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What Makes Squirrel Removal Challenging?

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One of the most common pests that enter the home are squirrels. Home owners often find themselves having to come up with ways to get rid of squirrels in the home. Squirrels are high energy creatures who are hard to catch and can wreak havoc in the home. But what makes squirrel removal so challenging? Read on to see how squirrels act and what to expect when you find them living in your home, especially how challenging it can be during the removal process.

Squirrels in the Attic

Because squirrels live in trees, the most common place to find them in the home is in the attic. The attic space can be easy to reach and will offer nesting opportunities for squirrels to live with their families, even having babies during their stay. When squirrels live in your attic, they will start to chew on wood in the rafters, leave urine and droppings behind, messing up the insulation along the way.

Squirrels need to be removed due to the damage they leave behind as well as the potential for disease. Squirrels also can be noisy, as they scurry around the attic as well as within the walls.

The Challenge

Because squirrels move very fast, it makes them difficult to catch. You will not be able to sneak up on a squirrel and catch it to then relocate it. If you did manage to catch one, you would then be stuck with transporting the squirrel to a new location. The best option is to hire a wildlife removal company. You will be able to work with the experts to come up with a quality plan to remove the squirrels and see your home return to normal.

Most wildlife control companies will use humane methods to keep the squirrels safe as they are being removed from the home. Adult squirrels can be chased out of the attic from where they came while baby squirrels will have to be removed by hand and reunited with their mother.

One-way doors can be installed if access to the den is limited – they allow the squirrels to exit but not re-enter. These traps are set along entry or exit points so the squirrel removal takes less time. The entry point is then secured or repaired to prevent re-entry.

Squirrels are skittish creatures so once they feel threatened, they will run. This is what makes catching the squirrels so difficult. You will find that squirrels never stay still so trying to catch them without set traps will be a big challenge. Squirrels will also bite you so you must be protected when trying to handle them. Overall, it is a smarter decision to allow the experts to handle your squirrel issue for a successful result. You and your family will remain safe while the problem is handled by those with experience.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers animal control services for home owners including squirrel removal. When you need to get rid of squirrels, work with the experts of Skedaddle Wildlife to ensure that the pests are removed from the home and you can enjoy your space once more. Learn more about service options or signs that squirrels are living in your home by contacting Skedaddle Wildlife today!

Why Squirrels Love Bird Feeders

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bird-feeder-battlesSquirrels are cute creatures that live in the wild, often seen in neighborhoods searching for food and living in big tall trees. Squirrels can be fun to watch but most home owners eventually find out that the creatures tend to be quite pesky. A squirrel infestation is not uncommon in homes and severe damage can be done by squirrels who take up residency in a home. Many home owners have found that the problem begins with a presence of food. Squirrels are often fond of bird food so if you have bird feeders in your yard, you may soon find that you are facing a squirrel problem!

Why Do Squirrels Love Bird Feeders?

You may be wondering why squirrels love bird feeders so much and how it can be such a problem. For starters, you will be losing the food you set out for the birds. Many home owners like to watch birds as they enjoy their food so your bird watching days will be over once the squirrels in your neighborhood find out about your feeder. The squirrels will do whatever it takes to be able to reach the food and devour it.

Bird food consists of items that squirrels enjoy and they scavenge for their food. So once they find a plentiful source, they take advantage. You may find that your bird feeder has led to a potential squirrel pest control problem after just one feeding!

What Can You Do?

For starters, you will probably have to remove your bird feeders, at least until the squirrel population dies down. You can purchase unique bird feeders or move your feeders to new places but the squirrels will find them still and take the food as they can. Squirrels can maneuver their bodies in weird ways which allows them to access feeders that are high up, with small openings or other configurations.

Once you have removed the bird feeders, you will need to remove all food sources from the area. Ensure the squirrel has to move on to be able to find food. If you are too late, you may find that the squirrels have nested in your home, taking up residency in your attic space. If this is so, you will need assistance in removing the creatures. Wildlife removal specialists can provide the service options you need for a home free of squirrels.

When wildlife experts arrive at your home, they will provide you with a full evaluation of the home. The area in which the squirrels are living as well as where they are coming in and out of will be examined. They will then humanely remove the squirrels and then repair or secure the entry point to stop them from coming back.

