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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.

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Damage and Diseases Caused By Bats

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Bats are unique creatures that can be fun to watch in the nighttime hours, fluttering around in the sky. Bats eat insects, which makes the creature essential to the population control of such insects as mosquitos. However, bats can also use your home as a breeding ground which can lead to damage as well as disease. Bats can easily enter the home in openings as small as a dime to their contortionist features. You may never know that bats are in your home until you hear something in the attic or actually see one fly by inside!

Common Areas Bats Frequent in the Home
There are a few common areas in which bats will take up residence in the home due to the environment provided. Bats are known to hole up in attics, crawl spaces and basements when access is provided. Bats can squeeze through tiny holes to gain entry into the home and then use the space as their very own. Droppings and urine will be left behind which can damage the space as well as bring about the risk of disease.

Spreading Disease
Without wildlife control, bats would be able to spread several diseases. Bats can carry rabies but rarely bite humans, however the disease is still a risk factor. Bats also produce feces known as guano which can carry spores of Histoplasmosis. This is a disease that affects the lungs and can be especially dangerous to children as well as the elderly.

Bat Mites
Another issue that can occur when bats are in your home are bat mites. Compared to bed bugs, bat mites will infect a human, making the individual their new host. When an infestation occurs, the mites are mistaken for bed bugs and not treated effectively by exterminators. It is important to inspect the entire home and search for the presence of bats in case your ‘bed bug’ issue is actually bat mites so the proper treatment can be provided.

Structural Damage to the Home
Bats do not chew on the exterior of the home to be able to gain entry, so that’s one area of damage you do not have to worry about. However, bats do leave guano behind as well as urine. This can accumulate over time and the result is such waste will be dripping through the ceiling destroying the insulation of the home as well as soaking into sheet rock. The structure of the home can be majorly damaged and repair service needed which can be quite costly.

Bat Removal
If you have found bats in your home, it is time to contact wildlife control. Such experts in bat removal will be able to help you remove the pests and recommend what action needs to be taken as far as cleanup is concerned. The experts have experience in removal of such animals, ensuring the area in which bats are coming in to the home is repaired for no further invasions.

When you come across a bat or other pest issue, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control  today. This wildlife control company can provide assistance to remove such creatures and restore your home back to normal.

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.

Reproductive Cycle of Rats

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Rats belong to mammalian family. They reproduce very quickly. In fact, they attain sexual maturity at five weeks of age. They do not have a breeding season, although extreme variations in temperature can affect mating. Sexually mature females come into heat all year round, every 4-6 days unless and until they get pregnant. Females attain menopause at about 18 months of age, their menstrual cycle becomes irregular until it stops completely however, she still cannot be considered infertile before 2 years of age. Rats do not recognize incest, therefore, first relatives such as brother and sister and even mother and son should be separated before mating to avoid inbreeding depression.

The mating process follows invagination and ejaculation. Behavioural signs are shown by female rats she may first dart forward or spin her head then she may brace her leg stiffly, lift her head and tail and vibrate her ears. This display represent that she is ready for mating. The male rat will recognize it and then copulate the female. Male rats are often more willing for mating compared to females.

When mounting he will grasp her scuff with his teeth. During this process, mounting will occur many times but most of it is a foreplay. This process can go on anywhere from 2 – 24 hours even though there is a chance that a female got pregnant with only one mounting.

The gestation period of females is usually 20 days but it can vary from 21 to 25 days. The female’s body will get thicker and her abdomen will enlarge after the two weeks of pregnancy. As the birth approaches, the pups start moving inside her womb. The mother’s need is simple. It includes a healthy and nutritious diet, a little bit of exercise and extra nesting material a few days before the expected event take place. After the parturition, all females come into heat within 24 hours. This is known as ‘postpartum estrus’ . Therefore, there are chances that she again can become pregnant.

The birth process usually lasts for 2 – 3 hours. The first sign of delivery is the blood discharge followed by strong contractions at the forelimbs of the female. These contractions stimulate the female to stretch out and exert pressure to her abdomen. The mother will actually sit up and pull the baby out of her womb once she sees the head and she will immediately begin feeding the baby with her milk. Once, the responsible mother has successfully nurtured her babies, she is ready for mating again.

With their reproductive cycle, rats tend to multiply fast so infestation is likely possible when you have them in your home. The rat population in your home should be controlled and extinguished and this can only be properly done by animal control experts. The best part is that wildlife control companies like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control exist to provide all the services that you will need regarding your rat problem at home.

Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control will ensure that they will not only resolve your problem at the moment but they will also make sure any future re-entry of these pets will be prevented. Your home will also be a healthy and safe place for your family because Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control will  also provide cleaning and clearing methods after all the rats in your home are exterminated. Check out their website here.

Dangers of Being Exposed to Mouse Droppings

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Mice have been a bane to society since the early sixth century when mice caused the first ever recorded  bubonic plague in history. This plague was the first of its kind, it occurred in the Byzantine Empire killing more than 25 million people. This was named the Plague of Justinian after the emperor Justinian who had been infected but survived miraculously through extensive supportive treatment. Since then mice have been the source of many pandemics across Europe, China and the Indian subcontinent. The danger may seem like it has passed as these events happened about a century ago but the rising population density in cities has given these pests a way and means to infiltrate our homes, mice can be the cause of the next pandemic which we may face.

