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Assess and Remove

Our comprehensive 50 point home inspection is designed to determine squirrel entry points and home damage. The attic is a common den site for squirrels where they gain accessing by chewing holes or slipping in between building materials. We then use hands-on removal techniques to humanely evict the squirrels. We start by performing a comprehensive inspection of your home and use hands-on techniques to humanely remove unwanted home guests.

clear and clean

Clear and Clean

Squirrels are notorious for creating large, messy nests within their den site and causing damage through chewing. Skedaddle will thoroughly clear away any nesting material and debris from the den and clean up the mess left behind. We can also replace soiled insulation and damaged ductwork if required.
Then we go where the animals go to clear and clean the mess they’ve left behind.


Prevent and Protect

Our final step is making sure your home is protected, not only against the current intruders, but all the other squirrels in your neighbourhood. To keep them out we will secure the entry points we identified, as well any other potential vulnerabilities.We identify potential points of entry and secure them to prevent future infestation. We offer a lifetime guarantee against re-entry on any serviced areas.


Squirrels are cute animals that you often see frolicking in your yard as they scavenge for nuts and other sources of food. Squirrels are well known urban dwellers and are so abundant across Minneapolis you are likely to find them in every corner of the city. There’s no harm to you or your family if they stay outside of your house, but if they find their way into your walls or attic in search of shelter, it’s best to call a professional immediately for help with squirrel removal in Minneapolis

While squirrels aren’t dangerous to humans like other types of wildlife are, they can easily destroy property if they get inside your house. They can also spread dangerous contamination through their urine and feces. It can be challenging to get rid of squirrels once they take up residence inside your house, but a professional can help with humane and effective removal. Skedaddle Minneapolis are also experts at identifying and securing potential squirrel entry points to make sure your home is protected for the long run.

Types of Squirrels That Live in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is known for its lakes, urban park system and leafy neighborhoods. The city’s extensive urban tree canopy makes it the perfect environment for a healthy squirrel population. Knowing which species of squirrel lives on your property is important for developing an effective removal and exclusion strategy.

Gray squirrels are the most common species found in Minnesota. They thrive in forest areas where they have easy access to numerous types of tree nuts. Gray squirrels are mid-sized and often weigh in at less than two pounds once fully grown. They are aptly named after the most common color of their fur but their fur can also be black. Though you will see both gray and black squirrels in Minneapolis they are the same species.

Red squirrels are also common in Minneapolis. They are much more aggressive than their gray counterparts, and they are best known for going to extreme measures to obtain easy sources of food. Red squirrels are smaller than gray squirrels and as their name suggests they are reddish in color.

Fox squirrels are the largest species of squirrel native to Minnesota. They thrive in urban environments because they get along well with people. They are best known for their incredible jumping abilities.

Signs Squirrels Are Living in Your Home

Although squirrels are not as fearful of humans as other types of wildlife, they still prefer to avoid direct interactions. You may not know you have squirrels living inside your home because they often live inside your walls or attic where you are less likely to see them. You must pay close attention to notice signs of a squirrel infestation before it spirals out of control. Signs of a squirrel in your home include:

  • Hearing scratching, chewing or scampering inside your attic first thing in the morning
  • When outside you may hear squirrels scurrying around inside your home’s soffits
  • The sight of an adult squirrel making repeated trips onto your roof with nesting material in its mouth
  • Foul odors

Steps Skedaddle Takes for Squirrel Removal

Humane squirrel removal is a three-step process. We want to protect your home by getting the squirrels out, and we’re able to achieve this using humane methods. We accomplish this goal by following three specific steps every time we get a call for squirrel removal.

Step 1 Assess and Remove

The first step in removing squirrels is a thorough inspection of your home. No two houses or squirrel problems are the exact same so it is important to take the time to understand the root of the issue before arriving at a removal and prevention plan. First, we’ll want to confirm that the activity you’re hearing is squirrels and not mice, it’s very common for the sounds they make behind walls to be confused. We do this by inspecting your roofline for signs of squirrel entry, the teeth marks they leave behind from chewing on wood, vinyl and aluminum usually give them away. We’ll also inspect the attic for signs of squirrel activity including insulation damage, chewed wiring, nesting material and droppings. Once we know how the squirrels are getting in and where they are nesting and denning we will share our findings with you and prepare a removal, cleanup and prevention plan.

We use hands on squirrel removal techniques. This is especially important during the spring and summer squirrel birthing season when female squirrels stash away their litters inside attics, vents and soffits. Baby squirrels begin arriving in Minneapolis as early as late February and litters continue to be born through August. Baby squirrels are not mobile and do not leave the den for weeks after birth so the only way to remove them is to locate the nest and remove them by hand.

Once the babies have been extracted from the home we rely on their mother’s strong maternal instincts to lure her out of the den site. We then secure the entry point to keep her out and reunite her with her babies so she can relocate them to one of her other den sites in the area.

Step 2 Clear and Clean

With the squirrel family evicted we can get to work cleaning up the mess they have left behind. Squirrels can be terribly destructive inside of homes. They’re rodents, so they are constantly chewing on surfaces and that can lead them to damage structural wood and electrical wiring inside your home. They will also trample down attic insulation, rendering it useless over time. Our team of trained technicians will document any damage caused to your home by squirrels with photos and video and provide you with a remediation plan.

Step 3 Prevent and Protect

The truth is that we’re never going to get rid of all the squirrels in Minneapolis; there are just too many of them and they’re all looking for places to live. Don’t waste time trying to trap squirrels and drive them away. Your best defense against squirrel infestation is to squirrel-proof your home and roof. Skedaddle Minneapolis specializes in identifying squirrel entry points, as well as future problem areas, and protecting them using squirrel-proof materials that will stand the test of time. We climb ladders and scale roofs to install protective barriers and use our knowledge of squirrel behavior to defend your greatest asset from destructive squirrels.

Contact Skedaddle for Help With Squirrel Removal in Minneapolis

Squirrels can wreak havoc on the structure of your house if they get inside, so you need to contact a professional for help with squirrel removal in Minneapolis if you suspect you have an animal as a roommate. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control knows how to get rid of squirrels using humane methods. Contact us today if you need help getting squirrels out of your home.


Squirrel Facts


Fox Squirrels are the largest tree squirrels in Minnesota. An adult fox squirrel can grow to approximately 12-15 inches in length from head to tail. They are known for their distinct red fur coat.


Squirrel’s hind legs are double-jointed, which allows them to climb very quickly. With their small hands and double-jointed legs, squirrels are able to scale 90-degree angles to climb to the roof of a home.


Squirrels don’t go into hibernation, even in chilly Minneapolis winters. They might slow down their activity during especially cold stretches but they remain active throughout the winter particularly when there are reliable food sources, like bird feeders, nearby.


Eastern gray squirrels can run up to speeds of 20 miles per hour. This speed allows them to climb and travel in short amounts of time.


In 1909 Minneapolis park system superintendent Theodore Wirth set out to eradicate Loring Park’s red squirrel population and replace them with gray squirrels which he believed to be more friendly.


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