Squirrel Removal in Fairfax and Arlington Counties
Including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Herndon, Great Falls, Falls Church, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg
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Squirrel Removal In Fairfax, Alexandria, And Arlington, VA
BEDR WILDLIFE REMOVAL offers Squirrel removal and attic inspection services in Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax County, and the surrounding Northern Virginia area. Contact us for a free quote today!
Squirrels Will Damage Your Attic If You Don’t Remove Them
Squirrels can damage attics by trampling insulation, making it ineffective, defecating, and urinating, thus creating odor, damage, and health risks, and chewing electrical wires, creating a fire hazard and many more damage concerns.
It is critical and urgent to get wildlife out of your attic immediately, or the cost to repair this damage can quickly escalate into thousands of dollars and increase the risk to your family’s health and well-being.
What Kind Of Damage Will Squirrels Do To My Home?
Squirrels will tear up insulation for their nests, defecate, and make obnoxious noises day and night. In addition, squirrels can chew and gnaw on wooden support beams, walls, and electric wiring.
Squirrels tend to run away and hide from humans and pets. However, they are not shy about residence in your attic, especially during the colder season. In two out of three cases of squirrels in the attic, there is a litter of three to five baby squirrels.
They can cause substantial damage and disturb your home’s peace. Their nesting sites turn into toxic messes. So cleaning up squirrel feces presents a significant safety concern. Wearing gloves and masks and following safety practices are very important. Note that a dust mask may provide some protection against dust, molds, and insulation fibers but does not protect against viruses.
Remove Squirrels From Attic
While we are not doctors or epidemiologists, we believe allowing wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, and bats to reside in your attic can be unhealthy. Bacteria and viruses from feces, hair, dander, and parasites may reach the living space through ceiling penetrations, utility lines, and ductwork and expose the residents to potential zoonosis (transmitting diseases from animals to humans); examples of zoonotic diseases can include ringworm, salmonellosis, leptospirosis, and other known diseases.
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Trapping Is The Most Effective Way To Remove A Squirrel From an Attic
In most cases, trapping the squirrels is the most effective way. Flying squirrels require different trappings and are more challenging to remove from attics. Squirrels are wildlife; in many states, you will need a special permit to trap them. Check your local trapping laws and legal requirements, as they may differ from county to county.
The safest removal method is to contact a qualified professional to take care of the squirrel problem.
Wildlife control specialists have the training to humanely catch and remove troublesome squirrels and flying squirrels from homes and attics.
Wildlife Inspections Identify How Squirrels Enter Your Home
Getting squirrels out of the attic of a home or business can be a challenge. The first step, and in our opinion, the most important, is the inspection. Areas such as attics, crawl spaces, and conditioned spaces in the interior should be thoroughly checked for evidence of an infestation, such as feces, urine, chewed electrical wires, gnawed wood, stains, leaks, rot, etc. In addition, it is essential to note and include any repair recommendations.
The exterior inspection is very critical. It allows a wildlife inspector to see where squirrels enter the property. Wildlife technicians will need access to roofs using extension ladders and binoculars to identify entry and action points accurately. In addition, some people will use drones with HD cameras to assess dangerous, inaccessible, or steep areas.
Areas inspected on the exterior are roofs, roof vents, gables, rakes, returns, louver vents, fan vents, powered attic fans, sub-roofing, soffits, siding, windows, utility lines, fascia, chimneys, etc.
After inspecting the property and assessing damage, an action plan will outline how to remove squirrels from the attic. The first step is to determine if animals are present; if so, removal is the primary and critical step for squirrel removal.
You Must Make Repairs To Squirrel Damage To Keep Them Out Of Your Attic
After trapping and removing any squirrels in your attic and conducting a thorough inspection, it’s time to make repairs. Known as “wildlife exclusion”, these repairs are essential to keeping squirrels or other wildlife from entering your home, attic, chimney, or any other space.
As noted above, squirrels get into your attic in a variety – such as through holes in the soffit or fascia boards or behind your gutters and chimney. Repairing these breaches and entry points will secure homes from squirrels or other wildlife infestations. In addition to external repairs, insulation, wires, vents, wood, and other items may require replacement or repair in the home.
