Pest Squirrel Removal From Home, Attic, & Walls

Getting Rid of Squirrels in Southern California

A squirrel on the roof of a home in Los Angeles.

California Ground Squirrels don’t have to cause you loads of stress. Address your property’s squirrel problem with the help of Animal Capture Wildlife Control in Los Angeles. Our team removes squirrels in a professional and humane manner so you can live your life uninterrupted.

So, what are these little furry creatures, anyway?

Here’s how you can stay on the lookout for squirrels on your property: 

Squirrel Biology

Most squirrels weigh about a pound and are 12 to 18 inches long. They have a mix of gray, brown, and white fur with a bushy tail. Usually living in burrows, squirrels breed year-round, with peak times in winter and summer. Squirrels give birth to two to four babies at once before raising them in nests. Nuts, fruits, seeds, and fungi are typical squirrel foods.

Let’s dive into some quick squirrel prevention tips that you can utilize before our team lends you professional assistance.

Quick Squirrel Pest Control Tips

Animal Capture Wildlife Control wants you to remain ahead of the curve when managing squirrel infestations. Keep on reading to learn about squirrel prevention tips that will help you pave the way for peace of mind.

Squirrels have a cute appearance that might create an urge to hand out free food. This well-intentioned gesture will eventually attract more squirrels and compound your problem.

You might run into an occasion where you unintentionally attract squirrels by hanging bird feeders. While there’s no denying that bird watching can bring enjoyment—you’ll have to decide whether or not your hobby is worth potentially attracting more squirrels.

Property owners tend to run into more squirrels when fallen fruit, seeds, or nuts aren’t cleaned up. Regular yard raking and trash cans with tight-fitting lids are great squirrel prevention strategies that are easy to implement.

There’s a chance that you may feel some confusion if you learn about squirrels within your home.

How could this have happened?

You can gain some clarity within these situations by looking for possible damage or breaches within your home’s exterior. Animal Capture Wildlife Control will streamline your search for squirrel home entry points with our professional expertise. You can read more information on squirrel dangers below before that time arrives.

Dangers of Squirrels in Your Home

Squirrels have adapted well to human environments as they often use structures for shelter and nesting. Aside from being noisy and bringing in flammable nesting materials, squirrels can chew on wires which creates fire and electrical hazards. Squirrels tend to get inside your home by gnawing through materials on your house’s exterior. This damage can leave your home vulnerable to water leaks, flooding, and attic insulation problems that negatively affect your energy bills.

Squirrel feces smell bad and can transmit diseases. One of these diseases is leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause flu-like symptoms, serious respiratory problems, and death.
Squirrel feces also transmit salmonella.

One pest problem can easily create another. Since squirrels are preyed upon by other animals, like raccoons, their presence increases the risk of other animal infestations.

Types of Squirrels Found in LA

Here’s a rundown of the types of squirrels you’ll find in LA:

  • California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi): Recognized for mixed gray, light brown, and dusky fur. This species burrows in the ground and feeds on acorns, seeds, fruits, mushrooms, and insects. California Ground Squirrels hibernate for much of the year and cause damage to ornamental plants, gardens, and plastic sprinkler heads.
  • Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus): At about 22 inches long, this squirrel weighs from 1.5 to 2 pounds and lacks the spots, flecking, and stripes often associated with other types found in Los Angeles. Its diet is mostly acorns, pine nuts, and grain.
  • Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger): This is the largest squirrel in North America. Fox squirrels can weigh up to 3 pounds and grow up to 29 inches long. Their coat is usually light brown with an orange or reddish underside. Eating and hoarding a range of food items, they can become aggressive and provoke domestic animals like dogs.

Tree squirrels, like the Western Gray Squirrel and Eastern Fox Squirrel, are active during the day and all year long. Tree squirrels often run across trees, utility lines, and the ground while looking for food. Tree squirrels gnaw on telephone/electrical lines and cause damage to walnuts, oranges, apples, tomatoes, strawberries, and avocados.

Squirrel Control FAQ

Let’s examine some of the most common squirrel-related questions that we receive at Animal Capture Wildlife Control.

How Can I Address Squirrels in My Attic?

Have you heard any rustling within your attic lately? Any daytime scampering sounds can indicate squirrels foraging for food.

Squirrels can nest and cause infrastructure damage within your attic, specifically within wires and boards. Most cases of attic squirrel nests occur near attic openings. Examples of these openings can include loose boards or unscreened vents. If there’s no way inside your attic, inspect exterior portions such as eaves, vents, and your roof.

Animal Capture Wildlife Control has the capacity to safely relocate squirrels without separating young squirrels from their mother. Baby squirrels separated from their mother won’t survive. Our trapping services are followed up by thorough entry point sealing practices that help you achieve a long-term solution.

Are you not noticing any baby squirrels within your attic? You can try and scare off adult squirrels with loud noises that create an unsettling habitat.

How Do I Take Care of Squirrels on My Roof?

There are several forms of roof damage that can indicate squirrel presence.

Some of these signs of damage include:

  • Chew marks within wood, wires, ducts, and pipes
  • Nesting materials
  • Droppings

Exclusion and trapping practices will take care of a roof squirrel problem. Trimming tree branches can deter squirrels from transitioning onto your roof. Are you noticing any holes from the outside of your roof that lead into your attic? You can seal up these gaps with hardware cloth and a steel chimney cap while you look for any rotten wood that squirrels might chew through.

How Do I Remove Yard Squirrels?

Squirrels can easily put a damper on your yard’s presentation. Landscape holes, missing plants, and half-eaten seeds are all indications of squirrel presence within your yard.

It’s always a good idea to take away easy food sources when working to keep squirrels out of your home’s yard. You can find success scaring squirrels away with motion-detecting sprinklers and garden spinners. Gardens can level up their squirrel protection with the addition of physical barriers like plastic netting or chicken wire.

LA’s Answer to a “Squirrel Removal Near Me” Google Search

Animal Capture Wildlife Control specializes in expert squirrel removal from homes, commercial buildings, and other types of properties. Our wildlife removal services are available in and around the following Los Angeles areas:

  • Beverly Hills
  • Burbank
  • Downey
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Pasadena
  • Torrance
  • Hawthorne
  • Palmdale
  • Bakersfield
  • Van Nuys
  • Huntington Park
  • Whittier
  • Santa Clarita
  • Lancaster

Take a step toward solving your squirrel problem by giving Animal Capture Wildlife Control LA a call today at 310-551-0901.

 

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