Squirrels can be a joy to see in their natural habitat, scampering up trees and gathering acorns. Sometimes, though, squirrel populations can suddenly be too prevalent around your home and the small critters can even get into your home. Squirrels are generally considered a pest animal and can be trapped, removed and relocated — but we don't encourage homeowners to do this work. Call Wildlife X Team® Fort Worth at 817.857.4803 today to address any and all squirrel problems.
Common Squirrel Complaints
One of the most common complaints we receive when it comes to squirrels is the damage they can cause inside your home — attics and inside walls are common nesting areas for squirrels. Squirrels also:
- Rip insulation to use for making nests, lowering your home's heating efficiency
- Soil rooms with urine and feces, both of which can be health hazards
- Steal birdseed from feeders and scares songbirds off
- Damage pipes, causing plumbing leaks and problems
WHY & HOW TO GET RID OF SQUIRRELS
Squirrels are a nuisance — it seems like they are always around and causing trouble. In order to fully get rid of them, there are a few steps you can take as a homeowner, but you should leave most of the work to the professionals at Wildlife X Team® Fort Worth. Before you call Wildlife X Team® Fort Worth at 817.857.4803, you can take steps like restricting access to birdfeeders and applying repellents to the area.
Squirrel Removal Process
Squirrels commonly enter an attic or the walls of a home from holes on the roof. Homeowners may not realize their roof has a small hole under a tile or in a hard-to-see spot, and that can be dangerous. However, we at Wildlife X Team® Fort Worth can find, trap, and remove/relocate these animals for you. Here is a bit more about how we go about squirrel removal:
First, we determine the entry points that squirrels are using to enter a home. These entry points are commonly found on the roof. A chimney is another possible entry point if it does not have a chimney cap, as squirrels can freely enter it without a cap.
Next, we set traps and create one-way doors at these entry points. These methods are the only ways to remove squirrels from a home effectively. Although they are only temporary solutions, permanent solutions will come later in the process.
Traps place squirrels in a metal cage. The squirrels cannot return to the attic or exit a trap's door. We keep the batch of squirrels in the cage before releasing them back into their natural habitat.
We also install one-way doors at entry points. Squirrels can exit the door to leave your house, but they cannot enter the door to reenter your home. This method is an effective way to prevent squirrels from returning. It is also a safe and humane method of wildlife removal.
Squirrels can do major damage to your home, such as biting wires in your walls. Remnants they leave, such as trash and urine, can attract other wildlife to your home. To prevent this, we seal holes or entry points to prevent squirrels from reentering your house. We also repair or replace torn wires, mend pipes to stop leaks, and clean up any trash (such as food) left behind by the critters.
Feces and urine from squirrels contaminate the interior of your home. These substances are a health hazard, as they can emit vapors with nasty diseases. You will need the professionals at Wildlife X Team® Fort Worth to decontaminate your house to avoid illness. We will use disinfectants to eliminate any viruses from the nest, as well as replace floorboards and ventilation if they are damaged beyond repair.
Finally, we implement prevention measures in your home to prevent squirrels or other animals from causing problems in the future. You will want to limit a squirrel's accessibility to your home. We will do that by sealing squirrel entrypoints and adding a chimney cap if your home has a chimney. Chimney caps have vents to allow smoke to exit your home, while preventing any wildlife from entering through its opening.
Call us today at 817.857.4803 to remove the squirrels from your home!