Our Squirrel Removal Services
Squirrels are members of the rodent family. They generally measure up to 18 inches long and weigh in at about one pound. Squirrels do not hibernate and remain active throughout the winter. During the cold months, they eat acorns and nuts which were buried in autumn; but contrary to popular belief, they do not remember where they stored their food. The food they find by utilizing a keen sense of smell was likely hidden by another squirrel. Even if covered with snow, the squirrel can locate enough food to survive.
Squirrels are curious, active and alert – and unfortunately, are not overly wary of human beings who often feed them. Because of these characteristics, it is not surprising they may decide to take up residence in your home during cold or rainy seasons.
Do I Have a Squirrel In My Home?
You may see squirrels around your yard quite often. However, if they have gained entry into your home it is more likely that you will hear them before you see them. The most common sounds are scurrying /scampering feet overhead, usually from the attic. You may also hear scratching and chewing noises, as squirrels enjoy eating wood framing – not to mention drywall and wiring. The most common place to look for squirrels in your home is the attic. Squirrels breed throughout the year, but activity peaks in the winter and summer months. Their litters contain between two and four babies who remain in the nest for approximately 3 months. Squirrels will look for holes in trees to live in for protection, but if they can't find a suitable cavity, may continue their search in a nearby home. Their presence in your home is the primary nuisance complaint regarding these rodents.
At ARMADILLO WILDLIFE, our over 20 years of experience has taught us that trapping squirrels in your yard or around your home is not considered the best option. There are plenty of squirrels in the vicinity which will take the place of the ones you caught. The best way to proceed is to concentrate on caging the ones who have taken up residence in your home and excluding them from reentry.
Phase 1: Our trained squirrel removal experts will conduct a thorough inspection of your home, looking for points of entry, evidence of chewed roofing materials, as well as chewed wood along the roofline, soffits and eaves. We will also identify any nests in your insulation, evidence of chewed wood or wires internally, and signs of droppings in your attic. If squirrels have died in the recesses of your home, a foul, decaying odor will be present, and we will search for the source of that as well.
Phase 2: Once we have conducted a comprehensive inspection of your home, garage, and attic, we will provide you with a customized action plan as to how we will proceed in removing the squirrels from your residence. We will also provide photos, when appropriate, to ensure that you understand the scope of the infestation and our reasons for the recommended course of action.
Phase 3: Our squirrel removal experts construct an exclusion door at all points of entry. A one-way exclusion door will allow squirrels in your home to exit, but not regain entry. It is necessary that our professional team fully inspect all interior areas to make sure that there is no nest of babies. Depending on the situation, traps may be set at all points of entry, on your roof, to remove those squirrels which seem to be insistent on re-gaining entrance into your home.
Phase 4: After all squirrels have successfully been removed from your attic, our team will seal up all points of entry, remove droppings and replace contaminated insulation.
Phase 5: Armadillo Wildlife will always conduct a second comprehensive inspection of your premises before concluding the job, in order to ensure that your squirrel problem is completely resolved.
Time is of the Essence!
Because squirrels have adapted to being around humans, they don't mind sharing our residences with us. They will often break into a home by chewing through roofing shingles, or by finding a small hole along the roofline and chewing it until it is wide enough for entry. Vents are also a common way for them to access your home. Once they have made it in, they will build a nest, store nuts, and have babies. Squirrels can cause quite a bit of damage if they decide to chew on electrical wires – and may even start a fire given the nesting materials they have dragged into your home.
You Can't Effectively Repel Squirrels
You can't really do anything to repel squirrels from your yard and property – they are simply everywhere.
If squirrels have gained entry into your home, you should call ARMADILLO WILDLIFE who has experience identifying signs of nesting, dropping, and likely alternate points of entry. These experts can identify every hole and possible entry point in your home and on your roof, and seal each of them shut with a metal covering impervious to gnawing teeth.
While squirrels are not considered dangerous to humans, They could cause structural damage with their chewing. Therefore it is important that you call a professional wildlife removal service as soon as you suspect that they are present in your home. Armadillo Wildlife is proud to serve the Fort Wayne community, as well as surrounding areas with quality removal, restoration, and wildlife exclusion service.
Armadillo Wildlife is proud to serve the Fort Wayne community, as well as Warsaw, Auburn, Angola, Syracuse, and surrounding area.