Squirrel Control Chicago

Squirrel Control Chicago

Squirrel control in the Chicago area is common. The squirrel is one of many wild animals that will occasionally take up residence in a home.  Compared to the squirrel’s natural habitat, an attic or other unoccupied space within a home is relatively safe and warm. The squirrel may even see it as the ideal location to birth and raise a litter. One of the first signs of a squirrel infestation is the noise; in particular, scampering noises above the ceiling.

How do Squirrels Gain Access to a Home?

In many cases, squirrels in attic space or other parts of the home will get in by chewing through woodwork or though attic vents. They may also get into soffits or chimney flues. One of the first methods of addressing your squirrel infestation is to find these points of entry. Squirrels will typically choose a particular home because it offers easy access; for example, a tree or other object may make getting in easier.

Why Squirrels are Considered a Nuisance

In many cases, squirrels will clear out insulation to make a place to sleep, or for nesting material in which to birth a litter. Like rats, they may chew on electrical wires, which could cause electrical fires. Along with wiring, ducts and pipes may also be damaged by these chewing rodents. In addition to damaging your home, squirrels also leave behind droppings and parasites. While they are not known to carry rabies, their feces can contain leptospirosis and salmonella. Squirrels are also vectors for fleas and ticks, which means that they may carry all the diseases that are transmitted via fleas and ticks.

Squirrel Removal Methods

Effective squirrel control methods include:

  • Trapping
    It is possible to get rid of squirrels in your home by trapping them with a humane trap and then releasing them somewhere far from your home. It is important to use a cage that is small enough to prevent the squirrel harming itself by banging against the sides.  Along with trapping, it is important to use other squirrel removal methods since the rodents in your home will quickly be replaced by others.
  • Using Repellents
    Repellents are the easiest squirrel removal tool to use. Repellents often contain the urine of the squirrel’s natural predators (like foxes or coyotes) to discourage them from taking up residence in a particular location. It should be noted that not all repellents are effective; the squirrel may adjust to it and stay regardless. It may be necessary to use squirrel repellents in conjunction with other squirrel removal methods.
  • Poison
    There is no registered or legal poison made specifically for squirrels. Rat poison will not work in most cases, and if it does you a dead squirrel in your attic may result in the odor of decomposition throughout your home. That odor could last for weeks.  Aside from this, poisoning a squirrel is inhumane as it causes a slow and painful death.
  • Exclusion Devices
    It is important to find and seal off every means of entry that the squirrel may use. When attempting to do this, it is a good idea to do the work in the morning on a sunny day; squirrels are diurnal and will usually be out foraging at this point in the day. One useful tool to remove squirrels is a one way exclusion door that lets the squirrels out but keeps them from getting back  in.

Squirrels  are a serious problem with no easy solution. If you think you have a Chicago squirrel control problem contact a professional today.

There are many different types of procedures for rodent elimination. We follow a regimented procedure to customize the proper way to eliminate rodents in your home.

  1. Thorough inspection: we inspect the inside and outside of your home completely for rodent activity and possible entry points. document by graf all entry points and places of activity.
  2. Customize a plan: for 100% elimination of the rodent population for your homes individual problem.
  3. Sanitation of home: this could be anywhere from food storage to complete clean up of the infested property.
  4. Exclusion : we professionally seal all possible entry points that rodents can get in your home
  5. Clean up : sanitizing the attic area and/or removal of droppings.
  6. Warranty: we offer a life time renewable warranty on all elimination with exclusion work we provide

AFTER 100% ELIMINATION WE SEAL AND REPAIR BUILDING TO PREVENT FURTHER REINFESTATION.

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  • ARMADILLOS
  • AND VARIOUS OTHER WILDLIFE

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