Animals

RACCOONS

Simply put are professional urban home invaders. They are able to climb virtually anything and can easily manipulate things with there front paws. Those combined with the fact they can problem solve, allows the raccoon to easily gain entry into attics.

Raccoons are active at night so they are often heard leaving their den around dusk and return before dawn. They can have up to six den sites in a residential area. They do not hibernate but will “den up” for a couple of days to a couple of weeks in the dead of winter.

Raccoons breed once a year, giving birth to a litter of 1-8 (on average 4-6 babies) between the months of March-May.

Common concerns with raccoons are the accumulation and odour of droppings and urine in the attic, chewing on wiring or structural wood and the compaction of insulation causing considerable heat loss. Raccoons living in your attic will also keep you up at night especially during baby season when you can have upwards of nine of them.

BATS

Are by far the most difficult and labour intensive removal that we deal with. There ability to fly combined with a small body allows them to enter a building anywhere there is hole that you are able to squeeze your pinky finger into.

Big Brown Bats and Small Brown Bats are the two species that inhabit buildings in Southwestern Ontario. Big Browns are more common in urban areas, and Small Browns are more commonly removed from rural homes. It is difficult to distinguish the two apart other than a slight size difference and small brown bat colonies tend to be larger in numbers. Both species give birth to one baby per year, which can double the colony size in just one year.

Small brown bats migrate too hibernate during the winter, but will always return to the same building the following year. Big brown bats stay and overwinter/hibernate within the same building.

Common concerns with a bat infestation are damage and odour caused by the considerable accumulation of urine and droppings in the attic, on your ceiling or in the exterior walls behind the drywall. Others are the possibility of histoplasmosis (see common wildlife diseases) in the droppings and the exposure too potentially rabid bats.

SKUNKS

Commonly found burrowed under a front porch or shed in the yard, skunks are a relaxed, easy going creature and will only spray if they feel threatened or during mating season. Given the chance, a skunk will often give a warning sign by stomping its front feet or turning its rear end towards the threat with its tail raised, spraying as a last resort. Because skunks are poor climbers and suffer poor eyesight, they will often fall into window wells or in ground pools. They are a nocturnal animal that are active year round but may become dormant for short periods during extreme cold weather.

Normally giving birth in May, skunks will average 3-7 babies.

The most common concerns with having a skunk den on your property would be the increased chance of you or your pet being sprayed. They are one of the most common transmitters of rabies and distemper. Skunks also tend to undermine the porch or shed that the den is under causing it too shift or settle.

SQUIRRELS

Grey, black and red squirrels often provide entertainment to the residents of urban environments, and aid in the distribution and planting of tree seeds throughout the city.

They can also cause those same residents considerable headaches as squirrels are a very determined and persistent animal when they decide to make your house their home. Active during the day, you will normally hear squirrels in the early morning and occasionally throughout the day. They have two litters in a year, one in the spring and a second in late summer with 2-5 babies per nest.

The greatest concern with squirrels is they pose a considerable fire hazard. Their front teeth are always growing, so constant chewing is necessary to keep them short. Often electrical wiring and wood framing in the attic is their preferred choice for chewing. They also compact insulation causing considerable heat loss to your home.

MICE

Despised and feared by most of our customers, mice can cause a significant amount of sleep loss for there size, and for good reason. 1 mouse can have 5-10 litters per year, with 5-8 babies per litter. That averages approximately 40+ babies per year. Furthermore, these babies are ready to breed and have there own babies in as few as 30-45 days.

Mice infestations normally have nothing to do with how clean you keep your house. They are naturally drawn indoors as it offers safety and warmth. Houses are simply just not built well enough too keep them out. If you can squeeze your pinky finger in a hole, a mouse can easily get into your house through it.

Common concerns with mice are similar to those of squirrels as they are both rodents, and must continuously gnaw on things to keep their teeth short. Mice are also transporters of germs and diseases which are excreted in their urine and droppings and can potentially contaminate your cupboards, countertops and any food they came in contact with.

An adult mouse typically produces 50-75 droppings per day. Thats around 20,000 droppings per year.

BIRDS

Starlings and sparrows are the two most common species that look to inhabit your home. Commonly found nesting in a oven, dryer or bathroom fan vent pipe, these birds will also reside in your attic or the soffit of your home. Most birds will return and continue too build on top of the previous years nest, until they are removed and prevented from doing so.

Common concerns with birds nesting in your house are mainly the odour caused by the accumulation of droppings in their nest or the death of a bird inhabiting the nest. Bird droppings can also be a health hazard (see Common Wildlife Diseases). Birds always try too block the entire vent pipe to the bathroom, dryer or oven fan, obstructing the air flow, which will eventually burn out the dryer or fan motor. Mites, fleas and ticks are commonly found in birds nests.