Grey Squirrels: The grey squirrel is a small rodent that lives in and around trees throughout the United States. Squirrels are small and fast-moving, surviving largely on a diet of bark, berries, nuts, and acorns. While squirrels often prefer heavily wooded and forested areas, many squirrels live close to humans, residing in backyards and public parks. As a skittish breed, gray squirrels often leave humans alone. However, in some cases, squirrels will make their nests in homes and chimneys, creating expensive property damage. Grey squirrels are commonly found nesting in attics, soffits, gutters, and attic vents. They pose a threat to your attic, insulation, roof, and electrical wires. A grey squirrel's teeth are constantly growing. They have to chew continuously to file them down. CHEWED WIRES in your attic and house pose the possibility of electrical fires. Flying Squirrels: Flying squirrels are similar to grey squirrels in many ways. Despite the implication of the name, flying squirrels cannot actually fly; instead, they glide from tree to tree. Flying squirrels are generally nocturnal, scavenging for food at night like fruit, bird eggs, nuts, and fungi. Although many flying squirrels live in the trees and avoid humans, some can carry diseases, like typhus, that can pose problems for humans. Flying squirrels are nocturnal rodents that commonly live in your attic. Dead trees on your property will attract Flying Squirrels. These critters will make nest out of your insulation, and leave tiny "thumb size holes" all throughout the insulation. Flying Squirrels typically leave their droppings and urine in one central area, (known as a "Litter Box"). Flying Squirrels in the attic will create "noises above your head" all through the night, unlike Grey Squirrels. Flying Squirrels are easily mistaken for mice as the noises and evidence are similar.
Squirrel Exclusion Process
Sealing a squirrel's entry points on a home or building is not a standardized process. Each structure has its own set of problems, openings and potential trouble spots. It takes a skilled technician with a trained eye to find all of the hard to find holes. Our technicians have the skill and experience needed to do the job right, guaranteed.
Unlike many other companies, we use quality materials such as galvanized steel wire screen, thick galvanized sheet metal and other products that will last the life of your home. We treat your home as we would our own. Our exclusion technicians are talented carpenters. Not only do we seal the pesky squirrels out, we make it look good.
Phase 1 - Sealing Entry Points
Due to poor building codes in Georgia, a construction gap is likely present between the roof decking and fascia board around the roofline of your home. These gaps will usually measure half an inch to four inches or more. This gap is a common entryway for squirrels, rats, etc. to access your attic. This area needs to be sealed with galvanized sheet metal. This step is usually the longest of the exclusion process, requiring constant ladder maneuvering and attention to safety. The sheet metal is pre-bent and slid under the shingles while screwed into the fascia board to secure. If gutter covers are present, they are carefully taken off to access the construction gap. We then install sheet metal and properly reinstall the gutter covers.
Some homes may have aluminum drip edge installed over their construction gap. Understand that aluminum is not a rodent-proof material and can be chewed through. Furthermore, it is not installed in a way that seals out rodents. Its purpose is to protect from moisture, not squirrels and rodents.