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Squirrel Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

Young squirrel being held by an animal control worker in his hands after the squirrel was removed from the attic of a house.

Gray squirrels are furry rodents with fluffy tails that make them somewhat cuter than their closely-related cousins, the rats. Although usually gray in color, their coloration ranges from white, "albino" squirrels, to almost black.

Gray squirrels are mainly aerial animals who have excellent balance and are comfortable running along tree limbs, roofs, utility wires, and other elevated areas. They frequently descend to ground level, however, to forage for seeds, nuts, and other food. They're especially fond of bird seed and can be quite ingenious about stealing seed from bird feeders.

In nature, squirrels usually live in hollow trees and other natural spaces, which is where most folks wish they'd stay. That's because, truth be told, squirrels are actually kind of cute, and most of us wouldn't mind having them around as long as they stayed out of our homes and went back to a hollow tree to sleep at night.

The problem is that as more and more forests are being knocked down to make room for human expansion, nice, hollow trees are getting harder and harder to find, which leads the squirrels to look toward man-made buildings as places to live. And being the aerialists that they are, they often wind up making homes in our attics, as well as other high places like church steeples, bell towers, and so forth.

The Problem with Squirrels

When squirrels decide to live in attics of houses and in other human-occupied buildings, they immediately create some very serious problems that cause them to wear out their welcomes very quickly.

For one thing, as is the case with most rodents, squirrels and their parasites can carry diseases. Their urine, droppings, shed hairs, fleas, ticks, and other ectoparasites can make for an unhealthful environment because a lot of the pathogens they harbor are airborne and will eventually drift down into the living areas of the home. (If you have a heating or central air-conditioning unit in the attic, then the problem is even more serious.)

Electrical wires gnawed by squirrels in an attic in Hoover, Alabama

Electrical wires gnawed by squirrels in an attic in Hoover, Alabama

Another problem with squirrels is that, like all rodents, they like to gnaw on things. Squirrels' teeth are sharp and strong enough that they can damage wood, roofing materials, and metal flashing, which can lead to serious damage that is expensive to repair. They also gnaw on items stored in the attic, such as clothing, shoes, furniture, even that ugly lamp your aunt sent you for your birthday a couple of years ago.

One of the worst habits of squirrels is that like other rodents, they like to gnaw on the insulation of electrical wires. Squirrel gnawing causes countless home fires every year, as well as less-severe but still annoying (and expensive) problems like damage to the wiring for doorbells, cable TV, telephones, Internet, and so forth.

Finally, squirrels are just messy. They are the worst housekeepers you'd ever want as tenants. They pull insulation away from the walls and ceilings, make huge piles of nut and seed shells, and poop and pee all over the place. You'd think that in returning for living rent-free, they'd at least take care of the place. But they don't.

Obviously, keeping squirrels out of the attic is very important to protecting your health, your safety, and your home.

Squirrel Removal and Squirrel-Proofing in Alabama

First of all, let's make one thing clear: There's no such thing as a "squirrel exterminator." Squirrels are not considered "pests." They're nuisance animals, which means that they have to be humanely trapped and released, not killed. Anyone in Alabama (and most other places) who calls himself a "squirrel exterminator" and uses poisons to kill squirrels is breaking the law.

At Rid-A-Critter, our approach to squirrel control is simple, yet effective: We remove every last squirrel from your home, and then we go over your house with a fine-toothed comb to make sure that not even the craftiest squirrel will be able to get back in. This is called "squirrel exclusion" or "squirrel-proofing," and it basically means sealing up your house so squirrels can't get in. The squirrels who are already in your home are humanely trapped and released into the wild, preserving family groups whenever possible; and orphaned young or injured squirrels are taken to wildlife rehabilitators.

Sealing a home to keep squirrels out of the house is an easy concept to understand, but it's not so easy to do. Most DIY squirrel-proofing attempts fail, as do most handyman squirrel-exclusion attempts.

Truth be told, you have to be a bit squirrelly yourself to be a good squirrel-control technician. You have to be able to think like a squirrel and find all those nooks and crannies that humans usually don't notice. You also need to understand a squirrel's considerable physical abilities, especially their ability to climb and the impressive strength of their teeth and jaws. Squirrels just laugh at some of the techniques and materials that non-professionals try to use to seal them out of a house.

A squirrel-removal technician on a man lift in front of a church steeple

Rid-A-Critter has the equipment and know-how to handle any squirrel-removal job.

In addition, squirrel removal requires more than just a couple of traps and a hammer. Squirrels are aerialists, and to seal them out often requires equipment that most people don't have sitting around in the tool shed. We use long ladders, scaffolding, cherry pickers, bucket trucks, lift trucks, and even rappelling gear to complete squirrel removal jobs.

Finally, squirrel removal is potentially dangerous work. You're working in high places trying to balance all of your equipment and materials, which can be extremely hazardous for the untrained or those without the necessary safety gear.

Long story short, squirrel control is not a job for amateurs. Do-it-yourself squirrel exclusion almost never works, and only winds up costing you even more money in the long run.

