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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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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.

Failed Handyman Squirrel-Proofing Attempt in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jan 27, 2020 09:41:47 am.

Gray Squirrel Damage to a Soffit in Middle Valley, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Jan 24, 2020 10:45:54 am.

Going to Bainbridge Ga today for quotes for exclusions. Bats, rats and gray squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 23, 2020 11:05:03 am.

Gray Squirrels were Chewing on the Wires in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jan 23, 2020 10:43:33 am.

Gray Squirrels Chewed on the Wiring in the Attic of this Signal Mountain, Tennessee Home
by Webmaster
Jan 22, 2020 11:11:43 am.

Typical Squirrel Entry Gap in the Roof of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jan 21, 2020 10:52:49 am.

Gray Squirrel Trails in the Insulation in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jan 15, 2020 11:33:30 am.

Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

Here's a Squirrel Hole in a Soffit Vent in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Jan 02, 2020 11:28:42 am.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

This Squirrel Hole in a House in Middle Valley, Tennessee was a Work in Progress
by Webmaster
Dec 27, 2019 12:02:14 pm.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Gray Squirrel Hole in a Soffit Panel at a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Dec 19, 2019 11:03:48 am.

This Gap in the Roof Allowed Squirrels into a Chattanooga Home
by Webmaster
Dec 17, 2019 10:47:06 am.

Evidence of a Squirrel Problem in the Attic of a House in Chattanooga
by Webmaster
Dec 16, 2019 11:39:18 am.

Water Damage and a Squirrel Hole in the Soffit of a House in Chatanooga
by Webmaster
Dec 13, 2019 10:24:17 am.

Typical Squirrel Entry Gap into a House in East Brainerd, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Dec 10, 2019 11:20:37 am.

A Squirrel Chewed its Way Into this House in Signal Mountain, Tennessee
by Webmaster
Dec 10, 2019 11:13:38 am.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

New Blog Post: What Software Do We Use to Maintain this Site?
by Webmaster
Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

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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