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Do I Have Squirrels in My House?

Are you hearing scratching in your walls, ceiling, and/or attic, and is it driving you nuts? This time of year it is not uncommon to find that squirrels have taken up residence in your home. Naturally you have questions. What are the signs of squirrels in my ceiling? What damage can be caused by squirrels in my house? Read on for our advice based on over 3 decades of professional experience with squirrels in your home.

What Are The Signs Of Squirrels In My House?

If you hear scampering in your attic, knocking noises above your head, or scratching in the ceiling and walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you quite likely have squirrels in your home. If it is a pregnant squirrel that has chosen your home to birth her young, she will then look at it as her home. It won’t be long until you have a family of squirrels enjoying the benefits and bounty of your home as protection from the elements. The longer they remain, the more potential danger to your biggest investment–your home.

What Damage Can Be Caused By Squirrels In My Attic?

squirrel-attic-damageSquirrels first create damage to your home when they chew their way inside at the gutter line or through a louvered vent. Once inside, the damage multiplies. They will leave multiple areas stained with urine and covered with feces. Their activity in your attic, along with their urine, can leave your insulation compressed and compromised. Their presence can become costly quickly, and even deadly, since they can potentially chew wiring and put your home at risk for fire. If left untreated, a squirrel in your home has the potential for disaster.

How Do I Get Rid of Squirrels in My House?

do I have squirrels in my houseOften times DIY’s think that squirrel poisons or rodenticides are the solution. This should NEVER be done. In addition to being against the law, toxicants are not used in squirrel control as the animals may die in wall voids and cause horrific odor problems.

For over 30 years, Holper’s has been solving St. Louis squirrel infestations by trapping, the only successful method to deal with this problem. The trained professionals of Holper’s will inspect your home to determine entry points and then begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage. Variables that will be evaluated are the construction of your home, the location/height of the entry points, and the types of entry points (e.g. gable vents, mushroom vents, gutter line, dormers, etc.) Consideration of these will determine the type of trap(s) used.  While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.

Holper’s Gives You Your Home Back With Guaranteed Repairs

Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step: repairing the damage done by the squirrels. The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected. Holper’s takes great pride in the quality of the repairs done for their clients–so much so that we guarantee no animal will get through our repair! Pride of workmanship is a hallmark of the Holper’s difference.

If you have signs of squirrels in your home, call 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s do what we do best. We will solve your squirrel problems to give you back your home.

 

Is It Mating Season For Squirrels?

We’re getting a lot of inquiries right now about squirrel invaders, with many people wondering if the increase is tied to mating season. If you are one of the unlucky homeowner’s whose house has been adopted by a squirrel, we can answer all your questions about squirrel problems and squirrel removal.

Is It Squirrel Mating Season?

Yes it is! Most adult females first breed in December or January. Each litter consists of 3-5 young, who spend the first three months in the nest before heading out to discover the world. If you hear scampering in your attic, knocking noises above your head, or scratching in the ceiling and walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you likely have squirrels in your home. If it is a pregnant squirrel that has chosen your home to birth her young, she will then look at it as her home. It won’t be long until you have a family of squirrels enjoying the benefits and bounty of your warm home as protection from the elements. The longer they remain, the more potential danger to your biggest investment–your home.

What’s So Bad About a Squirrel Problem?

In a word: damage. While many wildlife visitors to your property are merely a nuisance, a squirrel can pose a significant threat to property, health, and welfare. During the fall and winter, squirrels will often enter homes and businesses for shelter. Squirrels first create damage to your home when they chew their way inside at the gutter line or through a louvered vent. Once inside, the damage multiplies. Their activity in your attic, along with their urine, can leave your insulation compressed and compromised.

Many structure fires of unknown origin are believed to be caused by squirrels gnawing into electrical wires. These zealous chewers have also been known to destroy wiring in cars!

Disease is also a concern where squirrels are concerned. They are known carriers of, and capable of transmitting, the following diseases: leptospirosis, salmonellosis, tularemia, encephalitis, typhus, and in very rare cases, rabies.  Lyme disease is also spread by the ticks that squirrels carry.

Who Handles Squirrel Problems?

For over 30 years, Holper’s has been solving St. Louis squirrel infestations by trapping, the only successful method to deal with this problem. The trained professionals of Holper’s will inspect your home to determine entry points and then begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage. While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.

Holper’s Gives You Your Home Back With Guaranteed Repairs

Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step: repairing the damage done by the squirrels. The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected. Holper’s takes great pride in the quality of the repairs done for their clients–so much so that we guarantee no animal will get through our repair! Pride of workmanship is a hallmark of the Holper’s difference.

