Regardless of where you live in Florida, squirrel removal from your home or attic is similar to mice as far as symptoms go. Squirrels are primarily heard throughout the day, most commonly at sunrise, and sunset. You can tell when you have squirrels in your attic because they leave small droppings, and leave trails and tunneling through insulation.
Squirrels are persistent and clever animals. They will empty your bird feeder in a short amount of time. They are notorious for digging in potted plants, flowerbeds and removing bulbs to chew on. They are constantly chewing because their teeth are constantly growing. The problems that require squirrel removal start when squirrels make a home in your attic. Wood siding and electrical wiring are at risk of damage. Squirrels also carry fleas, their feces and urine can cause an unpleasant odor in your home as described on this page from the Florida Dept of Health. Squirrels are rodents, and like rats, they will chew on wires and water lines. Remember, squirrel teeth continue to grow causing the animal to gnaw and chew to keep the teeth worn down.
Squirrels in Florida generally breed twice a year, once in the summer between May and June and again in the winter between December and February. In Florida, due to mellow winters, the gray squirrels tend to extend the breeding season.
The gray squirrel in Florida does not hibernate like some northern species of squirrel. Gray squirrels are about 18 inches long, including their 9 inch tails. Their coloration is usually gray, salt and pepper, but can have tan hairs in the fur as well, white belly. They weigh about 1-1.5 lbs. as an adult.
Red squirrels have red/brown upper parts in summer but may show some grey on the back in winter, leading to some confusion. Reds are smaller, weighing 8.5 to 12 ounces as adults.They’re lighter, have ear tufts, prominent in the winter coat and brown on the legs and tail.
Flying squirrels are much smaller and are able to enter the smallest of cracks and holes their counterparts are unable to. They are bout 9 inches long, which includes a 3-4 inch tail, weighing about 3 ounces as an adult. The have a dense soft brown fur, white belly. The flying squirrel doesn’t really fly, but glides from surface to surface; tree to attic. In “flying,” the squirrels leap spread-eagled and use their outstretched gliding membranes for gliding and their bushy tails for guidance. Glides of 200 feet or more have been recorded. Flying squirrels are also nocturnal with the majority of their activity taking place at night.
Squirrel Removal Services
If you live in Florida and have squirrels in your attic, you will typically only have one family inside. A dominant male and female will keep other squirrels away while they are nesting. Trapping the squirrels is one method of removal that ACM uses to remove them from your home. Another method of getting rid of unwanted squirrels is the use of deterrents to persuade the animals to move out on their own. If the squirrels leave they will take any offspring with them, grey squirrels are among the most devoted parents and will defend their babies to the death. If we trap the adult squirrels, we will need to remove the babies by hand to either reunite the family or take the babies to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for care and eventual release.
The next step after getting rid of the squirrels is repairing the entry point(s) after the squirrels are gone, and then eliminating odors and scent markings. If we just seal an opening without treating the attractant scent markings, we are encouraging another squirrel family to damage the home to gain entry and take over the nesting area.
Animal Control Management will safely remove squirrels from your attic and biologically treat feces areas. Reconstruction of the entry points will be repaired to prevent a re-occurrence of the problem.