Remove Squirrels From Attic Project
A customer from Cornelius contacted us to remove squirrels from attic of their home. Varmint Gone began this residential squirrel removal Project with a complete attic inspection. One of the most important items we look for is any electrical wire damage that could cause a house fire. When dealing with squirrel removal, there is always the potential of bare electrical wires causing an attic fire. The picture to the right shows where a squirrel had chewed the exterior flood light wires near one of the three entrance/exit holes it made.
Squirrels Set Up Hazardous “Bathroom” Areas
After we evaluate the wire damage caused by the squirrels, we find all of the areas where squirrels have marked their “bathroom” areas. In this case, we found three urinals near the back of the attic. The owner had mentioned there was a small yellow stain in the ceiling sheetrock. He asked if we could check for a possible roof leak in that area. We did not find a roof leak, instead we found that there was actually a squirrel bathroom. In addition, the main nesting hole made by the female squirrel was found. Inside the nest were numerous chewed pieces of the homeowner’s plastic Christmas ornaments and wire coating. It was important to remove the squirrels from the attic a s soon as possible, before the electrical issue became a bigger problem.
Remove Squirrels From Attic & Preventative Measures
Next, we did a thorough investigation of the exterior to locate other entry holes made by squirrels. The picture above is of a “construction gap” where squirrels were entering the attic. This gap was created when the home was built and the carpenters did not run the roof sheeting down to the facia board that the rain gutters are attached to. The builder should have also installed a galvanized metal drip edge. This is a very common problem and can allow squirrels to get into the attic around the entire perimeter of the home.
A one-way squirrel door was then installed at the main entrance hole to remove squirrels from attic. Galvanized steel flashing was also installed to cover all of the “construction gap” area’s and other holes. The one-way door was in place for three days to allow any squirrels to leave the home. Once the attic was free of squirrels, the main entrance hole was permanently sealed with the galvanized steel flashing. It was then primed and painted to match the home (as shown in the picture to the right).
Final Steps of The Project
Upon completion of the construction repairs, all damaged electrical wires were repaired or replaced by our licensed electrician. We then began full cleanup and removal of all droppings and insulation contaminated with urine and feces. Next, these areas were treated with an anti-bacterial/deodorizing mist that also contains an insecticide. This is done to kill any fleas or lice the squirrels may have brought into the attic. Lastly, new blow-in insulation was added to bring the R-value of the attic insulation back up to code from squirrels compressing the existing insulation while they ran around the attic.
Another Happy & Satisfied Varmint Gone Customer
After completion, the owner was very happy to report that he has not since seen a squirrel in or around his home since our final day on the job three months ago! Varmint Gone is a licensed, insured, and local veteran owned company providing fast and reliable squirrel removal services to homeowners and commercial facilities since 1983. Protect your family and your investment by scheduling an inspection with Varmint Gone today!