Squirrel Control

Squirrel Trapping, Removal, and Prevention Services

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Squirrels

Squirrels are amazing climbers that belong to the rodent family. Squirrels have large, bushy tails and will stand motionless if they sense danger. If on the ground but in danger, a squirrel will run to the nearest tree or object it can find to climb for refuge. There are several species of squirrels: the gray squirrel, the red fox tree squirrel and the flying squirrel. Squirrel colors can range anywhere from black to gray or brown.

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Frequently Asked Squirrel Questions

Where do squirrels live?

•What do squirrels eat?

•Why should I learn how to get rid of squirrels in my attics, walls, or crawlspace?

•I have squirrels in my tree or yard. Will squirrels cause tree or yard damage?

•I heard squirrels live on insects. Is that true?

•I want to trap or kill a squirrel myself. Is that ok?

What are United Wildlife's payment options for squirrel removal or to get rid of squirrels?

When are squirrels most active?

•I have a squirrel in my attic, walls, or crawlspace. How did it get there?

•I have a squirrel in my attic, wall, or crawlspace. Will it cause any damage?

•I heard squirrels carry diseases. Is that true?

•Will a squirrel hurt my dog or cat?

How can United Wildlife's squirrel pest control help me get rid of my squirrel problem?

What should I do after United Wildlife squirrel control removes the squirrels?

Q-1. WHERE DO SQUIRRELS LIVE?
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A. Many species of squirrel lives in most or all of the United States. Naturally, squirrels prefer wooded areas with lots of trees where food is plentiful. Squirrels will nest in tree cavities, or make a nest out of leaves, twigs, bark or corn husks.

But often, squirrels move into human territory. Squirrels will burrow under sheds, homes, businesses, porches, decks, crawlspaces and woodpiles and create a home. They will enter foundation openings to get to these spots or create a squirrel hole in the foundation themselves. Squirrels will fit into chimneys, roofing vents and soffit areas to have their young.

As humans build their homes and businesses closer and closer to natural squirrel habitat, the squirrels will take up residence in manmade living spaces. These locations are warm and often surrounded by food sources for both male and female squirrels, young and old. Female squirrels, in particular, enjoy the safety of human areas. They must protect their babies from predators.

Attics, chimneys and crawlspaces are hot spots in your home where squirrels seek shelter. Some mothers go so far as to tuck their babies down into chimneys, wall cavities and attic insulation. Squirrels have even been known to live in dryer vents. If a male squirrel enters your home when a female squirrel is already living there, you will surely hear the sounds of mating or fighting, or both.     

Q-2. WHEN ARE SQUIRRELS MOST ACTIVE?
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A. Squirrels have their babies in early spring. An average squirrel litter consists of four babies. Sometimes squirrels will have another litter in midsummer if there’s enough food to go around. Mother squirrels will have their babies about 45 days after they become pregnant.

When squirrels are breeding, noisy mating chases will occur while squirrel males pursue the females.

A squirrel may travel in search for food anywhere from 1 to 100 acres away. Squirrels are most active during the day, and only flying squirrels are nocturnal.

Q-3. WHAT FOODS DO SQUIRRELS EAT?
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A. Squirrels mainly eat nuts, fruits and seeds. If those foods are scarce, squirrels will also eat bird eggs, bugs and even an animal carcass. Squirrels will store nuts in attics, wall cavities, chimneys and walls. These caches are stored to eat later.

Squirrels also like to feed on garbage if they are living near humans. Dumpsters provide an easy and plentiful source of squirrel food.

Q-4. I HAVE A SQUIRREL IN MY ATTIC, WALLS OR CRAWLSPACE. HOW DID IT GET THERE?
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A. Squirrels will get into any opening they can squeeze their heads through, including fireplaces, chimney flues, roof vents, loose siding and soffit gaps. They can gnaw into a roof’s overhangs, shingles, gable and soffit areas and where two roofs meet, or simply anywhere they sense a void. Squirrels can even get into the attic through crevices in the chimney.

Getting onto your roof is no trick, either. They are excellent climbers. Squirrels will climb right up wood siding, stucco, brick and trees to gain access to a house.
 
Q-5. WHY SHOULD I LEARN HOW TO GET RID OF SQUIRRELS IN MY ATTIC, WALLS OR CRAWLSPACE?
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A. Once squirrels get cozy in your attic or walls, they can make a mess and cause a lot of damage that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. They will also return year after year, using your attic as a home base — they have no problem living alongside humans. The hole squirrels use as entry will become a great place for leaks to form and a passageway for other animals, including other rodents, bats, honeybees and insects.

Squirrels are generally nice creatures, though they have become quite accustomed to and unafraid of humans. There have been many cases of squirrels biting humans. This commonly happens when humans try to feed squirrels by hand. This is not a good idea. Squirrels don’t usually pay attention to what they are eating or biting, since they are always on the lookout for predators.

Most people think squirrels are cute and harmless, but they are almost exactly similar to rats. Squirrels climb, chew, crawl and contaminate. Squirrels can store many pounds of nuts in an attic and cause a ceiling to cave in.

