Squirrels are one of those animals that are fun to watch run around your yard. However, if a squirrel gains access to your home or your business, they are not such a fun animal. One of the biggest issues with squirrels is their ability to get into virtually any building by simply gnawing their way through. Keep reading to learn about squirrels, why they need to be removed, and ways in which you can get rid of them.
What problems can squirrels cause?
One of the biggest issues with living near squirrels is their disease-carrying abilities. They spread these diseases in three main ways. Being bitten by a squirrel is the first and most direct disease transmission method. Coming into contact with feces or urine is the second way. The final transmission possibility is contacting dried or wet saliva in areas where the squirrel was. Squirrels carry deadly diseases like tularemia, typhus fever, and the plague. The health risks are very serious and pose a serious danger to you, your family, and any pets you may own.
In addition to the health risks they pose, squirrels are also known to really chew up homes. One of the big issues squirrels cause is chewing on wiring throughout your home, which can potentially cause serious fires. Squirrels are also able to gnaw through many materials to gain access to your home. One of the worst problems encountered when squirrels get into your home is that when they die, they smell terrible and are often never found. Clearly, the squirrel is one destructive critter, both with health risks and property damage.
How can I prevent squirrels?
Since squirrels can gain entry to virtually any home by simply chewing through materials, the best way to keep squirrels out is to not attract them to your property. Ridding your yard of any easy food sources is the best way to keep these critters out. One of the easiest ways to do this is to lock up any pet food that is sitting out. Securing your trash cans is also a good move to cut down on easy food access. It might not be the most appealing prevention method, but simply keeping fewer trees in your yard is a great way to cut down on the risk of squirrels. As stated earlier, there is really no way to keep a squirrel out of a building, as it can generally chew through most materials.
How do I remove squirrels?
While removing squirrels sounds simple, it turns out that it is not in most cases. In many cases, a female squirrel that is getting ready to give birth will make your attic its home. If you simply trap the mother squirrel, the babies will die and suffer, as well as cause a nasty odor. If you have reason to believe that the baby squirrels are able to move, you can set a cage trap and try to remove all of the squirrels. If you end up catching some, be sure to let them run free away from your home so that they do not come back. In most cases, the best way to remove squirrels from your home or building is to hire a professional wildlife service, as the health risks squirrels pose to homeowners is very high, as well as the issue with baby squirrels being left in the attic.
How to Get a Squirrel Out of Your House
Out on a walk with your dog, spotting a squirrel might be the highlight. Children love watching them dart up trees. Inside your home is another matter entirely. Behind their big black eyes and their furry tail is a master of destruction. Plus, like all rodents, they’re also vectors of disease and parasites. Therefore, if you spot a squirrel in your home, you’ll want to remove it as quickly as possible.
If you discover a squirrel in your home or attic, the best course of action is to contact a professional. Here at Elite Wildlife Solutions, we’re dedicated to providing a fast and effective solution to your wildlife problems. Before you contact us, first read the advice below.
There’s likely a reason squirrels have ventured inside: food! Upon discovering squirrels are inside your home, you’ll want to remove all food from the immediate vicinity. Otherwise, you may increase the length of their stay. That can even include bird feeders outside. If you currently have a bird feeder, make sure it’s nowhere near a window. You’ll also want to keep it at least five to six feet from the ground – squirrels can jump this high.
Block it off
Once you know where the squirrel is, you’ll want to confine it to a specific location. Shut all the adjacent doors – having removed food from the area. Then, open up the windows. Here, the aim is to restrict the squirrel’s options so that eventually – and inevitably – it will exit your property.
If you have pets, place them in a separate room. The last thing you want is your pet contracting a disease or parasites from a wild squirrel. Even worse, a dog or cat may kill the squirrel, making a tremendous mess that you’ll have to clean up.
After confining a squirrel to an area, leave it for a few hours. Then, check the vicinity. Hopefully, by then, the squirrel will have left.
Use loud noises
To hurry up the process, loud noises are a useful tool. Watching squirrels outside, it’s obvious they’re fairly timid creatures. They prefer quiet and secluded places. Therefore, playing loud music, banging pots and pans, or generally frightening the squirrel will have it bolting for the window. If the squirrel is found in an attic, you can also soak a rag in cider vinegar or set up a bright light to make the location less appealing. Squirrels hate the smell of vinegar.
Other repellents can be purchased online or in your local store. Look for repellents with capsaicin – a compound derived from chili peppers – as they are particularly effective.
