation.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 31, 2022 12:34:04 pm.

Newnan this morning for raccoons, then off to sharpsburg for mice and down to Atlanta for rats.
by Chris Collender
Mar 29, 2022 02:15:53 pm.

We're all finished with a Bogart squirrel-removal job. The squirrels have been trapped and relocated, and the roof has been sealed to keep wildlife and pests out of the attic. Next stop is Athens, also for squirrel removal.
by Webmaster
Mar 28, 2022 10:23:42 am.

Tim Sent a Picture of an Exasperated Homeowner's Attempt to Use an Electric Fence for Squirrel Exclusion
by Webmaster
Mar 28, 2022 10:20:27 am.

Today we have a crew squirrel-proofing the chimney stacks on the roof of a commercial building in Athens. We trap, remove, and exclude squirrels from both homes and businesses throughout all of our service areas.
by Webmaster
Mar 28, 2022 09:39:12 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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