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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.

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

    Entry hole at squirrel-removal job in Moody, AL

  • Acorns and droppings found in an attic at a Pell City, Alabama squirrel control job

    Squirrel removal job in Pell City, Alabama

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

    Poor squirrel-proofing by Hoover handyman

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

    Squirrel damage to a soffit panel

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

    Squirrel damage to electric wires in Hoover

  • Squirrel-gnawed wood discovered at a Leeds, Alabama squirrel removal job

    Squirrel damage to a home in Leeds, Alabama

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

    Squirrel damage to a Birmingham home

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

    Squirrel nest in the rafters of a house in Helena

  • Squirrel hole behind the peeled back siding into the attic of a house in Helena Alabama

    Squirrel hole into an attic in Helena

  • A technician's gloved hand with two baby squirrels clinging to it. One is peacefully sleeping

    Josh with baby squirrels he removed from a home

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

    Young squirrels in Maylene, Alabama

  • Squirrels pulled down about a foot of insulation from the rafters in the attic of a house in the Redmont Park section of Birmingham Alabama.

    Squirrels damaged attic insulation in Birmingham

  • Mother squirrel looking at her baby, who is in a box trap on the edge of the roof of a house

    Mother and baby squirrels

  • Squirrel hole between the shingles and the wooden trim at a roof junction on a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Squirrel hole in a house in Valdosta

  • Squirrels gnawed through the slats of a metal vent on the roof of a house

    Squirrel damage to a metal roof vent

  • Squirrel removal technician on a ladder sealing squirrels out of a house in Oxford, Alabama

    Squirrel removal from a house in Oxford

  • Lifted shingle reveals a two inch gap in the edge of the roof that needs to be sealed to keep squirrels out of a Birmingham Alabama attic.

    Gray squirrel gap into a Birmingham attic

  • Squirrel entry hole in the roof of a house in Hoover, Alabama

    Squirrel hole in the roof of a house in Hoover

  • Poorly done squirrel proofing. Squirrels chewed through the hardware cloth.

    Handyman squirrel-proofing job - FAIL

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

    Squirrel chew damage in Homewood

  • A tame squirrel sitting in the Rid A Critter office munching on some peanuts

    Friendly squirrel visiting our office for lunch

  • Two baby gray squirrels asleep on the armrest of technician's service vehicle

    Baby squirrels on the armrest of Justin's truck

  • Squirrels tore the outer covering and insulation off flexible heating ducts in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.

    Squirrel damage to heating ducts in Birmingham

  • Squirrels got into a brand new house because the builder left a gap of about two inches between the roof sheathing and the fascia board

    How squirrels got into a brand-new 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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Chris and his crew are hard at work squirrel-proofing the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. They're also setting traps to catch and humanely remove the squirrels from the attic, and relocate them to the woods.
by Webmaster
Mar 02, 2021 10:58:40 am.

Going across Hoover today Squirrels ๐Ÿฟ squirrels ๐Ÿฟ and squirrels!
by James G.
Feb 26, 2021 09:26:03 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Squirrels are busy nesting in Birmingham.
by Dean Scott
Feb 23, 2021 09:47:01 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today To evict some squirrels ๐Ÿฟ
by James G.
Feb 23, 2021 09:19:09 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when weโ€™re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Back to Tuscaloosa for some squirrel removal!
by James G.
Feb 18, 2021 09:52:07 am.

HAPPY HUMP DAY Heading to Birmingham Alabama today To remove some squirrels.
by James G.
Feb 17, 2021 09:21:39 am.

We have squirrel-removal technicians sealing gaps in a roof to squirrel-proof the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Catching and removing squirrels becomes a never-ending chore unless you also seal them out.
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:35:14 am.

Video of Squirrel Removal and Attic Insulation Replacement in Pelham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Feb 16, 2021 10:12:59 am.

Heading to Hoover Alabama today More squirrels in attic
by James G.
Feb 15, 2021 09:11:33 am.

Tuscaloosa bound Squirrels moving in!
by James G.
Feb 11, 2021 09:46:08 am.

A crew from our Birmingham office is squirrel-proofing a house in Alexander City, Alabama. They're also trapping, removing, and humanely relocating the squirrels that are already living in the attic.
by Webmaster
Feb 08, 2021 10:07:34 am.

Back in alabaster today Another house with squirrels ๐Ÿฟ Taking over !
by James G.
Feb 08, 2021 09:11:18 am.

Pelham bound today Rangling up some squirrels ๐Ÿฟ!
by James G.
Feb 06, 2021 09:11:48 am.

Double trouble today . Heading to Hoover Alabama, ๐Ÿฟ and ๐Ÿ€ taking over a house!
by James G.
Feb 03, 2021 10:10:06 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

Tuscaloosa bound this morning . Squirrels in attic,Time for another eviction! ROLL TIDE..
by James G.
Feb 01, 2021 09:45:14 am.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Rains gone and the sun is shining. Time to chase some squirrels in Metro Birmingham.
by Dean Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:10:56 am.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as Iโ€™ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Chris S. and his crew are busy removing and relocating gray squirrels from the attic of a house in Birmingham, Alabama. They'll also be squirrel-proofing the roof for a long-lasting solution.
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2021 10:19:11 am.

Video: Removing Baby Squirrels from the Chimney of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2021 10:39:32 am.

HAPPY HUMP DAY! Yep you guessed it Another squirrel kind of day. Hoover Alabama bound! ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฅœ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿฟ
by James G.
Jan 20, 2021 08:48:34 am.

Off to Helena Alabama today Gray squirrels over taking the house .
by James G.
Jan 19, 2021 08:40:14 am.

How can you catch a squirrel? Climb up a tree and act like a nut .๐Ÿฟ Or just call us .lol Squirrels again today ,Hoover Alabama here I come .
by James G.
Jan 15, 2021 09:16:21 am.

In route to Birmingham Alabama To TKO some stubborn squirrels.
by James G.
Jan 13, 2021 08:55:49 am.

Headed to do after care appointments at the financial center and a church in McDonough today.
by Chris G.
Jan 12, 2021 09:50:02 am.

Neither snow nor rain nor heat
by Matthew F.
Jan 11, 2021 09:29:56 am.

Heading to Helena Alabama today , To wrangle some gray squirrels!
by James G.
Jan 08, 2021 08:52:12 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 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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