Squirrel Removal & Control

Serving Vancouver British Columbia | Abbotsford | Burnaby | Maple Ridge

Squirrels can cause serious damage to the roof and soffits of your home or business. Worse still if this furry-tailed menace gains access to the interior, as the damage they cause can be costly to repair. Due to their cute appearance, a lot of people assume that squirrels are harmless, apart from occasionally chewing up a random plant. While this is generally true, they do pose a great problem the moment they enter your property and start nesting there. Among other annoying behaviors, these lovable little creatures are capable of chewing up electrical wiring causing fire hazards! Additionally, the odors they leave behind can attract other wildlife. The squirrel removal team at Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control knows how worrisome a squirrel infestation can be, which is why we’re committed to keeping them away from your Vancouver BC property.

Behaviour and Diet of Squirrels in British Columbia

The grey squirrel is the most common variety found in urban settings. They are very conservative in their diet and consume only fresh greens, dried nuts, and seeds. They also forage around the house for sparsely dispersed food. One of the typical habits of squirrels is to fill up their cheek pouches with food, when their bellies are full, in order to carry it back to their nests for storage. Once they have created a nesting ground inside the house, the squirrels will likely forage near their nest.

Between February and April or August and September, there is a strong possibility you will be dealing with a mama squirrel with babies in her nest. Female squirrels have up to 2 litters per year.  Each litter consists of 2-5 young which remain with the mother for approximately 8 weeks. It’s extremely important to wait until the babies have left the nest before conducting any squirrel removal services.

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Signs You Need Squirrel Removal

Apart from spotting them running about in or around the house, you will hear sounds of their activities in rooms such as the attic during the daytime.  Squirrels are most active in the morning as opposed to rats and mice which are nocturnal. Be on the lookout for gnaw damage to furniture, insulation, and wooden doors. Also, keep an eye out for their nesting sites in concealed nooks and crannies.  If you detect chewed holes take a look at the entrance – can you see greasy rub marks or claw marks? This is a sign of squirrels coming and going.

One of the sure-shot signs of a squirrel infestation would be, of course, their feces. If you suspect your house is infested by squirrels, you should look out for droppings that are oval in shape, brown in colour, smooth in texture, and about 3/8 inch in length. If you need help identifying the signs of squirrels, a squirrel control company can help!

5 Squirrel Pest Control Tips

Your roof will provide the easiest access points to your property.  Some of our best tips for keeping squirrels are:

  1. Be wary of the main areas through which squirrels enter: roof vents, edges and soffit intersections; gable and wall vents; chimneys; and plumbing mats
  2. Regular inspection and maintenance (before and after winter) are essential. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense not just against these unwanted guests but also the weather. Cold, wet winters mean your roof takes a beating every year.  
  3. Overhanging vegetation shedding debris can prevent gutters from functioning properly, accelerating rot. It also makes for easy access to your roof when squirrels are capable of jumping 6-8 feet. So, make sure trees are trimmed back and gutters are regularly serviced.
  4. Finally, but most importantly, do not feed squirrels near your property. They will keep coming back if there is a guaranteed food source.
  5. Make sure bird feeders are squirrel-proofed and any fallen seeds are cleaned up immediately. Garbage must be completely inaccessible.

Safe, Effective Squirrel Removal Services

The Rentokil, formerly OnSite Pest Control squirrel control process entails sending a technician to your home to carry out a full 360° investigation. The aim is to identify and seal all but one main point of entry where a one-way door is placed. This allows the squirrels to leave the property without causing internal damage. Once out, they are unable to get back in. A full investigation is essential prior to proceeding with the removal of squirrels. You will know all about it very quickly if a squirrel gets trapped inside your property or, worse still, trapped outside when they have babies in their nest. A squirrel will gnaw at your house relentlessly causing extensive damage to either escape or be reunited with their young. That’s why it’s best to trust professionals.

If you know you have squirrels in the house, or think you might be susceptible to them in your area, contact our squirrel pest control experts today!

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