If squirrel mating season has led to a squirrel removal problem, call 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s do what we do best. We will solve your squirrel problems to give you back your home.

 

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Squirrels In The Attic: Problems and Solutions

Are you hearing scratching in your walls and attic, and is it driving you nuts? This time of year it is not uncommon to find that squirrels have taken up residence in your home. Naturally you have questions. What are signs of squirrels in my attic? What damage can be caused by squirrels in my attic? And very likely you are wondering how to kill squirrels in your attic. Read ahead for our advice based on over 30 years of professional experience with squirrels in the attic.

What Are The Signs Of Squirrels In My Attic?

 Squirrel coming out of roof ventIf you hear scampering in your attic, knocking noises above your head, or scratching in the ceiling and walls between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m., or between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., you quite likely have squirrels in your home. If it is a pregnant squirrel that has chosen your home to birth her young, she will then look at it as her home. It won’t be long until you have a family of squirrels enjoying the benefits and bounty of your warm home as protection from the elements. The longer they remain, the more potential danger to your biggest investment–your home.

What Damage Can Be Caused By Squirrels In My Attic?

Squirrels first create damage to your home when they chew their way inside at the gutter line or through a louvered vent. Once inside, the damage multiplies. They will leave multiple areas stained with urine and covered with feces. Their activity in your attic, along with their urine, can leave your insulation compressed and compromised. Their presence can become costly quickly, and even deadly, since they can potentially chew wiring and put your home at risk for fire. If left untreated, a squirrel in your home has the potential for disaster.

How To Kill Squirrels In My Attic?

Often times DIY’s think that squirrel poisons or rodenticides are the solution. This should NEVER be done. In addition to being against the law, toxicants are not used in squirrel control as the animals may die in wall voids and cause horrific odor problems.

For over 30 years, Holper’s has been solving St. Louis squirrel infestations by trapping, the only successful method to deal with this problem. The trained professionals of Holper’s will inspect your home to determine entry points and then begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage. Variables that will be evaluated are the construction of your home, the location/height of the entry points, and the types of entry points (e.g. gable vents, mushroom vents, gutter line, dormers, etc.).  Consideration of these will determine the type of trap(s) used.  While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.

Holper’s Gives You Your Home Back With Guaranteed Repairs

Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step: repairing the damage done by the squirrels. The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected. Holper’s takes great pride in the quality of the repairs done for their clients–so much so that we guarantee no animal will get through our repair! Pride of workmanship is a hallmark of the Holper’s difference.

If you have signs of squirrels in your attic, damage from squirrels in your attic, or need to remove/kill squirrels in your attic, call 314-732-1413 and let Holper’s do what we do best. We will solve your squirrel problems to give you back your home.

 

 

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Can You Really Get Rid of Squirrels For Good?

In a perfect world, any pest deemed a nuisance could be banished far away, never to return again. Unfortunately, we who live in the real world must face the fact that while there is no way to get rid of squirrels for good, there are people available to help you keep your home and yard as free of squirrels as possible. To learn how Holper’s can get your squirrels under control, see our blog, Four Reasons Why Holper’s is Your Squirrel Problem Solution.

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Four Reasons Why Holper’s Is Your Squirrel Problem Solution

Is scratching in your walls and attic driving you nuts?  Are squirrels running on your roof or on the power lines leading to your house?  Do you see them disappearing above your gutters?  Does it sound like something is knocking on your ceiling?  You, my friend, likely have yourself a good old-fashioned squirrel problem.  Luckily, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions has a customized treatment plan for you!

1)         Holper’s Thorough Inspection Process

Squirrel coming out of roof ventScratching in the walls and attic, and/or knocking noises above your head, can also be the calling cards of mice, raccoons, birds, and, on rare occasions, opossums.  An inspection by Holper’s is the only way to determine which pest has invaded your home.  After consulting with you to pinpoint where the noises have been heard, your Holper’s technician will inspect the gutter line and the roof, looking for entry points and damage.  If no obvious entry points are found, the attic will also be investigated to help ID your pest(s).

2)         Pest Identification and Customized Treatment Plans

Squirrel in gutterOnce the Holper’s technician has confirmed that you do have squirrels, he can begin to formulate a customized treatment plan addressing not only the infestation, but also the damage. Variables that will be evaluated are the construction of your home, the location/height of the entry points, and the types of entry points (e.g. gable vents, mushroom vents, gutter line, dormers, etc.).  Consideration of these will determine the type of trap(s) used.  While the trapping phase is progressing, Holper’s will monitor activity at the entry points.  Monitoring is done to ensure that no animals remain in the structure.  Since every infestation is different, the length of time for the completion of trapping will vary by population density; however, most Holper’s clients find this phase to be over within 30 days, and often less time than that.

