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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 damage to wall boards in in attic in Oxford, Alabama
    Squirrel damage in an attic in Oxford, Alabama
  • Oblong squirrel hole chewed completely through the wooden roof sheathing of a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Squirrel damage to a roof in Birmingham
  • Squirrel sitting on the near edge of the porch roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama and looking toward the camera
    Squirrel on the porch roof of a Birmingham home
  • Man on a ladder sealing squirrels out of the attic of a house in Alexander City Alabama.
    Squirrel-proofing a house in Alexander City
  • 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
  • Three inch gap between the roof sheathing and fascia that must be covered with metal as an essential part of a Hoover Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job.
    Huge entry gap at a Hoover squirrel removal job
  • Squirrel gnaw hole through the roof sheathing at a house in Birmingham Alabama
    Squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham
  • Squirrel entry gap in the edge of a roof of a house in Birmingham, AL
    Squirrel entry gap in a house in Birmingham
  • 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
  • Lifted shingle reveals a gap of a bit over an inch that needs to be sealed to exclude squirrels from the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Squirrel gap into a house in Birmingham
  • A squirrel sitting on a window sill
    Squirrel on a window sill
  • Animal-removal technician with a squirrel in an old-fashioned animal snare
    Squirrel removed from a church the old-school way
  • Squirrel trapper holding squirrels he removed from a home in Homewood, Alabama
    Squirrels removed from a home in Homewood, AL
  • 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
  • A real squirrel at the keyboard of a computer looking as if it is using the computer to do research
    Squirrel doing some research on humans
  • Metal mesh cage shaped like a box installed over a round roof vent to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Squirrel-proofed roof vent in Vestavia Hills
  • Squirrels tail hanging out from under the range hood in the kitchen of a restaurant
    Squirrel stuck in a range hood at a restaurant
  • Squirrels gnawed a hole through the roof sheathing of a house in Birmingham
    Squirrel damage to a Birmingham home
  • Squirrel peeking out through a hole in the roof fascia in Leeds Alabama
    Squirrel knows he's being evicted in Leeds
  • 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
  • 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
  • Squirrels gnawed a section out of a flexible clothes dryer duct in an attic
    Squirrel damage to a dryer duct
  • Three baby squirrels clutching the front of a smiling animal control technicians sweatshirt
    Tim with three baby squirrels
  • 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

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 Squirrel Removed from a Trussville, Alabama Home is Awaiting Relocation
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 12:07:45 pm.

Today we're repairing water damage to a roof as part of a Vestavia Hills, Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job. Water damage and animal problems often occur in the same places. Sometimes the animals create the water leaks, and sometimes they take advantage of existing water damage. Either way, we fix both problems.
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Sep 27, 2021 12:03:01 pm.

Technicians doing squirrel removal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are trimming back tree branches from a house as part of a comprehensive squirrel-proofing job. Habitat modification is often one of the most important parts of squirrel exclusion.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 11:56:04 am.

A gap between the roof sheathing and fascia in a dormer is allowing squirrels into the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Squirrel removal experts from our Birmingham office are sealing the gaps to keep the squirrels out, and trapping and relocating the ones who already are in the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 11:49:16 am.

Jason and Justin are up on a roof doing gray squirrel removal in Hoover, Alabama. Permanently keeping the squirrels out of the attic will require installing a metal shield around the edges of the roof to seal a gap between the roof sheathing and fascia.
by Webmaster
Sep 27, 2021 11:44:04 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are squirrel-proofing a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Squirrel removal must be followed by squirrel exclusion to achieve permanent squirrel control.
by Webmaster
Sep 24, 2021 08:56:53 am.

A crew from our Birmingham office are replacing part of the roof as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel removal and damage repair job. The squirrels gnawed right through the shingles and the sheathing to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 23, 2021 11:22:54 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are replacing the attic insulation as the finishing touch to a Trussville, Alabama squirrel-removal job. The squirrels tore the insulation right down from between the rafters.
by Webmaster
Sep 22, 2021 10:39:32 am.

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-removal technicians from our Birmingham office will seal the gap to make the attic squirrel-proof.
by Webmaster
Sep 21, 2021 10:54:10 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are replacing the attic insulation as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel removal job. All animals cause damage to the insulation when they get into an attic, often requiring that it be completely removed and replaced.
by Webmaster
Sep 20, 2021 11:14:02 am.

