Michigan Wildlife- Squirrel Trapping & Removal Services
Squirrel Removal, Control, and Exclusion
Squirrel Infestations- Squirrel in Your Home & Attic
There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Most squirrels are diurnal but the flying squirrel is nocturnal. They fly through the trees at night so they can avoid hawks, eagles, and other flying predators. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. They like to gnaw on treated wood because of the salt in the wood. They live primerly in trees and underground. They make nesting material out of leaves and sticks.
Squirrels will live in soffits and attics. They bring hazardous material into your attic. Worst of all they chew on power lines and electrical wires in your attic. They are often herd in the attic running around, jumping truss to truss, and dropping nuts and pine cones. Squirrels have many babies who will stay in the nest and remain to living there. We have found up to 15 squirrels living in one attic.
Squirrel Problem Solvers: Trapping and relocating is the one measure, but a live exclusion, or multi-catch traps are also very effective. We sometimes have to set multiple traps to remove the whole nest of squirrels. Red squirrels are the most common squirrel removed from the attic. If you find squirrels or chipmunks chewing on wood or weather strips on garage doors, some pepper spray on those areas works wonders. To keep squirrels off bird feeders we use metal flashing around the poles so they can't grip on. For more information on getting rid of squirrels out of the attic and removal techniques visit our squirrels in the attic page.
Michigan Squirrels Nesting in the Attic- How to Get Rid of Them
So you wake up in the morning hearing scratching and scurrying through your attic ceiling and walls. Sounds like you have squirrels in the attic. In general you often hear squirrels in the attic the most, first thing in the morning. During sunrise squirrels become most active as they head outside to look for food and nesting materials. Squirrels are busy nut gathers and do this most of the time throughout the day. However not all squirrels in Michigan are diurnal, flying squirrels are most active at night. Flying squirrels are very small and need the night time to be disguise themselves from predators.
Signs of Squirrels in Your Attic
Most obvious are the noises you hear. understanding the noises you will hear will allow you to identify your attic pest. Noises squirrels make in the attic are digging, scratching, rolling nuts, and squeaking noises. As mentioned above these noises generally take place first thing in the morning or at nigh fall. Squirrels often run and jump through your attic as well. Squirrels will not sound as loud as raccoons in the attic, but will be much louder than bats or mice in the attic.
Damages Caused by Squirrels in the Attic
Just like most wildlife animals in the attic are a nuisance and destructive. Different than other wildlife, but much like birds squirrels bring materials from the outside to inside your attic. Things like leaves, sticks, pine cones, and walnuts are brought into your attic to store for nest or food. Like raccoons squirrels can also damage the insulation with nesting, droppings and urine. Common diseases found in squirrel or rodent droppings is the hanta virus. A disease causing respiratory problems. The biggest problems squirrels cause in your attic is the chewing of wires. 25-30 percent of all house fires are caused by rodents chewing on the wires inside your attic and walls.
How to Get Rid of Squirrels?
Squirrels are generally trapped in a live trap during the day or in some cases at night. Once the squirrels are trapped and relocated we can make all the necessary repairs to prevent the return of squirrels. Another method we have used in the past is an exclusion method. For flying squirrels this works great. They are small enough to escape through our exclusion tubes, but can not figure how to get back into them. It's also very important to repair around the hole with strong hardware cloth or aluminum flashing to prevent the squirrels from chewing back in.
DO NOT poison or use any other toxins to get rid of squirrels in the attic. This will not work! It will kill the squirrels, but then you will end up with dead decaying rodents in your walls and buried beneath your insulation. Dead animals will get you nothing but maggots, flies, and a foul odor. Not to mention it's very cruel to the animal. They a die slow painful death.
Importance of Squirrel Removal From the Attic
Squirrels breed twice a year and have two sets of litters. The longer you let your squirrel problem go the more and more squirrels you will be dealing with. Squirrels are notorious for chewing on wires and causing house fires. Squirrel droppings can cause the hanta virus, like other rodents living in your attic. Squirrels chew several holes on your home because of the salt granules in the treated wood. Saying all of that, squirrels are just flat out annoying living in your attic. They will keep you up all night and frustrate you through the day.
There are some things you may do to try to keep squirrels out of the attic however like all rodents squirrels are constantly chewing on things to wear down there teeth. Hardware cloth over vents and flashing in the eaves are some things your may try to keep squirrels out. If squirrels have a nest inside they may try to chew their way back into the attic.
Common Squirrel Control Questions in Michigan
Short answer is no. They may seem to be working at first, but then squirrel will return. The only way to get rid of squirrels is by trapping and exclusion. You must remove the nest and seal of all entry points.
Squirrels can be hard to get rid of. Even by sealing off all of their entry points they can still get in. Squirrel are cheweres. They will chew their way back into your home or attic. You must trap them and remove them. Snap traps, live traps, and repeater traps are the best methods to get rid of the squirrels from your home.
yes squirrels will leave on their own. Typically during the warmer parts of the day. Squirrel will forage for food during the day, but will always return to their nesting site.
How Much Does it Cost to Get Rid of Squirrels?
Squirrel trapping or exclusion are the best methods to get rid of squirrels. Exclusions we may charge to install the one way squirrel door and provide an estimate to proof the entire home. Because there are typically large families of squirrels we set multiple traps at once and charge for the visit not for each captured squirrel. A typical squirrel trapping or exclusion may cost around $350 or more. At an added cost once the squirrels are trapped and removed we can also screen vents, cap chimneys, fix canned vents, eaves, etc. to keep them from returning. This is also part of our exclusion process. For free detailed quote click on the free price quote button. button.
We service over 14 counties in Michigan for squirrel removal projects. See our service area to see if we are in your area. Looking for a professional wildlife control expert specializing in the squirrel removal process, but not sure who to hire? Click here for information on hiring a wildlife control expert.
