Squirrel Control & Removal
Info: The Eastern Gray Squirrel is
a common nuisance animal here in Orlando.
They are one of the most likely animals to
get into your house, and live in the
attic, soffit, or walls. You may hear them
scampering around in the ceiling in the
morning and evening or throughout the day.
The female squirrels give birth twice a
year, in both August and February, and
they love to have the babies in the attic.
They bring nesting material into the
house, and leave behind waste. They need
to chew to wear down their ever growing
teeth, and thus pose a risk of chewing on
electrical wires in attics, which can
cause a fire hazard. They also chew on the
wood in the attic and outside the home. We
remove all of the squirrels in the attic
in a humane manner. We mount special traps
right on the hole, so that we catch all of
the squirrels as they come out (they leave
and re-enter the attic several times a
day, to forage for food and water). After
we relocate the critters far away, we seal
up the house and make sure that no more
squirrels can get in again.
BIOLOGY: Eastern Gray Squirrels are
members of the rodent family. The are very active
year-round, and a mother squirrel bears young
twice a year, usually in February and August, and
nurse the 3-5 young for three months. Squirrels
are arboreal, which means that they live in trees,
but they also seem to love attics. They are
primarily active in the morning and evening
(crepuscular). They eat all kinds of foods, but
prefer nuts and seeds. They especially prefer the
seeds in your birdfeeder, and their amazing
acrobatic moves allow them to reach almost
anywhere they want to go. Many people think
squirrels are cute, but they change their minds
when they hear scurrying and scratching in the
attic, and find their woodwork chewed upon.
Squirrels are usually about one pound in weight,
though squirrels in Florida can be a bit smaller
with less dense fur. They usually live about 2-4
years in the wild.
Nuisance concerns: The most common
complaint that I deal with regarding squirrels is
that they have invaded an attic or soffit. They
will often chew a hole in a building to gain
access. Mother squirrels bear young twice a year,
and they love to use an attic as a nest. Sometimes
squirrel falls down a wall. The young learn
to live in the attic, and often choose to stay.
Once in the attic, they chew, causing damage to
wood, and worse, they chew on power lines, which
can short out electrical appliances, or worse,
create a fire hazard. They also bring nesting
material and biohazardous waste into an attic. I
also often have to remove dead squirrels
in a wall or attic from time to time.
Or better yet, for a detailed explanation of how
to get squirrels out of your attic, click
In a nutshell, here is how to do do proper
STEP 1: Inspect your entire house, top to
bottom, particularly the roof areas, including all
vents and eaves, soffits, etc. Find any an all
open holes that squirrels are using to enter. It
may just be one small hole, it may be a whole big
open gap, like an open fascia board.
STEP 2: Seal shut all secondary entry
holes, until there is just one small hole that
squirrels are using to enter and exit the house
(remember, they go out several times a day for
water and food).
STEP 3: Set traps by the hole, mounted to
the roof or fascia, or better yet, mount a
repeater trap or one-way exclusion door right on
STEP 4: Once they are all trapped and
removed and relocated, or excluded through the one
way door, and you can't hear any more squirrel
noises above the ceiling, you can remove the traps
and seal that last hole.
STEP 5: Inspect the attic again for damage
and biohazard feces. Repair all damage, such as
chewed electrical wires, and clean and
decontaminate the feces and urine with a special
fogging cleaning agent.
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Squirrel in the Chimney
- Tips and tricks for getting a squirrel out of a
Squirrels Chew on Your
Home - Photos of squirrel chewing on typical
places they enter homes.
How to Get Rid of
Squirrels - A general all-purpose guide to
getting rid of squirrels.
How to Keep
Squirrels Away from House - Prevention type
advice, and analysis of squirrel repellents.
How to Catch a
Squirrel - Methods for catching squirrels in
How to Trap a
Squirrel - A complete trapping guide,
discussing types of traps and bait and more.
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How smart are
How big do squirrels
remember where they bury nuts?
Do squirrels kill
mice, rats, or birds?
identify squirrel tracks
What to do about
a squirrel in the fireplace
squirrel feces look like? Where is it found?
Will a squirrel
chew through the ceiling?
squirrels to your yard?
How to get rid of
squirrels in the attic
Do squirrels attack
or bite people?
ever active at night?
