A squirrel does leave on its own. Typically the stay of a squirrel in a attic is about 4 months in that time you can assume that the mother is pregnant with babies. When you notice squirrel activity in your attic around the spring to late summer you can almost be assured that the mother is with baby squirrels. Now you have several options to consider, but hiring a professional is always the best option as guaranteed humane removal is always the best option available. You can choose to do nothing about it and wait until the family disperses about 4 months later. In the first 10 weeks, squirrel babies are heavily dependent on the mother for their survival.
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If you are not comfortable with this idea then you can just leave them as it is. There are consequences attached to these Squirrels that can create a fire hazard by gnawing and chewing on wiring as a way to keep their teeth short. This in return can cause a fuse which can lead to a house fire. Squirrels are the type of critters who make latrines as a way to do their business away from the nest however this concept works only nature, and it is not very good transferred in an enclosed urban space where the latrine, as well as the nest, are in the same space. This can create a cesspool of different bacteria and can cause diseases to be transferred. Since attics are not one of the best-updated spaces in the house antiquated old flooring can cause the urine and the feces to seep through the floor which can make the occupants sick. Indirect exposure to feces and urine can cause a range of health issues as they are harmful to people.
Squirrels as earlier mentioned can chew on wiring as a way to keep their teeth in check but this can also extend to the insolation where degradation may take place due to the way and way they defecate or urinate. Having a latrine is not always a safeguard for stains, etc. Considering that there are also babies present the attic at this point may easily be one of the filthiest places in the house. To tackle this issue the best way to go about this is to call up licensed reputable professionals like hiring the technicians from Animal Control Hamilton who have decades of experience and who know the ins-and outs of squirrel removal in an ethical way!
No trapping or harming a squirrel is against the law. The issue is that when people are not armed with the knowledge and lack the experience it may work against them. Professionals are more experienced and are licensed, technicians that guarantee a swift and safe exclusion. The way professionals get the squirrels of is not through trapping as trapping and relocating squirrels is can harm the squirrels. Instead, squirrels get removed through a tunnel-like contraption called the One-Way Door. after the squirrel passes through the One-Way Door, the squirrel will be essentially locked out from the premises. After that, the squirrel in question will go elsewhere to establish a new nest.
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When squirrel babies are involved the technician has to resort to a different strategy and have to be handled delicately fro start to end. The issue is when squirrel babies. are involved they usually find themselves deep in the nest. It may be challenging at times, but the technicians are experienced and skilled enough not to get fazed by any of the circumstances that come along their way.
Animal Control Hamilton has been in the industry for years and has been consistently hiring the best and seasoned wildlife removal technicians. We have been serving the Hamilton Region for years and have been helping families and businesses for years get rid of their squirrels. At Squirrel Control Hamilton we emphasize the technical and safe removal of squirrels. When people often face a squirrel issue their first instinct is to go to the conventional hardware store and to buy traps and repellants that really are not effective. When people try to set traps they usually do not know where and how to lay them which may delay and even worsen the situation altogether.
When you hire professional wildlife technicians you are guaranteed to get rid of your squirrel issue in no time with the seasoned technicians at Squirrel Control Hamilton. They are trained, licensed, and experienced and have been removing squirrels in a safe and ethical way for well over a decade. When the squirrels are finally removed from the premises, the technicians will proceed to the proofing and sealing part of the process. The entry-points are secured and sealed with galvanized steel mesh which they cannot chew, scratch, and tear through.
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Admiring squirrels from afar might be a totally different experience than experiencing squirrels in your home. This is because we often do not know how destructive these little critters can be before they enter our home. When people are personally dealing with squirrels their perception rapidly changes from the care-free cute animal to a small, but destructive force they wished they never had to deal with. If you are unsure of squirrel activity the signs in the article may point you in the right direction. If you are experiencing, seeing, or hearing any of these signs, Squirrel Control Hamilton is more willing to help taking care of the squirrel issue.
One of the most obvious signs of squirrel activity is obviously noises, especially noises that are out of the ordinary. When you hear rustling, creaking, or pitter-patter in the early hours of the day do not assume that they are squirrels right away. They might as well be raccoons as they too like to take advantage of attics and its many amenities it has to offer. The difference is that raccoons are nocturnal and often are active at night time whereas squirrels like to rise and shine during the early hours of the day around 3 am to around 5 am. It must be noted that many of these signs may overlap with raccoons and they often behave in a rather similar way in enclosed spaces.
Another sign you have to look out for is roof damage. Even though squirrels are small animals they might do considerable damage to the shingles of your roof seeing that shingles are quite fragile as they go through wear and tear from being exposed to all types of weather.
Squirrels give birth to their young twice a year during the spring and during the summer. When you hear squeals and screeches, this might come from squirrel babies. An increased activity might be audible as well as the mother can look for all kinds of insulating material to keep her young warm.
