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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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Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Headed to do after care appointments at the financial center and a church in McDonough today.
by Chris G.
Jan 12, 2021 09:50:02 am.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

Sounds like the gray squirrels are still partying from the New Year - lots of folks calling in and reporting crazy attic noises!
by Amber A.
Jan 06, 2021 02:11:14 pm.

Sounds like the gray squirrels are still partying from the New Year - lots of folks calling in and reporting crazy attic noises!
by Amber A.
Jan 06, 2021 02:11:13 pm.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Gray squirrels still very active in Metro Atlanta. Have 2 squirrel exclusions in Sandy Springs today, then a squirrel removal in Duluth tomorrow.
by Jason McFarland
Nov 12, 2020 08:49:51 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.

Impressive Squirrel Hole Gnawed into a House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jun 25, 2020 11:43:06 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to the Soffit Panel of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jun 01, 2020 10:36:36 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

We're sending a team out to Chattanooga to remove squirrels from the soffit and attic of a house, and seal the roof so they can't get back in.
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:37:58 am.

Another Failed DIY Squirrel-Proofing Attempt at a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
May 18, 2020 10:09:49 am.

Gray Squirrel Hole in the Roof of a House in Chattanooga, Tennessee
by Webmaster
May 14, 2020 10:46:04 am.

We're Doing a Squirrel-Removal Job at a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
May 12, 2020 09:55:28 am.

Young Squirrel Trapped and Removed from a House in East Ridge, Tennessee
by Webmaster
May 05, 2020 11:12:25 am.

Our Chattanooga office sent a crew to remove squirrels from the attic of a house in Harrison, Tennessee, and seal the roof to keep squirrels out of the attic.
by Webmaster
May 05, 2020 10:36:23 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

We're replacing a gable vent to keep squirrels out of the attic of a house in Chattanooga.
by Webmaster
Apr 09, 2020 10:31:25 am.

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
by Webmaster
Mar 23, 2020 10:43:46 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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