Do you have issues with squirrels in your attic in Bartlett TN? We are Bartlett area's leading 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 Bartlett 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. Like most wild animals, squirrels are very food motivated and they will do anything to reach a food source.
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 can damage siding, too. 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.
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.
The reason squirrels are always chewing on things is because 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 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 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 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 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.
So if you have an unwelcome little visitor causing problems around your home, don't wait for things to get worse! Call Apex Wildlife Control today and ask about our safe and humane squirrel trapping and relocation services. Let us help you put those cute, bushy tailed little creatures back out in the trees where they belong!