A note of caution here. Be mindful of the potential for young squirrels to be present in the attic. Juvenile squirrels can be sealed up in attics and orphaned when trapping adults and performing exclusion repairs. But, a professional Wildlife Technician will know the mating seasons and how to identify evidence that baby squirrels may be present in the attic.
A wildlife inspection of a home is a great way to prevent squirrels and wildlife from nesting in your home. An ounce of prevention, right? An inspection in the spring and fall (before mating season and winter) is the best time to find out if squirrels are trying to enter your attic so you can take precautions.
Do Squirrel Repellents Work?
Typically, no. Squirrel repellents rarely work and are generally a waste of money and time. Mothballs, scents, strobes, and sounds may have an effect for a very short time, but if the attic remains open to squirrels and other animals, they will eventually become accustomed to the “repellant” and nest in your attic anyways.
What Does Removal of Squirrels From Attics Cost in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Other Northern Virginia Communities?
There are two elements that determine the cost of removing attic squirrels.
Cost of Squirrel Trapping and Removal
The first is the cost to trap and remove squirrels and conduct a wildlife inspection of the home. This is usually a fixed fee although some may charge an hourly rate which tends to be a higher cost. In general, this portion of a squirrel removal project would cost between $450 – $1,000 based on the size of the infestation, environment, location, accessibility, and other factors. Most homeowners do not need a “pre-trapping” inspection because they have already determined that a wildlife problem exists. The key to any successful wildlife removal project is to get the trapping started so you can get a repair estimate and limit any further damage.
Cost of Exclusion and Repairs
The second element affecting the cost of squirrel removal from the home is based on what exclusion and repairs are needed to keep squirrels from returning to the attic. While trapping and removal estimates can be quoted at the time of scheduling service, this cost element cannot be estimated until a full inspection of the property is conducted by a wildlife professional.
Depending on the severity of the wildlife damage, exclusion and repair work may add anywhere from $250 to a few thousand.
Find out more about the costs to remove wildlife from your attic.
Does Homeowner Insurance Cover The Costs of Wildlife Damage Repairs?
The simple answer is no, not in most cases. Insurance companies consider wildlife damage to be preventable, therefore they will not cover any damages caused by squirrels or any wildlife. Learn more about if homeowner insurance covers wildlife damage repairs here.
Who To Call For Squirrel Removal in Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax County?
BEDR Wildlife Removal serves Northern Virginia, including Arlington County, Fairfax County, Prince William County, and Alexandria too. We do respond to emergency calls for removing squirrels. However, emergency services outside of regular business hours may incur additional charges. We use the latest tips, tools, and technology to trap, remove and exclude all nuisance wildlife.
Squirrels are responsible for over $2 billion dollars worth of damage a year to homes and businesses. They are the second most destructive animal, second only to the raccoon. Squirrels will chew through just about anything – wires, wood, and drywall – to find food. Since they are accustomed to humans, it is always recommended to call a squirrel removal professional working with a wildlife removal company.
Squirrel removal is essential for Virginia homeowners. Have you heard squirrels in your attic or behind your walls? If so, then quick action on your part to get rid of the squirrels can save you money before it’s too late.
What is the most common squirrel removed from attics in Virginia?
There are several different types of squirrels in the United States. The most common type of squirrel found in Virginia and Maryland is the Eastern Gray Squirrel/Grey (Sciurus carolinensis), which is a medium-sized arboreal or tree squirrel. The Eastern Gray Squirrel’s back is grizzled dark to pale gray and with a tail and stomach that are white to pale gray with a hint of red coloration on their hips, feet, and head. Generally, there is no difference between males and females with respect to size or coloration.
When do squirrels breed?
Eastern gray squirrels have two breeding seasons per year. Breeding occurs mostly from December through February and May through June. Females can have two litters per year, one during each breeding season with an average litter size ranging from 2 – 3 individuals. Squirrels are reproductive throughout their lives.
