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Squirrel Removal - Birmingham, Alabama Region

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 nominally 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 went back home 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.

Squirrel Removal and Exclusion 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." The captured squirrels are released into the wild, preserving family groups whenever possible; and orphaned young or injured squirrels are taken to wildlife rehabilitators.

Now, this may sound easy, but it isn't. Almost every day, the Webmaster (that would be me) receives pictures from the techs in the field of squirrel-proofing jobs that homeowners tried to do themselves, or worse yet, paid "handymen" or other contractors to do for them. Rarely do these jobs work out well.

That's because, 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 human folks 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 Control 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.

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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As always it’s nice to visit with our clients in the Albany Ga area. Thanks to all companies and people who refer us to your friends and family for wildlife needs.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 21, 2019 02:47:07 pm.

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by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2019 05:52:35 pm.

Had a good day visiting some of my clients in the Gainesville Ga. area today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 17, 2019 02:38:57 pm.

Squirrels, squirrels, and rats. Just left a house in Vestavia Hills. We are sealing that one today for squirrels and rats. On my way to pehlam for gray squirrels. Then back up to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Then to Irondale.
by Chris Scott
Jan 17, 2019 11:14:15 am.

Safety training in Jasper Georgia today. Couldn’t ask for a better view.
by Dean Scott
Jan 11, 2019 10:33:18 am.

It’s was a great day in Birmingham Alabama today. I got to see a lot of friendly faces again. Our relationship with the pest control industry has been and is amazing. Thanks to all the Pest Control companies that refer us for wildlife.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 10, 2019 03:08:08 pm.

Good morning team. I’m headed to Albany Ga. today to see some clients. Hope you all have a great day.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 09, 2019 08:05:26 am.

Video of some Squirrel Holes Seen From the Ground
by Webmaster
Jan 08, 2019 10:30:40 am.

Squirrels keeping you up at night? Hearing sounds of animals running around in your attic? Its very common to have squirrels in your attic. Call Ridacritter for a free estimate. We can remove and prevent squirrels.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 08, 2019 09:48:08 am.

Looks like a pretty nice week in store for the Ridacritter team. Good luck and be safe chasing those critters. Call Ridacritter for your nuisance animal removal needs.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 07, 2019 08:23:03 am.

Want the best squirrel control service to assist you with your squirrel problem? Call Ridacritter for a free estimate for squirrel removal and squirrel prevention. We specialize in rodent exclusion. Since 2001
by Richard Adcock
Jan 06, 2019 11:52:17 am.

Its finally a beautiful day in the south! The sun is shining and the temperatures are nice. Our techs are out in the filed removing attic critters and excluding them from homes. If you have rats, mice or other varmints in your home call us.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 05, 2019 12:02:27 pm.

Confused Squirrels Sealed Out of a House
by Webmaster
Jan 02, 2019 11:09:10 am.

Headed to Birmingham lots of calls for gray squirrels today. Got one raccoon call in Leeds. Then some gray squirrels in adamsville. Then back to Birmingham for more gray squirrels. Pretty busy day but it’s that time of the year.
by Chris Scott
Jan 02, 2019 09:35:55 am.

How to get rid of squirrels? Call Rid A Critter, we can remove squirrels and seal your home to prevent future squirrel infestations. A+BBB, TrustDale Certified, 18 yrs in business. Call for a free estimate.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 31, 2018 01:28:16 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2018 11:26:02 am.

Seeing clients in and around Griffin Ga today.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 28, 2018 01:07:45 pm.

New Google+ Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2018 10:43:21 am.

The Rid A Critter team is busy removing squirrels and rats all over Atlanta, Macon, Birmingham and Athens this rainy day. For the best animal removal and prevention call Ridacritter.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2018 09:36:57 am.

Here's How Squirrels Got Into the Attic of a House in Hoover
by Webmaster
Dec 19, 2018 10:22:41 am.

Day is going good. Started off in Hoover this morning. Customer had some squirrel and rat problems got her on schedule to seal and remove all the animals. Also needs insulation removal and replacement we will be doing in a couple weeks.
by Chris Scott
Dec 18, 2018 02:36:47 pm.

Several stops in Norcross/Duluth, lots of activity here
by Chris Collender
Dec 18, 2018 02:25:47 pm.

Young Squirrels Hanging Out on the Corner, Up to No Good
by Webmaster
Dec 18, 2018 10:17:20 am.

Headed to Gainesville to give a quote, not just to get rid of the animals but to seal the house which will give them a long term solution
by Chris Collender
Dec 18, 2018 06:49:10 am.

Spent the day with clients in South Georgia from Albany to Valdosta. Time to head back to Pike county.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 05:06:48 pm.

Good luck 🍀 to all students taking their midterm exams this week.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 17, 2018 04:25:14 pm.

Serious Squirrel Damage to the Wiring in the Attic of a House in Hoover
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2018 11:29:26 am.

In the mountains today, big canoe fior squirrels and bent tree for bats
by Chris Collender
Dec 13, 2018 08:38:02 am.

Video of Carl and Javors on a Squirrel Exclusion Job
by Webmaster
Dec 12, 2018 10:35:34 am.

Headed to the YMCA in Athens, apparently the squirrels are tearing up the ceiling
by Chris Collender
Dec 12, 2018 10:20:41 am.

Crazy day. Squirrels in Fayeville, bats in Snellville, Rats in Atlanta, now off to Roswell for 2 rat quotes
by Chris Collender
Dec 11, 2018 03:21:49 pm.

Video of Carl Correcting Another Animal-Removal Company's Work
by Webmaster
Dec 11, 2018 09:55:45 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, and their surrounding areas.

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