The Boston area is home to a great number of squirrel species, but that doesn’t mean you should have to share your home with them. If these critters build a nest in your attic, garage, chimney, or basement, it can be incredibly hard to get them out and keep them out. Squirrels are adaptive, crafty animals — but they’re no match for the licensed, certified, and highly trained squirrel removal experts at Critter Control® of Boston.
How Squirrels Enter Your Household
Squirrels can gain access to different parts of your house through a number of different entry points, including:
- Small gaps in your siding
- Damaged or torn shingles
- Holes in fascia boards
- Uncapped chimneys
- Rotten or weakened soffits
Sometimes, these entryways are incredibly small and tucked away in secluded places, so it can feel nearly impossible to identify each and everyone on your own. Uncovering holes, gaps, and cracks that squirrels can take advantage of takes a trained eye. Luckily, you can count on the specialists at Critter Control® of Boston to find and fill them with ease.
Squirrel Removal Problem Areas
These clever critters are opportunistic and will attempt any method they can think of to get into your home. Because squirrels are also skilled climbers, no area is off-limits without professional protection — not even your attic. In fact, the attic is one of the most common sites of infestation. If a squirrel finds its way into this upper area of your home, it’ll almost certainly build a nest, leaving a trail of damage and destruction behind.
Likewise, squirrels are frequently discovered in chimneys between spring and early summer — typically because this is around the time when female squirrels have babies and need a safe place to raise them. Sadly, baby squirrels, or squirrel kits, can’t climb out of chimneys on their own. If you stumble across any of these critters in your chimney, give Critter Control® of Boston a call, so we can assist you with careful squirrel removal services.
Squirrel Damage and Destruction
If squirrels are such tiny and seemingly harmless creatures, how can they cause so much damage and put your entire family at risk? Well, to keep their front teeth from growing out of control, squirrels constantly chew on various objects, including:
- Cardboard boxes
- Electrical wiring
- Wood furniture
Considering all of the items that squirrels can use to file their teeth, practically nothing in your home is safe once these critters wander inside. To protect your family and belongings, seek professional wildlife removal services from the licensed experts at Critter Control® of Boston. We provide the most effective and long-term solutions to ensure that no critter is left behind in your home — and that you’ll never deal with another run-in with them again.
Let the Professionals at Critter Control® of Boston to Fix the Damage From Squirrels
When you attempt to remove squirrels on your own, the process can be stressful, expensive, and unsuccessful. Fortunately, our experienced technicians have come up with a plan to protect your home in four simple steps:
A thorough inspection of your home reveals entry points, nesting areas, and the size of your squirrel situation. Once we understand the details of your wildlife problem and the layout of your home, we can come up with a proper plan to remove the unwanted animals.
Safe, humane squirrel removal protects you, your family, and the intruding critters from harm. That’s why we use eco-friendly alternatives and low-risk treatments with every one of our wildlife management services.
Installing prevention tools like vent screens and chimney caps helps us protect the most vulnerable parts of your home from future squirrel infestations. To give your home complete protection, we’ll also fill the holes and gaps that squirrels can use for entry with industrial sealant, wire mesh, and other tough material.
Because squirrels gnaw, build nests, and breed, they can create chaos ranging from torn insulation to chewed wooden beams. So, once our licensed technicians find and exclude squirrels, we’ll take extra steps to repair the damage left behind. This includes sealing entry points and restoring your attic.
How to Prevent Another Squirrel Situation
After removing squirrels from your home, we’ll secure your property with professional tools and materials. From chimney caps and vent covers to entry point repair and restoration, our crew will do whatever it takes to prevent squirrels from entering again. However, there are a few things you can do around your home to also help prevent their return.
Never feed squirrels
- Feeding squirrels will make them feel more comfortable on your property, which can encourage them to try nesting inside. Don’t leave any food outside for squirrels and keep a close eye on any bird feeders or outdoor sources of food.
Trim tree branches
- Squirrels can easily climb to your roof when tree branches lead right to the top of your home, which is why it’s important to regularly trim overhanging branches that can provide easy access.
Only feed your pets inside
- When you leave pet food outside, you can unintentionally attract hungry and curious squirrels. If you can, try to only feed your pets inside or quickly clean up after they eat outside.
Get rid of potential nesting areas
- Carefully seal openings in your attic, crawlspaces, and chimney. Otherwise, squirrels could crawl in and get stuck. To add an extra layer of protection, secure your shed and garage, and enclose open areas under your home or porch.
Identifying a Gray Squirrel on Your Property
Boston is home to a great number of gray squirrels. These pests are notorious for being determined and crafty. Once they’ve decided to nest inside of your home, it can be difficult to permanently
keep them out of your home. They have a tendency to find clever ways to return to your home even after they are removed from your house. Gray squirrels are very adaptive animals, and they can be very crafty.