To schedule squirrel removal services or to find out more about a squirrel infestation, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. The wildlife experts within Skedaddle are trained and ready to assist you with squirrel problems as well as other creatures of the wild.

Sounds in Walls and Attic: What Kind of Wildlife do I have in there?

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Every homeowner is accustomed to noise in the home. We learn the creaks and pops, sounds that start out as annoyances and become the norm. Because we become used to the noises we hear in the home, it is easy to discern when a noise is not normal. When you begin to hear sounds in the walls and attic of the home, it can be a sign that you have creatures that have taken up residency. Learn what types of wildlife can enter these areas of your home and what to do if the creatures begin to take over!

Squirrels

One of the most common animals to move into the walls and attic space of the home are squirrels. Squirrels can enter the home through areas along the roof line and make a nest in the attic space. They will begin to explore the home in the walls, which can make a scurrying sound in the home. During spring and summer squirrels can have babies in your home which will lead to increased damage if you are not careful. The creature can also start to chew on electrical work, mess up insulation and wood work of the attic space. Animal control is needed to remove such creatures from the home and keep your home from damage.

Raccoons

A larger creature that is known to enter the attic of a home is a raccoon. Raccoons may seem too big to be able to gain entry into small cramped spaces but they can. Roof vents are a common way that raccoons enter the home and begin to create a nest in your attic space. Your attic will be subject to feces and urine which can cause damage as well as damage to insulation in the space. Raccoons also carry disease which can cause health problems in the home. If you feel raccoons have entered your attic, be sure to contact Wildlife Control to have the pests removed. Experts are needed to remove the creatures safely and to come up with a solid plan to restore the affected areas of your home.

Bats

Most home owners do not even think of bats entering the home until they see the creatures flying around outside or actually in the home. Bats are unique creatures that can contort their body and enter the home in the smallest of spaces. You may have no idea that bats are living in your home until you begin to smell feces or see one flying around. Once bats have taken up residency in the attic, you will need to have the creatures removed and the space cleaned and sanitized. With bats, you are at risk for disease from the creature as well as their feces.

Experts in wildlife removal can assist you with removing such creatures as listed above from your home. The experts know just what to do to remove the creature safely as well as restore your home, leaving it free from disease or other issues. When your home becomes subject to creatures living in the attic or wall space, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. The experts in animal control can assist you with removal of a number of creature types from the home.

Is DIY Rodent Control an Effective process?

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I am sure that you have heard that a rodent infestation is not easy to get rid of. It is the main reason why you should call an animal control professional when there is a problem.  They will make sure that the job is done right however some people prefer taking care of the problem themselves. This is not necessarily a bad choice but, remember DIY control methods must be done properly to avoid future infestations. More often, hiring a animal control company is by far more economical because they can help you get rid of the problem and keep it from coming back for good.

If you still want to try out some DIY rodent control methods you need to understand, before you get down and dirty, the characteristics and behaviour of the rodent you are trying to get rid of.

These following tips will help you with everything there is to know about DIY rodent elimination.

Prepare yourself

Gather as much information on the rodent that is infesting your house. There are some animal control companies you can contact to get some advice and or even a free assessment of the situation.

It is important to understand the eating habits and activities of rodents. Rodents are mostly nocturnal and are highly active at night. They have the habit of gnawing and they can chew through your furniture or cause damage to the house. They also have a high rate of reproduction, therefore elimination of these rodents must be as quick and thorough as possible.

Invest in tools

Once you have studied their behaviour and gathered everything there is to know about them – like the degree of infestation, their nesting area and activities; you can list down your requirements. You can get a wide range of traps and devices from any hardware shop but it’s important to get help from experts and choose the right device.

Baits can prove effective for rats, mice, roaches, ants etc. but they are not highly recommended for use inside the home as they contain poison and may harm children and pets, if ingested.

There are many traps that are specially designed for mice and rats but choosing the right one is essential. A mice trap would be too small for a rat while a rat trap will be too large for a mouse.

Glue boards are effective too and can be used within the house. For best results it is advisable to select multiple types of devices.

Go time

Now that you have a plan, act on it. Ensure that you invested in the right devices because after all the effort you have put in, you do not want to leave anything to chance. Remove food sources as they are a  major reason why these rodents were attracted to your house. Once the basic items have been taken cared of, install the traps.

