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Despite their cute appearance, squirrels are one of the common enemies of Tampa home and business owners. From building nests in your trees to digging up your yard, squirrels can do damage in a variety of ways. While it’s frustrating when they raid your birdfeeder, squirrels pose even more expensive threats to your home or business by infesting your attic, walls, or roof. Whether they chew wiring, gnaw on drywall, or destroy insulation, the damage caused by these critters can become costly fast.

Protecting your home or business from a squirrel infestation starts with educating yourself. Critter Control of Tampa is proud to provide you with information about areas that squirrels tend to infest, squirrel species, and removal solutions.

Squirrels in the Attic

When squirrels are ready to nest, your attic is at the top of the list of potential places they’ll target. They rip up your attic’s insulation for building their nests, which can result in energy losses that drive up your heating and air conditioning bills. Squirrels in your attic also pose a major fire hazard, as they often chew through electrical wires. Squirrels can also carry deadly diseases, such as Lyme disease, leptospirosis, salmonellosis, and rabies.

As they are larger than mice and rats, it’s not as difficult to determine whether or not squirrels have infested your attic. Signs of a squirrel infestation include:

  • Scratching, thumping, or squeaking noises coming from the ceiling
  • Droppings or the smell of urine
  • Damaged attic insulation, HVAC ducts and electrical wiring

Squirrels in the Roof

While squirrels may not invade the inside of your home, they can still cause considerable damage to your roof by nesting. From causing leaks by chewing holes to destroying your gutters, repairing your roof after a squirrel infestation can be time consuming and expensive. Signs that squirrels may be nesting on your roof include:

  • Large piles of leaf litter on your roof
  • Scattered feces around your roof
  • Chewed up roofing tiles or window trim

Squirrels in the Walls

Squirrels are also prone to nesting in the walls of your home or business.. In addition to destroying insulation, they can also gnaw on wooden frames, drywall, and wiring, which can lead to unstable structures and potential fire hazards.

Squirrel infestations in your walls can pose more immediate health threats than an attic or roof infestation. Their urine can soak into your walls, contaminating your home and causing unpleasant odors and potential health issues.

Similarly to determining an attic or roof infestation, listen for unusual noises in your walls, signs of droppings or urine, and damaged electrical wiring. You may also find chewing damage on the exterior of your building.

While squirrels are not typically dangerous, they can become aggressive when cornered. When dealing with squirrels in your attic, it’s wise to call in professionals. At Critter Control of Tampa, our experts are trained to safely remove squirrels from your attic and repair damage that they’ve caused.

Squirrel Species You’ll Find in Tampa

When it comes to squirrel infestations in Tampa, the culprits will either be flying squirrels or eastern gray squirrels. While these two species look very different, both are capable of causing significant damage.

Flying Squirrels

Flying squirrels are a tiny but expensive pest for Tampa homes and businesses. While they can’t literally fly, their 6-inch bodies and webbed arms allow them to glide with ease. Unfortunately, these little gymnasts are exceptionally difficult to keep out of attics and roofs.

It’s crucial to seal all possible access points on your vents, roof, and windows, as flying squirrels do not require more than a couple inches of space to enter your home. If you have trees near your home or workplace, keep the limbs trimmed at least six feet away from the building.

Gray Squirrels

With their bushy tails and gray fur, eastern gray squirrels are the most commonly recognized squirrel species. While they may be slightly larger than flying squirrels, they’re still capable of invading your home through unsealed roofs, chimneys, and vents.

Like other rodents, gray squirrels are drawn to human food sources, such as food storage and trash. Keep food in airtight containers and take out trash regularly to discourage gray squirrels from your property.

If you find tell-tale signs of a squirrel infestation, such as droppings, gnawed wires, etc., but don’t know what species may have invaded your home, give Critter Control of Tampa a call. Our experts can help you determine what kind of squirrel is damaging your home, and how to remove it.

Professional Squirrel Removal Solutions

If you discover that squirrels have made themselves at home in your house or workplace, it’s crucial to act quickly. If not taken care of immediately, squirrels can cause serious damage and create an unhealthy living environment.

While squirrels are often pests, they’re also crucial to the health of the environment. From helping promote tree growth by burying seeds to eating insects, Critter Control of Tampa recognizes and honors the important role squirrels play by striving to humanely remove with solutions such as:

  • Humane removal (control): We use live catch traps for off-site release of squirrels.
  • Exclusion: Once squirrels are removed, we seal all potential access points to ensure they can’t return.
  • Extermination: When infestations require extermination, we use humane, eco-friendly sprays with non-toxic ingredients that aren’t harmful to pets and children.
  • Repair services: From gnawed wires to urine stained walls, we’ll repair any damage caused by the squirrel infestation.

Tampa Service Areas

At Critter Control of Tampa, we’re proud to service the greater Tampa area, including:

Contact Critter Control of Tampa Today

Critter Control of Tampa is dedicated to protecting your home or business from squirrels. For your convenience, we offer a free inspection, valued at $299. You’ll also enjoy peace of mind with our service guarantee; If squirrels damage or gain access during our repair or exclusion services during the warranty period, we’ll remove them and reinforce our repair at no charge to you.

For professional squirrel removal solutions, give Critter Control of Tampa a call. Contact us online as well to schedule a free inspection.

FAQs About Squirrel Removal

Are squirrels nocturnal?

No, squirrels are not nocturnal. Squirrels are most active during the day, and while they can and do leave their nests at night for a drink of water for a snack, you can be assured that squirrels will mostly leave you and your property alone at night.

What this means is that, if you are regularly hearing a lot of activity in your attic or around your property at night, it might not be a squirrel problem. Unlike squirrels, rodents are indeed nocturnal and prefer nighttime activities. If you keep hearing bumps in the night, contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

Should I remove a squirrel nest from a tree?

Removing a squirrel nest from a tree seems like a simple way to put a dent in a squirrel infestation. However, we do not recommend you do so. Often, squirrels will build their dens—or, as they are technically referred to as, dreys—very high in the tree where they can’t easily be messed with or removed. As a result, removing these dreys is difficult and potentially dangerous thanks to the risk of a fall.

Additionally, squirrels do not take kindly to having their homes messed with. Removing one yourself means also risking squirrels biting, scratching, or otherwise attacking you in the process. It’s best to leave drey removal to the experts at Critter Control.

How much does it cost for squirrel removal?

The costs for squirrel removal begins at around $300 for basic service, but that number can go up based on multiple factors. Have they entered your home and living spaces, attic, or crawl spaces? Has damage occurred, requiring repair? Are there additional vulnerable entry points? Is the feces to clean up and areas to sanitize? Your Critter Control certified wildlife technician will provide a detailed estimate and review it with you prior to performing any work.

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