Do you have issues with squirrels in your attic in Arlington TN? We are experts in the safe and humane trapping and relocation of squirrels. 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!
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 can damage insulation. Squirrels and other rodents love nesting in insulation. This can cause holes or bare areas where heat or cool air can escape easier, making your costs of heating and cooling higher, not to mention the cost of repairs. Squirrel insulation damage can be one of the most costly damages to fix. When a homeowner has a squirrel infestation, it is only a matter of time before their attic’s insulation is ruined and their bank account will not be happy about it. In addition, fecal matter and urine will also work its way through the insulation and severely damage the sheetrock beneath. Eventually, stains will begin to show through on the ceiling below. This not only looks bad, but can negatively impact the health of your family.
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 can damage siding. 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.
Squirrels can damage shingles. Their razor-like claws and teeth can tear down your roof. They will cut a new hole in the roof shingles or rip through and enlarge a current one to gain access into your attic. Squirrels will invade a roof for a variety of reasons. Mating, a surge in predators, a reduction in habitat upon which to establish dens, or even cold weather are examples. Some typical ways for squirrels to gain access to your roof are through roof vents, roof-soffit crisscrossing, gable vents, and uncapped chimneys.
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 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 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. Squirrels also carry a number of parasites on their fur, including mites, lice, fleas and ticks. Each of these pests come with a laundry list of health concerns.
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 twitching tail tells the tale!
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.
We are lucky to have these clever, charismatic creatures living among us, but like most wild animals, the best way to appreciate squirrels is to watch them, not interact with them. Feeding wildlife is generally a bad idea, since it portrays people as a food source and could discourage natural foraging. Raccoons and other wildlife can be attracted to the same food given to squirrels. Both raccoons and squirrels will raid bird feeders, too. Some squirrels can also transmit diseases to humans, and even healthy ones aren’t above biting our fingers.
The reason squirrels are always chewing on things is because they have incisors. Squirrels have four front teeth that grow continuously throughout their lives, at a rate of about six inches per year! This helps their incisors endure the seemingly incessant gnawing, otherwise they’d quickly run out of teeth. This is a common characteristic of other rodents, as well. If squirrels don’t chew on something, their teeth will grow into their lower jaw and skull. To avoid that, squirrels will chew on anything that helps wear down their teeth.
Squirrels can damage wiring. 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!
So if you have a bushy-tailed little friend who needs trapping and removal, give Apex a call today! Our technicians are skilled in the humane trapping and relocation of your problem squirrels. If you have a squirrel problem inside or outside of your home, we have the solution!