Updated: May 2
Ontario is home to several squirrel varieties. The most common are gray, black, or red. Squirrels live high in tree and make their nest out of branches and leaves but they also routinely make their nest in houses and businesses. If you have a squirrel problem our four-steps removal process will helpful in understanding how to remove squirrels.
Red Squirrels in Attic
Four-Step Squirrel Removal Process
You need to make sure you have a squirrel problem. Squirrels make a hole the size of a tennishball and are most active during the day. Keep in mind, just because you have seen a squirrel on your property, it does not mean the animal you are hearing in the building is the same one you have seen. Identify where the the squirrel is getting into the property, there may have more than one entry point in your house or property. While doing this initial inspection you must ensure the squirrel does not have babies. Squirrels invade homes for any number of reasons but one of the most common reasons it to get out of the elements is in order to raise young.
After identifying the species, entry points, and searching for potential babies,
humanly remove the Squirrels(s). Cage trapping and long distance removal from property is illegal. Removing any wildlife more than one kilometer is harmful to the animal as it might not survive and it is breaking the law. Using methods such as one way door systems which humanly allow the squirrel to leave and then be unable to return is the right way to go. Any babies will need to be removed by hand while avoiding the protective mother squirrel.
After you have ensured that all squirrels have been removed you can begin doing the repairs. If any wildlife is left in your property when the repairs begin the animal could become trapped and die or destroy more property when trying to chew its way out. Repairs will need to include replacing chewed wood and wires. Chew wires are a major contributor to house fires.
Step Four To ensure that the squirrels do not return, preventive measures must be taken. Once a squirrel has taken residency in your property it becomes a challenging to get them out and keep them out long term. Once a squirrel has gained entry into your building it will do everything in its power to return, including chewing a new hole to get back in. Roof vents and construction gaps along the rood will need to be sealed using chew proof and weather proof material. Without these preventive measures the squirrel will simply return using another entry point.
Wildlife removal and prevention is best left up to the professionals like Integrity Wildlife Control. If you need help removing unwanted wildlife, contact the experts at Integrity Wildlife Control. We have 20 experience and all of our work is guaranteed.