Squirrel noises in the house or business can be very irritating and loud. During mating season male squirrels will chase females, and the chattering and scampering can be downright obtrusive.

If a squirrel should choose to die in or under your home or business, the dead-squirrel odor will emanate into the living quarters, causing headaches and nausea.

If you have a squirrel infestation in your attic, it will tempt raccoons and squirrels to enter the attic, too. Raccoons will hunt down squirrels and rats that may already be living in the attic, and then feed on the rodents' existing food supply. 

Chimney Squirrels will tear into areas of your chimney and infest it for years to come. Sometimes, so many shack up that the space becomes a squirrel hotel.

All these squirrel pest problems will affect the value of your property. It is difficult to sell a home that has a squirrel infestation and actually, it’s required by law that you fix the squirrel problem before you sell your home. Property value can decrease between five percent and ten percent due to squirrel problems. It’s also dangerous to allow a squirrel infestation to continue because of flood and fire hazards.

Q-6. I HAVE A SQUIRREL IN MY ATTIC, WALLS OR CRAWLSPACE. WILL IT CAUSE ANY DAMAGE?
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A. An attic that has served as a squirrel home may have shredded ductwork. They may tunnel through the insulation, rendering it less effective. Chewing on wires and tearing insulation off pipes is not uncommon. You may come home from vacation to find your home has flooded because of squirrels chewing on lines. This kind of damage to your residence can pose a fire hazard, raise your utility bills and cause thousands of dollars in repairs.

Squirrels also go to the bathroom just like any other animal. They have a habit of choosing a particular spot as their “toilet,” and this is where your insulation will become a trampled bed of fecal matter and urine. Eventually, these bathroom smells can spread into your living area, causing a very unpleasant odor. You might get used to it, but your house guests, neighbors and prospective homebuyers will not. Squirrels’ high metabolism means that they eat a lot, and will leave about 20 droppings around your home per day. The smells from their urine and squirrel poop attracts other squirrels. Squirels love to have thier young in secluded areas such as an attic. A squirrel in an attic can cause various problems and serious damage to wires.

Q-7. I HAVE SQUIRRELS IN MY TREES AND YARD. WILL SQUIRRELS CAUSE TREE OR YARD DAMAGE?
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A. Squirrels can damage trees by chewing bark from branches and trunks. If this squirrel tree damage goes on long enough, the tree may die.

If squirrels make holes in your trees, often the wounds will attract insects, porcupines and woodpeckers. Diseases and wood-decaying organisms will find their way into the tree through the squirrel wound, which can eventually lead to decay and death of the trees in your yard.

If you have fruit or nut trees in your back yard, you may notice a squirrel being particularly attracted to such plants. Since vegetable matter makes up a good portion of squirrels’ diets, they can deplete the tree’s growth so there’s not as much left for human consumption. Squirrels may eat cones and nip twigs so much that it interferes with the natural reseeding of trees in the yard.

Squirrels can damage lawns by digging for nuts in the dirt or by hiding their nuts under the grass. They will often chew holes in bird houses, seeking the bird food inside, or they may even try and eat the songbirds. Squirrels can also wreak havoc on your garden, flowers, shrubs and corn in their search for food.

Retaining rock walls are also hot spots for squirrel damage in the yard. Squirrels will dig under the foundations of these walls and undermine the dirt and rock of the structure. Squirrels have been known to dig around under driveways, causing them to crack.

Q-8. I HEARD SQUIRRELS CARRY DISEASES. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Squirrels are primary carriers of tick fever, powassan virus and rabies.

Tick fever is a virus that results in, obviously, a fever, chills, headache, eye pain, muscle pain, nausea and vomiting. Tick fever can be a severe illness, especially in children and the elderly.

Powassan virus can cause severe encephalitis in humans and has an up to 60% fatality rate. Infected humans may experience sleepiness, disorientation and become semicomatose.

Rabies, a virus, progressively paralyzes and can kill any mammal, including humans. Rabies is generally contracted through contact with an infected squirrel through biting. Though humans should avoid contact with any squirrels, if a squirrel seems especially fearless around humans, it could be infected. Call United Wildlife squirrel control at 1-888-488-1415 immediately for professional squirrel removal.

Q-9. I HEARD INSECTS LIVE ON SQUIRRELS. IS THAT TRUE?
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A. Squirrels are heavily infested with pests, which can spread into your home or business searching for hosts. Ticks, fleas, chiggers and mites are all known carriers of disease.

Several cases of mites biting humans indoors have been reported.

Ticks are very mobile and have been known to crawl into buildings that squirrels are living in, and travel great distances to attach themselves to people.

If a squirrel brings fleas into your home, most likely the biting bug will hop onto your house pet’s back. Once inside, large flea populations can build up quickly. Fleas live on the outside of their hosts’ bodies and need to feed on blood in order to produce eggs.

A chigger is an immature mite. The chigger has a mouthpart similar to a tick and will use it for feeding. The chemicals in a chigger’s saliva will cause itching on the spot where it feeds.

A bug living in a squirrel nest can become an infestation in your pantry or carpet in no time. One or two mites may stray from the squirrel nest and crawl along your kitchen table. But if the squirrel abandons its nest for any reason, the whole caboodle of squirrel bugs will enter your home, looking for a new host. This is why it’s especially important to have our squirrel control experts remove squirrel nests and other garbage after all the squirrels have been removed.