Infestation

Mice infestations are the main cause of all rodent borne diseases and the cause of infestations are the root to all problems. Mice, like all living organisms, need food to eat, water to drink and a place to stay. The main causes of infestation occur when an area has food, water and shelter and the mice can find a way to get inside.  Mice seek out a warm and safe place to spend the nights, and so attics are perfect. These disease-ridden critters are nocturnal, and can often be heard scampering up the walls and in the attic at night. They chew on electrical wires, contaminate food, and spread diseases.

Dangers Of Mouse Droppings  

If you have a mouse infestation at your residence or place of work, coming in contact with mouse droppings is very possible. Just touching the droppings can cause a vast number of diseases. Mouse droppings are small and could be easily mistaken for the regular debris that find their way onto the floors of our homes. Many homeowners aren’t tipped off to the fact that they share their residence with an infestation of mice until more than droppings are found, often near food. Mouse droppings are more than an indication that your home’s defenses have been breached; droppings mean that there is a potential for illness, no matter how miniscule.

Some of these diseases are:

1)  Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS)

Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) is a deadly disease transmitted by infected rodents through urine, droppings, or saliva and although rare it has been recorded to be fatal if not treated immediately.

2) Mouse Bite Fever

Mouse-bite fever (RBF) is a systemic bacterial illness caused by Streptobacillus moniliformis, a bacteria that can be acquired through the bite or saliva of a rodent or the ingestion of food or water contaminated with mouse feces.

3) Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

Salmonella poisoning occurs by ingesting rodent droppings and it causes a typhoid-like disease in mice and in humans.  The disease is characterized by diarrhea, abdominal cramps, vomiting and nausea, and generally lasts up to 7 days. Unfortunately, in immunocompromised people, such as the elderly, young, or people with depressed immune systems, Salmonella infections are often fatal if they are not treated with antibiotics.

Rodent control in and around the home remains the primary strategy for preventing diseases. It is important to call a pest control company when you have rodent problems and DIY methods don’t seem to work. Hiring professional services from pest control companies like Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is still the best option. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control will not only make sure that your rodent problems are solved but will also ensure that you will be saving money in the long run because you will never have to call a pest control company ever again.

Different Kinds Of Nuisance Birds in Canada

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Birds can be very beautiful and they enhance the beauty of any place. Their enchanting sight and sound can liven up and bring joy to anyone. However, they can also be a downright nuisance with messy nesting material, their droppings and the noise their newly hatched chicks make. While birds are ecologically important creatures that frequently eat insects, many species are also nuisances in urban environments. Prone to nesting in, on, and around hospitals, office buildings, apartment complexes, and other structures, birds can create serious problems that may eventually necessitate some form of pest control.

Types of Nuisance Birds in Canada

These 6 types of birds found in Canada are commonly classified as nuisance pests: house sparrows, starlings, pigeons, woodpeckers, gulls and Canadian geese.

Also known as European sparrows, house sparrows are invasive pests that regularly bully native birds. They can destroy gardens, damage crops and are a source of parasites, fleas and mites. Starlings cause serious problems for livestock and the associated industry, while pigeons congregate in large numbers and produce excessive amounts of hazardous waste.

Mostly a noise nuisance, woodpeckers are also capable of causing structural damage to siding and exteriors. Gulls, like pigeons, cause problems via fecal contamination, while Canadian geese populations can grow nearly unrestricted, destroy many plants, and also leave behind potentially harmful droppings.

Flocks of water birds, especially Canadian geese and gulls, are an increasing problem on school grounds, especially athletic fields. In addition to creating a nuisance, these species may damage turf, deteriorate pond environments, and create potential health hazards including slippery footing for athletes due to copious fecal droppings.

A wide range of other situations may result in birds becoming pests at schools. Roosting turkey vultures can become a nuisance with their distinctive sights and smells. Gulls may harass young children for food. Swallows may nest on the sides of school buildings, creating a problem with droppings and mites left behind after they move on. Contacting a wildlife control professional is the best option in these situations.

Monitoring and Inspection

Monitoring for bird problems consists largely of logging and responding to complaints, and regular inspections of building exteriors including roofs. Early nesting efforts at problem sites, especially ventilation features, can be discouraged, removed, and, if possible, prevented from reoccurring by exclusion with netting or spikes. These services can be provided to you by animal control experts.

Control Measures

Nonchemical Control Measures

Most bird management procedures fall in this category. The most practical method associated with buildings is to look for areas that can become common nesting areas and develop exclusion methods to prevent the birds from nesting on your property. A wide range of approaches are available from common building materials to bird netting, spikes, and specialized products including electric tracks. Exclusion of geese and gulls from ponds is also possible using posts and wire or line. A wildlife control company like Skedaddle offer wildlife removal strategies that are humane, safe and reliable.

Sanitation/Cultural Control Measures

Habitat modification and exclusion from structures are generally the most effective ways of controlling nuisance bird populations. Wildlife Technicians locate where birds are roosting, nesting, and landing. Once they find the nests they will clear, clean and repair the infested area. Part of Skedaddle’s wildlife control process involves clearing and cleaning any contaminated material, like odorous droppings or carcasses that can pose serious health risks.