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Squirrel Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

Young squirrel being held by an animal control worker in his hands after the squirrel was 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.

  • 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 on the roof of a house in Leeds Alabama
    Squirrel on the roof of a house in Leeds
  • Squirrels were chewing on an electrical wire in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama
    Squirrel damage to electric wires in Hoover
  • Man on a tall ladder repairing damage to the roof as part of a Trussville Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Squirrel damage repair at a Trussville home
  • Squirrel droppings and a slightly gnawed electrical wire are evidence of squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a Hoover Alabama home.
    Evidence of squirrels in an attic in Hoover
  • Tufts of insulation sticking out of a vent are evidence of a squirrel nest in the soffit of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrel nest in the soffit in Birmingham
  • 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 and droppings in the attic insulation are signs of squirrels that need to be removed from the attic of a Birmingham Alabama home.
    Evidence of squirrels in an attic in Birmingham
  • Squirrel hole in a tin roof at a Birmingham, AL squirrel removal job
    Squirrel hole in a tin roof in Birmingham
  • Squirrel hole in plastic siding into a roof at a Hoover squirrel removal job
    Squirrel entry hole in a house in Hoover
  • A squirrel trap attached to a roof vent with all the other openings covered with hardware cloth to trap and remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills Alabama.
    Squirrel trapping at a house in Vestavia Hills
  • Gray squirrels gnawed through the fascia at a roof junction point to get into the attic of a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Squirrel damage to the roof trim in Leeds
  • A drip edge that was cut about three inches too short created a gap at an inside corner of the soffit that allowed gray squirrels into a house in Leeds Alabama.
    Man-made squirrel gap into a house in Leeds
  • Squirrels gnawed the entire roof ridge vent off the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama leaving a two inch gap running along the peak of the roof.
    Squirrel damage to the roof of a Birmingham home
  • Squirrel droppings on the plywood floor in the unfinished attic of a house in Trussville Alabama.
    Squirrel droppings in the attic in Trussville
  • Lifting a shingle reveales a large gap in the roof flashing at the end of the soffit that allowed squirrels into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrel gap in the flashing in Birmingham
  • Construction gaps around the spot where a rain gutter downspout passes through the soffit panel that allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama.
    Squirrel gaps around a downspout in Birmingham
  • Lifting a shingle reveals that a handyman left about two feet of the roof line uncovered by a metal animal barrier in his failed attempt to exclude squirrels from the attic of an Helena Alabama home.
    Handyman squirrel-proofing attempt in Helena
  • The shingle is lifted up and reveals an oval hole about four inches wide that squirrels gnawed through the wooden fascia to get into the attic of an Helena Georgia home.
    Squirrel hole through the fascia in Helena
  • 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 climbing down a brick wall
    Squirrel climbing down a brick wall
  • Squirrels gnawed a jagged hole through a water damaged plywood soffit panel to get into a house in Tuscaloosa Alabama.
    Squirrel hole in a soffit panel in Tuscaloosa
  • Man on a ladder which itself is standing on a roof with another ladder leaning against it installing a screen over a gable vent at a Tuscaloosa Alabama squirrel removal job.
    Squirrel proofing a gable vent in Tuscaloosa
  • Squirrel hole in the roof of a house in Birmingham, Alabama
    Residential squirrel removal job in Birmingham

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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by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 10:05:14 am.

Today We Have a Video of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama Squirrel Removal and Exclusion Job
by Webmaster
Nov 23, 2022 09:35:40 am.

Cold day yesterday, started in Cedartown ga, squirrels in the soffits, had them last year, he tried to fix it himself last year, didn’t work. Headed to Mableton ga, squirrels again, then 2 stops in Marietta ga
by Chris Collender
Nov 22, 2022 08:21:48 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole shaped like an inverted bowl in the bottom edge of a wooden roof rafter in the attic of a house in Trussville, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal team will repair the damage once the squirrels have been caught, relocated, and sealed out of the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 21, 2022 11:18:30 am.

Today We Posted this Video of a Trussville, Alabama Squirrel Removal and Exclusion Job
by Webmaster
Nov 18, 2022 08:52:28 am.

One of our wildlife-management technicians is heading out to check the traps at a Hoover, Alabama squirrel-removal job. Any animals in the traps will be humanely relocated to suitable natural habitats.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 10:19:43 am.

One of our wildlife-exclusion teams is heading out to a Vestavia Hills, Alabama squirrel-removal job. In addition to trapping and relocating the squirrels, they'll be animal-proofing the house and replacing the attic insulation.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 10:07:30 am.

Our Alabama wildlife-exclusion professionals are screening the gable vents as part of a Tuscaloosa, Alabama squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job. The squirrels were getting in between the slats of the vents.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 10:02:56 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed at the edge of the roof sheathing to enlarge an existing one-inch gap to make it big enough for them to get into the attic of a house in Trussville, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal experts will cover the gap with a steel animal barrier that will keep squirrels and other nuisance wildlife out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 17, 2022 09:45:56 am.

Rainy day, started off in Cleveland ga, bats in the ridge vents, then headed down to Atlanta ga, rats in the basement, then off to Douglasville ga, squirrels chewing holes threw customers shingles
by Chris Collender
Nov 15, 2022 03:36:15 pm.

We're almost finished squirrel-proofing a Birmingham, Alabama home. This included installing metal screens over the gable vents to keep squirrels and other animals out of the house, as well as trapping and removing the squirrels that had already gotten into the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 15, 2022 09:37:22 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole about the size of a pear through the shingles at the corner of the roof to get into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Squirrel-relocation specialists from our Birmingham office are repairing the damage, as well as trapping and removing the squirrels from the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 15, 2022 09:33:33 am.

