Raccoons are getting into Attics!

We are getting at least one call a day about raccoons being in the attics of homes.

Last week we removed a mother raccoon and 5 babies from a commercial property out in Lakewood Ranch. This was the second time this particular business had been infested. They didn’t want to  seal the building the first time but, after their second encounter they sealed the building and had it enzymed. Raccoons usually enter thru a roof/soffit line, they pull at the soffit or push it up and then they have free access to roam the entire attic. But not always do they use the soffit as you will see below, this particular raccoon used an exhaust vent to come and go. With the vent not being screened off it allowed the raccoon entry and the way it mangled it caused a roof leak that the homeowner had to have repaired as well.



Why squirrels are cute but not good for health or property

Squirrels often get a reputation for being cute and clever, especially when it comes to robbing bird feeders. Their antics can be endlessly entertaining, and there are many books written on the subject of foiling them.

However, it’s important to remember that a squirrel and a person are not a healthy mix, especially a squirrel in attic spaces. Squirrels are rodents. They carry parasites and diseases on and in their bodies that can be transmitted to humans and pets through their feces and bites. Their urine can transmit leptospirosis, their fleas carry the plague and their dead carcasses can transmit tularemia if not handled with proper protection.

In their relatively short life span of two to three years, squirrels can also do a tremendous amount of damage to property. One of the reasons for this is their need to constantly chew and gnaw. Squirrels love to munch on wire insulation in attics, and they will chew through floor boards, walls, eaves and roofs to get to it.

Squirrels are natural acrobats, and can tiptoe along power lines, climb brick walls and jump from trees to gain access to your attic. They can almost fly! A squirrel in attic or wall spaces will damage drywall, insulation and wiring, and spread bacteria.

There are a number of things you can do to solve a squirrel in attic problem once you’ve heard noises in attic areas and walls. Cutting back branches near your siding and roof is a good start. Removing tall hedges and shrubbery will also help. Baffles can be placed on power lines, and holes can be stopped up or covered with steel mesh to keep them from gaining entry.

Its also important to know what you should never do when you hear noises in attic spaces. Don’t try squirrel trapping yourself, because it increases your chances of getting bitten or getting sick. Please call a professional wildlife removal service instead.

Our professional services include safe and humane squirrel trapping. When you hear scratching and chattering in your attic and walls, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll come right out for a free consultation. Once you enlist our services, we’ll remove squirrels from your home and keep them from getting back in. They’ll soon move on to another place where the living is easier!

Squirrels in Attic Make Me Nuts


Squirrels don’t care whether you own or rent. These pesky animals might be cute, but they are rodents and will invade attic spaces, ceilings and walls if you let them. if you’re wondering, “How can I get rid of squirrels in my ceiling,” the answer is easy. Call a professional wildlife removal service! Squirrel removal should always be handled by a professional. If done incorrectly, squirrels can be educated and become trap smart. This usually creates more issues making the squirrel removal process much more expensive.

That scratching noise in your ceiling isn’t your imagination. It’s probably a squirrel that is nesting, storing nuts and very possibly breeding in your home, and it isn’t a problem to handle by yourself. Squirrels may look adorable, but they can bite and scratch when cornered, and they carry parasites and diseases.

In this case, tenants reported squirrels in their attic to the management company. Soon, squirrels in their ceiling followed. They even saw them coming and going along the roof. Their management company quickly called us, and we went out to take a look.

We immediately saw that squirrels were gaining access through the open air conditioning chase and a few of the soffit lines. From there, they were able to infest the attic and ceiling.

For squirrels, attic space is a mansion with free heat and cozy quarters. Squirrels in celing areas will find all the cool air they need when the attic gets too hot. These are perfect nesting places. Once we identified how they were getting in, we proposed closing their points of entry in the soffits and chase, and trapping the squirrels that remained inside.

Squirrels in the ceiling and squirrels in the attic can drive you nuts, that’s for certain. Are you scratching your head and asking that age-old question, “how can I get rid of squirrels in my ceiling?” If you are, just do what this management company did. Give us a call, and we’ll solve the problem quickly and safely.