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How to Get Rid of Squirrels

Squirrels may be invasive, but they are not as difficult or as dangerous to remove compared to a venomous snake or some other dangerous animal. These are the steps we at Frontier Wildlife Control think best in squirrel removal.

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Squirrel sitting on the roof

What to Know Beforehand

Since knowing is half the battle it is a good idea to find out where the squirrels are and how they got there. Attics are a common place for squirrels to nest so be sure to watch out for itchy fiberglass and to always walk on the floor joists. A flashlight may be a necessity as well since attics tend to be dark with no electrical source of light.

It’s also good to keep in mind that though squirrels are not obviously dangerous as a snake might be or a bobcat, they can become aggressive to protect their young. Frontier Wildlife Control employees are skilled in scaring away the mother so that their young can be safely removed. If the mother moves to another part of the attic, we will use her young to lure her out. She will then take them to one of several pre-established alternate den sites thereby forever leaving your home.

How to Remove Squirrels

squirrel pest controlFinding and blocking off with one-way doors will ensure that if the squirrels leave, they will lock themselves outside. Baby squirrels are immobile for the first six weeks of their lives so you must search for and take them outside by hand. Look in areas that are the loudest sources of scratching noises as this is where the mother has stashed her young. Then carefully handle the young and put them in a cushioned, warm box outside where the mother can then relocate them.

Though squirrels can be quite the pests, they can be safely and humanely removed from your area. We at Frontier Wildlife Control are very experienced in wildlife removal and would be more than happy to lend a helping hand in extracting the sneaky squirrels.

Squirrel Damage

Squirrels Breaking and Entering

Since squirrel damage is very common in the United States, it’s no surprise that they occasionally invade people’s homes and/or workplaces. They are small, agile, and can crawl through holes larger than two inches. In their traditional habitat, they climb and nest in trees so getting into a man-made structure could prove to be a walk in the park. Here are just a few ways we at Frontier Wildlife Control have noticed squirrels use to break in and enter where they are not wanted.

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Squirrel sitting on the roof

Roof Vents, Edges, and Soffit intersections

Squirrels are agile climbers and are not strangers to heights. They also use roofs to travel in various heavily populated areas so it’s only natural that they would also chew through roof vents and edges to enter homes. Squirrels have exceedingly sharp teeth and jaws that allow them to chew through plastic and even aluminum. Squirrels that feel any heat escaping from a vent may become curious to find a cozy place to move in.

Roof edges are where rain and melted snow end up. Add clogged gutters to this and you’re sure to have some deterioration that would allow squirrels to burrow in faster. The edge also creates a great angle for them to chew until they make a large enough entrance.

Soffit intersections are usually found where two roofs meet. Shingles from a lower roof meet with the soffit from the upper section. Often times when these intersections are put in they fail to meet the edge of the shingles below which creates a gap straight to the attic that squirrels are all too happy to exploit.

Wall Vents

Squirrel Removal

Squirrel Removal

Exhausts for bathroom, kitchen, and dryer fans usually lead to the outside and the plastic covers they have are not much of a defense against squirrels. Vent pipes can resemble tree cavities and are thus the perfect spot for a squirrel to burrow in and set up camp. This can create unsanitary living conditions and prove to be a fire hazard.

Squirrels are clever critters that are adept at covert invasions. We at Frontier Wildlife Control will inspect your home and humanely remove any and every squirrel that has found its way in.