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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.

Squirrel Identification

ABC-Humane-Wildlife-SquirrelWith 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.

Squirrel Habitat

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.

Squirrel Damage

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.

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What They Say About ABC Humane Wildlife

I arranged for them to install wire screening on 2 sides of a concrete stoop to prevent animals from digging under my porch. (I have used this company in the past to remove animals from other parts of my property. They suggested this proactive work.) They called to remind me several days before their appointment. They came as promised. They did a great job of preserving landscaping gravel on the side before they dug. After digging down approximately 18 inches, they installed wire mesh screening down the 2 sides of the stoop. They then covered the area with the dirt and final layer of landscaping stones. You couldn’t even tell the area had been excavated when they were done!
Debra Walker – Downers Grove, IL
We had bees crawling under exterior siding through a gap between siding and brick wall and wanted them eliminated. Phil the technician from ABC arrived at the scheduled time. He observed the bees and identified them as yellow jackets. Phil said he could eradicate them with a powder treatment and the bee activity would die down in a couple of days and we would be finished with the problem. Phil said if we still noticed bee activity after 7 days to call ABC and they would come back to re-treat the nest at no charge. It is just 3 days since Phil treated the nest and we have observed zero bee activity. We are very happy with the service and the remedy to our problem.
Elizabeth Monahan – Chicago, IL
One by one, they removed a family of nine flying squirrels from our attic. The attic was completely cleaned and sanitized, and new insulation as blown in. All went well. It was easy to make appointments with ABC Humane Wildlife Control, and they were all very profession and prompt with their service. We dealt with many on their staff while trying to catch all the squirrels, and each of the representatives were friendly and helpful. We had some issues with the condition of some of the traps, but that was eventually resolved. They are a very helpful organization and the staff is very knowledgeable.
Martha Buchan – Lincolnshire, IL

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