Squirrels can be among the more difficult animals to deal with because they can chew through a 2×6, and can climb almost anywhere. That’s why you need a professional to handle your squirrel removal.
I have dealt with 3 different species of squirrel infestations of buildings in Western Washington. Squirrel control is a speciality of Jack Russell Wildlife Control.
The most common is the Douglas Squirrel, Tamiasciurus douglasii, also called the Pine Squirrel, and Chickaree. This small chipmunk sized squirrel is a native to our area and is quite vocal and assertive, often squeaking and whistling at passersby.
Second most common is the Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis, which is mostly only found in urban areas where imported nut trees are common. The Eastern Gray Squirrel is an invasive species originally brought to our state as pets and food animals. They are easily the most destructive of the three species I deal with.
The most rare of the home invading squirrels is the Northern Flying Squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus. I personally think these guys are the cutest of the three. Their night vision eyes are so BIG and it makes them look like a Beanie Baby.
The other two squirrels we have are the Western Gray Squirrel, and the Red Squirrel. I have never seen either of these infest a building in Western Washington, but a colleague of mine in the Everett area has seen a few Red Squirrel infestations in the areas around Steven’s Pass. I don’t think there are any Red Squirrels south of the Seattle Metro Area in Western Washington. Western Gray Squirrels are an endangered species and can only be found in very rural areas with an abundance of native Garry Oak.
Regardless of which species of squirrel you have living in your home, you probably are losing sleep from their erratic movements. You may also have damage to your insulation and notice holes in odd places of your house.
To solve your squirrel problem, I first have to address your house and landscape. First of all, it is important to make it as difficult as possible to get to the upper levels of your house and roof. Trimming back trees, removing shrubs, and modifying decorative trellis structures is often necessary. Squirrels are agile, and can still get up there no matter what I do, but if I make it difficult just to get to the attic or other empty space levels, they will not work as hard to eat through your siding.
Once we’ve limited their access to the attic, I can then address the weak spots on your house. Your home is your castle, I will make it a fortress. I will use metal and concrete to close up any existing squirrel holes so they can’t bust through those areas any more, and reinforce other weak spots to make your whole house fortified.
Once I have control of their access, depending on species and circumstances, the Squirrel Removal can be performed with traps or one-way doors.
If you have a problem with squirrels, call me before you lose any more sleep!
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