Set a trap
Finally, if all else has failed, set a live trap. Here, you’ll want to use a cage trap. These are medium-sized metal mesh cages with a mechanism that triggers once an animal enters. The door behind them shuts, trapping them inside. Typically, these require bait, which in this case of squirrels is often peanut butter.
Generally, cage traps are not necessary for squirrels who’ve merely ventured into your property. But for squirrels who’ve entered your attic and made a home, it’s essential. Otherwise, you may end up with a brood of tiny squirrel babies – cute but a hassle to remove.
Of course, hiring a professional from Elite Wildlife Solutions is by far your best option. We’re well equipped to handle any situation and know all the tricks to tempt a squirrel back outside. We’ll also be able to give you further tips to prevent a repeat occurrence. So, give us a call; we’re ready and waiting to help.
Why hire Elite Wildlife Solutions?
Elite Wildlife Solutions is proud to be one of the best options for removing squirrels in our service area of Alpharetta, Canton, and Cartersville, Georgia. We have the experience to take care of any squirrel problems you may have, no matter how unique the situation is. One of our biggest priorities is the ethical and humane removal of squirrels from properties. You should consider hiring Elite Wildlife Solutions, as we not only remove animals and exclude wildlife, but we also offer other services, such as pressure washing, small handyman repairs, wildlife inspections, crawlspace cleanouts, small insulation jobs, gutter cleanout, insulation installation, and many other services. Be sure to give Elite Wildlife Solutions a call, and allow us to take care of your squirrel issue efficiently and effectively.
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How to Get Rid of Flying Squirrels in the Attic
Having a flying squirrel in your attic may seem threatening at first, but luckily, it’s not that uncommon of a problem. Flying squirrels are one of the smaller squirrel species, which in addition to their gliding ability, lets these little guys reach tougher-to-enter areas of your property. This would include an attic which can prove quite difficult to enter for other animals.
Flying squirrels generally move into attics for shelter or heating, as they can’t handle colder temperatures very well. Unfortunately, they’re also social animals that will invade your attic in a large group. So, let’s look at how to get rid of flying squirrels in an attic.
Look for (and Remove) Most Entrances and Exits
One of the easiest ways to take care of flying squirrels, or any invading species for that matter, is to look for how these animals are entering your property. Flying squirrels are much smaller than other invading animal species, meaning that you’ll need to look for small entrances with nearby fur or waste. For this step, you’ll need to be incredibly careful, ensuring that you’re properly protected from these animals. While flying squirrels aren’t the most dangerous invasive animal, they’ll more than easily scratch or bite you.
Take advantage of nearby smells or sights, looking for small entrances or holes, which can be easily caulked or sealed. One of the most common ways to remove squirrels from an attic is to remove all but one entrance/exit. By removing the animals’ options, you’ll be able to force them to leave through one area. Once this happens, you can either trap them one at a time or move to force them out through that entrance. No matter what happens, you’ll be able to seal the entrance behind them, working through disinfection and cleaning later. If you’re concerned or having trouble doing so, feel free to contact us at Elite Wildlife Solutions.
Trap and Relocate Flying Squirrels
The next option is to trap the squirrels. While we generally recommend cage traps to remove these animals, there are also specialized ‘repeater traps’ which are best for large groups of animals. Since flying squirrels are social animals and will likely have a group with them, in this case, we recommend you use a repeater trap. This trap will trap one animal at a time, moving the trapping mechanism down to allow more animals to enter, but not exit.
Once you’ve located all of the entrances and exits to your attic, sealing all but one, you’ll be able to place a trap. Instead of moving to scare them out, in this scenario, you’ll just leave a repeater trap at the remaining entrance. With this, when the animals move to go get food or play around outdoors, they’ll be trapped and ready to be relocated. Just remember, in the state of Georgia, you might need a license to relocate flying squirrels in many areas.
Contact Our Team
If you’re worried about being injured or don’t know what to do with a flying squirrel once you’ve captured it, call us at Elite Wildlife Solutions. We’ll take care of the animals, moving to relocate them if possible. Our team has the knowledge and tools to take care of flying squirrels, and we’ll carefully and efficiently remove them from your attic.
While they’re cute to many, flying squirrels can prove dangerous, thanks to their teeth, claws, and potential diseases. It’s definitely not worth getting sick or injured, over contact with the professionals. Our team is standing by to take your call, and we’re willing to answer any questions, provide our services, or help you with any other flying squirrel needs.