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

    Squirrel damage to electric wires in Hoover

  • Squirrel burrow through insulation in the attic of a house in Heflin, Alabama

    Squirrel damage in an attic in Heflin, Alabama

  • Squirrels gnawed away about halfway around a PVC pipe for a length of about a foot

    Squirrel damage to a PVC pipe

  • Two young squirrels being released from a box trap in the forest after being humanely removed from a house

    Two young squirrels being released to the wild

  • Squirrels gnawed a big irregularly shaped hole in the soffit of a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a soffit in Valdosta

  • Squirrels gnawed a hole though the shingles and wood on the corner of the roof of a house in Homewood Alabama

    Squirrel hole in the roof in Homewood

  • Man on a ladder sealing squirrels out of a commercial building in Bessemer, Alabama

    Squirrel removal job in Bessemer, Alabama

  • Split photo showing squirrel hole by the gutter on top, and water damage to the soffit on the bottom

    Squirrel damage led to water damage at this house

  • Squirrel removal technician bottle-feeding a baby squirrel

    Rid-A-Critter technician feeding a baby squirrel

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

    Squirrel removal job in Birmingham

  • A hole in the fascia board of a roof that someone tried to seal with foam insulation.

    DIY squirrel-proofing attempt failed miserably

  • Squirrel gnaw damage to the wooden trim under the peak of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham

  • Squirrels chewed through the roof sheathing of the house right behind the fascia

    Squirrel chew damage in Valdosta

  • The gap in an attic that was allowing squirrels into an attic in Irondale, AL

    Squirrel entry hole in an attic in Irondale

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

    Squirrel damage to a soffit panel

  • Little girl named Faith petting a young squirrel held by an animal control tech named Tim

    Tim and Faith with squirrel removed from a home

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

    Poorly-done squirrel-proofing job by handyman

  • 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

  • Squirrel damage to electrical wires near the open junction box

    Squirrel damage to the wiring in Talladega

  • Squirrel hole on the end of a roof of a house in Birmingham, Alabama

    Squirrel damage to roof of a house in Birmingham

  • A large squirrel entry hole at a squirrel-removal job at a Moody, Alabama home

    Entry hole at squirrel-removal job in Moody, AL

  • Squirrel standing and eating a nut on the floor of one of Rid-A-Critter's warehouses

    Neighborly squirrel stopped by for lunch

  • Squirrel peeking out through a hole in the roof fascia in Leeds Alabama

    Squirrel knows he's being evicted in Leeds

  • Technician standing holding a baby squirrel in his hand after removing it 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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by Jason Arruda
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Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

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by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
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Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

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Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
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Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

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Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

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by Webmaster
Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Another beautiful day to do squirrel removal and trapping in Metro Birmingham!
by Jason McFarland
Nov 21, 2019 11:00:09 am.

Orphaned Squirrel from Hoover, Alabama in Foster Care
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2019 11:00:50 am.

Two Young Squirrels Removed from a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2019 10:40:41 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage in the Attic of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Oct 25, 2019 10:15:24 am.

Gray Squirrel in the Attic of a House in Hoover, Alabama
by Webmaster
Oct 15, 2019 11:30:04 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Going to be another hot day removing squirrels in Birmingham. Got a squirrel removal in Mountain Brook, then back over to Oxford for a squirrel trapping and exclusion.
by Jason McFarland
Sep 12, 2019 08:28:58 am.

Gray Squirrel season is here. If you heard noise in your attic last spring, but they just magically went away, you probably have gray squirrels living in your attic. Give us a call in metro Atlanta, metro Birmingham and South Ga.
by Dean Scott
Sep 12, 2019 08:10:02 am.

Long day in Birmingham chasing squirrels today. 2 squirrel trapping jobs and 2 squirrel removal and exclusions.
by Jason McFarland
Sep 05, 2019 06:55:40 pm.

Heading to Lincoln to look at a bat problem for a customer. Then off to talladega for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Sep 05, 2019 09:22:36 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Typical Squirrel Damage at a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Aug 30, 2019 10:52:18 am.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Obvious Evidence of Squirrels in an Attic in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2019 11:09:30 am.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

We Found Squirrel Droppings in an Attic in Leeds, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 15, 2019 11:13:51 am.

Here's How Squirrels Got Into a House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Jul 15, 2019 11:08:13 am.

Look How Squirrels Got Into this House in Birmingham, Alabama
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Jul 02, 2019 11:06:55 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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