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Tips To Keep Squirrels Out Of The Attic

One of the most prolific – and persistent – backyard animals is the squirrel. While many people enjoy seeing them in parks or out in nature, they can become a serious Keep Squirrels Out Of The Attic - Memphis TN - Coopertown Servicesnuisance if they take up residence in your backyard trees. Squirrels have a knack for a number of annoying antics; in addition to being noisy and upsetting family pets, they can destroy gardens, eat the seed from bird feeders, and chew and gnaw their way into your home.

The destructive power of squirrels

Squirrels may be extremely cute, but they can also be extremely destructive. In addition to being able to climb virtually any surface and jump long distances, squirrels can pull apart and chew through most building materials. With a biting power of 7500 pounds per square inch, squirrels can bite through aluminum, wood, vinyl, and plastic.

Keeping squirrels out of the attic

Squirrels may be extremely motivated to find their way into your home, but there are a number of things homeowners can do to keep them out.

  • Remove bird feeders. Bird feeders are an easy to access food source for many squirrels; removing them can encourage them to find food elsewhere.
  • Cut back tree branches. Cut back trees branches that hang over or come near the roofline. This can make it more difficult for squirrels to access the roof.
  • Secure garbage cans. Open garbage cans or those with easy to remove lids can provide scavenging opportunities for squirrels, raccoons, and other animals. Securing trash cans with difficult to remove lids or moving them into an enclosed space such a garage or shed can discourage animals from taking up residence in your home.

I have animals in the attic – now what?

While ventilation is a key part of any attic and roof, it can also provide squirrels plenty of entry points into your home. There are several indicators that squirrels have taken up residence in your attic including:

  • A strong smell of urine or animal waste
  • Sounds of scurrying or movement in the attic
  • Visible holes around the roofline or attic vents

Squirrels can be territorial; because of this, it is important to not attempt to remove them on your own. At Coopertown Services, our team has been removing squirrels and other small animals from homes since 1978. Our technicians identify and seal off their point of entry in the attic, fix damage they have caused, and remove all the animals in the home. We are so confident that we can remove all the animals from your home that we provide a written, money-back guarantee against animal entry for the next year, with an option to continue to renew it each year.

Squirrels may be sneaky, but our team of trained animal removal experts can keep them from coming back. For more information on humane animal removal or how to secure your home against squirrels and other animals, contact Coopertown Services today!

By Christina Robinson on July 31st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

Spring, Birds, And Animal Removal

Spring is a season known for growth, warmer temperatures, new plants, and baby animals. Unfortunately, many nesting mothers view chimneys as they perfect hiding place for their young; this is particularly true of many species of birds who can navigate the small spaces of the chimney system.

Birds in the chimney, along with other small animals such as squirrels or raccoons, should never be ignored. While it might seem like nothing more than a minor annoyance, animals can cause damage to the chimney or expose your family to disease. Because of this, it is important to have animals removed – and the damage they cause repaired – as soon as possible.Spring Birds and Animal Removal Image - Memphis TN - Coopertown Services

How animals get into your chimney

Small mammals and birds can get into chimneys through even the tiniest gaps and holes; raccoons can use their claws and teeth to create large enough spaces for them to fit through. Damaged or missing chimney caps and cracked masonry around the top of the chimney are two of the most common entry points for animals to find their way into the flue.

Birds in the flue

If you wake up one morning to the sounds of scratching, flapping, or chirping coming from your chimney, the natural response is to want the birds out as soon as possible. However, some species of birds are protected and may not be able to be removed.

Chimney swifts are small, migratory birds known for nesting in chimney systems. Swifts and several other species of migratory birds are nationally protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act; this act makes it illegal to remove or destroy the nests of migratory birds until hatchlings have left the nest.

Spring animal removal

If you have birds or other animals in your chimney, it is important to call a professional who understands both chimney repairs and wild animal removal. At  Coopertown Services we have more than 35 years of experience removing the wildlife unique to middle Tennessee. We are National Wildlife Control Operators Association members and are licensed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency to safely and humanely remove wild animals from your chimney.

While many animals can be removed as soon as they are found in the flue, chimney swifts and other migratory birds must be left alone until their nesting cycle is complete. For most birds, the nesting and hatching process takes around six weeks; once the young hatchlings have left the nest, we can safely remove the nests and begin repairs to the chimney.

Homeowners should never attempt to remove wildlife from the chimney themselves – especially if the animals could be federally protected migratory birds. First, many animals carry diseases; these microbes and bacteria are also present in nesting materials and droppings. Second, attempting to “smoke out” animals can also cause more harm than good. Animals often become disoriented by the smoke and heat from a fire. Dried out nesting materials can ignite and cause a chimney fire as well.

Birds, raccoons, and squirrels may be small, but they can cause serious damage throughout your chimney system. If you suspect the presence of wildlife in your chimney, contact the animal removal experts at Coopertown Services today.

By Christina Robinson on March 13th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment