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Squirrel Removal Commonly Asked Questions

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Trap and remove squirrels from your home or yard for many reasons. They can cause a lot of damage to structures like homes, sheds and trees. They also carry diseases and parasites that can spread easily through contact with their feces, urine and saliva. 

With squirrel removal, it’s important to remember that these creatures are wild animals and should be treated as such. If possible, release the animal back into its natural habitat to live there without harming humans or their property!

Are squirrels dangerous?

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Squirrels are not dangerous. They can be destructive, though, especially if you have a bird feeder or birdhouse in your yard. 

They will eat the seeds and nuts provided by these feeders, but they’ll also chew through the wood of the feeder to get at them. This can cause costly and unsightly damage–not to mention dangerous for birds injured during this process!

Do squirrels carry diseases?

They can carry fleas and ticks, which can transmit disease to humans. Rabies is also a concern if you encounter a rabid squirrel or other wild animal. Squirrel pox is another potential health risk for humans exposed to infected animals; this viral disease causes blisters that look like chicken pox on the skin of affected patients.

How can I keep the squirrels out of my attic?

There are several ways to keep them out of your attic. One option is placing a repellent around the perimeter of your home and in places where they tend to enter. This will discourage them from entering these areas, which can help keep them away from attics and other spaces where they might cause damage. 

Squirrel gained access to attic through bent attic vents

Another option is installing a bird feeder designed specifically for use with birds but not squirrels; this keeps them away because they cannot fit through the openings in these types of feeders. 

You could also try putting up an aluminum baffle around any vents or vents leading into attics; this will prevent them from getting into those areas without being detected by homeowners easily, as well as making it harder for them once inside because there won’t be any materials lying around nearby for climbing purposes (and if there’s no food source available either).

Finally, if none of those things work, consider setting up traps outside near trees where there seems likely activity going on–this way, when/if one shows up again later on, we’ll have caught him already!

Why do squirrels enter homes through the chimney?

Squirrels enter homes through the chimney for many reasons. They may be looking for a food source, or if it’s cold outside, they may want to get warm by using your fireplace as a heating duct. They also use chimneys to protect themselves from predators and nesting grounds when pregnant. 

Finally, they could use your chimney to escape from another animal or person in their territory who has threatened them (such as a larger dog).

Do I have to hire a professional if squirrels are in my attic?

If you’ve noticed squirrels in your attic, hire a professional to remove them. They can cause damage to the structure of your home and make noise at night as they run around inside the walls. They also carry diseases that can make humans sick if they get into contact with them or their feces.

How do I know if I have squirrels in my attic?

You can tell if you have squirrels in your attic by looking for the following:

  • Droppings. They leave behind small, round pellets that look like large rice grains. They’re usually found near holes or nests and may be scattered on the floor or walls of attics.
  • Chewed wood. They will gnaw on wooden surfaces such as eaves, fascia boards and siding to make a nest or chew up food stored there by other animals (like birds). You might also notice chewed insulation around vents and pipes because they like to nest in warm places like these!
  • Gnawed wires/electrical damage/fires caused by chewing on electrical wires (this is rare but can happen). Check all wiring with an electrician before using any electrical devices inside the house again after removing squirrels from your attic space.

Are outdoor feeders effective for keeping squirrels away from my home, garden and yard?

Feeders should be placed far away from your home, garden and yard so squirrels cannot jump to them. In addition, the feeder should be hung high enough that squirrels cannot reach it. 

The best place for an outdoor feeder is somewhere in your yard that is not visible from the street or sidewalk. This ensures no one will see a squirrel feeding on the birdseed or suet (animal fat).

Feeding birds and other wildlife in your backyard can also help deter squirrels because they will be too busy eating their food instead of trying to get into yours! 

For example: if you feed hummingbirds sugar water during summer months when they are most active in search of nectar sources, then there will be less time available for them to spend searching through leaf litter beneath trees looking for seeds left behind by other birds such as chickadees who visit yards often during winter months but tend not come back until springtime when temperatures rise above freezing levels again.”

I want to trap a squirrel, but what do I do with it once I catch one?

If you decide to trap a squirrel, there are several options for what to do with it once you’ve caught it.

Call animal control for advice on what to do with your trapped squirrels. They may tell you they will pick them up or help you release them somewhere else on public property, like a park or nature preserve within their jurisdiction (but not in your backyard).

They might also provide information about local rehabilitation centers where volunteers treat injured animals before releasing them back into the wild when they’re ready–this is another good option if one isn’t available near where you live!


We hope you understand how to deal with squirrels in your home and yard better. We also want to remind you that these rodents are wild animals and should always be treated respectfully. Contact professional squirrel removal experts such as Swat Wildlife if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation. 

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