Clean up

After a long and tedious task of eliminating rodents, ensure that you have cleaned the place after them. After all, you do not want the stink left behind and the insects that might gather around their nests and breeding areas. Clean up the corners and seal all holes which may pose a future threat.

Lastly, one of the most common ways of getting rid of rodents is to get a cat. Cats are very active creatures and rodents are known to fear even just the smell of them them the most. Cats will help to prevent mice from making their home yours.

Still have rodent problems?

If after considering all DIY rodent control methods that are available, you still have these little furry animals and they are eating your food, creating havoc and turning your life into a living nightmare, get the help of specialist. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in Oakville will help you protect your family and property from these uninvited visitors. They will help you select the best tools and offer the most effective solutions to your rodent problems. Visit skedaddlewildlife.com for a complete list of DIY products and tips on how to keep your home wildlife free.

Best Animal Control Protocols and Practices

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When it comes to pest control we are often tempted to use poisons to kill these critters when they come crawling into our yards or homes. The poison may be effective, but have you ever thought of the kind of danger you may be exposing to your family and pets? Your dog may eat some of the poisoned food or even a young child may be curious and play with it.  To avoid these dangerous situations there are better animal control practices and protocols that can help deal with pests other than the use of poisons.

The use of pesticides has numerous disadvantages both to human beings and nature at large. For example in reference to Rodenticides, Health Canada(PMRA) says, “Rodenticides are highly acutely toxic compounds, and can be used in residential and agricultural settings. Additional protective measures are warranted in order to prevent exposure of children, pets and non-target wildlife to these chemicals”.

As important as safety measures are it doesn’t always keep you 100% protected. Here are other options to assist with animal control that don’t involve the use of pesticides.

  • Block all Entry Points

The use of pesticides only deal with the immediate problem and does not offer preventive measures. Sealing all the entry points is one of the best ways to avoid any wildlife infestation. It involves repairing all broken windows, doors, roofs and sealing the cracks in the house using cement and metals to prevent even mice from getting into the house. On the outside block any holes in the fence with heavy gauge wire s and if possible strengthen them with heavy materials to prevent the entry of raccoons and skunks.

  • Cleanliness

Some animals like skunks or squirrels will be attracted to your yard mostly by the availability of food found in garbage cans, gardens and bird seed lying around. If you tend  to regularly leave dirty dishes in the kitchen, of course,  mice will notice and become your regular “friends.”

To deal with these rodents, you have to cut their food supply. It involves replacing plastic garbage lids with metallic lids or reinforcing the cover with heavy materials. Keep your yard and gardens clean by not throwing waste inappropriately. Make sure that you was all dishes after every meal and turn off the taps in the house when water is not in use. Finally, make sure all food or water containers are sealed in your home.

  • Home maintenance

Keeping your yard well maintained and clear of clutter can go along way toward making it less inviting to wildlife. If they don’t have places to hide, they’re less likely to nest or den on the property. Trimming back trees and branches can also prevent wildlife from accessing your roof.

  • Hire specialists

These are personnel who are well trained in animal control practices. However, when hiring a professional, you should request him/ her to provide you with the following documents:

  • License
  • Certificate from a reputable animal control institution
  • Written service guarantee
  • List of references or testimonials from previous customers
  • Schedule showing his/her follow- up activities

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has a team of dedicated and well-trained specialists who have always been on the front line to fight for humane animal control. Because of this, the institution has earned itself a name and a place in the hearts of many in Canada. They are very efficient and offer a wide variety of services. The next time you are serching for a company to help you with your wildlife infestation, why not call Skedaddle and visit their website www.skedaddlewildlife.com

Fast Facts About Skunks And How To Keep Them Away

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Skunks are a member of the weasel family. They are intelligent and may look to some as adorable creatures however, watch out for their bad habits and of course, their notorious spray.

Many times, skunk’s burrowing and feeding habits conflict with people. Skunks may burrow under buildings or porches by entering openings under the foundation. They destroy property by digging holes in golf courses, lawns and gardens in search of insect grubs.

Skunks are omnivorous too. Hence, they eat eggs and other leftover piece of meat from the garbage. They are also known to eat bees.

There are many evidences which shows that skunks have killed poultry or attacked pets in order to protect themselves. When a skunk feels disturbed or insecure it will then use its spray which is their most powerful weapon. This spray is a smelling blend of sulphurous oil and can damage building materials, furniture, clothing, and other property. If this spray comes in contact with human eyes then it can cause intense itching and partial or temporary blindness. Due to such irritating behaviour of skunks, it becomes very difficult for people to tolerate these smelly creatures.