When you have a chimney and a fireplace you might hear sounds echoing from the fireplace. When you first suspect squirrel activity you might hear gnawing sounds as they will gnaw and chew through aluminum chimney vents.
The worst sign of them all is that the stench of the squirrels has become so bad that the smell permeates through the house. Raccoons and Grey Squirrels have a habit of creating raccoons. A latrine is a designated spot where raccoons and certain species of squirrels do their business. However, do not expect this to go smoothly every time. Feces and urine have the chance to transmit bacteria and
diseases and for this reason alone the presence of squirrels can be very risky. Attics have a tendency of not being well maintained. If the floor is porous meaning that liquids can seep through it, it may potentially reach the lower floor.
If you see one of these signs, you should hire a wildlife control technician as soon as possible as the situation can spin out of control really soon. Contact Animal Control Hamilton now to speak to our technicians and to book an appointment.
The difference to the untrained eye may not appear as strongly as the nests both are made up of gathered materials. In urban areas, however, the materials can greatly vary in what squirrels think what would suit them the best. In other words, these can consist out of paper, cardboard, foam and other kinds of material deemed suitable to make their stay as comfortable as possible. In contrast to the natural nest which is primarily made up of branches, leaves, grass, moss, tree bark ,and shredded leaves all lined up to make a bowl-like shape. Squirrels nests or dreys as they are formally called are usually up in a tree no more than 30 feet above the ground. Adult squirrels have the habit of making several dreys as a safeguard against fleas and other pests that may plague the grey. Adult squirrels is urban areas generally nest in two spots which mimics their natural surroundings. Either they make nests in chimneys and in enclosed spaces. The reason why they choose to do so is because it simulates tree hollows and squirrel nests.
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Squirrels usually give birth to 3 young twice a year usually where they are dependent on their mother for about five to eight weeks. During this time squirrel young are in their most vulnerable stages in their early development and cannot fend for themselves. Add in that father squirrels will hunt down baby squirrels and will kill them to literally weed out the competition.
Certain squirrels will create latrine close to their nest and will do their business close to it which is not a problem in the open nature but will create a a cesspool of creeping and crawling bacteria everywhere. Squirrels can easily transmit disease with their feces and urine. Attics are often neglected where wear and tear almost has become the norms. When floors are antiquated liquids have a chance to seep through the ceiling .
When you are dealing with squirrels the best option and the first should be to cite professional wildlife control technicians. These technicians are specialized, trained, and licensed to deal with the most difficult and sensitive situations. Squirrels in particular can be holdup quite deep in hard-to-reach places and can require some more effort. The way squirrels get excluded is by the use of the One- Way Door. The One-Way Door is a tunnel-like contraption mean to get them out the fastest way possible without doing them them harm. As a local wildlife control service Squirrel Control Hamilton emphasizes on the humane and ethical treatment of all wildlife and works according the strict regulations set by the provincial government and agencies.
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There are not many ways you can get a squirrel out of the attic let alone humane. However, professionals have been using ethical and safe ways to get squirrels out of the attic through mainly using what is known as a One-Way Door. When baby squirrels are involved they delicately use their hands to remove them.
To understand the One-Way Door is not a hard concept in itself to explain, but many customers seem to be confused by the concept as their traditional reference to handling these kind of cases are usually by killing or trapping them. Wildlife control services such as Squirrel Control Hamilton do not ever want to harm wildlife by principles and by law as squirrels are regarded as a protected wildlife animal under the Conservation Protection Act which makes harming or absuse of an animal a crime or an punishable offense. Fines may also be given depending on the severity or even a considerable amount of jail time.
The One-Way Door is a tunnel-like contraption through which the squirrel must pass in order to be locked out. As the name already implies the One-Way door only has one way through which the squirrel can exit. Once out the squirrel cannot re- enter the property anymore causing it to go elsewhere. In the case of babies, the wildlife control technician always performs an exterior inspection to make sure that the whole property is combed down. If squirrel babies are detected the babies are delicately removed by hand and placed in a box for the mother to fetch later on.
Preventing squirrel break-ins is easier than getting them out. You can do an exterior inspection yourself or have somebody else have it perform for you. When an wildlife control technician performs the inspection you can be guaranteed that s/he will spot several vulnerable point throughout the property the squirrel is able to exploit through either biting, scratching, chewing or even a combination of all three.
When technicians find these points they make sure than no other animal is occupying the space, After no animal is detected, the technician patches the entry-point up with galvanized steel mesh. Galvenized steel mesh is a strong a durable material able to withstand the fiercest attempts by animals to break through. Even if you think some material seems strong enough, think that aluminum id easily breached by squirrels who find their way in the attic with easy and causing a host of issues as a consequence.
With the One-Way Door in place you can be squirrel-free in no time. The One-Way
Door is easy to attach and when the squirrel needs to go outside for food and water and passes the One-Way Door the problem takes care of itself, just like that.
