Portland Oregon Squirrel Removal & Trappers
Oregon has four native tree squirrel species: the Douglas, Western Gray, American Red, and
Northern Flying Squirrels. Unfortunately, Oregon and Washington both experience the invasion of the Eastern Fox Squirrel. These are
your "Squirrels in the attic" "Squirrels chewing on roof vents" and they are the home-invading species of squirrel.
When assessing whether a squirrel is in your attic, vaulted ceiling, or any other space in
your structure knowing your home is key. Where are your attic accesses? Are all your eve vent screens on? What times of day are you
hearing noises? Daytime or Night? Squirrel noises in your attic will sound like a raucous rumbling and thumping perhaps paired with
a chewing or squeaking as well. Our general rule of thumb for attic space noises in this industry is, if it sounds like a raccoon,
it's a squirrel if it sounds like a bear, it's a raccoon.
Once a squirrel has gained access to the attic space, they make themselves comfortable by
redecorating. This includes the chewing of wires, tunneling in insulation, bringing vegetation inside, chewing new holes to reach
the outside, and urine/feces build up. Squirrels are arsonists when it comes to homes, unfortunately. Squirrels in the attic are one
of the leading causes of house fires.
Not only do they cause physical damage to the home, but squirrels can also carry numerous
diseases including leptospirosis, ringworm, and typhus as well as playing host to parasites like ticks, lice, and fleas. These are
classified as "zoonotic" disease and can be passed on to humans.
Squirrel removal (trapping) is best handled by trained and experienced
professionals. Trapping attempts or other attempts at squirrel removal by homeowners is not only against state law in both Oregon
and Washington, but it can also result in the transmission of diseases or injury to person and property.
How do you know if you're in need of squirrel removal in your home, attic, or outbuildings?
Sometimes their entry points can be challenging to find-especially on rooftops!
Common indicators of Portland Oregon squirrel issues include, but are not limited to:
- Attic infestations
- Outbuilding/Barn Infestations
- Female Squirrels Nesting
- Property Damage i.e. outbuildings, bird feeders, etc.
- Garden and Lawn Destruction
- Roof vent destruction
But here are a few more specific indicators of a potential squirrel in your attic or structure:
- 1" or larger holes in attic, soffit, or eve vents (The screens below the roof, at the top of the siding)
- Gnawing, Scratching, or running noises in the attic during the daylight hours
- Small holes in the lawn
- Chew marks on deck, doors, siding, etc.
When a Squirrel makes a home out of an attic, garage, or other structure they make themselves
comfortable by redecorating. This includes the chewing of wires, tunneling in insulation, bringing vegetation inside, chewing new
holes to reach the outside, and urine/feces build up. Behaviors such as these can lead to thousands of dollars in damages, along with
the potential of house fires! The best way to beat these rodents at their own game is to consistently make sure your home is as
critter proof as it can be.
Are you still unsure where to find entry points of the squirrel causing damage? Don't worry
about it! ABL Wildlife assists the Portland, Oregon area in identifying squirrel species, squirrel access points, damage to the
structure, and potential future entry points upon initial inspection.
Serving the Oregon communities of:
Portland, Tigard, Tualatin, Milwaukie, Beaverton, Troutdale, Gresham,
Lake Oswego, West Linn, Happy Valley, Damascus, & Scappoose.
"I don't think there is anything this amazing lady can't do! I have called ABL WILDLIFE for more than one pest problem
and have been beyond satisfied!"
Briana W - Portland, OR