Squirrel control info on this page:
- Safeguard’s industry leading squirrel control
- Why you need squirrel control
- How squirrel control works
- Squirrel exclusion
- Local squirrel trapping laws
- Notes on squirrel control
Safeguard’s industry leading squirrel control
Our professional squirrel control begins with a thorough inspection of your home, especially at the roof and eave level.
We write up a report detailing the access points that the squirrels are using or could potentially use to get inside your home. We also look for conducive conditions that make your home attractive to squirrels. We give you a written graph complete with a bid for closing off all accesses, or let you know what you need to do, should you decide to do it yourself.
Our goal is to get rid of squirrels, the ones you have currently, through live trapping, and the ones you could have in the near future, by squirrel proofing your home. Squirrels will always re-infest, if the access areas are not closed off.
In the process of our inspection we put out live traps, arranged for the best possible squirrel control results, on the exterior.
We will make arrangements to either check the traps or have you check the traps so that we can remove trapped squirrels in a timely manner.
Why You Need Squirrel Control
Squirrels not only chew big holes in your roof, gutter, and eaves, Squirrels in an attic are also known to chew on electrical wires causing power outages and house fires see- suicide squirrels. Especially if trapped inside.
Squirrel Control can prevent costly insulation replacement caused by squirrels who foul insulation with urine and feces, and can keep your home from smelling like a litter box.
How squirrel control works
After or during our inspection, we put out two live traps on our first visit and maintain two traps at all times. While we have caught squirrels on our initial visits, it often takes 3 to 7 days to catch the first squirrel.
It may take two or three follow-up visits to remove all the squirrels in the attic or roof. On rare occasions squirrel control can take more than two or three follow-ups. It is important to understand that all trips to your home, to check traps, reset traps, remove squirrels, and / or squirrel traps – are charged. We have lots of trapping experience,but no control over how many squirrels are in your attic, or what else might disturb the traps.
We almost never place traps in the attics or roof voids. Trapped squirrels are noisy and if one gets trapped at night – you will loose sleep.
Once you we stop catching squirrels at your home, and you haven’t heard anything in the 5 to 7 days. You are probably squirrel free.
Note: squirrels are territorial, and you will not catch neighborhood squirrels from other homes, unless you leave the traps our for extended periods of time.
The report we made during our inspection on our first visit detailed what needs to be done to squirrel proof your home. It is vitally important this work gets done and gets done promptly – as soon as we have caught the last of your squirrels. Squirrel proofing is the most important aspect of any squirrel control effort. See rodent exclusion for more details about keeping pests out.
If we are doing the exclusion, and we strongly urge you to have us, the squirrel control experts, do the work, we like to do it as soon as we think all squirrels are trapped. We only use strong metal screen and metal flashing. Squirrels chew through expanding foam and wood patches quickly.
We may recommend placement of one trap in your attic, after exclusion, just in case a squirrel was trapped inside.
Local squirrel trapping laws
The state requires that live traps placed for squirrel control must be checked every 24 hours for activity and that any trapped squirrels should be removed in a timely manner. If you agree to check the traps daily, we may be able to save you money on your squirrel control program.
It is important that the squirrels are not let out of our traps. Ever. We follow strict state laws about what we do with trapped squirrels.
Releasing squirrels can lead to increased costs and damage to your home, as released squirrels can find there way back from many many miles away. Released squirrels can lead to aggressive behavior, over population and the spread of diseases within rodent populations. It can also lead to potential fines from state agencies. If you call us by 3pm we make every effort to be out the same day to pick up a trapped squirrel.
Notes on Squirrel Control
Squirrel control is not as easy as just stapling up some screen – if you trap squirrels in the attic – they will chew new holes to get out – through your roof if you are lucky, through your ceiling if you aren’t. If you just screen them out, they will chew new holes to get in.
Squirrel control is not as simple as setting out a few traps. Squirrels are smart, they learn quickly. If they have ever been trapped before – you may never trap them again. If you let them out within 50 miles they will come back. They should never be let out in a park – it causes aggressive squirrel behavior – where squirrels attack people and pets, and it promotes rabidity. The common Eastern Gray Squirrel, the kind most people call about, cannot survive in the forest. If you don’t squirrel proof your home – new squirrels will move in – often within days.
There is never just one squirrel. Our technicians are highly trained on squirrel control, behavior, and exclusion. YOU MUST HAVE A NUISANCE WILDLIFE PERMIT TO TRAP SQUIRRELS.