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Squirrel Problems

Squirrel problems can be a source of frustration as well as a hazard for homeowners. Squirrels use amazing feats of acrobatics to invade homes usually through the attic or chimney. Once inside, squirrels can be fire, health and safety risk.

Squirrels often use tree limbs to gain access to your home. Tree trimming is a simple solution to help deter squirrels from gaining access to your home.

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To determine how tree trimming can help prevent access, your Giroud Arborist will inspect the trees surrounding the house and identify limbs that must be removed or trimmed away from house. Tree trimming will focus on limbs within 6-8 feet of the house. Your Giroud Tree Service crew is skilled in both side-clearing and ensuring trees retain a healthy beautiful shape.

An opening about the size of a fist is all that a squirrel needs to squeeze inside a home. Holes in dormers, ridge vents, eaves, attic vents, and similar vulnerable areas make easy entry points to attics, walls and living spaces.

If squirrels have already gotten inside the home, immediate action is needed. Squirrels can create fire, health and safety hazards by chewing exposed electrical wires, tearing insulation and creating an unhealthy mess from droppings.


Pictured:Squirrels use tree limbs as launching pads to gain access to your home. Photo credit: The Bat Guys-New Hampshire.


The Humane Society of the United States recommends the following steps to ensure humane removal of squirrels from the home:
  • Find the point of entry. Inspect the attic for opening(s). If there is no way into the attic, inspect the exterior eaves, vents, and roof.
  • Find out if it's a mother squirrel with young. Try to locate the nest. If it's February through May or August through October, babies may be present, wait a few weeks until the babies grow old enough to leave with the mother.
  • Remove the squirrels. Hire a professional who knows how to reunite mothers with the offspring.
  • Prevent Reentry. Install metal flashing to keep squirrels from re-opening access points into attics. Often, squirrels will attempt to get back in anyway, and this can be a signal that young are trapped inside.

Found from Canada to Florida and into the western states, gray squirrels are the most common squirrel in the Philadelphia area. To learn more about protecting a home from this sometimes destructive member of the rodent family, check out the Squirrel Fact Sheet from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The Squirrel Fact Sheet includes information on squirrel identification, habits and advice on how to manage problem squirrels.

Schedule a tree trimming evaluation by Giroud to determine the best way to humanely resolve your squirrel problems.