Squirrels easily adapt to their environment and whatever situation confronts them. Their survival depends on how quickly they learn the food sources around the neighborhood. If no food is available, squirrels will migrate for miles to find it and then set up their home nearby. Their nest, called a “drey”, is usually built high up in the trees. If no tree is available, the squirrel will build its nest in the next best thing, which is usually your attic!
Are You Hearing Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
If you are hearing noises in your attic then the odds are you have an uninvited squirrel in your attic. The most common noise associated with squirrels in the attic is “scratching” and other noises that sound like you have a squirrel in your wall. These could all be signs that a female squirrel is preparing to have her young. Homeowners should address this immediately before the young grow old enough to begin causing damage to their home and electrical wiring too.
Your best option is always to call a professional wildlife and squirrel removal company.
The tree squirrel should not be a welcome guest in your home. If you hear chewing or scratching in your attic don’t hesitate to call us. As squirrel removal specialists, we perform all services related to squirrel trapping, repairing damage, and excluding all kinds of squirrels including red squirrel removal, fox squirrel removal, and rock squirrel removal. Our trained wildlife removal professionals respond to all calls for squirrel control and removal in all areas of Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.
Do You Want To Keep Squirrels Out Of Your Attic?
Getting squirrels out of your attic is the beginning. To keep squirrels out of your attic you need to make repairs, close up all entry points, and replace any spoiled insulation, which can attract future squirrels.
Removing squirrels from your home is important because their front teeth always grow which means they constantly chew on things to keep their teeth sharp and at a manageable level. In nature, squirrels chew tree bark, twigs, and other hard items found in the environment. However, in your attic, they will chew wiring, support beams, roof braces, and electrical fixtures.
Squirrels in your attic will destroy your insulation by trampling it and pushing it down as well as contaminating it with urine and fecal matter. They also dig holes in ceiling drywall which is usually caused by a mother squirrel exercising her back leg muscles to prepare for birth.
Our squirrel removal technicians have experience with safely removing animal waste and insulation and replacing and repairing any damage caused by squirrels in your attic.
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We provide humane squirrel and wildlife removal and control solutions that are safe for your family, pets, and home. You can depend on us to effectively and affordably capture and eliminate uninvited squirrels and wild creatures using humane and eco-friendly methods.
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BEDR Wildlife Removal Services Near You
BEDR Wildlife Removal is a registered Virginia wildlife removal company serving Northern Virginia communities such as Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Herndon, Woodbridge, Fredericksburg, and other areas near you. We are a top-rated, award-winning HomeAdvisor Professional wildlife control service provider. We have earned over 180 four and five-star reviews from customers who recommend our services for removing squirrels, raccoons, bats, bird nests, foxes, snakes, beavers, groundhogs, and other wildlife critters.
Headquartered in King George, Virginia, we serve communities throughout Northern Virginia, including Fairfax County, Arlington County, Alexandria, and Stafford County. We provide residential and commercial wildlife removal services. We are professionally trained and licensed in Virginia (License #56104) and Maryland (License #049372) as Virginia Nuisance Wildlife and Commercial Wildlife Damage Control Operators, respectively.
...very prompt and explained everything...
The guys were very prompt and explained everything that they found and needed to do. They set a trap for the unknown “critter” and came back the next day to empty it. They found and fixed the entrances and so far, no more “critters”! I never had to call to remind them about any of the work. In this area, that is a HUGE plus.
Prices very reasonable.
Responded immediately and was out the very next day. Took care of my problem. Prices very reasonable. Would definitely recommend to everyone!!
...pleased with the level of service.
They contacted me immediately, and I had next day service. In addition, they came back to review and follow up to make sure that the job was completed. They were friendly, and quick. I am pleased with the level of service.
They did a wonderful job...
Crew kept coming back to my house to ensure that no more squirrels were present in my attic. They did a wonderful job and will recommend to friends and family. Great job!!
Squirrel Removal Near You
Our squirrel removal professionals work throughout Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the entire Northern Virginia area, including Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Woodbridge, and Fredericksburg. Even if you don’t see your community listed below, call us. We likely have someone in your area who can help.
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