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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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I was in Big Canoe this morning, rats in the crawl space, then out to Douglasville for flyers in the attic, headed to Forest park for rats in a rental property
by Chris Collender
Sep 27, 2022 11:02:03 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed through the end of the roof trim right behind the rain gutter and under the topper to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will repair the damage as part of the wildlife-exclusion work.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2022 10:45:24 am.

A wildlife-exclusion specialist from our Athens office just got done screening all the gable vents as part of a Bogart, Georgia squirrel-removal and animal-proofing job.
by Webmaster
Sep 26, 2022 10:10:14 am.

Was in hiawassee for Bats, then Suches for rats, Suwannee for squirrels, and then Atlanta for rats again
by Chris Collender
Sep 22, 2022 12:56:25 pm.

The trails running through the blown-in insulation were all the evidence we needed of gray squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Winterville, Georgia. A wildlife-removal crew from our Athens office is trapping and relocating the squirrels, animal-proofing the house, and replacing the smelly attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 10:09:48 am.

Lifting a shingle on the edge of the roof revealed a gap of about two inches that squirrels used to get into the attic of a house in Bethlehem, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will install a metal animal barrier over the gap to keep squirrels and other pesky wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:55:15 am.

This morning we'll be finishing up a Bogart, Georgia squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job. All the squirrels are out of the attic and the house has been made animal-proof. All that's left is cleaning up the mess the squirrels made and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2022 09:13:44 am.

Was in winterville this morning for mice, then to blairsvile for flyers, then Cummings ga for rats. Headed to Marietta for some bats, busy day
by Chris Collender
Sep 20, 2022 01:41:02 pm.

Atlanta job this morning, flyers in the attic, then headed to Decatur, rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Sep 19, 2022 09:33:06 am.

A two inch gap over the drip edge on the roof allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal team will close the gap to animal-proof the roof. Trapping and relocating squirrels from a house makes no sense unless you also prevent new squirrels from getting in as soon as the old ones are removed.
by Webmaster
Sep 19, 2022 08:34:12 am.

A gap between the soffit panel and the shingles at a roof junction near the rain gutter allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Squirrel exclusion requires special attention to roof junction points because they often have gaps that are a favorite way for squirrels to get into homes.
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2022 10:39:26 am.

Bats have been pretty busy this week, Atlanta to dunwoody, over to sandy springs, did a quote this morning for snakes in commerce ga, good times
by Chris Collender
Sep 15, 2022 10:09:54 am.

Our wildlife-control professionals are installing funnel traps at an Athens, Georgia squirrel-removal job. Funnel trapping means sealing off all possible ways into or out of the attic except for a few, and then installing traps over those few to make sure that all the squirrels are out of the attic before we seal the house. We don't want to seal any animals inside the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2022 08:50:06 am.

Water damage to the plywood soffit panel made it especially easy for squirrels to get into the attic of a house in Winder, Georgia. Squirrel-removal experts from our Athens-Clarke office are trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the water and squirrel damage, and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Aug 24, 2022 10:20:06 am.

Was in Duluth this morning for bats, then off to watkinsville and Royston for u know, bats, now to Covington for rats
by Chris Collender
Aug 22, 2022 03:23:41 pm.

The trails through the filthy insulation were undeniable evidence of a longstanding problem with gray squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal crew will also remove and replace the insulation once the squirrels have been humanely captured and relocated.
by Webmaster
Aug 22, 2022 07:59:01 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed and tore the insulation off the heating ducts in the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal team will repair the damage once the squirrels have been trapped and relocated. They'll also replace the attic insulation, which is heavily contaminated with urine and droppings.
by Webmaster
Aug 17, 2022 11:07:02 am.

Yesterday, I was In peachtree city and then ellenwoood, for bats, then I drove lakemont and Cummings, snakes in the house.
by Chris Collender
Aug 16, 2022 07:43:26 am.

Snakes in the crawl space in carnesville ga, then off to Athens and conyers ga, bats are the attic. Now headed to villa rica for another wildlife quote
by Chris Collender
Aug 09, 2022 12:21:53 pm.

Gray squirrels built a nest made of grass between the wooden slats and the detached screen of a triangular gable vent in the attic of a house in Watkinsville, Georgia. A crew of squirrel-removal specialists from our Athens office are trapping and relocating the squirrels, and animal-proofing the house to keep wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 09:49:58 am.

Busy day yesterday, was out in snellville for rats, then out to Bethlehem, Watkinsville and Athens all for bats
by Chris Collender
Aug 02, 2022 11:53:29 am.

Bats are flying high, was in Monroe twice for bats in the gables/house, then off to Kennesaw where the bats where in the freeze boards.
by Chris Collender
Jul 28, 2022 12:05:24 pm.

Water rot softened the wooden roof trim and made it that much easier for gray squirrels to gnaw their way into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Water damage and wildlife damage often occur in the same places, generally with one causing the other.
by Webmaster
Jul 26, 2022 09:11:06 am.

In Bishop ga, rats in a older home, next stop Athens ga, bats in the gables/ridge vents
by Chris Collender
Jul 19, 2022 09:31:22 am.

Busy day, bats in Hampton, then off to Greensboro ga, bats again, bats in loganville, and now off to squirrels in Buford
by Chris Collender
Jul 12, 2022 11:55:56 am.

Gray squirrels basically gnawed away the entire plastic roof ridge vent to get into the attic of a house in Athens, Georgia. Our squirrel-removal professionals will install Ridge Guard, a tough metal animal shield that will keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 07, 2022 09:11:00 am.

Wildlife-Management Professionals from Our Athens Office are Repairing Damage to the Roof at a Bogart, Georgia Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2022 10:38:24 am.

A crew of animal-removal professionals working out of our Athens office is squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Bogart, Georgia. Trapping and relocating squirrels from an attic is pointless unless the house is sealed to prevent new incursions of nuisance wildlife.
by Webmaster
Jul 05, 2022 10:54:32 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a baseball through the soffit panel at a roof junction point to get into the attic of a house in Bethlehem, Georgia. Wildlife-control specialists from our Athens office will repair the damage as part of the squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jun 28, 2022 10:33:47 am.

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.

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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