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Squirrel Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

Young squirrel being held by an animal-removal technician in his hands after being removed from the attic of a house

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.

  • Squirrel hole in a wooden window frame of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Squirrel hole in a house in Birmingham
  • A two inch gap between the drip edge and the roof fascia allowed squirrels to easily get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Squirrel gap into an attic in Tuscaloosa
  • Squirrel gnawed away the fascia behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Squirrel damage at a house in Birmingham
  • Sloppily done squirrel exclusion on a roof in Hoover, Alabama
    Poor squirrel-proofing by Hoover handyman
  • Young squirrel being held in the gloved hand of a wildlife control technician after being trapped and removed from the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Young squirrel removed from an attic in Birmingham
  • Two baby squirrels with just the beginnings of fur cuddled up sleeping in the insulation of the unfinished attic of a house in Redmont Park Alabama.
    Baby squirrels in an attic in Redmont Park
  • Squirrel damage to wall boards in in attic in Oxford, Alabama
    Squirrel damage in an attic in Oxford, Alabama
  • Squirrels tore the insulation from the rafters at a Birmingham squirrel-removal job
    Squirrel damage to insulation in Birmingham
  • A gap between the roof trim and the shingles at a junction point that will be sealed as part of a Birmingham Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Squirrel gap in the roof trim in Birmingham
  • Squirrels gnawed around the bottom of a plastic fish food can that had been stored in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.
    Squirrel damage to a fish food can in Hoover
  • Two young squirrels in a trap after being removed from a home in Mountain Brook, AL
    Young squirrels trapped in Mountain Brook
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lifted shingle reveals a gap in the edge of the roof that will be covered with metal to keep squirrels out of the attic of a Tuscaloosa Alabama home.
    Squirrel gap under the shingles in Tuscaloosa
  • Baby squirrel in a blanket drinking from a small animal baby bottle after being found in a house in Hoover Alabama
    Orphaned squirrel removed from a house in Hoover
  • Strip of steel mesh applied under the roof ridge to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic of a Trussville Alabama home.
    Squirrel-proofing the roof of a Trussville home
  • Man on the roof installing a squirrel proof metal roof ridge vent that will keep wildlife out of the attic of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Leeds
  • Squirrel hole gnawed through the timbers near the eave of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham
  • Two inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama
    Squirrel entry gap into an attic in Tuscaloosa
  • Squirrel trapper holding squirrels he removed from a home in Homewood, Alabama
    Squirrels removed from a home in Homewood, AL
  • Man on a ladder sealing the gap under the shingles at the cornet of the roof as part of squirrel removal at a Hoover Alabama home.
    Hoover squirrel removal and exclusion job
  • Squirrel tracks through the insulation between the joists of an attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Squirrel burrows in an attic in Birmingham
  • The rain gutter is hanging off the soffit which exposes a large gap that will have to be repaired and sealed as part of a Birmingham Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Massive squirrel gap into an attic in Birmingham
  • Baby squirrel with its paws on the keyboard of a computer in a darkened room
    Baby squirrel up past its bedtime

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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The snow didn’t stop me nor the animals, was in Hiawasse, Duluth, Snellville, and then Marietta
by Chris Collender
Jan 18, 2022 04:41:40 pm.

A wildlife-control crew from our Birmingham office just got done replacing the attic insulation at a Leeds, Alabama squirrel-removal job. Insulation replacement is often the last step of a nuisance animal-removal job because animals in the attic damage the insulation and contaminate it with their urine and feces.
by Webmaster
Jan 18, 2022 11:06:38 am.

Wildlife Damage-Repair Specialists from our Birmingham Office are Repairing a Gray Squirrel Hole in the Soffit Panel at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:16:16 am.

One of our Birmingham wildlife damage-repair teams is repairing gray squirrel damage to the roof fascia as part of a Leeds, Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job. The squirrels gnawed right through the fascia at a roof junction point to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 17, 2022 08:02:08 am.

Will be a cold and windy day today. Guys will be out working hard to seal homes, preventing all kinds of pest animals from getting in. Animals like rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons and opossums want out of the cold too. Pest animals beware.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 17, 2022 06:39:14 am.

Gray squirrels ran along the aerial power lines and gnawed a baseball-sized hole through the weathered wooden gable to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office will replace the gable because it's pretty much rotted away anyway, animal-proof the roof to keep wild animals out, and trap and relocate the squirrels who are already in the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 14, 2022 10:20:02 am.

Pretty good day in the office yesterday. We accepted new pest animal removal jobs in Grayson, Athens, Duluth, Fayetteville, Chamblee, Marietta, Monroe & Canton to name a few. For the best pest animal control service call Ridacritter today!
by Richard Adcock
Jan 14, 2022 07:43:04 am.

The acorn shells were evidence of gray squirrels in the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office are animal-proofing the house to keep squirrels and other wildlife out, and placing traps to humanely catch and relocate the squirrels to a hollow tree in the woods. Yes, it will be a downgrade for the squirrels. They'll just have to cope.
by Webmaster
Jan 13, 2022 11:31:52 am.

Currently in Monroe ga, squirrel job, headed to Atlanta now for rats in the crawl space
by Chris Collender
Jan 13, 2022 10:01:40 am.

Quoted a house in flowery branch with rats, then Gainesville for flyers now off to Cummings for squirrels
by Chris Collender
Jan 10, 2022 09:29:58 am.

