Squirrels cause some of the biggest problems in residential buildings in the local area, leaving a trail of devastation in their wake that can include holes leading in and out of your home, leaks that eventually lead to floods, excess moisture that leads to potentially dangerous mold spores, a bad smell that is almost impossible to get rid of, stains and disease threats from waste material, and much more besides. A lot of that activity is situated in the attic — a space that is similar to a tree hollow, to squirrels.

The gray squirrel is a common pest across most of North America, and it lives similarly to humans, leaving the comfort of their nest in the morning to head out to ‘work’ (squirrel translation: find food, stash food, socialize, feed kids, etc.), before heading back home in the evening, to eat, sleep, and prepare for a busy day of doing exactly the same the next day.


Looking for signs of this animal entering or leaving your home, at these times (sunrise and sunset), will give you a good idea of where the majority of their activity is based, and also where exclusion traps or other devices should be installed.

If you see signs of a gray squirrel, give us a call so that we can advise you on how to treat it.

If you have a flying squirrel infestation, you might also have bats.

We have noticed that flying squirrels and certain bat species have a tendency to hole up together, in the same attic spaces that gray and other squirrels seem to like. If a flying squirrel can get into your attic, so can bats, birds, rats, mice, and a range of other smaller critters. Larger critters can also make holes bigger with chewing and scratching.

Flying squirrels are nocturnal, so if you hear noises at night, it’s this one you’ve got a problem with.

The best way to get rid of ANY squirrel type, in most cases, is with exclusion and sealing.

Exclusion devices only allow movement in one direction: out of your home or property and back into the ‘wild’. If all entry holes/potential entry holes are sealed, with one remaining hole left open and with an exclusion device attached, internal squirrels have no choice but to use it. They leave, are unable to get back inside, and providing the rest of the building has been properly sealed, it has no chance of getting back inside.

Look for these common signs that you may have a squirrel problem:

Exterminators probably won’t seal up holes to prevent the animals from being able to return, nor will they clean up after the animal. In fact, they probably won’t do many things that a full-service squirrel removal company will do, including:

  • Repairing holes in building siding, gables, fasciae and guttering, attic lining, wooden beams and foundations/structures, roof shingles, poorly-maintained masonry, and other parts of the building.
  • Remove feces, clear away urine stains, and remove all biological hazards that could cause disease in humans or other animals
  • Repair wiring that has been damaged by rodent or squirrel chewing activity
  • Replace part of or all of the insulation in the attic due to contamination, or moving-around for nest-building
  • Sanitize and deodorize areas where bad squirrel-related scents linger
  • Locate and then remove dead squirrels in the building, including baby squirrels that didn’t make it
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Our Humane Squirrel Removal Services

While squirrels might be a fun animal to have around your yard, they can actually present some serious problems to you and your home. Dealing with squirrels is becoming a common occurrence, as these critters have become well-adapted to the urban lifestyle. Continue reading to learn more about squirrels and how you can get rid of them for good.

What problems can squirrels cause?

Squirrels might seem like they couldn’t cause that many problems, but they actually do. The most serious problem squirrels cause has to do with the health risks they pose to humans and their families. Squirrels, much like rats and mice, are commonly found to be carrying many serious, potentially deadly diseases. When squirrels live in yards or in homes, they can easily spread these diseases to humans. These diseases could potentially put you, your family, or your pets in the hospital. Squirrels spread their diseases through bites and scratches, humans coming into contact with their urine or feces, and even by getting into food or food preparation areas. 

In addition to health problems, squirrels also cause notorious property damage. Often, a squirrel gets into a home’s attic. Once in the attic, the squirrel will cause crazy amounts of damage. Squirrels gnaw through wiring, creating fire hazards. They also love to chew on lumber and other materials, possibly weakening the structural integrity of homes. In addition, squirrels will create more holes that would allow more wildlife to get into your home. As if these were not bad enough, squirrels will even tear up insulation for their babies. This will eventually cost you a lot of money, as the decreased energy efficiency will lead to higher energy bills.

How can I prevent squirrels?

The prevention of squirrels can be easily performed by homeowners. The first, most important step is to inspect the exterior and interior of your home as thoroughly as you can. You should focus on looking for problem areas around the exterior and interior of the attic, the roof, and the roof-line. In addition, chimneys can present a problem as well. If you find any problem areas, be sure to seal them up. An all-weather sealant, chimney caps, aluminum sheeting, and a variety of other materials can seal your home up well. Once this is done, you should turn your focus outwards and reduce squirrel attractants in your yard.

