Squirrel Control FAQ’s

Listed below are some of the most commonly asked questions about squirrel habits:

1What exactly is a squirrel?
Squirrels are members of the Sciuridae family, which also includes marmots and prairie dogs. Species in this family have four fingers on their front feet and five fingers on their hind feet. They have relatively large ears and thick body fur. Their bodies are slender and tails are furry. Some species are arboreal (flying squirrels and grey squirrels), they live in trees and your attic, while others are ground-dwelling (chipmunks and marmots) and dig burrows or live in crawl spaces.
Six species of squirrels occur in Georgia , including the Southern flying squirrel, the chipmunk, the groundhog and 3 species of tree squirrels, including the Southern Flying Squirrel & Eastern Gray Squirrel. If you are not sure what type of rodent you have go to our Rodent Control FAQ's page for more information, it may help you narrow down your particular problem.
2What types of damage do squirrels cause in an attic?
Squirrel pests create many problems for Georgian's, the possibility that they will chew_wire_2Squirrels, mice and rats are all rodents, their teeth grow non-stop; therefore they must continuously chew to keep their teeth short and sharp. They like any surface that they can gnaw on. Wood is often preferred, but they will also chew on electrical wires, duct work and other materials. This wire chewing habit is a potential fire hazard for your attic and home. Another concern is the animal electrocuting itself by grounding the wires; this can be a fire hazard or cause an odor problem when the animal is killed and starts to decompose.chew electrical wires creating the potential for a structure fire is one. Another destructive habit is chewing areas on your home such as fascia boards and shingles, create leaking roofs, is another issue. Other damage includes: Insulation and HVAC system damage causing a decrease in your homes ability to be thermally efficiency (increased utilities and maintenance costs). Squirrels may cause water damage from pipe_chewEver heard ''rat poison makes rats thirsty so they go outside for water and die''? The problem is, water exists inside your home. Rats only have to chew a plastic pipe to get it.chewing on water pipes .
3Can't my regular pest control company exterminate my squirrel issue?
Pest control companies employ products of poison. They use techniques to treat around your home for insects and small invertebrates such as cockroaches and termites. They typically do not deal with larger animals, like mammals and reptiles. Using poison to kill a animals such as squirrels and bats is against the law in Georgia, The only legal method to control squirrel damage is to catch the squirrels in a cage or trap and take them away from the building or point of capture. A Georgia pest control license does not cover wildlife control. This service requires a nuisance wildlife control permit and a trapping license. Any professional that does not have a wildlife control permit is violating Georgia law. Urban Wildlife Control employees maintain both pest control licenses and wildlife control permits. This allows us to provide a wide array of services tailored to your needs.
4I am hearing noises. How can I tell if it is squirrels or something else?
Gray squirrels are diurnal . So if you are hearing chewing and scampering in the attic, during daylight hours, chances are you need Gray squirrel removal. Noises at night may indicate the need for Flying Squirrel Control, Rats Removal, Raccoons Traping or another wildlife control solution. Squirrel pest control is one of the most common services homeowners in greater Atlanta may require.
5Can Squirrels get into my chimney?
Yes. In fact, it occurs frequently, squirrels fall down uncapped chimneys. A simple solution may be to install a chimney cap or screen the outer fire wall. Also, squirrels sometimes nest in certain types of chimneys like lap siding where wood rot or other damage has occurred, giving access to the chimney chase.
6Can Chipmunks get into my attic?
Although it happens sometimes, it is extremely rare for chipmunks to get into attics. Chipmunks are ground dwelling squirrels, they live in burrows they have excavated and on occasion may take up residence in a crawl space.
7Is it possible I only have one squirrel living in my attic?
A lot of our clients feel they only have one squirrel in their home. Although it can be one squirrel or rat it usually is not. Gray squirrels are territorial, most often there is one family in the attic at any given time. Female Gray squirrels take up residence in early Fall and late Winter to rear young, usually you do not hear the single female, its the noise of the young that alert you to their presence. Flying squirrels, on the other hand, don't mind living together in a colony. rodents and the number of flying squirrels in an attic can be in the double digits.
8I live in the greater Atlanta area, what squirrel pest control services can Urban Wildlife Control provide me?
Urban Wildlife Control uses a highly effective, guaranteed 4 step squirrel pest control process to eliminate these unwanted critters from your home or office. Every step is important and should be properly implemented.
  • Inspection-Urban Wildlife Control starts any removal process with an inspection of the roof, crawlspace and attic looking at damaged areas, animal droppings and any nesting areas to determine the problem animal is indeed pest squirrels (and not rats, bats or raccoons). Urban Wildlife Control will then determine how the animals are gaining access to the building. Once we locate the point(s) of entry we survey the home for vulnerable areas that may need to be reinforced. A written estimate of the scope of work will be provided to you. This proposal will include correcting areas such as damaged and flimsy vents, sealing construction gaps and replacing rotten wood as well as fixing the current entry points to prevent future squirrel attacks.
  • Trapping- squirrel_trap2 Here are a few photos of a squirrel gaining interest in our humane roof trap and then being captured in the trap, all within fifteen minutes of setting the trap.Squirrel trapping is one of the most crucial steps in permanent squirrel control. This step is often skipped by our competitors leaving the problem squirrel on the property. This allows the squirrel new opportunities to regain entry into the home. Trapping takes place on the roof of the building, in the attic or crawlspace. In most cases, the squirrels are safely trapped alive and relocated 10 miles away from the property to safeguard against their return.
  • Exclusion- This step involves “squirrel proofing” all the entry points and vulnerable areas found during the initial inspection. After the capture of the pest squirrel inhabitants Urban Wildlife Control's exclusion team will perform this process to permanently solve the squirrel pest problem. Reinforcing vulnerable areas, such as a gapInconsistencies left in homes during construction. The roof line is the most common area to find construction gaps.construction gap, is all necessary components in proper “squirrel proofing”.
  • Deodorizing and Disinfecting- After the pest squirrels have been trapped and the exclusion work is complete, Urban Wildlife Control offers deodorizing and decontamination as part of our squirrel control service. This service eliminates the animal odors and the bio hazardous contamination that may be present in your home. Deodorizing and decontamination involves applying an organic enzyme and a hospital grade disinfectant. An atomizing sprayer “fogs” the area and breaks down squirrel odors created by urine and body oils.
These primary four steps should be performed on every squirrel job. There are other steps and corrective measures that may be implemented to help restore the home to its original condition. One of the most common steps involves restoring damaged attic insulation to the original R-value or better.