5-Star Rated Squirrel Removal & Exclusion
While they maybe cute and cuddly, squirrels do the most chewing damage in and around your home of any other nuisance wildlife.
A & A Wildlife and Home Solutions can humanely trap these little guys and relocate them far from your home. Once evicted, we repair their damage and prevent re-entry.
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Three signs you may have grey squirrels in your attic:
Three signs you may have flying squirrels in your attic:
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 specialized products designed for preventing animal entry, galvanized steel wire screen, thick galvanized sheet metal and other products that are designed to last. 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 One - 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 and is a common entryway for critters to access your attic. This area needs to be sealed with galvanized sheet metal and usually takes the most amount of time, effort and ladder maneuvering. Our galvanized 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. If you have been thinking about getting gutter covers installed, now is the perfect opportunity. Learn more about our gutter cover options and benefits.
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.
Common Squirrel Entry Points
These are just a few examples of chew holes made by squirrels that we have sealed.
Squirrel Exclusion Process Photos
Squirrels can cause a substantial amount of damage. They chew right through wood and many other materials. Our exclusion technicians are capable of replacing/repairing damaged fascia and soffits and an extensive list of other carpentry work, including caulking and painting repairs to match the surrounding area. We only use the best products and materials available in the nuisance wildlife industry and have advanced training and certification in exclusion technique.
Construction gap sealed with galvanized steel.
Vent covers designed specifically to keep animals out while allowing proper ventilation.
Soffit return sealed with custom bent galvanized steel and painted to blend in with the existing area.
Many other entries may exist around the home. Gable vents, utility penetrations, crawl space vents and other foundation / siding openings, to name a few. These areas usually need galvanized wire screen in the vents. Galvanized screen and professional-grade sealant are used to seal other holes.
Phase Two - Squirrel Removal
After sealing the home, it’s time to trap the squirrels and other wildlife. The day entry points are sealed, we install a trap on the outside of the main entry hole. When they come out, they’ll be trapped and won’t be able to get back inside. When this happens, we return and take them at least 10 miles away from your home to release. We return as often as necessary to remove the animals and reset the traps until they are completely eliminated. Sometimes it may be necessary to begin trapping prior to the exclusion work depending on the situation.
We follow all Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources regulations in regards to trapping nuisance wildlife. All of our wildlife technicians are licensed with the Dept. of Natural Resources and receive ongoing updated training beyond what is required by the state.
Phase 3 - Wildlife Cleanup
When we’re confident all squirrels and other rodents are gone and can’t get back in, it’s a good idea to clean up their mess. If you decide to sell your home, most home inspectors will find and report rodent evidence to the potential buyers or agency. The type of service we recommend depends on the level of contamination. For small infestations, oftentimes we can remove visible feces with a HEPA vacuum and dispurse a hospital-grade disinfectant into the attic. Other evidence such as tunnels and trails in the insulation will also be smoothed out to benefit future inspections.
Our Disinfectant Sanitizer Virucide kills harmful germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses. It disinfects hepatitis, hantavirus, avian flu, HIV and more. It also prevents and eliminates mildew.
When there is heavy contamination, a full Attic Restoration becomes necessary. Some customers choose this option if they are not comfortable with the slightest bit of contamination being left behind. We have received extensive training in proper attic restoration and remediation of animal feces and urine. We have also received training and certification from the Building Performance Institute for proper air sealing and insulation installation. We follow several protocols to prevent contamination from entering your living space during our clean-out process. All insulation is removed. We ensure that the attic floor and other areas are sealed properly while maintaining proper ventilation. In some cases, encapsulating paint is used to seal off heavily contaminated surfaces. Lastly, we install fresh insulation and always clean up behind ourselves before we go.
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