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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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Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

We have a technician heading out to Athens, Georgia to remove and relocate squirrels who were caught in traps we set in the attic yesterday. We relocate animals as soon as possible after catching them.
by Webmaster
Feb 04, 2021 10:09:16 am.

Technicians from our Athens office are squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. They'll be sealing a gap along the edge of the roof to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 03, 2021 11:10:26 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Technicians from our Athens office are on their way to repair squirrel damage to a house in Social Circle, Georgia. The squirrels chewed through the wooden soffit at a roof junction to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 26, 2021 09:45:14 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

One of our crews is trapping and removing squirrels and repairing the damage they did at a house in Athens, Georgia. The squirrels climbed up the downspout and gnawed through the plywood soffit panel to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2021 11:26:55 am.

We have a team repairing water and squirrel damage to the soffit of a house in Athens, Georgia. The water damage from a clogged rain gutter damaged the plywood soffit panel and allowed squirrels into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2021 10:41:27 am.

Gray Squirrels Gnawed Through the Siding of this Lula, Georgia Home
by Webmaster
Jan 19, 2021 10:37:25 am.

A team from our Athens office is catching, removing, and humanely relocating squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. They'll also be repairing the damage and animal-proofing the roof.
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2021 10:35:21 am.

Headed to do after care appointments at the financial center and a church in McDonough today.
by Chris G.
Jan 12, 2021 09:50:02 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Sounds like the gray squirrels are still partying from the New Year - lots of folks calling in and reporting crazy attic noises!
by Amber A.
Jan 06, 2021 02:11:14 pm.

Sounds like the gray squirrels are still partying from the New Year - lots of folks calling in and reporting crazy attic noises!
by Amber A.
Jan 06, 2021 02:11:13 pm.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

Here's Why this Jefferson, Georgia Home Needs Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Dec 29, 2020 11:26:09 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

We have a crew trapping and removing squirrels from a house in Athens, Georgia today. They'll also be sealing the roof of the house to make it squirrel-proof.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2020 10:21:17 am.

Here's How Squirrels Got into this Stone House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2020 09:03:44 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Today we have a challenging squirrel-removal job at a house in Athens, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed through the fascia board under the corrugated steel roof to get into the attic. Sealing all those holes will require very detailed work.
by Webmaster
Dec 02, 2020 11:12:47 am.

Gray squirrels still very active in Metro Atlanta. Have 2 squirrel exclusions in Sandy Springs today, then a squirrel removal in Duluth tomorrow.
by Jason McFarland
Nov 12, 2020 08:49:51 am.

A team of squirrel-removal specialists from our Athens office is closing up gaps in the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Oakwood, Georgia.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:16:54 am.

Here's How Gray Squirrels Got into the Attic of this House in Lexington, Georgia
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2020 11:07:31 am.

Our Athens office has a squirrel-control crew trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Statham, Georgia. They'll also be repairing the squirrel damage and sealing the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 28, 2020 11:07:03 am.

We have a crew of squirrel-removal specialists heading out to Hoschton, Georgia to trap and remove squirrels from the attic of the house. They'll also be replacing the attic insulation once the squirrels are gone and sealed out.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2020 10:51:47 am.

A squirrel-removal crew from our Athens office is closing up the construction gaps around the roof of a house in Braselton, Georgia to seal squirrels out of the attic. The gaps are big enough that the sunlight shines into the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 26, 2020 10:15:37 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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