Today We're Repairing a Roof as Part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Squirrel-Removal Job
by Webmaster
Sep 15, 2021 10:15:35 am.

Squirrel gnawed a hole through the wooden roof fascia behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Squirrel removal crews from our Birmingham office are trapping and relocating the squirrels and repairing the damage to squirrel proof the house.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2021 11:44:09 am.

Squirrel tracks and droppings in the attic insulation were signs of squirrels that needed to be removed from the attic of a Birmingham, Alabama home. We're setting traps in the attic and sealing the gaps in the roof to make the attic squirrel-proof and squirrel-free.
by Webmaster
Sep 14, 2021 11:29:03 am.

Technicians from our Birmingham office are repairing squirrel damage as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel-removal job. The repairs will also prevent squirrels or other animals from getting back into the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 13, 2021 10:24:17 am.

Technicians working a Vestavia Hills, Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job are applying a metal shield along the edge of the roof to permanently seal squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 11:05:12 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole through the soffit trim right behind the rain gutter to get into the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Squirrel trappers from our Birmingham office are removing the squirrels from the attic and repairing the damage.
by Webmaster
Sep 09, 2021 11:02:24 am.

A crew doing a Trussville, Alabama squirrel removal job just removed three young squirrels from the attic. They'll take care of them until their mother gets home from work, and then relocate the whole family together to the forest.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 10:39:19 am.

This afternoon a squirrel removal team from our Birmingham office is starting a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel removal and exclusion job. The squirrels are getting in through holes they chewed through the roof ridge vent, which we'll be replacing with a sturdier one that will keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 10:37:05 am.

A metal shield around the edge of the roof will keep squirrels out of the attic of a Hoover, Alabama home. Squirrel-removal technicians from our Birmingham office are also removing the squirrels who already are in the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 10:12:03 am.

Today a Birmingham squirrel-removal crew is installing sturdy metal cages over the ceiling fans at a Vestavia Hills, Alabama squirrel exclusion job. Naturally, they're also trapping and relocating the squirrels who already got into the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 10:09:04 am.

A gap in the soffit panel where it meets the shingles at a roof junction allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Leeds, Alabama. Squirrel removal technicians from our Birmingham office are trapping the squirrels and closing the gap to keep animals out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Sep 07, 2021 10:04:57 am.

A crew working a Vestavia Hills, Alabama squirrel removal job found three young squirrels playing in the attic while their mother was out shopping for acorns. We'll foster the youngsters until we catch their mama, and relocate them as a family to their new home in a hollow tree.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:40:38 am.

A crew from our Birmingham office is working at a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel removal and damage repair job. They're setting traps to remove the squirrels from the attic and relocate them elsewhere, repairing the damage they did, animal-proofing the attic, and replacing the insulation.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:37:13 am.

Mice chewed through the screen behind a foundation vent to get into a house in Trussville, Alabama. Mouse control experts from our Birmingham office are re-screening the vents to keep mice out of the house, and using traps to eliminate the existing mouse population.
by Webmaster
Sep 03, 2021 11:24:11 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to the Attic Insulation at a Vestavia Hills, Alabama Squirrel Removal Job
by Webmaster
Aug 23, 2021 11:53:04 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole right through the joint of the soffit panels right under the peak of the house to get into the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. Squirrel removal technicians are setting traps in the attic to remove and relocate the squirrels, and squirrel-proofing the roof to keep them out.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 09:40:32 am.

A gray squirrel was overjoyed to find a nearly three-inch gap in the edge of the roof that allowed it into the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Squirrel-removal technicians from our Birmingham office have already removed the squirrel from the attic and are squirrel-proofing the roof as we speak.
by Webmaster
Aug 20, 2021 09:37:26 am.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

This afternoon we'll be finished squirrel-proofing the chimney of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. That will be the last stage of a squirrel-removal and exclusion job we're doing at the house.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2021 09:40:26 am.

We have a crew repairing squirrel damage to the soffit and roof of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. The damage repair will also make the house squirrel-proof to help avoid future problems. The squirrels themselves have already been removed from the attic and relocated.
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2021 09:38:16 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to a Rain Gutter on a House in Pelham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jun 29, 2021 09:31:12 am.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 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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