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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.

  • Three inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama

    Huge squirrel gap in a house in Tuscaloosa

  • Squirrels chewed through poorly-done squirrel removal job in Birmingham AL

    Poorly-done squirrel-proofing job by handyman

  • Squirrel gnawed a hole clear through the metal rain gutter at a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a rain gutter in Birmingham

  • Squirrel in a box trap installed at the edge of the roof of a house

    Squirrel in a funnel trap

  • 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

  • Big squirrel hole gnawed through the wooden soffit of an old house in Hoover Alabama

    Squirrel hole in a house in Hoover

  • Squirrel damage to electrical wires near the open junction box

    Squirrel damage to the wiring in Talladega

  • Squirrel entry hole in the roof of a house in Hoover, Alabama

    Squirrel hole in the roof of a house in Hoover

  • Squirrel hole in a roof at a Birmingham, Alabama squirrel removal job

    Squirrel removal job in Birmingham

  • Squirrels gnawed a big hole in the soffit panel of a house behind the rain gutter

    Squirrel damage to a soffit panel

  • Squirrel gnawed a bowl shaped hole through the metal rain gutter and the wooden fascia behind it at a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel hole through a rain gutter in Birmingham

  • Gap around an insulated pipe where it passes into the soffit allowed squirrels into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    How squirrels got into a house in Birmingham

  • Baby squirrel is pink and hairless with its eyes closed as it sleeps peacefully in the gloved palm of a squirrel removal technician

    What a baby gray squirrel looks like

  • Three young squirrels on top of a brick porch support post

    Squirrels hanging out on the corner, up to no good

  • 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

  • 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

  • Squirrels made a mess in an attic in Anniston, Alabama

    Squirrels made a mess in an attic in Anniston

  • Two young squirrels with only their heads peeking out from a cloth after being removed from a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrels removed from a house in Birmingham

  • Squirrel nest made of grasses in the rafters of a house in Helena, Alabama

    Squirrel nest in the rafters of a house in Helena

  • Squirrel-damaged electrical wiring found at a Hueytown, Alabama squirrel removal job

    Squirrel damage to wiring in a Hueytown attic

  • Squirrels gnawed a hole through the roof sheathing of a house in Birmingham

    Squirrel damage to a Birmingham home

  • Bald man on a ladder sealing the roof of a house in Anniston Alabama to keep squirrels from getting into the attic

    Squirrel-proofing the roof of an Anniston home

  • Three fingers of a technicians hand measuring a gap in the roof that allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama

    Squirrel gap into an attic in Tuscaloosa

  • Baby squirrel being held in the hand of a technician after being removed from a house

    Baby squirrel removed from a house

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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Yesterday we trapped and relocated some squirrels who were living in the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. We also repaired the squirrel damage, and sealed the roof to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2020 11:47:11 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Our Birmingham office has a crew on their way to trap and remove gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Chelsea, Alabama, and seal the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 15, 2020 11:38:26 am.

Jason at a Squirrel-Removal Job at an Apartment House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 04, 2020 11:13:48 am.

Our Birmingham office has a crew busy at work trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama, and sealing the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jun 02, 2020 10:26:14 am.

A crew from our Birmingham office is trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama and repairing the damage that they did.
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 10:14:15 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Jason and Justin A. are squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Anniston, Alabama to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 20, 2020 10:13:17 am.

A Gray Squirrel Gnawed through a Metal Rain Gutter at a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 19, 2020 11:07:07 am.

Cute Young Squirrel Removed from the Attic of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
May 12, 2020 10:09:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

We have a crew in Hoover, Alabama sealing up a roof to keep squirrels from getting into the attic.
by Webmaster
Apr 14, 2020 11:00:01 am.

Our Birmingham crew is sealing squirrels out of the attic of a house in Helena, Alabama today.
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2020 10:55:56 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole into the Attic of a House in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 10:15:37 am.

Concerned Squirrel on the Porch Roof of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 10:02:48 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We're doing a squirrel-removal and squirrel-exclusion job at a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2020 11:52:45 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Gray Squirrel Damage at a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2020 10:52:46 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Squirrels Out of a House in Leeds, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2020 10:29:56 am.

We have a crew at a house in Birmingham sealing the squirrels out of an attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2020 10:35:08 am.

Chris is repairing squirrel damage at a house in Hoover, Alabama today.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2020 10:40:23 am.

Bees and bugs are flying in Birmingham. Spring is here, bats, squirrels and birds will be getting active.
by Dean Scott
Mar 19, 2020 12:39:50 pm.

How Gray Squirrels Got into the Attic of this House in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 18, 2020 10:26:22 am.

Chris is out on a squirrel-removal job in the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 17, 2020 10:39:24 am.

Gray Squirrels are here. Ifvyiur hearing noises in your attic in Metro Birmingham, give us a call right away. The longer you wait the, more damage they will do.
by Dean Scott
Mar 12, 2020 09:54:46 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Video of a Squirrel Removal Job in Homewood, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 09, 2020 10:40:51 am.

Gray Squirrel Gnawed its Way into the Attic of a House in Homewood, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 06, 2020 08:51:04 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Gray Squirrel Damage to the Ridge Vent of a House in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 28, 2020 10:02:44 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.

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