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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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We're replacing the shingles on one section of the roof as part of a Bogart, Georgia squirrel removal and damage repair job. The squirrels gnawed through the shingles to get into the attic. Makes me want to call my dentist.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 11:09:05 am.

Squirrels made a real mess in the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew has already trapped and removed the squirrels, and is now animal-proofing the house to keep critters out of the attic. The next step will be replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 10, 2021 10:30:25 am.

Gray squirrels made a real mess in the attic of a house in Bogart. Georgia. A squirrel removal crew from our Athens office is setting traps to catch and relocate the squirrels, excluding them from the attic, and replacing the filthy, contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 09:56:32 am.

Our Athens office sent technicians to a Bogart, Georgia squirrel removal job this morning. The squirrels gnawed right through the metal rain gutter to get into the attic. That's pretty amazing, especially considering that most squirrels have never been to see a dentist.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:30:32 am.

Gaps under the edges of a metal roof allowed gray squirrels to get into the attic of a house in Washington, Georgia. Squirrel removal experts from our Athens office are trapping and relocating the squirrels and repairing the gaps to keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2021 12:06:22 pm.

Technicians at an Athens, Georgia squirrel removal job are repairing water and squirrel damage to the roof. In this case, it looks like the squirrel damage led to the moisture damage. Sometimes it's the other way around.
by Webmaster
Aug 27, 2021 09:14:09 am.

A homeowner found squirrel droppings on top of a basket stored in the attic of her house in Athens, Georgia. Squirrel removal technicians are at the house placing traps to remove and relocate the squirrels, and animal-proofing the roof to keep squirrels and other critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 10:24:55 am.

Droppings and urine in the attic insulation were proof positive of a squirrel problem in the attic of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Squirrel-removal technicians from our Athens office are on the scene trapping and relocating the squirrels, and animal-proofing the roof to keep critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 18, 2021 10:34:23 am.

Gray squirrels are already searching the rodent real estate market to choose their winter homes. Our technicians at an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job found a baseball-sized hole in the roof trim that squirrels made to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 13, 2021 10:37:44 am.

Technicians at a Bogart, Georgia squirrel removal job found a squirrel nest in the eaves of the roof. They're relocating all the squirrels to the woods as a family group. Squirrels have strong family values, and they wouldn't have it any other way.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2021 11:26:17 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

Today we're replacing the soffit vent screens at a house in Athens, Georgia because the metal screens were corroded by squirrel urine. We've already removed the squirrels from the house. Now we're cleaning up after them and repairing the damage they did.
by Webmaster
Jun 08, 2021 11:07:36 am.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Our animal damage-repair technicians are repairing gray squirrel damage to the wooden siding of a house in Athens, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed baseball-sized holes through the siding to get into the attic of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2021 10:01:58 am.

An air-conditioning contractor discovered that squirrels had gnawed the insulation off the refrigerant lines in the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia. We have a crew heading out there to trap and remove the squirrels from the attic, and animal-proof the house to keep them out.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2021 09:08:03 am.

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by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
by Amber A.
May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Busy day for squirrels! Hearing noise during the day? It could be squirrels!
by Amber A.
May 18, 2021 06:39:51 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
by Amber A.
May 11, 2021 06:58:32 pm.

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by Webmaster
May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Our squirrel-removal technicians are just about finished sealing squirrels out of a house in Athens, Georgia. The squirrels have already been caught and removed from the attic, and relocated to the forest.
by Webmaster
Apr 29, 2021 10:49:05 am.

Wildlife damage repair specialists from our Athens office are replacing a squirrel-damaged gable vent at a house in Newborn, Georgia. The squirrels gnawed so much of the vent away that it will have to be replaced.
by Webmaster
Apr 23, 2021 09:50:42 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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