We just finished covering the louver vent for the air-conditioning system with screening to keep squirrels out of a commercial building in Hoover, Alabama. Squirrel removal at commercial buildings use the same basic methods as residential squirrel control: The building is made animal-proof to keep squirrels and other wildlife out; and the existing animals are humanely trapped, removed, and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jan 09, 2022 03:54:47 pm.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Vestavia Hills, Alabama are installing a metal animal shield, that's been painted to match the house, to the edge of the roof. The shield will keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic. The existing squirrels will be humanely caught, removed, and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2022 05:58:44 am.

Chris S. is on his way to do a final check at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel-removal job. The squirrels have been removed and relocated, and the house has been made animal-proof to keep wildlife out of the attic. Today's visit is just a final quality-assurance check to be absolutely certain that all the squirrels are out of the house.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2022 05:55:09 am.

A homeowner tried using insulation foam in a DIY approach to squirrel removal at a Leeds, Alabama home. It didn't work out too well. The squirrels gnawed right through the foam to get back into the attic. We'll remove and relocate the squirrels, and properly animal-proof the roof to keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 07, 2022 05:38:44 am.

The attic insulation has been flattened by squirrels and contaminated with their urine and feces. That's why our Birmingham wildlife control technicians are replacing the insulation as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel-removal job.
by Webmaster
Jan 06, 2022 11:00:45 am.

Baby it’s cold outside, lilburn, lawrenceville, and McDonough, all 3 calls where squirrels chewing threw the ceiling into the house
by Chris Collender
Jan 04, 2022 12:01:10 pm.

Gray squirrels gnawed through the edge of a water-damaged plywood soffit panel to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. A squirrel-removal team from our Birmingham office is replacing the soffit panel as part of a comprehensive squirrel-removal and wildlife-exclusion job.
by Webmaster
Jan 04, 2022 11:32:28 am.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Birmingham, Alabama are checking funnel traps to make sure that all the squirrels are out of the attic. Once they're sure there are no squirrels or other wildlife trapped in the house, they'll finish animal-proofing the roof to prevent future animal problems in the attic.
by Webmaster
Jan 03, 2022 09:27:05 am.

Beginning of another great year in the pest critter control, removal and prevention business. Call Ridacritter for a quote so you can be critter free. We service metro areas of Atlanta, Macon, Albany, Valdosta, Birmingham and many more.
by Richard Adcock
Jan 03, 2022 06:52:37 am.

Wildlife-control professionals from our Birmingham office are heading out to correct a handyman's mistakes at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel-removal job. The handyman left a gap in his exclusion work that allowed the squirrels he removed in the morning to get back into the attic by dinner time.
by Webmaster
Dec 30, 2021 09:30:35 am.

We have new pest animal removal jobs in Birmingham, Lawrenceville, Hoover, Alpharetta, Marietta, Stonecrest and Smyrna to name a few. Crews will be providing free quotes for removal & prevention of critters in homes and attics.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 28, 2021 08:47:39 am.

Busy day after the Holidays, in Austell for snakes in the basement, then to Duluth and Stonecrest for squirrels, now on my way to Alpharetta for another quote
by Chris Collender
Dec 27, 2021 01:06:28 pm.

You don't have to share your home with pest animals like mice, rats, squirrels, raccoons, opossum or bats. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on pest animal removal and prevention. Over 20 years Ridacritter has been assisting home owners.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 23, 2021 10:43:26 am.

In Valdosta taking care of customers with rats and another with squirrels in the attic. Scratching noises prompted them to call us.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 22, 2021 12:37:31 pm.

Had a squirrel job this morning in McDonough, then had bats in the house in Atlanta
by Chris Collender
Dec 22, 2021 12:26:54 pm.

Tufts of insulation sticking out of a vent were evidence of a squirrel nest in the soffit of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. A squirrel-removal crew is animal-proofing the house to exclude squirrels and other wildlife, and humanely trapping and removing the existing squirrels from the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 21, 2021 10:00:35 am.

Its Christmas week and the Ridacritter techs are out there helping remove and prevent nuisance pest animals like rats, mice, squirrels, bats and raccoons. You dont have to share your attic or home with pest wildlife, call Ridacritter today.
by Richard Adcock
Dec 20, 2021 09:39:16 am.

Here's a Short Video of a Handyman's Squirrel-Proofing Fail at a House in Trussville, Alabama
by Webmaster
Dec 20, 2021 09:08:48 am.

Pest rodents like rats, mice & squirrels often move into homes in cold wet weather. Call Ridacritter for a free quote on removal and prevention of pest animals. Servicing metro Birmingham AL, Macon Ga, Athens Ga, Atlanta Ga, Albany Ga areas
by Richard Adcock
Dec 17, 2021 09:24:17 am.

Meanwhile, out in our Birmingham region, our wildlife control experts are busy doing squirrel removal at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama home. A brick is actually missing from the wall right under the roof trim that allowed squirrels into the house. We'll replace the brick, animal-proof the roof, and of course trap and remove and relocate the squirrels from the attic.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2021 11:11:36 am.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Birmingham, Alabama are applying sealant to gaps in the roof to keep squirrels and other wildlife out of the attic. Animal-proofing a house is the most essential part of any wildlife-removal job.
by Webmaster
Dec 15, 2021 10:16:51 am.

Hearing noises in your home? That’s not Santa in your attic, that’s nuisance wildlife making their home home in your home! Give us call to schedule an estimate. We’ll have them out in no time!
by Amber A.
Dec 14, 2021 05:00:46 pm.

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. We are fully licensed and insured.

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