View of insulation damage by a squirrel

See a Squirrel Removal From A Commercial Building in Brantford

We generally provide squirrel removal services for homes, but we do get the occasional commercial call because a squirrel or other form of wildlife is stuck somewhere on the premises, or because of an infestation.

Squirrel infestation and damage commercial buildingThe problem is usually the former; a raccoon or squirrel can become trapped in the building rafters, they could get stuck in an elevator shaft, they can manage to find themselves stuck and isolated on the roof, or trapped virtually anywhere within the structure – even stuck in an underground parking garage.

Recently there was news that a raccoon became trapped on the 4th floor ledge of the Toronto Star building in Toronto. It happens all the time.

As for infestations, all forms of wildlife can infest a commercial building too. You can have bats, squirrels, raccoons, birds and mice infest a commercial building, and you have to take into consideration that the sight of one animal could be a sign of many.

In both cases, that’s were we come in.

In this case, we had to provide our squirrel removal services for a commercial building in Brantford. It wasn’t only a removal job, but a cleanup, of a build up, of at least one years worth of an infestation.

Like homes, commercial buildings are not built with pest prevention in mind – there’s always going to be a way for wildlife to get in, which indicates that a wildlife entry prevention process is needed before the fact and is always an important factor to consider.

At this job the infestation included the typical findings. The squirrels had substantially defecated and urinated in various places, eventually contaminating the whole area; it had chewed up and made a huge mess of the wires running through the rafters, and eventually caused enough damage to put a pretty big dent in the pocket book of the property owner.

The steps to this squirrel removal and prevention job were as follows:

  1. The inspection to discover the exact extent of the damage, where the den site was,how many animals were present and where they entry points were
  2. The securing of the area in question and the subsequent removal of the squirrels
  3. The protection preparation of the office equipment for the cleanup and decontamination process
  4. The clean up, repair and decontamination of the affected areas
  5. The set up of entry prevention methods to hinder future intrusions

The job preparation and final decontamination

As mentioned above, before we started the decontamination process, and removal of the debris created by the squirrel’s damage we had to secure off, and cover much of the equipment that was directly below the areas effected. This involved prepping the office, desks and various equipment from cross contamination with a plastic barrier.

Cross contamination prevention applicationOnce everything was protected, we removed all the affected ceiling tiles, the contaminated insulation, the damaged wires and other debris.

For the drop ceiling tiles we then removed only the affected ones, and removed the damaged insulation. We vacuumed the fecal matter and other squirrel debris off the tiles, sucked up the bad insulation, bagged it, and removed it from the premises.

As of today, the building is now cleaned and disinfected, the squirrel is free and it’s business as usual for people working in this office.

If you see wildlife in your office building

If you see wildlife in your office building, you have one option:

  1. call an expert wildlife removal company to remove the animal for you

It’s a common idea that it’s OK to approach some wildlife like squirrels or raccoons but it’s getting more dangerous each year. In 2016 alone, there were over 50 cases of rabies reported in Ontario between September and November.

Rabies is no laughing matter, and when it comes to your personal safety your best bet is to call professionals and have the animal removed properly. You life depends on it.

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