Virginian Red Squirrel

Virginia Squirrel Removal

A squirrel eating a nut showing the need for Southwestern Virginia Squirrel Removal

Quick Squirrel Information

Species in Virginia: 5

Common Locations: Attic, Gutters, Walls, Ceiling

Damages: Roof, Soffits, Wires

Health Concerns: Tularemia, Typhus, Plague

Why Squirrel Removal?

The problem of squirrels is becoming increasingly common in urban and suburban areas. As their natural habitats are destroyed, squirrels are forced to find food and shelter in human dwellings, leading to a variety of issues. Squirrels can cause significant damage to structures, chewing through wiring and insulation, and they can also spread disease and parasites. In addition, they can be noisy and disruptive, especially during mating season. Professional squirrel removal services are needed to safely and humanely remove squirrels from living spaces and to prevent them from returning. These services use specialized traps and techniques to ensure that the animals are not harmed and that the problem is solved promptly.

At Blue Ridge Wildlife & Pest Management, we offer a comprehensive range of services to help with squirrel removal. Our team of experienced technicians is trained in the latest methods of humane wildlife removal and can provide a variety of solutions to fit your needs. We offer a range of services, including trapping and removal, exclusion services, habitat modification, and exclusion product installation. We also provide advice on how to prevent future infestations and can provide follow-up visits to ensure the problem has been resolved. Our team is dedicated to providing quality services to ensure your property is free of squirrels.

Squirrel Damage and Health Concerns

Are there squirrels invading your Virginia home? These animals do look cute and harmless, but the damage your home and come with a variety of health concerns. If you leave them alone, eventually they will start making holes in your roof and start nesting in your attic or walls. Like all other animals in the rodent family squirrels diseases are no joke. While they can give you flu like symptoms, they can lead to nasty and potentially fatal complications.

At Blue Ridge we know the damage these menaces can make, and how they get into your home. If you have squirrels give us a call for Squirrel Removal and Squirrel Exclusion, we offer a free inspection with no obligation.

Damage to your Home

Squirrels love to get into your attic because they are uninhabited, dry, warm, and more importantly high up away from predators. To get into your attic they will bite and chew holes into your roof or gutter which will lead to water damage and rot. Once inside, they will make a nest out of material available in the attic, which is usually wires and your insulation which can lead to fires and rising heating and cooling bills.

When you have squirrels in your attic, they will mark their territory with urine, and will poop in a designated areas damaging and contaminating that entire area. If they contaminate the insulation, the entire thing will need to be replaced.

Gutter Damage from Squirrels showing the need for southwestern virginia squirrel removal

Health Hazard

Squirrels can infect humans with a variety of diseases. Some of these diseases are tularemia, typhus, and plague.

Tularemia is a disease that is particularly transmitted from rodents such as squirrels. This disease can be transmitted from dust and particles contaminated with the F. tularensis bacteria. This disease is rather rare and is often confused for more common illnesses due to it’s flu like symptoms. This disease’s symptoms vary based on transmission but in short it can cause: eye irritation, ulcers in skin, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, and pneumonia.

Typhus is transmitted by infected lice that are particularly fond of flying squirrels and is the primary reason why flying squirrel infestation is extremely serious. This disease gives you flu like symptoms as well as aches, rapid breathing, nausea, and confusion. A vast majority of the cases of typhus in the United States is from flying squirrels, please contact a wildlife professional if you believe you have flying squirrels in your house.

Plague is shorthand for Bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic plague. The plague is spread by fleas which can be found on the squirrels. The bubonic plague is what squirrels primarily carry which can give fever, headache, chills, and weakness and one or more swollen, painful lymph nodes. If you do not get treatment once symptoms begin to show, it will spread to other parts of the body.

Caught Squirrel with proper protection here in SWVA

Do Not Remove Flying Squirrels Yourself

Flying squirrels are carriers of typhus a disease that has historically caused millions of deaths. This disease has no vaccine, and people can make a recovery from it if treated quickly. Do not handle or get near flying squirrels unless you have protection from lice. Please call a Professional Squirrel Removal Specialist before handling Flying Squirrels.

Our Squirrel Services

Here at Blue Ridge Wildlife and Pest Management we know that the removal of these pests are your top priority. However, it is highly recommended to let a professional deal with these animals. These animals are as numerous as they are destructive, and if you do not know what you are doing then you will be fighting a long and costly battle. Not only do you have to remove these pests from your attic or your roof. But you will also have to exclude or control them so that they will not make a new hole and get back in again. There is also the cleanup and repairs that is needing to be done.

We at Blue Ridge Wildlife and Pest Management offer all of these services and more. We have Free inspections, squirrel removal, squirrel exclusion, repairs, and cleanup. If you are still unsure give us a call as we have free inspections with no obligations to it.

Free Squirrel Inspection

Unsure if you have squirrels or you have no idea where they are coming from? We offer a free inspection with no obligations. Our skilled biologists know how each species of squirrel here in southwestern Virginia act, and knows what they are doing, and how they are most likely getting into your home and most importantly, what damages you need to look out for.

Our technicians will be on the lookout for overhanging branches over your roof, gnaw marks on the gutter, droppings in the attic, and other claw marks. We do not only do squirrel inspection, and we will be on the lookout for other wildlife and pests, because if a squirrel can get in, so can other animals and insects.

Squirrel Exclusion and Removal in Southwest Virginia

After our inspection we will go over you our plans for removal and exclusion. We will go step by step our process of how we will remove them and how long. Afterwards, we will begin our work in removing these animals humanely and safely. Our technicians are pros at removing squirrels and other wildlife and are certified biologists. We have the tools and protection to not only keep you safe, but our technicians as well. After we grab them, we will take them away offsite so that they wont be able to find your home again. After the removal, comes the exclusion.

We will install one way doors, and repair the damage the squirrels have caused. That way, if there are any that we missed, they can leave (and not create new holes in the process) but they cannot get back in. We will install traps around the area to make sure that those that are in your house will not be able to get back in. Which we will check on biweekly. The best method for removal is exclusion, as if they do not find your home hospitable they will leave. We will go over with you how to make your home unattractive to squirrels such as cutting branches that lead to your roof, or to remove debris from your yard to prevent hiding places. Squirrel control is not just adding a spray to exclude them, it requires effort in your home. Otherwise they will come back and make new holes in your roof, and you will have to start over again.

Repairs and Cleaning

Our exclusion process involves repairing the holes in your roof, but what about other damage? What about the chewed up attic? What about the urine and feces stains all over your floor? Your insulation is now ruined, and will be needing to be replaced. At Blue Ridge Wildlife we offer repair and insulation replacement services. We will make sure that your home and attic will look as if the squirrels were never there. We offer a full decontamination, nest cleanup, removal, and structural repairs

Professional Squirrel Control of Southwestern Virginia

While prevention is key, sometimes squirrels can still find their way into your home or business. That’s where professional squirrel removal services come in. At Blue Ridge we have the knowledge and experience to effectively identify and eliminate Squirrels from your property. Our team of experts uses advanced techniques and products to safely and effectively control pests, giving you peace of mind and a Squirrel free home or business. We are equipped to handle any wildlife situation you may face. Don’t hesitate, to call us today for a fast and no-obligation inspection

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