Squirrel Control & Removal
Do you have squirrels in your house? If so, the squirrel removal experts at ABC Humane Wildlife can help. Scurrying or scratching noises in your garage, attic, crawlspace, or basement might mean you have unwanted visitors. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has the experience, resources, and methods to remove pesky squirrels from your home safely and effectively. Give us a call today at 1-847-870-7175.
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With over one hundred different species worldwide, squirrels are one of the most common animals humans see in everyday life. The squirrel species most common in Illinois are the eastern grey squirrel, named for its grey coloring, and the fox squirrel, usually red or brown in color. They range in size from 9-12 inches long, and their tails add another 7-10 inches in overall length. These varieties of squirrel are typically 14 to 21 ounces in weight.
Illinois squirrel varieties are most often scatter hoarders, meaning they gather and store their food in several locations for later retrieval. An individual squirrel can create hundreds of caches in any given season. Squirrels prefer a diet of tree bark and nuts and will damage live trees by gnawing and tearing to get to the soft tissue just beneath the bark. It is also not unusual for them to create problems for homeowners by invading bird feeders in search or corn and sunflower seeds.
The squirrel is common throughout the U.S., including Northern Illinois. Squirrels live in and around homes and commercial buildings and are found living in wooded areas surrounding urban and suburban homes.
It is common for squirrels to build nests or “dreys” in the forks of tree branches. However, it is also common for squirrels to make their way into homes and business buildings to build nests and find a place to store their food for the winter.
For 40 years, ABC Wildlife has helped homeowners with squirrel problems across Chicagoland.
Squirrels are most likely to enter a structure through the roof, attic, eaves, and soffits and can cause significant damage while doing so. By the time you have discovered a squirrel problem in your home or business, it is entirely likely that the squirrels have created multiple access points. They often chew on fascia boards and cedar shingles to create entry points into your attic and like to gnaw on electrical wiring as well, which causes a serious fire hazard. Because squirrels are rodents with teeth that continue to grow throughout their entire lives, chewing serves to file down their teeth.
Once a squirrel, or family of squirrels, has gained access to your home, the impact to your everyday life can be both stressful and costly. Squirrel families mat down insulation, creating energy and financial loss, and their urine and feces cause an extremely unpleasant odor. Once inside, they will continue to chew on wood support beams and other structural supports, causing damage to the building.
Squirrel Health Concerns
Squirrel excrement sometimes contains the bacterium that causes salmonella and leptospirosis, both of which can be life-threatening. While squirrels seem cute and cuddly, they can be surprisingly aggressive. Mother squirrels are very protective and may bite during the spring and fall baby seasons. If you have been bitten or scratched by a squirrel, please consult a doctor immediately.
Contact a Squirrel Removal Expert
You should contact a professional squirrel removal and remediation service as soon as you identify a potential squirrel problem. Call 1-847-870-7175 to talk with our friendly and helpful staff today. ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention has over 40 years of experience in squirrel prevention and repair.
We have both the knowledge and tools to get rid of your squirrel problem no matter how simple or complex. Every one of our courteous, professional staff members is trained in squirrel identification, removal, trapping, and control techniques as well as how to prevent future damage to your home.
ABC Wildlife Squirrel Service Area
ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention is an animal control and prevention provider based in Arlington Heights, IL. For over 40 years, we have served individual home owners, commercial business owners, property managers, and municipal customers dealing with squirrel problems.
Below are some of the areas where we have helped customers deal with unwanted squirrel visitors in both homes and businesses. This list is not exhaustive. If you are located in Northern Illinois, please contact us today at 847-870-7175, and our expert animal control specialists will be happy to help.