So if you have a squirrel problem, do yourself a favor and call Rid-A-Critter instead. You'll get the job done right the first time -- guaranteed. We have the staff, the tools, the equipment, and the know-how to handle any squirrel-removal job in Birmingham or anywhere in the Metro area.

Squirrel Removal Gallery

Here are some pictures of a few of the squirrel-removal and squirrel-proofing jobs we've done in Birmingham and throughout the Metro area.

  • Oblong squirrel hole chewed through the joint between two sections of soffit panel right under the peak of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrels chewed their way into a Birmingham attic
  • Squirrels tore the outer covering and insulation off flexible heating ducts in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrel damage to heating ducts in Birmingham
  • Baseball sized hole that squirrels gnawed through the shingles and roof sheathing to get into the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Squirrels gnawed through the roof in Birmingham
  • A two inch gap between the plywood roof sheathing and the fascia board behind the rain gutter allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Squirrel gap into an attic in Birmingham
  • Squirrels gnawed a baseball sized hole through a plastic rain gutter cover that will be replaced as part of a Vestavia Hills Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Squirrel damage at a house in Vestavia Hills
  • A live squirrel in a cage type trap on the tailgate of a pickup truck awaiting relocation after being removed from the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Squirrel removed from the attic of a Hoover home
  • Metal mesh cage shaped like a box installed over a round roof vent to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Squirrel-proofed roof vent in Vestavia Hills
  • Squirrel trapper holding squirrels he removed from a home in Homewood, Alabama
    Squirrels removed from a home in Homewood, AL
  • A handyman screwed a piece of hardware cloth over a squirrel hole in the soffit in a sloppy manner that failed to keep squirrels out of a Hoover Alabama home.
    Handyman squirrel-proofing attempt in Hoover
  • Squirrels gnawed a big hole in the soffit panel of a house behind the rain gutter
    Squirrel damage to a soffit panel
  • Gray squirrels gnawed a roughly dome shaped hole through the roof trim where it used to meet the shingles at a roof junction point on a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Squirrels gnawed into the attic in Trussville
  • A roughly trapezoidal hole that squirrels gnawed through the plywood and into the soffit of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Squirrel hole into the soffit of a house in Leeds
  • Ridge Guard installed on the roof ridge to keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife and pests out of the attic of a Hoover Alabama home.
    Squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Hoover
  • Someone tried to seal squirrels out of a soffit using hardware cloth and insulating foam. The squirrels just gnawed another hole next to the patch.
    Another DIY squirrel exclusion fail
  • Rid A Critter truck parked outside a house built in the year 1800 from which we removed squirrels
    We removed squirrels from this house built in 1800
  • Several men working and one on a ladder while doing squirrel control at a police station in Mountain Brook Alabama.
    Squirrel removal in Mountain Brook
  • Squirrels gnawed a big irregularly shaped hole in the soffit of a house in Valdosta Alabama
    Squirrel damage to a soffit in Valdosta
  • Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a large pear right through the shingles and roof fascia at the very peak of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Squirrel hole in the roof of a Tuscaloosa home
  • Gray squirrels chewed through a hole through the shingles and sheathing at the corner of the roof of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama to get into the attic.
    Squirrels chewed through the roof in Tuscaloosa
  • A gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a junction point that will be sealed as part of a Birmingham Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Squirrel gap in the roof trim in Birmingham
  • Sloppily done squirrel exclusion on a roof in Hoover, Alabama
    Poor squirrel-proofing by Hoover handyman
  • A drooping strip of particle board soffit panel created a gap that allowed squirrels into the soffit and attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    How squirrels got into this Vestavia Hills home
  • Squirrel droppings on a wooden timber in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Evidence of squirrels in an attic in Tuscaloosa
  • The metal animal shield was cut two inches too short which allowed squirrels to gnaw through the wooden fascia behind it and into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Competitor\'s squirrel-proofing fail in Birmingham

For more information about squirrel control or any of our quality services, please call us today for an on-site inspection and consultation.

 

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Gray squirrels gnawed a roughly oval hole about the size of a fist through the wooden fascia and roof trim behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. A crew of squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office will trap and relocate the squirrels and repair the damage.
by Webmaster
Aug 11, 2022 08:56:14 am.

Lifting a shingle revealed a large gap in the roof flashing at the end of the soffit that allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal experts will re-flash that section of the roof to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 10, 2022 08:59:31 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.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Hoover, Alabama are installing Ridge Guard along the roof ridge to keep squirrels and other nuisance animals and rodent pests out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Aug 09, 2022 09:54:20 am.

Wildlife-management specialists from our Birmingham office just removed a family of squirrels from the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They're being relocated as a family to their new home in a hollow tree in the woods. It's a downgrade, but the taxes are lower.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 10:05:58 am.

The droppings and urine in the insulation between the joists were evidence of squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The insulation itself will also have to be removed and replace.
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2022 09:32:10 am.

We just got a call to remove a family of squirrels from the rain gutter of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal team is on their way to relocate them to their new home in a hollow tree in the woods. It's a downgrade, but they'll cope.
by Webmaster
Aug 05, 2022 09:04:43 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.