If you have have a squirrel problem and you live in Michigan we service you. Common areas we serve throughout our service area are: Bay City, Dewitt, Eagle, Elsie, Fowler, Maple Rapids, Ovid, St. Johns, Westphalia,Bellevue, Charlotte, Dimondale, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Mulliken, Olivet, Potterville, Sunfield, Vermontville, Waverly, Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Otisville, Swartz Creek,Dansville, East Lansing, Lansing, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston, Jackson, Grass Lake, Almont, Attica, Clifford,Columbiaville, Dryden, Imlay City, Lapeer, Metamora, North Branch, Otter Lake, Argentine, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, Howell, Pinckney, Whitmore Lake, Armada, Center Line, Chesterfield, Clinton, Eastpointe, Memphis, Mount Clemons, New Baltimore, New Haven, Romeo, Saint Claire Shores, Shelby, Sterling Heights, Utica, Warren, Midland, Carleton, Dundee, Estral Beach, Luna Pier, Maybee, Monroe, Petersburg, South Rockwood, Auburn Hills, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Commerce Twp., Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Madison Heights, Milford, Novi, Oak Park, Ortonville, Oxford, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Troy, Walled lake, Wixom, West Bloomfield, Wolverine Lake, Birch Run, Chesaning, Frankenmuth, Merrill, Oakley, Saginaw, St. Charles, Zilwaukee, Bancroft, Byron, Corunna, Durand, Lainsburg, Lennon, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Vernon, Akron, Caro, Cass City, Fairgrove, Gagetown, Kingston, Millingston, Reese, Unionville, Vassar, Ann Arbor, Barton Hills, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Canton, Livonia, Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, Westland. For more areas we service visit our locations page.
Other Nuisance Wildlife We Service
In Michigan we come encounter with many types of bat removal jobs. Bat control, bat extermination, bat pest control are our specialties in Michigan. We service many types of residential and commercial buildings. Residential homes ranging from ranches, colonial, bungalow, gable style, log cabins and many more. Some commercial properties we have got rid of bats in are churches and a commercial building with office spaces.
Beavers in Michigan can be a nuisance to humans, properties, forestry, and farmlands. Beavers create dams in Michigan properties near rivers and lakes. It is important to capture all nuisance beavers by trapping either using a leg hold method or into a live trap. Beavers will chew down your trees creating great damage. Often there are floods along the banks of rivers and lakes and even into your yard. Floods into the Michigan homes have sometimes come from the dams of beavers. Beavers are considered the largest rodent in North America. They live in aquatic environments and build there dams (living areas) out of logs, sticks and whatever else they can find. They have large teeth and use them to saw down trees and branches.
Birds in Michigan can sometimes cause more damage than any nuisance wild animal. There nest are filled with bacteria and fungi. There are several diseases associated with bird nest material. Just like with bat guano you can contract histopoplasmosis when inhaling the airborne spores of the nest. The birds we generally deal with that give problems to homeowners and industrial buildings are pigeons, chimney swifts, starlings, sparrows, swallows and wood peckers.
Coyotes in Michigan are from the canid family and generally live in dens created with leaves, sticks, and other materials. Coyotes are carnivorous and prey on rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickens and other small animals. Coyotes will prey on larger animals like deer in packs. If there is no food present coyotes will scavenge on dead animals.
Just like coyotes, Fox in Michigan are from the canine family. They live in dens usually left open from other wild animals. Fox are predators and prey on chickens, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other small animals. 2 types of fox in Michigan are usually spotted, the grey and red fox.
In Michigan we take care of nuisance groundhogs or woodchucks. You will find groundhogs in open plains or digging holes and living underground. Groundhogs in Michigan are found living under decks, in rock walls, and in hills. Groundhogs have rounded claws used for digging. Groundhogs are vegetarians and eat plants, grass, flowers, and other vegetation.
Poison Free Mice Control
The most common problem we deal with in Michigan are field mice. Mice are mainly nocturnal rodents but can also be found during the day. Mice love to live underneath insulation and burrow tunnels through out your attic. Mice can fit through 1/4" holes making construction gaps on your roof gateways to your attic.
In Michigan Opossums are the only marsupial, meaning they have a pouch that they carry their young in. They have long prehensile tails which gives them another limb to use for hanging. Opossums are usually found under decks and in sheds. We sometimes find them in attics but that isn't generally the case here in Michigan. They need a decent size opening to enter into the attic.
In Michigan we offer wild animal control services such as how to Get Rid of Raccoon's: Raccoon Removal, raccoon control, and raccoon damage control; including attic decontamination and insulation removal.
Have you been hearing scratching sounds, loud banging or walking around in the walls or attic of your home or business in Michigan? If so, you may have a raccoon problem!
Skunks in Michigan are recognizable with their black and white stripes. Generally skunks live under deck and porches. Skunks also dig holes and create dens underground. Skunks feast on grubs and other insects below your soil. Also skunks get into garbage's scavenging for food. Skunks are near sighted animals and use their sense of smell to maneuver around. Skunks will spray an unbearable odor out their anus up to 10 feet if they feel threatened. A warning sign skunks feel threatened is by stopping their feet and raise their tail. If this happens, back away slowly.
There are different types of squirrels in Michigan. Red squirrel, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, black squirrel, chipmunk, and flying squirrel. Most squirrels are diurnal but the flying squirrel is nocturnal. They fly through the trees at night so they can avoid hawks, eagles, and other flying predators. Squirrels feast on pine cones, bird seed, egg corns, walnuts, and during Halloween pumpkins. They like to gnaw on treated wood because of the salt in the wood. They live mostly in trees and underground. They make nesting material out of leaves and sticks.