3)         Guaranteed Repairs

Once it has been confirmed that no activity has occurred at the monitoring site(s) for at least seven days, Holper’s starts the final step: repairing the damage done by the squirrels.   The goal of a Holper’s repair is to blend so seamlessly with the surrounding area that it cannot be detected.  Holper’s takes great pride in the quality of the repairs done for their clients–so much so that they guarantee no animal will get through their repair.  Pride of workmanship is just one hallmark of the Holper’s difference.

4)         Holper’s Has the Knowledge and Experience

With over 31 years of nuisance wildlife trapping success, the technicians of Holper’s are nationally known as trapping experts.  Holper’s technicians are thoroughly trained in multiple trapping methods to ensure that your customized treatment plan will be the most effective.  In over three decades in the Greater St. Louis area, Holper’s has handled nearly every kind of situation imaginable, giving Holper’s depth of knowledge through practical experience.  When added to their intensive in-house training, field training, and attendance at national seminars, the Holper’s team is the clear choice for your squirrel problem.

To schedule your free consultation, call 314-732-1413.  A friendly member of our excellent Customer Care Team will be happy to assist you in taking the first step to solve your squirrel problem with a customized treatment plan from Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

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Squirrel Poison: Do you Know why it Should Never be Used?

When a pregnant squirrel chooses your home to birth her young, she then looks at it as her home.  Often times DIY’s think that squirrel poisons or rodenticides are the solution.  This should NEVER be done.  In addition to being against the law, toxicants are not used in squirrel control as the animals may die in wall voids and cause horrific odor problems. Removal then becomes necessary via cutting holes in your walls. There may also be secondary poisoning hazards to pets or children, and children could be bitten trying to assist sick animals.

Squirrel traps vs squirrel poison

Since 1990 Holper’s has been solving St. Louis squirrel infestations by trapping, the only successful method to deal with this problem.  The trained professionals of Holper’s will inspect your home to determine entry points for the strategic placement of traps. Trapping options are live traps or lethal traps. The decision on the choice of trapping style is determined by the technician and the customer together. Lethal traps are placed over the entry point to the home. If live traps are chosen, they are baited with Holper’s Gourmet Rodent Bait and set in the line of travel outside the den entrance.  These traps are not placed inside because there is poor light and the den is a shelter, not a feeding site.

Squirrel infestation prevention

It is important to note that there are some preventative steps that a homeowner can take to help avoid a squirrel infestation.  Trimming trees back 8 to 12 feet from the structure can assist in preventing roof access. Holper’s recommends the installation of roof vent covers as another prevention for entry points.  It can also be helpful to have your chimney fitted with a chimney cap, which in addition to keeping out squirrels will also prevent birds and raccoons from entering.

Looking for a squirrel home inspection?

To set up your free inspection, please call 314-732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.  We take pride in providing fast, effective, affordable extermination solutions.

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Squirrels in the Attic: What Do They Do Up There?

Squirrel-removalIt’s amazing how cute squirrels can look when they scuttle up trees, because if squirrels are in your attic, they are terror on four legs. Despite the havoc squirrels can cause in a home’s attic, determining whether you have a squirrel problem in the area can be rather difficult. The animals are often skittish and out of sight, but the damage they cause in attics escapes no one’s eye. Below is a list of what squirrels tend to do when they take up residence in the attic of a home.

Chewed Electrical Wires
Squirrels don’t like the taste of plastic wire coverings, much lest the taste of wires the coverings protect. However, they will chew through both materials if they feel the materials inhibit their ability to form a permanent nest in the attic. If squirrels have infested your attic, we’ll implement the most effective solution to stop them.

Damaged Studs and Joists
Because wooden studs exist behind the wall surface, you may think that squirrels would find it cumbersome to inhabit interior wall spaces. Rest assured, they don’t. If necessary to facilitate movement through walls, squirrels will use their powerful teeth to gnaw right through wall studs. Of course, you could always have wood joists replaced with metal ones or ones that are made from tough composites, but these options are far more expensive that using an exterminator.

HVAC Equipment Damage
In some homes, crucial pieces of HVAC equipment are located in the attic space, particularly air handlers that produce cool air that “falls” as it travels through the residence. Depending how the equipment is configured and positioned, squirrels can have field day chewing through its wires and could potentially seek out nesting places in hollow areas inside the equipment housing. In the end, squirrels in the attic could  cause you will heafty bill for repairing HVAC damage.

