Squirrel Removal Atlanta
One of the toughest challenges homeowners face in the Spring is keeping squirrels out of their attics. The most common squirrels in the Southeast are Gray squirrels and Southern flying squirrels.
Gray squirrels are active from dawn to dusk, with most feeding being done in early morning. These squirrels usually feed on seeds, fruits, nuts & other vegetation.
Squirrels breed twice a year (usually around January and June) and have a 42 day gestation. They usually have 4 – 5 young that are weaned at 10 weeks old.
Homeowners mainly hear gray squirrel activity during the early morning and then again at dusk as they enter the attics and settle down for the evening.
The common evening culprit is the Southern flying squirrel. The term “flying” is a misnomer in describing one of this animal’s unique means of mobility. Flying squirrels can control their “glide” and speed, by direction, angle and destination and have been recorded to glide as far as the length of a football field.
Flying squirrels are much smaller then gray squirrels. Most homeowners don’t see them unless they enter the living space or fall down the chimney. These squirrels have a broad flattened tail, enlarged eyes and a patagium (extended folds of the skin from the wrist to ankle that enables them to glide).
Southern Flying squirrels also have two litters per year in early spring & late summer. Litters usually consist of 4 – 6 young. Flying squirrels usually live in large communal families consisting of up to 10 – 20 squirrels. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and feed mostly on insects nuts, seeds fruits and berries. Flying squirrels are often the reason homeowners complain of hearing critters “bowling with nuts” in the middle of the night.
Damage from both Gray and Flying squirrels includes chewing fascia boards & soffits, entering dwellings, nesting/soiling insulation, chewing electrical lines (often shorting out attic fans), and carrying parasites such as fleas ad ticks into homes.
Management of these common critters includes trapping in cage traps and exclusion. Exclusion involves covering the entry points with materials such as galvanized hardware cloth and sheet metal ( materials squirrels cannot chew through) to prevent future access. Chimney caps can also be installed or repaired as they are also common entry points for squirrels in the active spring months.
The combination of both trapping and exclusion is the best method for keeping your property secure throughout the years.
Call Critter Control of Atlanta to schedule a Free Inspection at (770) 663-6260.
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