Archive for March, 2015

Squirrel Removal, Squirrel Control, San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

This time of year the squirrels are getting ready to have there young. The female squirrels are out looking for places to have them. If you are hearing noises in you’re attic during the morning hours and late afternoon you might have a squirrel problem in you’re attic. Squirrels are usually most active during the morning hours and late afternoons feeding. The are usually out sunning themselves during the day and at night sleeping. They gain access to you’re roof by running wires of up a tree and onto the house. They are great climbers and can just run up the side of a house if they really want to. I have found that most female squirrels have a average of 2 to 3  young 2 times a year on average.

Fox Squirrel

Fox Squirrel

I have seen roof rats and squirrels share the same attic space. Its not that common but does  happen. There dropping look a lot alike. A trained eye can tell the difference though. Rats are nocturnal and squirrels aren’t. They can feed on the same things like bird seed, grains, nuts, dog and cat foods. When trying to removal squirrels and rats from the attics of homes or from in the walls it takes different methods. Usually you are only going to have only one family of squirrels in a attic unless its breeding season. We on average usually catch a adult female squirrel and 2 to 3 young or depending on the time of season we might catch a couple females and males.

After we catch all the squirrels in the attic or walls we need to help you keep them from coming back by sealing the holes off with metal. We use screws to screw the metal patches in so that the patches don’t pull out. I cant tell you how many times I have gone out on a job and had to correct some crappy exclusion work were they used staples. Staples pull out over time and the squirrels can get back in. Screws are much stronger and hold better. If a rodent wants in they will chew another hole anyways. Cutting back tree’s and putting up wire guards can help to. Keeping the squirrels off you’re roof in the first place is always your best bet. They can still run up the side of the house and still get on your roof if they really want to but its been my experience that they don’t like to do that. They would rather have tree’s to run up and then across a roof and onto another tree if possible. They use them like highways.

Picking up pet food dishes at night if you feed you’re animals outside helps. Keeping bird feeders way away from the house helps to. they don’t only feed the birds but also draw raccoons, rats, opossums, mice, squirrels and other animals up to you’re home. If you have a tree that produces nuts its god to always keep the area under that tree cleaned up. These common sense practices will help make you’re home not as enticing to squirrels.