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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.

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

    Baby squirrel up past its bedtime

  • Squirrel damaged wiring in the attic of a house in Hoover Alabama

    Squirrels were chewing on the wiring in Hoover

  • 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

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

    Squirrel removal job in Pell City, Alabama

  • Paw prints in the dust on a pipe at a Birmingham, AL squirrel removal job

    Paw prints at Birmingham squirrel removal job

  • 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

  • Squirrel hole gnawed right through a roof shingle on a house in Valdosta Alabama

    Squirrel gnawed through a shingle in Valdosta

  • Squirrel entry hole and damage to the edge of a roof in Birmingham, AL

    Squirrel damage to a roof in Birmingham AL

  • Vines growing on the side of a house served as ladders for squirrels to get in through a hole in the soffit

    Squirrels often use vines as ladders to get inside

  • Three young squirrels on top of a brick porch support post

    Squirrels hanging out on the corner, up to no good

  • Squirrels gnawed at the foam pipe insulation in the attic of a house in Birmingham Alabama leaving shredded foam all over the fiber glass insulation between the joists

    Squirrel damage to pipe insulation in Birmingham

  • Squirrel gnaw damage to the wooden trim under the peak of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham

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

    Squirrel chew damage in Homewood

  • 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

  • Animal-removal technician with a squirrel in an old-fashioned animal snare

    Squirrel removed from a church the old-school way

  • Squirrel burrow through insulation in the attic of a house in Heflin, Alabama

    Squirrel damage in an attic in Heflin, Alabama

  • Two young squirrels in a trap after being removed from a home in Mountain Brook, AL

    Young squirrels trapped in Mountain Brook

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

    Squirrel entry gap in a house in Birmingham

  • Squirrels gnawed a hole through the wood under the edge of the roof of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a house in Birmingham

  • Tapered vertical gap in the corner of the siding allowed squirrels into a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel entry gap in Birmingham

  • Man standing on his truck sealing squirrels out of a home in Midfield, Alabama

    Squirrel-proofing a home in Midfield, Alabama

  • Oblong squirrel hole chewed completely through the wooden roof sheathing of a house in Birmingham Alabama

    Squirrel damage to a roof in Birmingham

  • Many squirrel trails through the insulation between the joists in the unfinished attic of a house in Hoover Alabama.

    Squirrel trails through the insulation in Hoover

  • Squirrels gnawed a hole though the shingles and wood on the corner of the roof of a house in Homewood Alabama

    Squirrel hole in the roof in Homewood

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 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.

Concerned Squirrel on the Porch Roof of a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 10:02:48 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

We're doing a squirrel-removal and squirrel-exclusion job at a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2020 11:52:45 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Gray Squirrel Damage at a House in Birmingham, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2020 10:52:46 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Squirrels Out of a House in Leeds, Alabama
by Webmaster
Mar 26, 2020 10:29:56 am.

We have a crew at a house in Birmingham sealing the squirrels out of an attic.
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2020 10:35:08 am.

Chris is repairing squirrel damage at a house in Hoover, Alabama today.
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2020 10:40:23 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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