Squirrels are a liability for businesses and restaurants. Squirrel bugs may infect your employees, guests or food. There are documented cases of illnesses occurring in these situations, and the plaintiff successfully sues the owner of the business. Also, if you are an employer and your workers’ environment is being contaminated by squirrels, you will see a drop in productivity due to illness. Remember, United Wildlife’s squirrel pest control experts can eradicate and manage a pest infestation brought in by a squirrel. Call us at 1-888-488-1415.

Q-10. WILL A SQUIRREL HURT MY DOG OR CAT?
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A. Because of illnesses and insects, a squirrel living in your attic, walls or crawlspace can pose a danger to house pets.

Q-11. I WANT TO TRAP OR KILL A SQUIRREL MYSELF. IS THAT OK?
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A. We understand the desire to take care of a squirrel problem yourself. It may be tempting to take matters into your own hands, but in the long run, you could put yourself, your family and your home at risk of damage, distress and disease.

Shooting is not a good option to get rid of squirrels. The squirrel removal experts at United Wildlife will humanely trap any existing squirrels, and then offer squirrel prevention ideas and techniques. 

A homeowner may successfully trap and kill an adult squirrel, only to smell the nasty odor of baby squirrel carcasses rotting under the house or business. It can take between one and two years, depending on the size, for a squirrel’s body to decompose, and even longer for the odor to dissipate. Along with decomposing bodies come maggots and other bugs, including fly larvae.

Q-12. HOW CAN UNITED WILDLIFE’S SQUIRREL PEST CONTROL HELP ME GET RID OF MY SQUIRREL PROBLEM?
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A. United Wildlife’s specialty is the removal of squirrels from under and inside homes, sheds, porches and other hard-to-reach locations through special squirrel trapping techniques, squirrel repellents, squirrel poisons and use of fiber-optic and infrared cameras. Depending on city, county, federal and state law, the squirrel will either be relocated or euthanized once it is taken away. No matter the course of action, the squirrel will be treated in a humane manner.

United Wildlife’s squirrel trappers use a variety of squirrel live traps, kill traps, body-gripping traps and snaring, depending on the kind of squirrel infestation and federal, county and state laws.

If a squirrel has already died underneath or inside your home, porch or business, our professional squirrel trappers have dead-squirrel removal services and can also help clear odors caused by dead squirrels.

We’re professional squirrel trappers who will travel to any location to get the squirrels out, and we can do professional phone and Internet coaching for those who live in remote areas, but who want to perform pest control for squirrels by using digital pictures sent by e-mail. Either way, we will work with you to solve your squirrel invasion. There is not a squirrel problem that can’t be solved with United Wildlife’s professional squirrel trapping service.

Q-13. WHAT ARE UNITED WILDLIFE’S PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR SQUIRREL REMOVAL OR TO GET RID OF SQUIRRELS?
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A. Call United Wildlife’s squirrel trapping specialists at 1-888-488-1415 and we’ll give you our rates. We charge incrementally per squirrel, number of service calls and time spent on the project. Prices will vary depending on the severity of the squirrel problem. Depending on the amount of squirrels and where they are living, you may be able to assist us with the squirrel problem as we are dealing with it. There is no free government service that takes care of squirrel control. The good news is, insurance companies will often pay for some, if not all, of the costs incurred to get rid of squirrels.

United Wildlife squirrel experts accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. We also take purchase orders and cash.

Q-14. WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER UNITED WILDLIFE SQUIRREL CONTROL REMOVES THE SQUIRRELS?
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A. After our squirrel removal experts have taken care of the squirrel problem, it is best to contain or properly secure any food sources the squirrels may have been enjoying, such as garbage cans, dumpsters, nut caches and the like. Don’t entice other squirrels to return. We will also help you make sure the building is in proper repair to deter any future furry friends from entering.

United Wildlife’s squirrel blockers can install special products which block squirrels from entering your home or business, and to keep squirrels from digging on your property.

Cleaning up squirrel droppings and urine is crucial in the squirrel prevention process. If you leave any squirrel waste behind, it will entice other squirrels to come make a home in your house or business. United Wildlife can help with attic decontamination and squirrel odor control needs.

A great way to prevent a squirrel problem is to eradicate any bug infestations you may have. United Wildlife’s bug extermination experts can help you install an insect control system to keep bugs away so that squirrels will not be tempted by them as a food source.

Do remember that squirrels are wild and unpredictable. Though we have years of experience in the squirrel removal field, a particular squirrel situation may require that we return more than once to get the job done right and to prevent squirrels fron living underneath or inside your house or business in the future. Incremental pricing will apply for our professional squirrel removal and all squirrel solutions are custom-made and custom-priced.

Our mission at United Wildlife is to help identify your squirrel pest damage. We will remove the existing squirrel pest and develop a custom wildlife solution to stop or control the squirrel problem from occurring again.

In the end, if you’re happy with our experienced, professional squirrel trappers, any referrals are always appreciated.


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