Squirrels flattened out the insulation between the joists in the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office will replace the insulation once the squirrels have been caught and relocated.
by Webmaster
Aug 01, 2022 09:56:43 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.

Animal Damage Repair Professionals from our Birmingham Office are Repairing a Chew Hole through the Siding at a Trussville, Alabama Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2022 10:00:05 am.

Animal-control professionals doing squirrel removal in Birmingham, Alabama are installing funnel traps to make sure that all the squirrels are out of the attic before we seal the roof. A funnel trap is any trap positioned in such a way that it forces the squirrels into the trap, usually by eliminating all other possible entry and exit points.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2022 09:49:49 am.

Squirrels started with an existing gap between the roof trim and the shingles, and enlarged it into a dome-shaped hole that allowed them into the attic of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. An animal-removal crew from our Birmingham office is removing the squirrels from the attic and wildlife-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 28, 2022 09:46:31 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed at the edges of several rows of wooden clapboard siding at a house in Helena, Alabama. A squirrel-removal team from our Birmingham office will repair the damage, as well as animal-proof the house to prevent future wildlife problems.
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 11:06:10 am.

Wildlife Control Technicians from our Birmingham Office are Installing Ridge Guard to Repair Serious Squirrel Damage to the Ridge Vent of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Home
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2022 11:01:54 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.

Squirrels gnawed a jagged hole through a water-damaged plywood soffit panel to get into a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal team is setting traps to remove and relocate the squirrels from the attic. They'll also repair the water and animal damage.
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2022 11:37:19 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a bowl-shaped hole through the wooden roof fascia to get into the attic of a house in Helena, Alabama. Squirrel-removal professionals from our Birmingham office will repair the damage and animal-proof the house when all the squirrels have been caught and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2022 11:09:34 am.

A handyman used metal along the edge of the roof as part of a Birmingham, Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job; but unfortunately, he didn't bother actually attaching it to the roof. He just shoved it off the shingles, and it was blown off the roof by a breeze. We have our wildlife-exclusion specialists heading out to the house to do the job right.
by Webmaster
Jul 14, 2022 09:56:19 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.

The insulation sticking out from a gap between the shingles and the soffit at a roof junction point turned out to be a nest of squirrels that need to be trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A squirrel-removal team from our Birmingham office is heading out there to relocate the squirrels and animal-proof the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 12, 2022 09:33:19 am.

Our Birmingham-Based Wildlife-Management Crew Found Trails in the Attic Insulation at an Helena, Alabama Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jul 11, 2022 10:30:36 am.

Gray squirrels chewed through a hole through the shingles and sheathing at the corner of the roof of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to get into the attic. A team of wildlife-management professionals from our Birmingham office are trapping and removing the squirrels, relocating them to the forest, and animal-proofing the house.
by Webmaster
Jul 06, 2022 10:25:38 am.

Squirrels used their snouts to pry up a shingle at the peak of the roof to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A crew of animal-exclusion professionals from our Birmingham office are repairing the damage as part of the squirrel-removal job.
by Webmaster
Jul 05, 2022 10:47:36 am.

Wildlife-Management Professionals from our Birmingham Office are Fixing a Handyman's Squirrel-Exclusion Attempt at a House in Vestavia Hills, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 01, 2022 10:15:56 am.

Flying squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a half dollar through a seam in the wooden roof trim to get into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Wildlife-management professionals from our Birmingham office are trapping and removing the squirrels, and animal-proofing the roof to keep critters of all persuasions out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 27, 2022 09:22:04 am.

The cover of the vent from a bathroom fan went missing from the exterior wall of the house, which allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a home in Hoover, Alabama. A squirrel-removal team working out of our Birmingham office will replace the vent to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 23, 2022 10:59:29 am.

A wildlife-control crew based out of Birmingham is installing funnel traps on the roof vents at a Trussville, Alabama squirrel-removal job. A funnel trap is any trap installed in such a way as to force the animals into the trap so they can be removed from the house without being harmed, and relocated elsewhere.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:27:21 am.

It only took a little gnawing at the wooden fascia board for gray squirrels to enlarge a construction gap in the edge of the roof so they could comfortably get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A squirrel-removal crew from our Birmingham office is repairing the damage and making the woof wildlife proof.
by Webmaster
Jun 22, 2022 10:09:17 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a fist-sized hole through the plywood soffit panel adjacent to a soffit vent to get into the attic of a Leeds, Alabama home. Our squirrel-removal crew will repair the damage by enlarging the hole and installing a larger vent.
by Webmaster
Jun 21, 2022 10:25:27 am.

Trails through the fiberglass attic insulation alerted a homeowner in Hoover, Alabama to gray squirrels that need to be removed from the attic. A wildlife-exclusion crew from our Birmingham office is on their way to remove the squirrels and seal up the roof.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 09:33:40 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a fist-sized hole through the wooden siding next to an exterior light fixture, and from there made their way into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office are repairing the damage and animal-proofing the house, as well as trapping and relocating the existing squirrels.
by Webmaster
Jun 13, 2022 09:11:31 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides squirrel removal and exclusion in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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