Do you have issues with squirrels in your attic? We are experts in humane squirrel trapping and removal. At Apex we guarantee that we can get rid of squirrels that are causing issues on your property. We are able to give this guarantee when performing full exclusion services. When squirrels are living in an attic, they can make an awful racket. Many times people hear noises and think it’s a rodent. Often times it’s just a couple of squirrels playing!
If you live in Memphis TN, you’re probably surrounded by these little gray rodents. Squirrels cause a range of love-hate emotions! Some individuals find them adorable and love watching their crazy antics. Many people can’t stand having squirrels around, particularly on their bird feeders. These feeding enthusiasts are constantly battling these acrobatic rodents to keep them on the ground and away from the bird food.
The word ‘squirrel’ comes from Greek for “Shadow Tail”. The name reportedly reflects squirrels’ habit of hiding in the shadow of their long, bushy tails. There are three major classifications for tree squirrels:
Large Tree Squirrels (Fox, Eastern Gray, Western Gray, Tassel-Eared) Pine Squirrels (Red, Douglas) Flying Squirrels (Southern, Northern)
Our wildlife technicians will assess the situation, find the entry points and holes that the squirrels created, and we even provide a repair service to ensure the problem is fully solved. Sometimes a squirrel hole is very hard to find – and that’s where we really shine! We work hard to find all points of entry – and will even identify potential spots that the squirrels may use to gain entry to your attic in the future.
Squirrels often get a bad rap. They raid bird feeders. They can chew through just about anything. They dart out in front of cars. Squirrels are probably the most visible wildlife in our modern urban and suburban settings. However, they are a vital part of the ecosystems they inhabit. The most important role of squirrels in the ecosystem is forest regeneration. They are huge contributors in shaping plant composition due to their eating and food-saving habit.
Squirrels will damage your roof and tear up the shingles to gain entry into your attic. Roof line issues like this are very common and we know exactly what we need to do to catch the squirrel who is calling your attic its home. After the squirrel has been caught, we will seal up your roof so that you will not have any more little "visitors"!
Squirrels are extremely vocal. They bark, chatter, scream, and purr to communicate with one another. They also communicate through body language, by moving their tails and stomping their feet. Squirrel alarm calls are surprisingly complex. Eastern Gray Squirrels have a number of vocal and tail signals that have different meanings depending on how they are used. A squirrel's alarm call can sound almost like a hoarse cat's meow. Coincidence? Probably not!
Squirrels mate at least twice a year, so if you have squirrels in your attic now, you may have many more in the years to come unless you take care of it! Our certified wildlife technicians will inspect the outside of your home, closely checking the walls from the top to the bottom. Squirrels often use tree limbs to access the roof and then find weak spots on the corners or the dormer roof returns to gain entry into the attic. Our technicians are experts in identifying squirrel entry points.
Squirrels are nature’s foresters! They play an important role in reforestation with their habit of planning for the future by hiding nuts and tree seeds in hundreds of locations in the Fall to eat throughout the Winter. Called “scatter hoarding”, this pattern ensures that even if some of the buried food is found by other animals, enough will remain for the squirrel. Squirrels have an important ecological role, especially in forest ecosystems. They have a peculiar habit of taking seeds, which are their main source of nutrients, and burying them. Some seeds are never recovered and sprout, growing into trees.
Squirrels can damage wiring, so we offer humane squirrel trapping in Memphis! Squirrels seem to have a knack for knocking out electricity! Electrical wires are no match for squirrel teeth. The thought of having a good-sized rodent nesting in your attic is bad enough, but squirrels can also cause serious problems with your home’s wiring. They chew on the insulation until the bare wire is exposed, then move on to to another spot and nibble some more. Next thing you know, you have sections of energized wire all over the attic that can come in direct contact with wood, the paper backing on insulation, or other combustibles. This is a fire waiting to happen!
If a squirrel has found a way in through some damaged siding, it can chew these damaged areas and make the problem worse. This may allow rainwater or moisture in the air to seep into the wood of your home, creating more damage, as well as allow other animals access to your home.
Eastern Gray Squirrels mate in late winter. Several males compete for one female in a ritual chase at breakneck speeds up and down and through the trees, leaping from branch to branch. The female then selects the one she perceives as the strongest male, rarely mating with the same male again. This is nature’s way of preventing inbreeding and thus preserving the integrity of the species.
Squirrels can breed twice a year, but younger and less experienced mothers normally have a single litter per year in the Spring. Breeding seasons are December to February and May to June. Normally, there are four babies born in each litter. Each is one inch long and weighs only one ounce. Baby squirrels are born entirely hairless and pink. The young are weaned around 10 weeks, and begin to leave the nest after 12 weeks. Only one in four squirrel babies survives to one year of age. Full adult body mass is by 8-9 months after birth.
Squirrels setting up housekeeping in your attic present a host of serious health hazards. Squirrel feces poses a threat of salmonella infection if handled improperly. Having rodents living inside your attic or walls is a huge problem. Everything from a squirrel’s hair to its saliva and urine can lead to a runny nose, itchy watery eyes, sneezing/nasal congestion, and asthmatic symptoms.