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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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This Lucky Squirrel Found a Squirrel Runway Inside a Wooden Post
by Webmaster
Nov 07, 2017 10:17:04 am.

Here are Two Squirrels Being Humanely Released to the Wild
by Webmaster
Nov 07, 2017 10:11:23 am.

Here are Tim and Jason at the Georgia Certified Pest Control Operators Convention
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2017 10:17:29 am.

Just a little Halloween Silliness
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2017 10:45:32 am.

Chris Sent a Picture of Squirrel Damage to a PVC Pipe
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2017 10:49:16 am.

We Found a Squirrel Hole in the Roof of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Oct 12, 2017 11:45:10 am.

These Squirrels Chewed Through a Roofing Boot
by Webmaster
Oct 04, 2017 10:56:15 am.

Justin Sent a Video of a Squirrel Family Being Released to the Wild
by Webmaster
Oct 03, 2017 10:48:25 am.

A Sagging Rain Gutter Allowed Squirrels into a House
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2017 10:19:32 am.

Here's a Video of Justin Relocating and Releasing a Family of Grey Squirrels
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2017 09:59:03 am.

Here's What a Baby Gray Squirrel Looks Like
by Webmaster
Sep 26, 2017 09:17:19 am.

Justin Stopped By at the Squirrel Snack Bar
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2017 11:43:51 am.

Here's a Short Video from a Squirrel Spycam
by Webmaster
Sep 12, 2017 10:56:17 am.

This Baby Squirrel is Up Past its Bedtime
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2017 11:16:06 am.

Here's a Picture of Two Young Squirrels Being Released into the Wild
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2017 11:31:41 am.

Here's a Video of a Squirrel Family Removed from a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Sep 06, 2017 11:11:27 am.

Here's a Video of Carl and Chad Watching the Eclipse
by Webmaster
Aug 31, 2017 12:00:44 pm.

Carl Sent this Video Explaining Our Animal-Proofing Work Versus Our Competitor's
by Webmaster
Aug 08, 2017 08:49:01 am.

Chris Sent a Picture of a Squirrel Stuck in a Range Hood
by Webmaster
Aug 06, 2017 09:20:59 am.

Chris Sent a Picture of a Male Antheraea polyphemus Silk Moth
by Webmaster
Jul 25, 2017 09:17:40 am.

Justin Did a Squirrel Removal Job at a House Built in 1800
by Webmaster
Jul 24, 2017 10:58:18 am.

Here's One of the Main Reasons Why we Don't Use Poisons
by Webmaster
Jul 20, 2017 10:53:22 am.

Here's a Video of some Squirrels Removed from a House in Oxford, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 19, 2017 10:20:39 am.

Here's Some Video from a Squirrel Removal Job in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jul 18, 2017 10:04:29 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, Vestavia, and their surrounding areas.

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