Squirrel Infestation And Removal
Squirrels, as cute as they may look, can be a costly and damaging pest. Squirrels make their nests by pulling apart insulation, drywall, and other materials that will aid in building their nest. Thus, they can be quite a destructive pest. They’re difficult to remove due to their speed and agility and generally are best left to be removed by professionals. If you live in New York City or the Long Island area, give Magic Touch Extermination and Wildlife Control a call!
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Why Squirrels Need To Be Removed
Squirrels are common in urban areas, and you’ve certainly seen them crawling around trees in your neighborhood. But, despite how common they are, they can make their way into your home! They love to be in attics and, unfortunately, this can be quite a damaging issue. Though they can be easier to trap than other wildlife, the technique needs to be perfect. Fortunately, we are experts at removing them safely and effectively. We ensure that the removal is done quickly and humanely, making sure that the squirrel remains safe throughout the process.
The removal process
The removal process begins with locating the squirrel, determining where it is and whether or not it has babies with it. Once we determine the location, we will also see how much damage has been caused. Typically, we notice that squirrels cause:
- Damage to the attic structure by chewing on the wood, pulling parts of it away to make its nest.
- Chewed wires, which is a fire hazard.
- Living in the chimney and subsequent damage to it.
- Stealing vegetables from your garden, rotted vegetables near the home.
- Potential for spread of disease, odor, and other health issues.
If this is noticed, we will repair the damage done by the squirrels. If babies are present, we determine the age and whether or not they will be able to run out of the location. If they are not able to, they will be removed by hand and brought to a safe location. We typically use one-way exclusion doors to remove the squirrels from the location.
The repair process
After the squirrel is removed safely, we repair the hole that the squirrel used to enter your home. Any other damage done to the location will be repaired. This is, again, most commonly done in the attic. We will clean the location if necessary, removing feces, urine, and the remnants of the squirrel’s nest. We then decontaminate the location of the squirrels home, ensuring that any pathogens present are killed.
The Damage that Squirrels Do to Your Property
Squirrels are a skittish bunch, preferring to steer clear of humans and other predators. However, it is not uncommon for them to find their way into your home and when they do, they can create a huge problem.
NY Wildlife Control is experts in their field, using humane methods of removing squirrels from in and around your home. Most people are familiar with typical squirrel activity in yards and trees, but what can they do to your home?
Similar to other rodents, like rats and mice, squirrels are known to chew through wires, wood, and pipes. They do whatever they need to survive, even if it causes damage to your house.
Chewed electrical wires are an unfortunately common occurrence by all rodents, potentially causing house fires and electrical shortages. Luckily, squirrels can be very noisy so you will most likely hear them running through your walls or attic. If you do, call a professional to safely remove them.
Any wood, including floors, doors, and parts of your home’s basic structure may be targeted, too. Squirrels chew through wood, weakening it, and leave a trail of waste in their wake. Weakened wood can lead to major and expensive structural repairs.
Pipes are also a common area in need of repair as a result of squirrels chewing or scratching through the material, causing substantial leaks. If not addressed quickly, leaks can spread and require major renovations to fix.
Typically, homeowner’s insurance will cover repairs to major structural areas, like foundations and roofs, but this is not always the case. Luckily, many minor damages can be repaired by wildlife experts when they address the problem, like patching holes and access points.
In the search for sustenance, squirrels may go rampant in your kitchen and contaminate much of your food. They also spread disease, feces, and urine throughout your home.
While they may prefer to invade an attic, away from people, sometimes squirrels can get stuck in your living spaces and become panicked as they search for an escape. They may tear into furniture, chew or rip books and paper, and ruin clothes. It is difficult to put a price on replacing sentimental items destroyed by squirrels.
Beware, not all homeowner’s insurance policies cover damage to personal items caused by squirrels or other wild animals, so do not hesitate to call in an expert to swiftly remove the source of the problem.
Additionally, squirrels can wreak havoc on lawns and gardens, shredding through flower beds and digging holes in your grass. Fruits and vegetables are especially tempting to these critters but can ruin your hard work and beautiful garden beds.
NY Wildlife Control offers humane, natural solutions to all squirrel problems. Whether inside or outside of your home, structural or otherwise, there are quick and painless methods available.
Humane traps are used to capture and relocate squirrels to a safer and less destructive natural area. Creating an area that is less attractive to future squirrel invaders is a key part of prevention methods.
Once a squirrel is safely relocated, away from your home, wildlife experts can get to work cleaning and repairing the damages left behind. Any waste is sanitarily removed to prevent the spread of disease to you and your family.
Squirrel damages frequently require repairs to holes that were used to access your house. Often these areas are located around crawlspace entries, in attics, or chimneys.
Call NY Wildlife Control today at (646) 935-9889 to receive an obligation-free quote for squirrel removal.
Squirrels will typically make their homes inside of your attic. The process illustrated above largely describes the removal process for attics. Pricing and the process will change according to the location. Any queries about the price can be answered over the phone, where we give a ball-park price range. Generally, removal ranges from $200-400. Squirrels located outside of your home can be removed for less. We take safety seriously, ensuring that the animal is not harmed during the removal process. A more specific price will be given during the inspection. Squirrel families will not be separated. The process is done expertly, and we ensure that any questions you have regarding the process are answered in-depth.
All questions about the process will be answered on-site by our expert staff. We give clear, honest, and expert answers. You are our priority, and we make sure that we have permission before anything is done.
If you live in New York City or the Long Island area and need extermination or wildlife services, call Magic Touch Extermination and Wildlife Control today!
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