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Squirrel Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

An infrared picture of a squirrel in an attic

Rid-A-Critter uses infrared imaging cameras to help find and remove crafty squirrels

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.

  • Squirrels gnawed the insulation off several inches of several electrical wires and created a fire hazard in an attic in Birmingham Alabama.

    Squirrel damage to wires in an attic in Birmingham

  • Three baby squirrels clutching the front of a smiling animal control technicians sweatshirt

    Tim with three baby squirrels

  • Squirrel climbing down a brick wall

    Squirrel climbing down a brick wall

  • Folded piece of sheet metal installed at the junction of the brick wall and the under side of the porch roof to keep squirrels out of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel exclusion at a house in Birmingham

  • Three newborn squirrels on the shingles after being removed from the chimney of a house in Birmingham Alabama.

    Baby squirrels removed from a Birmingham home

  • A squirrel hole surrounded by foam after failed DIY squirrel control job.

    DIY squirrel control in Birmingham - FAIL

  • Squirrel damage to the roof of a home in Hoover, Alabama

    Squirrel damage to roof of a home in Hoover

  • Squirrel gnawed through the wooden fascia board behind the rain gutter to get into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage at a house in Birmingham

  • Squirrel damage to electrical wires near the open junction box

    Squirrel damage to the wiring in Talladega

  • Fist sided squirrel hole through the shingles sheathing and fascia next to the rain gutter of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Squirrel hole in the roof of a house in Hoover

  • Squirrels were chewing on an electrical wire in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Squirrel damage to electric wires in Hoover

  • Two inch gap between the rotting wood roof sheathing and the metal rain gutter needs to be repaired to keep squirrels out of the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.

    Squirrel gap into an attic in Birmingham

  • Squirrel sitting on the near edge of the porch roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama and looking toward the camera

    Squirrel on the porch roof of a Birmingham home

  • Squirrel hole in the soffit panel at the roof junction of a house in Chelsea Alabama

    Squirrel hole in a house in Chelsea

  • Fist sized horizontal oblong hole that gray squirrels gnawed through the roof sheathing and fascia and into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a roof in Birmingham

  • A tired looking young squirrel at the keyboard of a computer in a darkened room

    Young squirrel spending too much time online

  • Squirrels gnawed at the foam pipe insulation in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama leaving shredded foam all over the fiber glass insulation between the joists

    Squirrel damage to pipe insulation in Birmingham

  • A view into the cut end of a PVC pipe that shows a squirrel dead inside the pipe. The squirrel got stuck in the bend of the pipe.

    Squirrel got stuck in a PVC pipe and died

  • Young squirrel being held in a technician's gloved had after being removed from a house in Birmingham

    Young squirrel removed from a Birmingham home

  • Young squirrel crawling on a the leg of an animal control technician while the technician is driving his service truck

    Tim giving a young squirrel a driving lesson

  • Poorly done squirrel proofing. Squirrels chewed through the hardware cloth.

    Handyman squirrel-proofing job - FAIL

  • Squirrels gnawed a baseball sized through the wooden roof fascia at a house in Birmingham Alabama behind a rain gutter clogged with leaves

    Squirrel damage at a house in Birmingham

  • Man on a ladder sealing squirrels out of the attic of a brick house in Hoover Alabama.

    Justin squirrel-proofing a house in Hoover

  • Two inch gap under the roof sheathing allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel gap into an attic 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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