To keep squirrels out of your yard, there are a couple of quick things you can do. First, be sure to get rid of all easy food sources. This means securing any pet food and garbage you have so they are out of reach of nuisance animals. Also, be sure to use only squirrel-proof bird feeders. In addition, cleaning up any tall grass, tall weeds, and various other debris around your yard is an excellent way to prevent squirrels from getting on your property.

How do I remove squirrels?

Many homeowners believe that removing squirrels on their own is simple. More often than not, it is a difficult thing to do without a professional pest control company. Since squirrels that get into your home are often pregnant females, there will often be baby squirrels in your home. When you remove adult squirrels, the babies will die slow deaths and create terrible odors in your home. In addition, many squirrels are very smart and will not fall for any traps or one-way doors. These are the reasons that it is recommended to hire a professional wildlife removal service as soon as possible. For more information about squirrel removal visit at

If you insist on trying it on your own, there are a few things to be aware of. First, if you are looking for baby squirrels, it is important to note that the most common place for a squirrel to have her young is in the attic. Second, if you are sure there are no baby squirrels, using a one-way door is a great, humane squirrel removal option. A cage trap is also an excellent humane option as well. Always be sure to wear protective equipment when dealing with nuisance animals.

Why hire US Wildlife Removal?

Here at US Wildlife Removal, our experts have spent years humanely removing squirrels, as well as many other nuisance animals, from homes and properties. US Wildlife Removal is proud to provide our humane services to our clients living in King County, WA, and Pierce County, WA. We are completely focused on the ethical treatment of animals, as well as the safety and satisfaction of our clients. When squirrels get into your home and you want them to live the rest of their lives in the wild, be sure to give us a call here at US Wildlife Removal.

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How to Get Squirrels Out Of The Attic

So you’re dealing with squirrels up in the attic – join the club. Unfortunately, lots of households across the United States are facing a squirrel problem day in, day out. And most of that is focused on the attic, since squirrels are skilled climbers, and since the attic is generally less frequented than other areas of the house. In this article, our team at US Wildlife Removal will share with you some common tips and tricks we’ve learned over the years. These may help you get rid of squirrels in your attic, as well as help prevent future invasions.

So what do you do with squirrels in the attic?

The first thing to do is to inspect the attic. We suggest wearing some protective gear, and not attempting to handle an animal (including a dead one) without any protection, as you may be exposed to a variety of serious diseases and bacteria. So always protect yourself.

While inspecting your attic, you’re looking for the squirrel nest itself, of course, as well as potential traces of squirrel damage, but you’re also keeping an eye out for entry points. In order for the squirrel to get into your attic in the first place, there needs to be a crack, hole, broken window, missing roof tile, or anything like that that would offer easy access.

Now, your priority might seem to be getting rid of the squirrel, but in fact, it should be fixing the entry point asap – otherwise, you’re just looking at more invasions in the near future. 

Now, let’s talk a bit about the squirrel removal process itself.

Your best bet here is probably a live trap.

A live trap is basically your average cage, but instead of harming the animal once it’s inside, the trap merely shuts the door, thus effectively trapping the squirrel inside. This will then allow you to relocate the squirrel a safe distance away from your house, where it can’t come back and bother you. It’s the best option for everyone involved, really.

Peanut butter makes for great bait, but we recommend that you check on the trap often, so as not to leave the animal imprisoned unnecessarily, as that would be cruel. Really, the sooner you fix the problem, the better.

Next, once the squirrel has been removed safely, you’ll want to thoroughly clean the attic, so as to remove waste or damaged goods. A great way to diminish the risk of a squirrel invasion in your attic is to clean up regularly and throw away what you no longer need. The reason why wild animals favor attics is the clutter, which provides them with excellent hiding space. The more orderly your attic, the fewer reasons the squirrel will have to visit. 

You’ll also want to trim tree branches and reduce hedges, or log piles, so as to make your property less attractive to squirrels. If you are in the habit of feeding birds in your yard, we recommend switching to a squirrel-proof bird feeder, which doesn’t allow squirrels access to the food.

Alternatively, if DIY removal fails, you should consider calling a professional wildlife removal service to get rid of your squirrel problem for you. Although professional wildlife removal services tend to be costlier, they also offer a much higher success rate. Not only that, but these are professionals who’ve dealt with such problems hundreds of times, and know the necessary steps to prevent the squirrel’s return. They can help you safeguard your home against a future invasion, as well as fix damage, entry holes, and other damaged parts of the house.

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