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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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Technicians doing squirrel removal in Athens, Georgia have caught and relocated the last of the squirrels. Now they're cleaning up the mess that they made, repairing the damage, and replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2023 10:14:41 am.

Happy Friday! Let's Start Off with a Video of the Inspection Stage of an Athens, Georgia Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2023 06:57:38 am.

Our Wildlife-Exclusion Specialists Just Finished a Ridge Guard Installation at a Bogart, Georgia Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2023 09:09:19 am.

Droppings in the flattened-out insulation between the joists were convincing evidence of squirrels that needed to be trapped and relocated from the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. A squirrel-removal crew from our Athens office is on the scene trapping the squirrels and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2023 09:57:27 am.

Started off in Rome ga, raccoons in the crawl space, then headed to Atlanta, ga, rats in the attic
by Chris Collender
Jan 05, 2023 11:48:37 am.

Happy New years, back at it, started off in Conyers ga, squirrels, then headed to Stone Mountain ga, rats in the attic, now In Gainesville ga, bats in the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 02, 2023 11:16:26 am.

Gray Squirrels Made a Mess in the Attic of a House in Athens, Georgia
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2022 04:50:00 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size and shape of an eggplant through the corner of the plywood soffit, which is why our wildlife-management professionals are doing squirrel removal at an Athens, Georgia home today.
by Webmaster
Dec 28, 2022 11:14:36 am.

Here's Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas from Rid-A-Critter!
by Webmaster
Dec 23, 2022 12:56:04 pm.

Rain rain go away, i need to quote some houses today, started off Snellville ga, squirrels have chewed several new holes, paid 2 companies to do patch work , never works long term, why she called us, we will give her a permanent solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 20, 2022 12:54:00 pm.

Today our Athens-area wildlife-exclusion technicians are screening a triangular gable vent as part of a Bogart, Georgia squirrel-removal and animal-proofing job. Animal exclusion is the only permanent way to solve problems with squirrels or other critters getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2022 08:24:19 am.

Beautiful day but Baby, it’s cold outside. Started the day in Athens ga, rats, then headed to Brasselton, ga, rats, then headed over to Oxford, ga, squirrels. Good times
by Chris Collender
Dec 19, 2022 12:42:44 pm.

Gray squirrels gnawed holes through two adjacent sections of the vinyl soffit panel at a roof junction point to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. We have a team of squirrel-removal experts repairing the damage, as well as setting traps to humanely catch and relocate the squirrels from the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 19, 2022 09:33:46 am.

Back in conyers, ga today, seems to be busy over here, flyers in the attic, headed to Ellenwood, ga, square
by Chris Collender
Dec 16, 2022 09:53:13 am.

Beautiful day, had 2 stops in Dacula, ga. Rats and squirrels, headed to conyers, ga. For another squirrel job.
by Chris Collender
Dec 15, 2022 12:15:22 pm.

The plastic roof ridge vent became partially detached from the roof, creating a gap of a couple of inches under the vent that allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a Watkinsville, Georgia home. Our squirrel-removal crew will replace the cheap plastic vent with a steel Ridge Guard that will help keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic for many years to come.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 10:37:23 am.

Squirrels scratched at the insulation between the studs in the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia, leaving the bottom foot of the wall sheathing bare. Our squirrel-removal team will replace the damaged insulation as soon as the squirrels are trapped, relocated, and sealed out of the house.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2022 10:30:53 am.

Busy day in the rain, had two quotes in Alpharetta ga, flying squirrels in both homes, headed to Athens ga, squirrels in the attic.
by Chris Collender
Dec 14, 2022 12:45:29 pm.

Quoted a rental property In Atlanta ga, rats, them headed to Athens, ga, mice, then off to Snellville ga, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2022 12:33:01 pm.

Finally no more rain, headed to Decatur ga, rental property, rats, headed to Monroe, ga, squirrels in a house, then back to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2022 03:51:16 pm.

Water rotted away most of the wooden trim and soffit where it used to meet the shingles at a junction point, creating a gap several inches high that allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal experts will find and fix the water problem, in addition to humanely trapping and relocating the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Dec 08, 2022 10:35:43 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed away a foot or so of the wooden joists in the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. A squirrel-removal and damage-repair crew working out of our Athens office is trapping and relocating the squirrels and fixing the damage.
by Webmaster
Dec 08, 2022 09:53:58 am.

Good day yesterday, other then the rain, started off in Dawsonville ga, rats, then headed to Lawrenceville ga, flyers, then headed to Atlanta ga, rats
by Chris Collender
Dec 07, 2022 10:01:04 am.

Rainy day, started out in Duluth, ga, snakes found in the house, then headed to doraville ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Atlantic ga, rats. Busy day
by Chris Collender
Dec 05, 2022 03:25:03 pm.

Glad the rain stopped yesterday, we stood in Atlanta, ga. rats and squirrels, then headed to Duluth ga, squirrels again, then to Marietta ga, rats. Another good day
by Chris Collender
Dec 01, 2022 07:20:51 am.

Happy thanksgiving to all, it’s back to work, was in Decatur ga, rats, to off to McDonough ga, rats again, the headed to Douglasville ga, for grey squirrels, then I just left Carrollton ga, bats in attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 28, 2022 12:25:45 pm.

The trails running through the blown-in insulation were evidence of gray squirrels that needed to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Hoschton, Georgia. A crew from our Athens office is doing the deed, as well as replacing the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Nov 28, 2022 11:37:58 am.

A crew of wildlife-exclusion experts doing gray squirrel removal in Watkinsville, Georgia is replacing the collar from around a water heater chimney pipe to keep squirrels and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 28, 2022 11:20:41 am.

The insulation torn from the pull-down attic ladder was a sure sign of squirrels that need to be removed and excluded from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our crew is trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 28, 2022 11:12:06 am.

The management, staff, and logo animals of Rid-A-Critter wish all of our customers, suppliers, and Web site visitors a Happy and Save Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from Rid-A-Critter
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

A downspout with insulated air-conditioning pipes running through it allowed gray squirrels to climb to the attic of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. The squirrels find the foam insulation easier to climb, and they feel more secure inside the downspout where predators can't catch them and eat them. It must be tough living a live where not being eaten is a constant worry.
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 09:54:33 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 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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