Top 10 Squirrel Infestation FAQs:

What are the signs of a squirrel infestation in my home?

This can include daytime noises (scratching, thumping, scurrying) in your attic or walls, unusual droppings (small and oval-shaped, about the size and shape of a peanut) found near entry points, in the attic (especially around their nests), or around crawl spaces.  Unlike other potential animal invaders, squirrel droppings are unlikely to have a strong odor.  Ripped or shredded insulation in the attic is a clear sign of animal activity, and could indicate squirrels searching for warmth or nesting materials. You may also find chewed entry points around the roofline, soffit vents, or eaves, or evidence of chewed wires or pipes.  Missing pet food or unusual food scraps scattered around your property can indicate squirrels searching for easy meals.

Are squirrels dangerous?

While not typically aggressive towards humans, squirrels can carry diseases like rabies and leptospirosis.  Their droppings and urine can also harbor bacteria and parasites. The biggest danger they pose is damage to your property.  Squirrels are persistent chewers and can damage electrical wires, insulation, pipes, and even wooden beams in your attic or walls. This can lead to electrical fires, costly repairs, and potential health hazards.

How do I get squirrels out of my attic?

The safest and most effective way to remove squirrels is to call a professional wildlife removal company.  They have the expertise and experience to handle the situation humanely and efficiently. Here are some common methods used for squirrel removal:

  • Exclusion Techniques: This involves sealing up any potential entry points that the squirrels are using to get into your attic. One-way doors can be installed at entry points, allowing trapped squirrels to leave but preventing them from re-entering. Chimney caps and wire mesh screens can also be used to block access points.
  • Live Trapping: In some cases, live trapping may be necessary. Wildlife removal companies use traps that are designed to be humane and minimize stress on the animal. Once trapped, the squirrels will be relocated to a suitable habitat away from your home.
Is it legal to trap squirrels?

Trapping regulations vary by region.  In most areas, a license or permit may be required to trap squirrels.  It’s important to check with your local wildlife authority for specific guidelines in your area.  Wildlife removal companies will typically have the necessary permits and expertise to handle trapping legally.

Can I use poison to get rid of squirrels?

No, poisoning squirrels is generally illegal and dangerous.  Poisons can be harmful to pets, children, and other wildlife if they are accidentally ingested.  Additionally, poisoned squirrels may crawl into inaccessible areas of your home and die, creating a foul odor and potential health hazard.

What are some natural ways to deter squirrels?

Exclusion methods are the most effective and humane way to deter squirrels.  However, you can try some natural repellents with caution.  These may include peppermint oil sprays, predator urine (ensure it’s from a natural predator of squirrels in your area), or mothballs (be aware mothballs can be harmful if inhaled).  The effectiveness of these repellents can be limited, and they may need to be reapplied frequently.

How much does it cost to remove squirrels?

The cost of squirrel removal depends on the severity of the infestation, the methods used, and the size of the company.  Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over a thousand dollars for professional squirrel removal.

Can I remove squirrels myself?

It’s possible to remove squirrels yourself, but it’s not recommended.  Squirrels can be clever and persistent, and if you don’t seal up all entry points, they will likely find their way back in.  Additionally, there’s a risk of injuring the squirrel or yourself in the process.  Wildlife removal companies have the experience and equipment to handle the situation safely and effectively.

What happens to the squirrels after they are removed from my home?

Reputable wildlife removal companies will relocate squirrels to a suitable habitat away from human residences, following local guidelines.  This helps to ensure the humane treatment of the animals and prevents them from becoming a nuisance for someone else.

How can I prevent future squirrel infestations?

The best way to prevent future squirrel infestations is to seal up any potential entry points around your home.  This includes gaps around your roofline, soffit vents, eaves, chimneys, and foundation.  Keep your attic and crawlspaces clean and free of potential food sources, such as birdseed or pet food.  You can also trim tree branches that hang close to your house, as these can