Removing skunks from your home is a must. However, it requires expertise and other tools and techniques. There are several easy methods available and some of them are as follows:

  • Skunks detest lights and prefer to stay away from highly lit locations. Skunks prefer a dark location. Hence, adding lights in yards will help to resist skunks from choosing your backyard as a nesting ground.
  • Skunks like to burrow under decks, sheds, and foundation openings. They damage properties by nesting in these areas. It is recommended to seal these prime locations from skunks with effective products like solid steel sheeting and quarter inch screening.
  • Exclusion is the best way to keep your property skunk-free. If skunks have a place to live on your property then the odds of you or your pet having a run-in with them are greatly increased. Remove any and all skunks from under sheds, decks and porches and then block off their entry points to ensure the skunks must relocate to another area.
  • You  should try to reduce any attractants from your home. These may include pet food, garbage, water bowls, leftovers vegetables, fruits, etc. Place motion activated sprinklers close to locations where you suspect a skunk might want to shelter. Such products are cost effective and natural ways to keep these smelly animals away . There are many repellents available in the market which are made up of natural ingredients and are effective to repel skunks as soon as they smell or touch the product.
  • To avoid any future infestation by skunks, fence your gardens by using wires or net. While fencing, it should be kept in mind that fence should be one or two feet below ground level, so that skunks can not dig holes underneath. Also, it should stand four feet above ground level as skunks are not skilled climbers.

Sometimes it’s better to leave animal control to the professionals like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control. They have the tools and knowledge to humanely remove skunks from your property. They are the experts in wildlife infestations and they can guarantee full skunk removal as well as help prevent any problems in the future. You can check them out here.

Fool Proof Methods to Effectively Remove Mice

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Mice can inhabit your home and quickly multiply If they find enough food, water and good shelter. If you don’t use methods to prevent this you can be sure you will have some tiny visitors in your home at some stage. There are various methods that people use to get rid of these rodents, most people claim that the use of poisons and traps are the best methods. However have you ever asked yourself whether you’ve actually solved the root of the problem? Traps and poisons may solve the immediate problem but they don’t deal with the issue of them coming back.

Fool proof methods are the most effective and also humane, leave alone not posing danger to the pets you’ve kept at home i.e. poisoning and injuries from traps. But, what are these methods? These are natural methods that act by removing or keeping away the rodents.

The use of strong smells to keep away mice is a very friendly way of preventing them from coming into your house. It involves the use of a bio-based repellent which keeps away rodents without having to kill them or pose danger to other animals and humans in the house. You won’t need to be looking for dead mice under the couch or behind appliances. These repellents have pleasing odours and are therefore human friendly. They are made from plants i.e. herbal plants. The smell produced is not pleasant to mice and it forces them to leave and seek a more comfortable habitat. The importance of using strong smells is that they last in the house for a longer duration and also are cheap and easy to use.

If you have a cat or are thinking about getting one their presence can keep mice away,  However, this works best if your cat also goes outdoors. Cats have a very strong sense of smell and while hunting they track down these animals to their nests. The mice feel threatened and those which survive choose to run away before it becomes too late. Domesticated cats however can be lazy and not interested in the mice but, even if this is the case, naturally mice fear cats and therefore their existence in the house will be threatened.

Keeping your house clean at all times helps to prevent infestation by these creatures. A clean environment denies mice access to food, water and hiding places. Keep food containers properly covered including crackers, cereals, pancake mixes and sugar. Make it a routine to wash all the dishes after eating and dispose of the leftovers properly. Cover all water containers and repair any drips in water pipes to keep those mice thirsty. By doing these small things, the mice will find it unbearable to continue living in a place where they can’t get food and leave.

No matter the method of choice, prevention is the ultimate ‘medicine’. Once the mice have left the house cover all the areas they can come back through. This includes covering all holes in walls, ceilings and floors .You can hire a professional animal control service to help you look for possible entries and help come up with solutions. They are well trained and may be the help you need.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is one of the best agencies with qualified personnel who can help remove these vermin from your house using effective and humane methods. Visit their website www.skedaddlewildlife.com and learn more on how to deal with these uninvited visitors.