Unsanitary Health Condition
When homeowners have squirrels in the attic, they often rush to put mesh wire around attic vents to keep the animals from entering, but that won’t do anything about squirrels already inside. Once a squirrel has marked your home as their, they will whatever it take to gain access again. This is why you have to resolve an issue before making any repairs. These squirrels will eventually die due to lack of sustenance, and turn your attic into a makeshift graveyard for the animals. Squirrels aren’t know for creating an unsanitary condition, but that is exactly what can happen if they start to die and decompose in your attic.

Plenty of Annoying Noise
Squirrels are similar to mice and rats in that they creating annoying scratching noises as they claw their way through walls and scamper across ceilings. If you hear these annoying noises at night, don’t call ghostbusters. Save your money and sanity and contact Holpers Pest & Animal Solutions. We have over 30 years of experience removing squirrels from the attics of homes and implementing solutions that help to ensure that the obnoxious problem doesn’t ever return.

Are Squirrels in Your Home?
If so, now is the time to put an end to the problem before your attic becomes the acorn capital of your neighborhood. One of the first signs that squirrels are present is the sound of them scuttling across ceilings and through walls. Many people mistake this as an indicator of a rat problem, but a professional pest and animal control company can tell the difference between the situations.

If you suspect squirrels in the attic are creating their own little neighborhood there, it’s important to be proactive about the problem and contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to put together a plan to resolve the issue.
Whether you suspect that your home has squirrels in the attic or you know for a fact that squirrels are there, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions will put together a plan of action to solve any issues you may be having.  To schedule a free inspection of your attic, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Four Ways to Avoid Handling Squirrel Problems in Your Home

A house is a person’s castle, as the saying goes. However, no matter how much your home resembles a royal residence, it certainly won’t feel like one if you’re dealing with a squirrel problem. Many homeowners initially address a squirrel problem by laying traps and bait that are meant for mice and rats. When these methods don’t work, and the homeowners do a little reading on the internet, they often arrive at the right conclusion: squirrel problems are to blame.

What Not to Do About Squirrel Problems
Over the years, frustrated homeowners who have dealt with squirrel problems in their residence have tried hundreds of methods for getting rid of the creatures — and some of the strategies work better than others. In this entry, we highlight four, do-it-yourself squirrel elimination tactics that are highly inefficient at solving the problem. If you are thinking about using one of the following squirrel removal strategies, don’t. Instead, call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions.

1) Shooting at Squirrels
You may have a nice hunting rifle you’ve been itching to use, but keep the firearm locked in your gun case if you’re thinking about taking the vigilante approach to squirrel removal and firing bullets. Hunting rifles and other high-powered guns don’t make good home defense options because their ammo is often strong enough to blast through the walls of the average home. Unless you’re trying to exterminate your neighbor, too, save the gun for your next hunting trip.

2) Heating Up the Attic
If you seal off vents to your attic in the warm season, it will eventually kill any squirrels that are there. It will also risk damaging any HVAC equipment located in the attic by causing it to overheat. In addition, once the squirrels are dead, you’ll have the unenviable task of removing their carcasses. Either that, or leave the decaying animals where they are and deal with the stench of decomposition wafting from the attic. Neither option is a good one, to say the least.

3) Using Rat Poison
Rat poison works great for killing rats, but it’s important to remember that the product is designed to attract rats and not squirrels. In other words, trying to kill squirrels with a poison that doesn’t draw them in only means that you’ll waste money on the product and still have squirrel problems. The best thing that could happen is that you might end up killing a few rats that you didn’t know were in your home. After the rats die, the squirrels will just keep up their obnoxious behavior.

4) Using a Cat to Kill
Some cats chase after squirrels as quickly as they pursue mice, rats, birds, and other small animals. So, it seems reasonable to think that they might attack squirrels, too. Yet, if your home has serious squirrel problems, there are probably quite a few squirrels running around in the structure. Consequently, using a house cat to try to eliminate them becomes a problem of logistics. Besides, most house cats aren’t accustomed to being killing machines. If they were, you probably wouldn’t have to set out those big bowls of water and food that they depend on.

Contact an Exterminator
Unfortunately, many homeowners who have squirrel problems only contact us after they have tried bad squirrel extermination methods that range from dangerous to wacky. The best way to address a squirrel infestation in your home is to call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions. To solve your squirrel problem, call us at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Pest Management: Why Let Us Handle the Squirrels in Your Home?

Squirrels are cute creatures that are a welcome sight in woodland areas, parks, and other sylvan settings that they naturally inhabit. However, squirrels are also a bit like people: They enjoy being surrounded by nature, but they like to inhabit the cozy rooms of a home, too. If your home has a squirrel problem, there are plenty of pest management companies you can call, but we strongly feel that we are the best option. Below are four important reasons why.

