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Squirrel Removal and Exclusion

Two young squirrels in the gloved hand of a technician after being removed from a house in Chattanooga Tennessee

Grey squirrels are among the most common nuisance wildlife species in the Chattanooga area and through the United States. Their powerful jaws, sharp teeth, excellent balance, and amazing climbing abilities make sealing squirrels out of homes and commercial buildings among the more challenging jobs that animal-control professionals do. Grey squirrels can climb most vertical surfaces, run along electrical wires as if they were tightrope-walkers, and gnaw through most building material.

In nature, grey squirrels live in trees in nests called dreys. Their ability to quickly climb out of reach of their predators, their exquisite sense of balance, their ability to gnaw, and their comfort living in high places are survival traits for squirrels in the wild. Not surprisingly, squirrels also bring these behaviors with them when they nest in homes or other buildings.

Almost all squirrel infestations in homes occur in the attic (whether it's accessible to humans or not), the soffits, or in other structural voids at or near the top of the house. In commercial buildings, squirrels usually nest in lofts, top-floor mechanical spaces, on top of drop ceilings, or inside air conditioners and other mechanical equipment on the roof. They also nest in church bell towers and steeples of churches, in radio and radar towers, and in telephone and electric poles.

Given their impressive abilities, it's no surprise that nearly all do-it-yourself squirrel-proofing attempts, as well as most squirrel-exclusion attempts by handymen or roofers, wind up being epic fails. Squirrel removal and exclusion require extensive knowledge of squirrels' behavior and abilities, as well as the equipment and confidence to work in the high places where squirrels live.

Squirrel Damage

Once they get into your home, squirrels can create all kinds of problems. One would think that they'd be grateful for a nicer place to live than some old tree, but one would be wrong. They make a nuisance of themselves in many ways, including:

Safe, Humane, Non-Chemical Squirrel Control

Although squirrels are rodents, it's illegal and unsafe to treat a squirrel problem using rodenticides. Even if it were legal, it would still be unwise because of the risks associated with the poisons, and because squirrels who died inside wall voids or other inaccessible areas would stink up your home for months. It also would be useless without sealing squirrels out of the house or building to prevent future squirrel problems.

That's why there's really no such thing as a "squirrel exterminator." Like all reputable wildlife-management companies serving the Chattanooga, Tennessee area, Rid-A-Critter controls squirrels without using pesticide by safely and humanely trapping and removing the squirrels, releasing them elsewhere, and sealing up your home to make it squirrel-proof. This is painstaking work that requires that we find and seal not only the entry routes that the squirrels are using, but also the ones that they could use if they had a mind to. We also don't do "partial" squirrel-proofing jobs because our experience has been that they're useless.

We also clean up after the squirrels and repair any damage the squirrels caused. If needed, we can also replace insulation contaminated by the squirrels' urine and droppings to restore your home's healthfulness and energy efficiency. If there were contributory problems such as water leaks and moisture damage, we take care of those, too.

In a nutshell, we address and solve your squirrel problem from start to finish, and we back our work with the best warranty in the business.

Squirrel Control Gallery

Here are some randomly-selected pictures of flying squirrel-control work we've done in Tennessee and elsewhere.

Please contact us to learn more about squirrel removal and exclusion in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. We appreciate your interest.

 

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A crew from our Chattanooga office is sealing squirrels out of the attic of a house in Signal Mountain.
by Webmaster
Apr 07, 2020 09:57:42 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 in Chattanooga removing squirrels from the attic of a house and sealing the roof to keep them out for good.
by Webmaster
Mar 30, 2020 11:58:45 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.

Using a Squirrel Funnel Trap at a House in East Ridge, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Mar 25, 2020 10:46:50 am.

Young Squirrel Removed from the Attic of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Mar 24, 2020 10:41:45 am.

Persistent Squirrel Gnawed its Way into a House in Lakeview, Tennessee
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Mar 23, 2020 10:43:46 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage at a House in Chattanooga, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Mar 11, 2020 11:41:17 am.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 am.

Gray Squirrels Made a Mess in the Attic of this House in East Brainerd, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Mar 09, 2020 11:10:24 am.

Sleepy Young Squirrels Removed from the Attic of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2020 10:28:39 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole into the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Mar 05, 2020 10:18:20 am.

Serious Gray Squirrel Damage to the Ridge Vent of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Mar 02, 2020 11:30:58 am.

Just enjoying this Georgia weather this weekend. At my parents house fishing and noticed the wildlife out here where they belong. They can become a nuisance though when they find their way inside your home. In that case give us a call.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 01, 2020 12:24:17 pm.

Well it’s North Ga today. Seeing clients in Buford, Gainesville, Blue Ridge, Blairsville and Hiawassee Ga.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 27, 2020 11:30:35 am.

Fresh Gray Squirrel Hole into an Attic in Red Bank, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2020 11:06:56 am.

Another Handyman Squirrel-Proofing Fail at a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 26, 2020 10:29:29 am.

Here's How Squirrels Got into the Attic of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 25, 2020 11:04:10 am.

Considerable Squirrel Damage to a Roof Vent in Dunlap, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 21, 2020 10:22:34 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole Led to Water Damage at a House in Harrison, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 21, 2020 10:13:18 am.

Gray Squirrel Entry Gap into the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 20, 2020 11:13:18 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole Near a Rain Gutter in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 18, 2020 11:29:35 am.

Gray Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a House in Red Bank, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 14, 2020 10:09:26 am.

Rainy days mean animals like to stay in. If you are hearing noises in your attic on this rainy day it could be more than rain.
by Dean Scott
Feb 13, 2020 09:27:56 am.

Gray Squirrel Gnawed its Way into a House in east Brainerd, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 12, 2020 10:27:28 am.

This Was the Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Feb 11, 2020 10:40:48 am.

Live Squirrel in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga, Tennesee
by Webmaster
Feb 10, 2020 11:43:51 am.

Unusual Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Feb 05, 2020 10:23:13 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to Wires in the Attic of a House in East Brainerd, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jan 30, 2020 10:12:35 am.

Gray Squirrel Gap into the Attic of a House in Collegedale, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jan 29, 2020 10:47:11 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to Electrical Wiring in an Attic in Lakeview, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2020 10:20:26 am.

The Chattanooga, Tennessee office of Rid-A-Critter provides grey squirrel removal and squirrel-proofing in the Chattanooga, Tennessee Metro Area, including the counties of Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie, Tennesee and the cities and towns of Collegedale, Dunlap, East Brainerd, East Ridge, Harrison, Jasper, Lakeview, Middle Valley, Red Bank, Signal Mountain, Soddy-Daisy, and their surrounding areas.

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