People usually do not think of squirrels as pest. Most people consider their scampering and scurrying through the trees cute. Their activity is much less appealing when squirrels scampering through your attic. Squirrels try to get into your home for shelter, food, or water.
The best squirrel control in Charleston is to install exclusions around your house. This keeps the squirrels out. Before you can prevent them, you need a safe and humane way to remove the squirrels.
Squirrels in Lowcountry, SC
Ian V, District Manager in Charleston
Eastern gray squirrel, fox squirrel, and the southern flying squirrel all call the Lowcountry home.
Eastern gray squirrels are more prevalent in South Carolina. Their natural habitat is mature hardwood forests, but gray squirrels thrive in residential areas. Fox Squirrels are scattered throughout the coastal plain and prefer mature, pine-oak forests with open understories and few shrubs.
Both Eastern Gray Squirrels and Fox Squirrels build nests in tree cavities. Attics share similar qualities as a tree cavity so squirrels will build their nest in your attic. You are most likely to experience an Eastern gray squirrel problem in your attic.
Squirrels in Attic in Charleston
Squirrels in Charleston usually enter your attic to find a safe place to give birth. They gain access to attics by chewing holes above gutters or at construction gaps where dormers meet the roofline. Squirrels will also chew corners of trim or any weak area that gives them access to a shelter.
Squirrels often cause damage to attic insulation or electrical wiring in the attic. But the most damage is done over time as multiple litters of squirrels are born in or near the home. As these squirrels grow and leave the nest, they often will set up their own nests within the same attic.
If the initial squirrel problem is not addressed in time, the damage to your home will increase quickly. Not only will they continue to gnaw through wiring and damage insulation, but in doing so, they will create more entry points for other squirrels.
Squirrel Removal & Control
This homeowner in Charleston noticed noises in their attic early in the morning. During the inspection, we found evidence of squirrels.
Open soffits allow easy access to your attic for animals like squirrels, raccoons, and rats. There are various squirrel removal techniques, including live trapping, one-way doors, deterrent, and direct capture.
Squirrel Exclusion to Attic
Once we are sure all animals are out of your attic, we repair the damage. Squirrels damage insulation and chew on wooden rafters and support beams. Squirrels also commonly gnaw on wiring, which can damage fixtures and even cause house fires. During a whole home exclusion, we seal all potential entry points.
During repairs and exclusions, we make sure to match materials and colors. Our goal is to erase any evidence of nuisance wildlife activity.