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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.

  • Sloppily done squirrel exclusion on a roof in Hoover, Alabama

    Poor squirrel-proofing by Hoover handyman

  • Squirrels chewed through a roof exhaust fan screen

    Squirrels chewed through an exhaust fan screen

  • Squirrel damage to wall boards in in attic in Oxford, Alabama

    Squirrel damage in an attic in Oxford, Alabama

  • Three young squirrels on the ground, found at a Maylene, Alabama squirrel removal job

    Young squirrels in Maylene, Alabama

  • A squirrel sitting on a window sill

    Squirrel on a window sill

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

    Squirrel nest in the rafters of a house in Helena

  • 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

  • Squirrel droppings on the plywood floor in the attic of a house in Leeds Alabama

    Squirrel poop in an attic in Leeds

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

    Residential squirrel removal job in Birmingham

  • Baby squirrel with its paws on the keyboard of a computer in a darkened room

    Baby squirrel up past its bedtime

  • Water and squirrel damage to the wooden chimney housing where it meets the shingles on the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel and water damage at a Birmingham home

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

    Squirrel damage to a Birmingham home

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

    Squirrel removal job in Bessemer, Alabama

  • Squirrel entry gap in the edge of a roof of a house in Birmingham, AL

    Squirrel entry gap in a house in Birmingham

  • Squirrel walking into a funnel trap

    Squirrel entering 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

  • Smiling animal control technician holding three baby squirrels in his hand. The squirrels appear to be asleep.

    Tim with baby squirrels removed from a house

  • 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

  • Squirrels gnawed at several of the slats of a wooden gable vent

    Gray squirrel damage to a gable vent

  • Squirrel chew damage to the edge of the wooden roof trim of a house in Warrior Alabama

    Squirrel damage at a house in Warrior

  • Squirrel chewed through the metal rain gutter and the wooden fascia behind it

    Squirrel chew damage in Homewood

  • Squirrels gnawed a gap of about two inches along a roughly twelve inch length of shingles on the edge of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama.

    Squirrel damage to shingles in Birmingham

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

    Squirrel damage to wiring in a Hueytown attic

  • Squirrel damage to the roof of a home in Hoover, Alabama

    Squirrel damage to roof of a home in Hoover

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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We have a squirrel-removal crew repairing squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The squirrels gnawed their way into the attic and tore up the flexible heating ducts. We'll also be replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2020 10:07:25 am.

Gray squirrels still very active in Metro Atlanta. Have 2 squirrel exclusions in Sandy Springs today, then a squirrel removal in Duluth tomorrow.
by Jason McFarland
Nov 12, 2020 08:49:51 am.

Our Birmingham office has technicians trapping and removing squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. They'll also be replacing the insulation, which the squirrels have torn down from the walls in the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 29, 2020 11:23:37 am.

We have a crew of squirrel-removal technicians squirrel-proofing the roof of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The biggest part of the job will be closing up all the gaps along the edges of the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 28, 2020 10:54:59 am.

Here's Why this House in Helena, Alabama Needs Squirrels Removed from the Attic
by Webmaster
Oct 21, 2020 11:22:04 am.

We'll be squirrel-proofing a house in Birmingham, Alabama tomorrow. The only way to control squirrels is by trapping and removing the ones that are already in the attic, and sealing the roof so "new" squirrels can't get in.
by Webmaster
Oct 18, 2020 05:05:34 pm.

A Gray Squirrel Gnawed a Hole Through the Roof of a House in Homewood, Alabama
by Webmaster
Oct 12, 2020 10:05:46 am.

Our Birmingham office has a crew trapping and removing gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama, and excluding them from the house to make the attic squirrel-free.
by Webmaster
Oct 12, 2020 10:00:13 am.

We have a team out setting traps to remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama, and sealing the gaps around the edges of the roof to keep squirrels and other animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2020 09:51:46 am.

Our Birmingham office is setting traps to remove and relocate squirrels from the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. The squirrels have been living in the attic for a long time. We can tell because the insulation is full of squirrel trails.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 10:57:10 am.

We're heading out to Birmingham to trap, remove, and relocate a family of squirrels from the attic of a house in Redmont Park. We'll also have to replace the insulation because the squirrels have been tearing it down from the rafters.
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 10:54:15 am.

Chris Found Baby Squirrels in the Attic of a House in Redmont Park, Alabama
by Webmaster
Sep 17, 2020 10:50:53 am.

Today We'll Repair the Squirrel Damage to the Shingles of this House in Birmingham
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2020 09:01:30 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Gray Squirrels Gnawed at the Pipe Insulation in the Attic of a House in Birmingham
by Webmaster
Sep 01, 2020 10:39:40 am.

We're at a house in Birmingham repairing both water damage and squirrel damage to the roof of a house. Animal damage and water damage often occur in the same places and contribute to each other.
by Webmaster
Aug 26, 2020 09:57:46 am.

We have a crew from our Birmingham office repairing squirrel damage to the roof of a house in Birmingham, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Aug 04, 2020 10:39:11 am.

We've trapped and removed the squirrels from the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama, so now we're finishing up the exclusion part of the job to keep them out. Next we'll replace the contaminated insulation.
by Webmaster
Jul 17, 2020 10:04:00 am.

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.

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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