Gray squirrels can gain access to your house through different entry points. For example, gray squirrels can get into your home through small gaps in your siding, roof damage,
rotten soffits, and fascia boards. Sometimes these entry points are very small and secluded and it can be difficult to identify all of them.
Like many other squirrels, gray squirrels will seek protection from natural elements and predators. Your house is often the ideal source of shelter, as it is safe and secure (and the warmth of the central heating unit is tremendous during the colder season!). A pregnant squirrel will often find secluded areas in your attic or crawlspace to nest her young.
Although they may look incredibly cute and innocent, these pests can become a huge issue to the integrity of your structure.
To keep their front teeth length under control, squirrels need to constantly chew on things. This means anything and everything they find in your house could be gnawed on. For example, gray squirrels will chew on books, boxes, electrical wires, wood furniture, plastics, siding, insulation, and a lot more. Damages from gray squirrels sometimes can be identified by teeth marks in siding or wood items in your house. Gray squirrels can enlarge existing holes through chewing or create new holes.
Homeowners should seek professional squirrel removal services. Critter Control provides the most effective and long-term solution to ensure that your squirrels are removed permanently, and you will never deal with another squirrel issue/infestation again. If you suspect that you may have a squirrel problem, please give us a call today.
Identifying a Red Squirrel on Your Property
Red squirrels can be easily identified in comparison to other North American tree squirrels by their small size, territorial behavior, and distinctive red-tinted fur with a white underbelly. They are usually very loud and considered a nuisance due to their alarm calls, barking, chattering, and persistent clicking noises. They are sometimes referred to as “pine squirrels” or “chickarees” due to their need for coniferous forests with cone-bearing trees. Red squirrels are somewhat larger than chipmunks. They are small to medium-sized tree-climbing squirrels, where adults average between 10.5 and 15 inches long.
Red squirrels, like other squirrels, can enter attics, crawl spaces, or sheds for nesting or shelter. They may damage the structure, pull apart insulation, or chew electrical wires. Nibbling, scratching, and pitter-pattering noises, in the early morning or daylight hours, usually indicate the presence of a red squirrel. Balls of torn insulation, cardboard, and dried leaves and twigs may pinpoint nests, but nests and young may be totally concealed within eaves or wall spaces.
The second most common complaint about squirrels is that they often take food from bird feeders. They mainly subsist on grains, but since squirrels are adept climbers, they can reach almost any feeder. In addition, they frequently damage bird feeders when they enlarge openings by chewing on them or when they gnaw on perches.
Red squirrels in particular have a tendency to terrorize household animals.
We Provide Safe and Secure Squirrel Removal in Boston
Keeping wild animals off your property can be a challenging task to do. Setting up traps can be tough if you aren’t familiar with squirrel behaviors. It is illegal to use poisons to eliminate wildlife. Instead, you should contact Critter Control immediately. We will trap and remove your squirrels with safe and humane methods.
Without proper techniques, handling squirrels can be dangerous. These small critters can scratch or bite you if they sense danger; in addition, they might carry germs and diseases. Our experienced technicians will identify all possible entry points and barricade them.
Squirrels can be very insistent animals. They’re territorial, and if you remove them, they’ll try to get back to their nest under any circumstances. Therefore, squirrel prevention is one of the most important and effective squirrel control solutions.
There are specific laws and regulations that protect numerous wildlife species in Massachusetts. Although it can be tempting to tackle a squirrel removal on your own, it’s always safer to consider help from a professional. Whether you think you have a squirrel in your home or have confirmed an infestation, you can count on the licensed animal professionals at Critter Control® of Boston to legally and professionally protect your property. We’ll work with you to come up with a plan that fits your budget and completely solves the wildlife problem.
Call us today to schedule your inspection, or text us at 617-975-0440.
Squirrel Removal Service Areas
Critter Control of Greater Boston North Service Area
Critter Control of Greater Boston offers squirrel control and bat control in the northern service area. Our northern service area consists of a few different locations, including:
Amesbury, Andover, North Andover, Bedford, Billerica, North Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Byfield, Chelmsford, Danvers, Dracut, Dunstable, Georgetown, Groveland, Hathorne, Haverhill, Lawernce, Lowell, Lynnfield, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newburyport, North Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rowley, Salisbury, Saugus, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Wilmington, West Newbury, and Woburn.
Critter Control of Greater Boston Service Area
Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Brighton, Cambridge, Charlestown, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Dorchester, Everett, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Mattapan, Milton, Medford, Melrose, Mission Hill, Needham, Needham Heights, Newton, Roslindale, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Wellesley Hills, West Roxbury, Weston, Westwood, and Winchester