Squirrel removal from attics

atlanta_squirrel_removalSquirrels are one of the most common home invaders found in the southeast. There are three different species currently present in the region. But what about the squirrels you see out your window, the four legged creatures that climb your trees and eye your bird feeders as if they were their last meal? These are the Gray squirrel (sciurus carolinensis) and the Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger).

Gray squirrels like mature upland and bottomland hardwood forests. Since they are partial to hardwood they can also be found in mixed pine and hardwood forests as well. Size wise is generally 12 ounces to 1.5 pounds. The food they eat comes in a wide variety. It very well known that they enjoy acorns (as popularized in many media outlets) however they find their nutrition in other places as well. This includes buds and flowers of trees, along with hickory nuts, dogwood fruit, mulberries, blackgum fruit, grasses and more.

Fox squirrels differ from Gray squirrels in that they are a bit more specific in their habitat. They are partial to pine and so forth are found in pine and mixed pine/hardwood forests. They can range from 1 to 3 pounds. They have a wider variety in coloring as well going from black to pure blonde. Red squirrels are smaller than Gray and Fox squirrels. Gray and Fox squirrels have similar eating patterns, on occasion even including small insects and other arthropods.

Do you know the kind of squirrels that live in your neighborhood? If one would close their eyes and bring the first image of a squirrel to mind in all likelihood it would be of the Gray. They are the most commonly found in the southeast. During my college years they were rather famous around campus.

Being well integrated in the routine of student activity, they would become brave enough to come close to a munching student. Of course, any slight movement from the snacking party and they would scamper off to their next target.

Breeding season is twice a year. First is in early winter, around December or January. Second comes in summer, around June or July. Each litter contains 1-5 newborns.

Cable Damage SquirrelsBut what happens if they get into your home? Squirrels cause damage to lawns and houses. Whether their looking for a place to hide their haul or a place to have their babies they can become quite a nuisance. Not only pipelines, but wires can be chewed through causing electrical damage to a home.

The best course of action if this happens is to perform exclusion. Seal off any possible openings into a building with a heavy wire mesh around 1/2 inches. Once all entry points are sealed squirrels can chew through even more portions of the home while trying to escape. Traps need to be set to get anything that is inside when everything that was sealed off. Types of traps include: leghold traps, box traps, snap traps, and cage traps. Common bait used are slices of oranges or apples, walnuts or pecans removed from the shell, and peanut butter. One can also take a look at the shrubbery in a 6-8 foot radius around their home and trim back anything that may be allowing the squirrels access.

Squirrels may be relatively small, but they can have a large impact on our environment.

 

Squirrel removal alpharetta and squirrel removal johns creek

Animals Chewing Wires

Squirrels and Rats are animals chewing wires all the time

Animals Chewing on Wires is a common problem in north Georgia.  Animals Chew on wires in alpharetta, cumming, roswell, suwanee, Johns Creek, and all Metro Atlanta area.

 

Animal Chewing on wire in attic picture

 

Fire Hazard (Squirrel and Rat) Animal Chewing on Wire

Animals Chewing wires

is a common problem from rats and squirrels infestations.

Please contact your preferred electrical contractor

Bad odor in my Home or Place of Business

 

Bad odor control is animal control in many occasions.

 

Bad odor in homes can be from animals such as rats, squirrels, raccoon, bats, snakes, and many other wildlife animals that nest, use the home and attic as a toilet, and use the attic as a place to have babies.

Bad odor in business can come from dead animals or large amount of feces in warehouses, fields, and around office ceilings.

This is a picture of a squirrel nest in an attic which is the reason of bad odor many times

Nuisance Squirrel Removal and Prevention

 

 

Squirrel and Animal Removal NuisanceForsyth Wildlife has performed nuisance squirrel removal service in the Metro Atlanta area since 1980.  For the past 30 years our company has had the required licenses, insurance, and trained experts necessary to solve even the most difficult cases of squirrel invasions.  These rodents will damage property on a daily basis and will not stop until physically removed and prevented from re-entering.  Gray Squirrels are active in the morning and afternoon, Flying Squirrels are active at night, and both kinds of squirrels will chew wood, cables, and pipes; nest indoors; and destroy the R-value of insulation.
It is common for squirrels to be present in attics around Metro Atlanta, especially cities like Alpharetta, Duluth, Suwannee, Buford, Atlanta, Cumming, Roswell, and surrounding areas where growth and construction have been increasing for years.  The most common scenario of all conflicts between squirrels and humans is the presence of squirrels in the attic.  Nevertheless, sometimes Forsyth Wildlife finds squirrels that actually have entered living spaces and have hurt people and pets.
What is in your attic?
Squirrels chew, scratch, and chatter both in the daytime and at nighttime depending on the squirrel species.  Most people become aware of squirrels in their attics when they hear some of these signs at night due to the fact that humans are quiet and resting at this time while the squirrels are fully active.
Determining if you have squirrels?
Determining if you have a squirrel in your attic is simple when the noises and signs you hear are in the daytime.  Gray squirrels are the most common animal that lives in attics and makes noises at night.  All other animals invading attics and structures are known to be active at night, so the chances of you having Gray Squirrels when hearing noises during the day are better than 95% (based on our 30 years of experience).  If on the other hand, noises are heard at night, in most cases it is a combination of flying squirrels and rats, since these two animals frequently co-exist in attics.  Other animals such as raccoons and opossums will live inside attics, but the noises and signs will vary drastically.  Either way, if you have any signs of animal activity in your home, call Forsyth Wildlife for help!
Determining if you have a squirrel in your attic is simple when the noises and signs you hear are in the daytime.  Gray squirrels are the most common animal that lives in attics and makes noises at night.  All other animals invading attics and structures are known to be active at night, so the chances of you having Gray Squirrels when hearing noises during the day are better than 95% (based on our 30 years of experience).  If on the other hand, noises are heard at night, in most cases it is a combination of flying squirrels and rats, since these two animals frequently co-exist in attics.  Other animals such as raccoons and opossums will live inside attics, but the noises and signs will vary drastically.  Either way, if you have any signs of animal activity in your home, call Forsyth Wildlife for help!

Pest Control and Animal Control for Squirrels

 

 

Since controlling animals (pest control) from entering human environments is important, Forsyth Wildlife has prepared some information that may help you to understand squirrel and pest control. Trapping alone for squirrels is not recommended. Our recommended method is exclusion. Unlike small insects and pests, squirrels are large enough to allow professionals to perform exclusion and trapping methods in order to completely eliminate their entry points to attics and buildings.
Pest Control and Animal ControlForsyth Wildlife strongly urges you against the use of poison to attempt to control squirrels. The outcome of its use is more often detrimental than helpful. Squirrels commonly die inside walls and underneath insulation, causing fly and odor problems that could last for weeks or months.
When squirrels have young, controlling them gets more complicated. Exclusion and hand-removal of the babies is the preferred option. Our professionals at Forsyth Wildlife relocate newly born animals while attempting not to harm them. They then attempt to relocate the young to suitable natural environments.