We identify how squirrels are intruding on, in, and around your house. Then we determine the most effective way to get them out of your home and then customize a solution to keep them from coming back with squirrel removal services.
Alpharetta, despite being one of the fastest growing communities in Georgia, and for that matter in all the South, has no shortage of wildlife. Squirrels in particular are ubiquitous, even in urban areas, with the most common varieties being the eastern gray squirrel and the southern flying squirrel. These are tree squirrels, and what we commonly refer to as ground squirrels are actually chipmunks. Wherever they typically gather and whatever you call them, though, they can be very destructive, and it’s not at all uncommon for Alpharetta residents to need help with squirrel removal.
Often, the first tip-off that you have a squirrel infestation is the noise. Squirrels become very active when the sun comes up, so if you are hearing noises coming from your attic, you can suspect that squirrels have found their way in. You may actually even see one scuttling under the roof if you are outside and you look up. There can be other points of entry, though, so when you call Grade A Critter, wildlife prevention and exclusion specialists will first set up traps to catch the squirrels. Then they will do a complete assessment of your home and finally ensure that the entire structure is rodent-proof.
You might think that a squirrel or two is not a big problem, but the fact is that there is no such thing as just one or two squirrels – they breed twice a year, and can have up to nine babies in a litter. Even if you are unusually fortunate (or perhaps less unfortunate than people with bigger infestations), it is worth noting that even one squirrel can cause a great deal of damage. These rodents love to chew, and when they chew on electrical wiring, fire can be a very real danger. Squirrels can also damage drywall, gutters and siding, and can wreak havoc with the insulation in your home.
Even outside the house, squirrels can cause considerable aggravation, digging holes in your lawn, stealing seed from your bird feeders and chewing on the wiring in the engine compartment of your car. Given their destructive nature, most Alpharetta homeowners prefer to have these admittedly cute little creatures present only in the many natural parks that the area has – not in their own yards and definitely not in their houses. You can generally rest assured, too, that if you have squirrels in your yard, eventually they will end up inside your house if it’s not rodent-proofed.
If you suspect that squirrels have invaded your Alpharetta home, contact Grade A Critter. We will remove the troublesome rodents and then carry out a rodent exclusion plan designed to keep them away for good. We can also handle any other nuisance wildlife issues that you may have, so call us at 770-713-4552 for a consultation.
The gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is the most common species in Georgia. It is found statewide in both rural and urban areas.
Gray squirrel adult weights range from 12 ounces to one and a half pounds. Though there is some color variation among gray squirrels, most are very similar in appearance.
The slightly larger and more variably colored fox squirrel (S. niger) is also found statewide, but is less common, more habitat specific, and has more of a sporadic, patchy distribution. Adult fox squirrels range in weight from one pound to nearly three pounds. Their pelage (hair) is extremely variable, ranging from pure black to pure blond with all sorts of intermediate color schemes.
Red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) are only found in the higher elevations of northeast Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountain province. They are smaller than both fox and gray squirrels. This fact sheet focuses on gray and fox squirrels.
Squirrels are game animals with a defined hunting season and daily bag limit. In terms of number of hunters and harvest, squirrels are the number two small game species in Georgia behind doves.
During the 2002-2003 hunting season, 65,000 hunters harvested 803,000 squirrels. Squirrel hunting, especially with squirrel dogs such as feists and curs, is a great way to introduce a youngster to the sport of hunting.
In some situations squirrels can become a nuisance. They are notorious for robbing bird feeders. They also get into houses, especially attics. Trapping or shooting is an effective nuisance management strategy. Grade A Critter can handle the necessary habitat modifications such as trimming tree limbs away from houses and “squirrel proofing” bird feeders is all that is needed to prevent nuisance situations.
Grade a Critter has 17 years of experience in wildlife control services.
But our expertise in wildlife management goes farther than just our years of experience. For us, wildlife removal is down to a science.
We’ve got critter problems covered from A-to-Z. No matter your animal issue, we’re equipped to quickly & humanely handle wildlife removal in your area.
Get in contact with our crew today, and we’ll get rid of unwanted guests, critters as soon as possible.