No Poison is Used
Some pest management companies use a poison of some sort as the primary solution, but we prefer to take a different, more humane approach. Squirrels can be trapped quite efficiently, so there is really no reason to lay out poison pellets that could be picked up by household pets, or, worse yet, children. Trapping squirrels instead of poisoning them also prevents the animals from dying in wall spaces, where their carcasses would be very difficult to remove.

Reinfestation Prevention
Removing squirrels from your home without using strategies to prevent them from re-entering it is like refilling a cracked drinking glass without fixing the crack. If you don’t address the problem at the source, you will just end up having to take the same measure again and again. After all the squirrels are out of your home, we will propose measures to prevent them from entering it again, such as securing attic vents with strong wire and capping damaged eaves and repairing entry points.

Complete Explanation
Some pest management companies just walk into a home, do their thing, and then leave, thinking that the customer is satisfied. We take customer service a step further and explain everything that will be done to remove squirrels, how they will be removed, and what you should do to prevent another infestation. You pay us hard earned money to remove pests, and we feel that you would probably like to know exactly what you are paying for, and why.

Have Unwelcome Guests?
If squirrels have started to turn a space in your home into their own private residence, the problem only stands to get worse as the animals reproduce and make permanent nests. That is why it is important to call an experienced pest management company as soon as possible to receive a free inspection. The sooner the squirrels are gone, the sooner you will have more peace of mind. Call us today at (314) 732-1413, or email us at info@holperspest.com.

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Squirrel Control: Steps for Eliminating Squirrels From Your Home

As long as they remain in their natural environment, squirrels are cute creatures that contribute to the sylvan surroundings of backyards and wooded areas that abut residential properties. However, squirrels aren’t dedicated to living in the wild. If given the chance, they will also take up residence in your home. When this happens, you should call Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions to remove the squirrels in a safe and effective way. Not only can Holper’s eradicate your squirrel problem, but they can also access squirrel damages and provide a bid for repair. One call does it all, when you contact Holper’s.

Signs of a Squirrel Infestation
Like many other animals and pests that can invade your home, squirrels typically exhibit certain signs that indicate they are present. Often, these signs can be mistaken for something else, such as a mouse infestation or the work of termites. At Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions, we commonly observe the following signs that indicate a home has a squirrel problem.

  • Squirrels entering the attic or chimney space
  • Chewed bark on young trees
  • Devouring of yard and garden plants
  • Observing squirrels fighting over food
  • Seeing an abundance of squirrel droppings in or near the residence

Unlike many insects and residentially bothersome animals, squirrels can wreak havoc both inside and outside your home. Inside, they can chew holes in wood, chew through electrical wires, and run through interior spaces and create unwanted noise, to name a few. Outside, they can damage specially placed trees and plants, and make unwanted noise as they fight for food.

When to Perform Squirrel Control
Because squirrels are a part of the natural environment in most neighborhoods, their presence is more taken for granted than the presence of, say, termites or hornets. However, Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions can determine when a squirrel problem is present, however subtle it may seem to be, and perform the following squirrel control measures, among others, to resolve the problem.

Remove Attractants
Squirrels are attracted to food sources such as ripe berries, nuts, acorns, fruits, and bird seed. They will also chow down on leftover human food and drinks, as well as food for cats and dogs. Removing attractants is a relatively simple process. For example, securing garbage containers with locking mechanisms, replacing birdseed with a kind that squirrels don’t like (e.g., safflower or niger) and regularly plucking berries from bushes and trees can have a noticeable effect.

To ensure that squirrels stay away from your home and don’t return, it may also be helpful to locate squirrel repellant at strategic locations around the home and its surrounding territory.

Limit Accessibility
Once squirrels make a nest in your residence, they will defend it as they would if it were in the wild. Consequently, the following steps may be taken to prevent another nest after the current one is gone: keeping tree limbs over ten feet away from the home to make it hard for squirrels to reach the residence, covering electrical and telephone wires with tubing that is too smooth for squirrels to travel, installing a chimney guard, and patching holes that lead into the home.

Contact Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions
Different residences have different types of squirrel control needs. If we determine that you have a squirrel problem, we will tell you exactly what must be done to fix it, and prevent the same problem from occurring in the future. We don’t just help our customers banish the present problem; we also take measures to prevent the situation from recurring, so our customers can rest easy, knowing that their residence will be protected from future squirrel control issues.

If you think that you are dealing with a squirrel problem, call us today at (314) 732-1413, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to helping you make your home a more pleasurable place to live!