There are many species of squirrels. In fact, they have their own taxonomic family, Sciuridae, which includes all squirrels.
Only two squirrels are commonly encountered as nuisance animals in Macon and all of Georgia, however, the Eastern gray squirrel (which we'll talk about on this page), and the flying squirrel. Two additional species, the red squirrel and the fox squirrel, are much less common but are encountered occasionally; and once in a very great while, chipmunks (who are also squirrels) may get into a house, usually in the basement or crawl space.
Gray squirrels are not always gray. There's a lot of color variation. A lot of them are reddish-brown, some are gray and brown, and we've even come across jet black or pure white squirrels. The official name is still gray squirrel, however, to avoid confusion with the other species. So if you hear our technician referring to your reddish-brown squirrels as gray squirrels, no, he's not color-blind. There's just a lot of variation in color among "gray" squirrels.
In nature, gray squirrels usually live in hollow trees. They're tree-dwellers by nature, only coming to the ground to find nuts, bury them, and retrieve them after they've been buried. This is part of the squirrel's job in nature: They're responsible for planting a lot of trees by burying the nuts, which are seeds. You might call them nature's arborists.
Technically, squirrels are not pests. They're nuisance animals. There's a legal difference, one of the implications of which is that squirrels cannot be poisoned and killed like rats and mice. So if you come across a "squirrel exterminator" who proposes poisoning the squirrels, that person is breaking the law. They're also not doing you any favors because not only would the dead squirrels stink up your house, but without proper exclusion, there would be nothing to stop new squirrels from moving in.
And move in they will, and here's why. Remember a few minutes ago we said that squirrels in nature live in hollow trees? Well, as a result of human expansion into what used to be the sole domain of wild critters, hollow trees are getting hard to find, and the rent for a decent hollow tree has gone way up. As a result, many squirrels have been forced to find new homes elsewhere; and the attics of human homes are considered primo real estate among squirrels.
Now one would think that the squirrels would be so appreciative about finding a nice, clean, warm attic in which to spend the cooler months that they'd be right grateful and show their gratitude by taking good care of the place. But they don't. They make a mess of it. They tear up the insulation, gnaw on whatever has been been stored up there, damage the ductwork, and and poop and pee all over the place. Even worse, if they start gnawing on wires -- which they often do -- they can start a fire. Thousands of homes are lost to fire this way every year.
Aside from just making a mess of the place, the squirrels' filthy habits create health hazards from their urine, droppings, and shed parasites. They also cause odor problems, which like the disease organisms, can get into the living area of the home -- especially if you have air-conditioning or heating equipment in the attic.
Long story short, when squirrels get into your home, they must be removed.
We have top-secret, newfangled, stealth, night-vision cameras to help solve difficult squirrel problems.
When squirrels get into your home, they need to be removed. Not only that, but the damage they caused needs to be fixed, the mess they created needs to be cleaned up, and all the ways that squirrels can get back in need to be found and sealed. Your home needs to be made squirrel-proof. This is called squirrel exclusion, it's absolutely necessary, and it's why you need a professional animal control company to do the work for you.
There are several reasons for this. First of all, very few people have a true understanding and appreciation for exactly how resourceful squirrels can be. They can get into hole and gaps that most handymen don't even know to look for. And as for roofers... well, if roofers knew how to seal squirrels out of houses, then your house would already be squirrel-proof and you wouldn't need us.
Secondly, properly sealing squirrels and other animals out of buildings requires a lot of specialized equipment including long ladders, scaffolding, cherry pickers, and sometimes even infrared night-vision cameras. We have all that stuff and more. That's because we're North Georgia's biggest and most-experienced animal control company. No squirrel control job is too big or too small for us.
We also clean up after the squirrels, which may include removing their droppings and nests, disinfecting and sanitizing the area, neutralizing odors, applying insecticides for parasites, if needed, and optionally, replacing contaminated insulation. We'll leave your home clean, squirrel-free, and squirrel-proof. We guarantee it.
If you have a problem with squirrels, please call us for a professional inspection and remediation consultation. Easy financing is available for qualified customers.
Here are pictures of squirrel removal work we've done in the Macon area.
Squirrel damage to a PVC pipe
Squirrel hole in a house in Warner Robins
Rid-A-Critter technician feeding a baby squirrel
Squirrel damage at a house in Albany
Squirrel damage to wiring in Macon
Squirrel damage to a roof soffit in Macon
Squirrel hole in a house in Albany
Squirrel damage led to water damage at this house
Removing squirrels from a Chimney in Macon
Squirrel hole in a house in Albany
Squirrel hole in roof of house in Warner-Robins
Squirrels chewed on the wiring in Albany
Two young squirrels being released to the wild
Squirrel removed alive from a chimney
Squirrel damage to a gable vent in Macon
Squirrel damage to a metal roof vent
Squirrel doing some research on humans
Gray squirrel damage to a gable vent in Valdosta
Squirrel damage to a roof in Warm Springs
How squirrels got into a house in Valdosta
Squirrel hole by electrical wires in Macon
Squirrel damage to frieze board in Stone Mountain
Squirrel hole in the roof of a Macon home
Squirrel nest in the gutter of a house in Macon
Squirrel holes in the eaves of a roof in Macon
Squirrel trails in an attic in Macon
Squirrel trails in the insulation in Valdosta
Handyman squirrel-proofing job - FAIL
Tim with three baby squirrels
Squirrel droppings in an attic in Warner Robins
Squirrel damage to roof flashing in Cordele
Squirrel hole in a house in Macon
We have the tools and personnel to handle any squirrel control job, so please call us today. We look forward to your call.