It’s a cold Monday, was out in Monroe ga this morning, customer has had a constant issue with squirrels, then out 3 jobs in Atlanta ga, rats rats rats.
by Chris Collender
Nov 14, 2022 11:51:04 am.

Busy day yesterday, started off in Hoschton ga, rats, then out to a rental property in Atlanta, rats, then to Jonesboro ga, rats, then up to Athens ga, squirrels, good times.
by Chris Collender
Nov 10, 2022 10:19:13 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a hole right through the top edge of the metal rain gutter and the wooden roof fascia behind it to get into the attic of a house in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Our squirrel removal technicians are on the scene trapping and relocating the squirrels, repairing the damage, and animal-proofing the roof.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2022 09:43:27 am.

Gray squirrels gnawed a bowl-shaped hole through the top of the wooden roof fascia to get into the attic of a house in Trussville, Alabama. A squirrel-removal team working out of our Birmingham office is installing metal wildlife barriers over the fascia to animal-proof the house and keep critter out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2022 09:37:26 am.

Wildlife control technicians doing squirrel removal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama are installing animal barriers over the fascia to seal squirrels and other nuisance animals out of the attic. The squirrels gnawed holes through the top edge of the fascia to get into the house.
by Webmaster
Nov 10, 2022 09:17:29 am.

We have a wildlife-exclusion crew suiting up to do squirrel removal in Birmingham, Alabama in a few minutes. The squirrels climbed up to the rain gutter inside a rain gutter downspout, and from there made their way into the attic through a gap in the edge of the roof.
by Webmaster
Nov 09, 2022 06:25:55 am.

Was out in ellijay ga today, rats in crawl space, then headed to Hiawasse ga, flyers in attic, in Athens ga now, raccoons in a house
by Chris Collender
Nov 08, 2022 11:38:20 am.

Wildlife-Exclusion Specialists from our Birmingham Office are Busy at a Squirrel Trapping and Removal Job in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
by Webmaster
Nov 08, 2022 11:15:22 am.

Squirrels tore gashes into the Sheetrock under the insulation in the attic of a house in Hoover, Alabama. Our squirrel-removal experts will repair the damage as soon as all the squirrels have been caught, relocated, and sealed out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 08, 2022 10:36:12 am.

A wildlife-exclusion crew doing squirrel removal in Vestavia Hills, Alabama is installing a metal animal barrier to cover a fist-sized hole that gray squirrels gnawed through the wooden fascia to get into the attic.
by Webmaster
Nov 07, 2022 09:21:04 am.

One of our Birmingham squirrel-removal crews will be replacing the attic insulation as the last step of a wildlife-exclusion job this morning. When squirrels and other animals get into attics, they damage the insulation and contaminate it with their droppings and urine.
by Webmaster
Nov 04, 2022 05:54:35 am.

Our wildlife-management experts just finished up a Birmingham, Alabama squirrel-removal and animal-exclusion job. Trapping and removing squirrels is only half the job. The other half is sealing the house to prevent nuisance animals from getting back in.
by Webmaster
Nov 03, 2022 10:38:18 am.

Did a quote yesterday in Watkinsville, ga bats, and a quote for snakes, different houses, then off the Athens, ga snakes in a crawl space, has mice too. Then over to Covington, squirrels in the attic
by Chris Collender
Nov 03, 2022 09:32:16 am.

Sunlight coming into the attic from the roof eaves and burrows through the insulation made it obvious that the attic of a house in Helena, Alabama needed squirrels removed from the attic. Our wildlife management experts are animal-proofing the house and setting traps to catch and relocate the squirrels.
by Webmaster
Nov 02, 2022 10:36:40 am.

Was in Sharpsburg ga, squirrels are chewing threw the shingles to get into the attic, then off to Fayetteville ga, bats in the attic. Headed to Duluth ga, squirrels chewing threw the roof junctions and now in Atlanta ga, for rats
by Chris Collender
Oct 31, 2022 01:43:13 pm.

What happened was that the plastic roof ridge vent started to detach from the roof, creating a gap underneath it that allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Squirrel removal and exclusion specialists from our Birmingham office are replacing the plastic vent with a steel Ridge Guard animal barrier that will keep critters out of the attic.
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2022 10:19:22 am.

A three-inch gap in the roof fascia where an extension was built onto a brick house allowed gray squirrels into the attic of a house in Trussville, Alabama. Squirrel-removal experts from our Birmingham office are trapping and removing the squirrels, as well as installing a metal animal barrier over the fascia to keep wildlife out of the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2022 10:15:30 am.

Our wildlife-control professionals are installing a metal animal barrier over the edge of the roof under the shingles at a Birmingham, Alabama squirrel-removal job. Removing squirrels from the attic without animal-proofing the house is a waste of time.
by Webmaster
Oct 31, 2022 10:09:12 am.

Here's a Quick Video of a Hoover, Alabama Squirrel Removal Job
by Webmaster
Oct 28, 2022 09:51:45 am.

Wildlife-management specialists doing squirrel removal in Vestavia Hills, Alabama just removed a family of squirrels from the attic. The squirrels are being relocated to the forest while our crew repairs the damage they did and animal-proofs the house.
by Webmaster
Oct 27, 2022 10:52:44 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, Tuscaloosa, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas. We are fully licensed and insured.

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