How To Go About
Killing Squirrels In The House - A squirrel
infestation in your home looks bad, not only can
they damage your property, but they can also
spread diseases. Because of that it may seem
reasonable to think of killing squirrels in the
house. You should know that the option of
killing the squirrels should always be the last
squirrel control option because in most
situations it is not necessary to do so. If the
squirrel is in a room where it can escape to the
outside it will probably do so with a little
encouragement and there are also plenty of live
traps in the market today. If you have tried
everything and killing squirrels in the house
seems like the only option then you want to use
lethal traps that will work effectively and
fast. If the room does not have many places
where the squirrel can hide and there is no
escape route then poison can be tried, but it
almost never works. If you set it, make sure
that any poison that was not used is out of the
reach of children and household pets, because
I've seen more pets eat poison than it actually
solving squirrel problem! Also make sure that
the entire area is searched for poison that may
have been moved by the squirrel so that traces
of it are not left behind the squirrel. In
short, it's a bad idea to use poison. Lethal
traps do work, but they are rare to find and
difficult to set. If you want this, you can call
a wildlife pest control service to remove
squirrels. For more info, read my How
to Kill Squirrels
- Can you use poison to
kill squirrels and solve the problem?
Eastern Gray Squirrel Information
The native range of the sciurus carolinensis or
Eastern Gray Squirrel is predominately the
Midwest to Eastern parts of the United States.
The fox squirrel which looks very similar
crosses ranges with this guy and carries on
further west. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is
highly adaptable to new regions and has been
known to displace other squirrel species when it
gets introduced to their living areas, such as
the red squirrel in Britain.
These small mammals have dense fur that is
usually grey and sometimes brown in color. Quite
often in the cities there are many of these
mammals that have brown or white coats. These
colorations occur more often in the city because
there is less risk for predation and white and
black don’t offer much by way of camouflage.
They are also known for foraging and making
several caches that they will use to store food
both for short term and long term recovery. It’s
not unusual to go about some fall planting and
discover you are on top of an area squirrels
have used to bury their food. They can be
aggressive when cornered and if a predator is
after one, others have been known to attack and
distract to save their companion.
Life Cycle And Reproduction:
These tiny mammals mate twice a year, often
between December and January then again in May
through June therefore they are usually born in
either February or March and again in June or
July. The females are pregnant for close to 44
days after which she will deliver between two
and five young. She will nurse them for about
seven weeks and they will leave the nest at
about ten weeks. These babies are capable of
having their own at just over five months,
though more generally this first litter is born
after they are over a year old.
In their natural home the Eastern Gray Squirrel
likes to live in dense forests full of older
trees. They will build nests in hollows and
forks in wide branches. In thick forests such as
this there is enough for them to easily feed off
of. With the squirrels that live in more urban
settings they enjoy living quite close to people
as they can often scavenge off their rubbish and
they will create nests and live in attics, lofts
of garages and other tall, sheltered places.
They enjoy eating insects, nuts, seeds, some
tree bark, fungi and moss. It is also not
unusual for them to gnaw on bones, antlers or
turtle shells as well as eat small rodents,
frogs and bird’s nests when food is low.
Common Diseases These Animals Can Spread:
In actuality these mammals don’t have many
diseases that they can pass to humans. They do
have problems with parasites, such as worms,
fleas, tick and other parasites. In addition if
a colony moves into an attic or the loft of a
garage there can be a buildup of their scat.
There can be so much bacteria and fungus that
gets airborne, some of the leptospirosis or
Common Nuisance Complaints:
These critters are most often annoying when they
move into your attic. This part of the home is
ideal for them to create nests and dens and in
addition, they love to chew so will work their
way through wood, insulation and electrical
cords. The destruction from a family of
squirrels living in an attic can cause damage to
the home as well as even start an electrical
fire. Many times people hear them making a great
deal of noise in the morning and early evening
hours while they are in the attic building
nests. It is often not unusual for people to
complain of these guys tossing flower beds to
steal bulbs or to plant their own caches to get
through the winter as well.
24/7 Wildlife Removal operates in the Greater
Orlando area of central Florida. This is a
specialty wildlife removal business. Wild animal
control is all I do - I do not spray poison for
insect control. I provide squirrel trapping and
removal for squirrel control. I do not run an
exterminating business or a pest control
business, I run a nuisance wildlife business. I
do not provide extermination of squirrels, but
humane trapping and relocation. I specialize in
getting squirrels out of your attic, soffit, or
ceiling. If you want to get rid of your squirrel
problem once and for all, give me a call!
If you have any questions about squirrel
control, email me, or you can hire one of the
companies that I recommend.