Squirrel Removal and Control


Jarrod's
Affordable Wildlife Eviction

7513 Veterans Pkwy.
Columbus, Georgia
706-221-8000

Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:        Chordata
Class:           Mammalia
Order:          Rodentia
Suborder:    Sciuromorpha
Family:         Sciuridae

History


The word "squirrel" was first used in 1327 by Anglo Normans who borrowed the word from the French "escurel." The French word was taken from the Greek "skiouros" which meant "shadow tailed" referring to the bushy appendage on the squirrels hind region of the body.

The oldest known squirrel fossil dates back to the late Eocene period (35 to 40 million years ago) and was similar to today's flying squirrel.


squirrel traps and controllers
Squirrel Entry through Gable Vent

Squirrels are members of the rodent family. The most common squirrel is the Eastern Gray Squirrel. They measure approximately 16-18 inches from nose to tail and weigh about one pound. Gray squirrels are active year-round and live primarily in trees. They feed on  nuts, seeds, fungi, fruits, and are especially fond of the seeds in bird feeders as they are plentiful and easy to get.  Nuts and acorns that have been gathered are stored in  holes in the ground and account for more trees being planted each year than man, due to the fact they don't remember where they put many of them. Gray squirrels breed throughout the year and six weeks after breeding give birth to two to four young that are raised in a nest for about three months. They prefer cavities in trees or human homes to nest in and when cavities aren’t available they will build a nest out of leaves and twigs high in a tree.

 

Why Squirrel Control Is Important


Squirrels have easily adapted to humans and frequently use buildings and houses as nesting areas.
A favorite place for the squirrel to enter the home is through a soffit or attic opening. An un-screened gable vent is the most often used entry point.  If they find even the smallest opening, they will chew it until it is wide enough for them to enter. They use the attic not only to raise their young but also for nests throughout the year and will bring nesting material  into the home. Squirrels will often fall down the chimney and sometimes are unable to climb back out and will enter the home through the fireplace. Sometimes they fall down a wall from the attic and get stuck. Squirrels can become a fire hazard in homes by chewing on power lines and leaving behind large amounts of dropping and urine in the attic.It not only smells bad, but can pose a bio-hazard threat to humans not to mention that the smell attracts other new squirrels.


After the squirrels are trapped and removed it is recommended that any insulation that has been soiled by feces and urine be replaced. It not only gets rid of the odor but will also remove any remaining parasites that may have detached from the squirrels during capture.

How do you know if you have squirrels?
It is not uncommon for raccoons, rats and squirrels to share the same attic space at the same time but  on this page we will focus only on squirrels.

Squirrels are the acrobats of the animal world and can run easily along utility lines, thin diameter tree branches and are capable of running vertically up some siding materials on homes. They can chew through small gaps that are present during a homes' construction and enter through chimneys and other unsecured areas like vents. The first thing most people hear is scratching noises in the attic. The first thing to determine is whether or not a squirrel is the culprit.

Wildlife agents at Jarrod's physically examine your attic and are able to tell if squirrels are present through the identification of droppings,nesting materials and type of damage observed. By using these clues it isn't even necessary for an actual squirrel to be spotted. We know the signs.
Property Damage
Squirrel damage in human structures can be quite dramatic. Squirrels must constantly gnaw and chew to keep their teeth sharp. Rafters, boxes, insulation on electrical wires, PVC plumbing pipes and cable wires are all common targets of squirrels. Often they will chew up cardboard boxes and the contents to make nesting material. This material is dry and lightweight and makes excellent kindling. Just one spark from an electrical wire that has been stripped of it's insulation and you have the potential for a fire. Most attic fires are caused in this way. Attic fires are perhaps the worst type of fire because they are in an area that is not easily observed and can therefore spread quickly before anyone notices. In short, squirrels in the attic are a problem that needs to be addressed as soon as it is detected.
Dead Animals in the Attic
If you ever have smelled a dead animal you know it is something you don't want in your house. Though squirrels are agile, they sometimes fall in between walls or get trapped in ventilation ducts and die. Because of their location it is difficult for the homeowner to figure out where the smell is coming from. The longer the carcass deteriorates, the worse the odor gets. Other factors like heat and humidity can increase the smell until it becomes unbearable and makes it impossible for humans to stay in the structure. And the stench isn't the worst part of it.

Rotting animal bodies attract flies which lay their eggs on the carcass to hatch. The resulting larvae (maggots) break down the body as they feed on it and often the liquid from the tissue leaks through to the floor below. Stained ceilings can occur and the terrible odors are then transferred to the lower floors.

At Jarrod's, we know what to look for, where to look, and the best way to deal with these situations. We have never left a customers home or business without resolving the problem.
Jarrod's is the leading squirrel trapping, removal and squirrel control company in Georgia and Alabama. We are not "exterminators." We practice only environmentally friendly catch and release methods. All wildlife has a place, just not in your home. When trapping squirrels we use live capture cage traps. Our captures are taken into the wild and released at least 20 miles from human habitation.