The incessant scratching, gnawing and chattering of squirrels in the attic or ceiling voids of your home or cottage can make you crazy. Squirrels are active throughout the year and gain access to your home or cottage through tiny holes in the soffit, facia or even through compromised vents. Squirrels are a species that can cause a lot of damage to a home – insulation, (In severe cases the damage to attic insulation, substantially reduces it’s R value and requires replacement) electrical system, wood beams – and they not only let themselves in, but their entry points easily lead the way for other wildlife to enter. Squirrels can squeeze through small holes and cracks, and if they can into a home through one, so can mice, bats, skunks, rats, and sometimes even raccoons. The longer you wait to take control of your squirrel issue, the higher the chance you’ll be paying more out of your pocket.
Squirrels carry quite a bit of nesting material into the attic of your home or cottage which could be disease ridden of full of gnats, ticks and flees. They urinate and defecate all over your attic which develops into a terrible odour which is toxic and can cause damage to your ceilings. Squirrel feces can spread Salmonella and their bite transmit rabies to humans and pets.
Greenshield Pest Control takes a humane approach to the removal of squirrels. Using our 3 Step process we will assess, remove and prevent and restore your home to ensure you remain Squirrel free for years to come.
Our 3 Step Squirrel Control Process
Inspection and Assessment
During this step, our expert wildlife technician will gather information from the home/cottage owner or resident and conduct both an interior and exterior assessment of you home or cottage, this service will take up to an hour depending upon the individual needs of your Squirrel situation.
Gathering information, the information gathered from you is beneficial in your technician being able to focus his/her attention on the key areas and situations specific to your experiences and needs.
Your interior assessment, during the interior assessment the technician will require access to your attic as well as any other area where you have experienced Squirrel sightings, noises or have found droppings, excrement and or damage. In these key areas he/she will be investigating to determine both the level of infestation as well as ascertaining that it is a Squirrel that is the invader. Attention will be paid to possible nesting sights, runways (Squirrels often use wall voids, between ceiling to move throughout your home or cottage), damage incurred, accumulation of droppings, location of droppings and the presence of wildlife babies. This information is necessary in the strategic removal of unwanted Squirrels from your home or cottage.
Your exterior assessment will be conducted After your interior assessment has been completed. Your technician will direct his/her attention to the exterior of your home or cottage. Here he/she will be focussed on finding the primary points of entry the Squirrel may be using to gain access to your home as well as any secondary or tertiary potential points of entry they could use in the instance that the primary points were sealed or compromised. Squirrels can gain access to your home through a very small hole. A four-point assessment is conducted on your home paying specific attention to all known stress points of the home. i.e. soffits, fascia, roof, roof or gable vents, bathroom vent pipes, roof intersections, and any vent caps and chimney caps as well as other problem areas depending on building type.
Upon completion of the assessment the technician will do a walk through with you discussing and pointing out any areas of concern you should be made aware of. At this point your technician will create a strategic plan using experience, training and the information gathered from the assessment to both remove the Squirrels from your home as well as any exclusion, i.e. sealing, proofing, replacement of vent covers, chimney caps, etc. Anything needed to assure the Squirrel, and no other Squirrels will be able to gain entry into your home for years to come.
Removal and Prevention
Greenshield has always taken the most immediate and effective approach to the removal of wildlife from homes and cottages. Our process is safe and effective for our clients, their children and their pets.
Interior removal of Wildlife -Using the information gathered from our assessment, we develop a strategic plan for the placement of live traps, one-way door excluders and baby boxes. Using over 30 years of knowledge and experience to select the right bait to lure the very wary Squirrel out of your home.
Live Trapping –Whenever possible Greenshield prefers to allow Squirrels to exit willingly, however in some situations the capture and removal of the unwanted invader is necessary. In such a case live traps are set up and monitored often to assure the offending captive is released quickly and safely back into the outdoors.
One Way Door Excluders –The best way to exit is to go back out the way you came in, most wildlife invaders are actively entering and exiting your home gathering food, accessing water and even collecting nesting material. The best way to remove an unwanted guest is to let them leave but refuse them to re-enter. In most Squirrel situations a one-way door excluder is attached to the primary entry point a critter is using. It is a cage like structure with a draw bridge that once crossed will trigger a door mechanism to close so the unwanted guest can no longer re-enter.
Baby Boxes -Greenshield Pest Control has a humane approach to Squirrel control, we assure babies are never left behind or separated from their mothers. In the situation of wildlife babies a heated, secure, protective baby box is administered to house the infants until the Mother feels safe to collect and relocate them.
Exclusion -The best way to control any Squirrel situation is to not allow them into your home. Using the information gained during the assessment we provide the necessary exclusion needed to seal and proof your home closing off any potential entry points and securing any secondary or tertiary potential points of entry to ensure you remain rodent free for years to come.
Restoration and Follow Up
Once your technician has completed the removal and prevention work, they will schedule any follow up appointments necessary to check any traps, he/she will assess the success of eviction with all one-way doors and finally remove these from your home or cottage. Once your Squirrel situation is controlled successfully Greenshield Pest Control can offer services in disinfection, deodorization and restoration. Our technicians are fully trained to provide any cleanup or decontamination needed to reduce the risk posed by Squirrel waste accumulation in your insulation and the rest of the home.
Finally, we will review the success of Squirrel removal and provide you with a written warranty.
We’re not done until you’re satisfied. Every job that Greenshield completes is backed by our 100% guarantee.
Our 100% guarantee assures you the peace of mind in knowing that Greenshield will be there if issues arise in the future. We also offer extended warranties.