Hogarth’s Wildlife and Animal Removal specializes in Squirrel removal.
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Northern Michigan is home to six different species of squirrels: the Red Squirrel, Grey Squirrel, Fox Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel, Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels, and the Woodchuck. All six of these squirrels can cause damage to a home, business, or building, and an inspection is required for all squirrel issues. Squirrel jobs are all different and unique in their own way, and each require a number of different tools and methods for eradicating, excluding, and remediation. Most of these six types of squirrels will attempt to reproduce inside of homes, depending on the time of year. Others will destroy the exterior of the home by gnawing and chewing. Squirrels are extremely good climbers, which makes it easy to gain access into open areas on the home. They will use trees, wires, hollow corners of siding, and other areas to get inside, such as:
- Ridge vent
- Gable end vent
- Dryer/Fan exhaust
- Garage door
- Gas pipes
- A/C units
Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal has the equipment to reach every part of your home no matter the peak, which allows us to complete a thorough inspection. We document all of our findings and take pictures of our findings. This allows us to show our customers exactly where the issues are with their structure and create a specific plan to effectively and efficiently solve their problem. Solving squirrel issues is a multistep process. Not only will they need to be trapped and removed from the property, but exclusion will be needed so they cannot re-enter, and cleanup of fecal matter may be necessary. Some species of squirrels will need to be controlled on a year-round basis.
Grey Squirrels are both grey and black in color. They can start breeding one year after birth, and mating typically occurs in mid-December or early January. We do not experience nearly as many problems with Grey Squirrels as we do with Red Squirrels in Northern Michigan, but these squirrels can still create their own problems and frustrations for home and business owners. Grey Squirrels do not tend to chew into structures as much as Red Squirrels do, but they do tend to exploit gaps in the soffits, facia, dormers, ridge vent, etc, that were already there. Once inside, they will reproduce in structures, but we have noticed they use different structures to harbor in full-time. Grey Squirrels will not willingly leave the structure once they have made it their habitat. They need to be removed from the property by a professional, and the holes and gaps around the structure excluded. Trees should always be trimmed back away from the structure. Any fecal matter will need to be removed and any contaminated areas have to be sanitized and in many cases, replaced. These squirrels are not nearly as territorial as the Red Squirrel, and once we have trapped and removed the population from the structure, they typically will not return. If you’ve noticed or believe you have an issue with Grey Squirrels, call Hogarth’s to set up an inspection and create an exclusion plan for your specific situation.
Fox squirrel’s range in size from 18-27 inches and are commonly found in yards and on power lines. They are typically reddish in color and can grow to be very large in size.
Red Squirrels, are commonly referred to as “pinies” and “red devils” because they can be found in pine trees. These squirrels cause a lot of problems for Northern Michigan homes and businesses by nesting and having their young inside structures. Once this happens, it will typically turn into a generational situation and continue for years until something is done. These squirrels are extremely good climbers and will use anything close to the home to obtain access, such as trees or wires. They will even jump off close access points if it is not touching. Red Squirrels will chew into the home through the ridge vent, soffit, dormer, roof, A/C unit, crawlspace vent, or any other pipe or open gap on a home. They are known to chew into cedar sided and log homes to obtain direct access. These squirrels will need to be removed, their entry/exit points excluded, trees trimmed back, fecal matter removed, and population control methods need to enforced so that when they do come back they will be controlled before they do more damage to a structure. Red Squirrels are extremely territorial, so once you have controlled the population in your area, the problem will subside until their next reproduction cycle. Red Squirrels reproduce from May and into June. Some females will have a second cycle around August. Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal has the experience needed to eradicate your squirrels. This can be a time consuming process, sometimes taking up to a month depending on the time of year. During the winter months when it becomes cold they do not move around as much, which can draw the process out even longer. We will do a thorough inspection of the structure to create the most effective plan possible for each specific situation.
Northern & Southern Flying Squirrels
These squirrels glide and don’t actually fly. Their flattened tail is easily identifiable as it resembles a feather. They have a white under cage and carry excess skin around the front and back. The southern flying squirrel is smaller, ranging from 5-7 inches, while the northern flying squirrel is a bit larger at 7-9 inches. This species of squirrel is the most carnivorous. Flying squirrels are nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day. They can be very loud in attics and are often mistaken for a larger animal, such as a raccoon.
Unlike other species of squirrels, chipmunks tend to stay on the ground and do not use trees or wires for access into the home. They prefer to find and exploit an open gap at the base of the structure, or chew in through the garage door seal. Once inside they will begin to rummage through things, looking for bird seed or food storage in the garage. They also chew on wires in the garage or on a car. Chipmunks are typically not hard to control, unlike Red, Grey, and Flying Squirrels. Hogarth’s can set up traps around the exterior of the structure or property that will effectively and efficiently eradicate them. Hogarth’s can fix and exclude the any gaps and holes around the structure to prevent them from entering. The garage door seal and weather stripping are the two main areas that should be sealed and replaced on the home. Contact Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal to set up an inspection of the structure so we can develop a plan to solve your chipmunk issues.
13 Lined Ground Squirrel
13 Lined Ground Squirrels have distinguished lines running down their back. They look very similar to the chipmunk, but burrow tunnels under the ground. 13 Lined Ground Squirrels can be found along the foundations of buildings, in gardens, mulch beds, etc. They’re never found in homes, unlike the majority of the other squirrel species. Rather than chewing inside, these squirrels will do their damage outside in the yard. They cause problems with erosion, tear up gardens, and create burrows and holes around the property. 13 Lined Ground Squirrels, like the chipmunk, are not hard to control. Getting on a regular trapping program to control the population is an easy solution. Contact Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal for an inspection to determine the best methods to solve issues with 13 Lined Ground Squirrels
Woodchucks are the largest of the squirrel species in Northern Michigan. They are similar to the 13 Lined Ground Squirrel in that they do not enter homes. This squirrel will cause damage to garden plants, agricultural crops, trees, and other shrubbery. They have also been known to chew on logs, cedar, and T-11 siding. Woodchucks will build their dens under foundations, pools and sidewalks. They hibernate around the end of October until late February and into March. If you think you have Woodchucks causing damage to your property, contact Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal for professional service and experience.
There are two species of Flying Squirrels: the Northern Flying Squirrel and the Southern Flying Squirrel. We deal with specifically the Northern Flying Squirrel in Northern Michigan. Customers will typically call us with complaints that they’re hearing noises at night, which is because these squirrels are nocturnal. Flying Squirrels are often confused with white footed mice which are also nocturnal and run around the attic. Flying Squirrels will enter the home from the exterior through, dormers, ridge vents, soffits, and any other open gaps on a building. Once inside, they will create harborage and stay until trapped and removed by a professional. There can be anywhere from 6 to 15 Flying Squirrels in a structure at one time, and they will always urinate and defecate in the same area. Over time this will build up and can cause damage to insulation by contamination, or it can begin to seeping through the ceiling and damage it. A thorough home inspection from Hogarth’s Pest Control and Wildlife Removal will allow for better understanding of the situation and a proper plan of attack. We will document and take pictures of all entry/exit holes, fecal matter damage, and develop an exclusion plan specific to your unique situation. Flying Squirrels can take some time to eradicate from a home depending on the situation. They’re smart creatures that need to be dealt with by a professional with years of experience, something that Hogarth’s can offer.