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Yes you can, but it all depends how you do it and how you handle the situation. Finding squirrel entry-points for the trained eye is not a hard thing to do, but for those who are willing to go the DIY route. The most important thing in the blocking off process is not finding the right material, although some might argue that that is also critical, but it is actually making sure that the squirrel is actually not there. There might be several access point around your property and focusing only on one is a big mistake. If the access is blocked to one entry-point, yes, the squirrel will move elsewhere, but on your property. If all the entry-points are taken care of the squirrel has no other option than to actually leave the property for good. The main challenge is to identify the entry-point and to look around the property to actually make sure than no other vulnerable spots are present. Some material might look sufficient but it might take the squirrel not even much force to get through the hole by biting, chewing, or clawing.
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A lot of squirrels will just chew through the aluminum with their front teeth and can chew their way through plastic covers with ease. The best way to proof your house against squirrels is to simply call a licensed wildlife control technician. These professionals can ensure that your home or commercial establishment is proofed against the fiercest wildlife attacks using durable and time tested materials that cannot be bitten, chewed, ripped, or teared. The DIY routine is as effective as the skills of the person applying and sealing the gap. An issue with this is that it requires skill to seek out vulnerable points around the property which can be an issue if you do not happen to be trained. The sealing might go very well, but just around the corner there will be another squirrel lurking around to take advantage of the net point around the perimeter. Often times when people ember on a DIY project they do not have enough knowledge of the behaviors of the animals which can cause for unintended consequences. People might seal up gaps while the squirrel is still inside or squirrel babies might be holed deep inside of the attic which is a logistical issue on its own when you are dealing with wildlife young.
To have them removed safely and ethically, call Animal Control Hamilton to have your case handled by the best technicians in the Hamilton Region.
Having squirrels on or inside of your property can be a very annoying thing to be dealing with especially during the springtime or in the colder months when winter is at our doorsteps. Winter makes it more likely that squirrels break in and stay in the attics for a long period because of the warmth and shelter it provides to haul through the winter. There are several signs you can recognize either by smell, sight, or hearing. Knowing these signs can help you determine whether you are dealing with a squirrel or not. In either case, though, you should call a reputable wildlife control technician in either case because noises coming from the attic can never be a good sign. Before we get into the nitty-gritty of it all, it is important to know why people need to call a wildlife control technician because people seem to underestimate the urgency of calling one for such a small animal.
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The reason as to why to call one is that an expert can easily, and safely remove the animal or animals in question in the span of a few days. While the squirrel is a rodent it like mice and rats, it does enjoy the privilege under the Wildlife Conservation Act which makes it illegal under the law to kill, harm, abuse the squirrel under any circumstance. Whereas, mice and rats can be killed without a precinct. This means that mice and rats can be killed at any rate since they breed rapidly and can cause any situation to spin out of control very soon. Squirrels have the habit of gnawing on things as a way to keep their front teeth in check, otherwise it would grow too long for it to function and do its tasks daily. To combat this issue the squirrel gnaws its teeth and basically grinds it with several materials, most notably aluminum or electrical wiring, because of the copper that is inside of it used to conduct the current. Apart from that, several squirrel species create a latrine to do their business. While this seems like a great idea, it is not that great once you find out that they tend to create the latrine in the same enclosed space in the attic. This can create a cesspool teeming with all kinds of pathogenic bacteria that can make you sick. This is why it is important to the following six signs to find out if you have a squirrel.
1 Noise at early hours of the day
Squirrels tend to start their day early usually at 3 to 4 am. When you hear rustling, pitter-patter, or thumps coming from above your head it likely maybe a squirrel. If you hear it at night and hear a heavier pitta patter, thumping, and rustle this may very well be a raccoon since they are nocturnal which means that they are active during the night.
2 Roof Damage
This might be a hard one to spot unless you actually head out outside. You may see teared up or damaged shingles. If you do see this, this might imply that you are dealing with a squirrel since they like to look for any hole that can lead them in the attic. They can exploit drainage pipes, or any soffit crossings, any wide enough whole which they can make bigger by force by either tearing, biting, or pushing themselves through.
3 Seeing them physically enter through the entry-point.
This might be very obvious, but at the same time, this can be very hard to spot. If you have been noticing some squirrel activity around your property this may be the same squirrel that enters your attic.
4 Hearing squirrel babies
Around the warmer and colder months, the mother tends to give birth in a safe and warm environment. In nature, she will build a nest of all kinds of materials that she can get her paws on. In an urban environment, this can be paper, cardboard, leaves, etc. If you are hearing squeals, screeches, and cries then this might be a sign that you have squirrel babies. Only a licensed wildlife technician can take care of this safely.
5 Stench from the attic area
Certain species of squirrels tend to defecate everywhere and some create a specially designated area. Regardless of where they always tend to make it close to the nest. For them, the nest happens to be the attic thus the make the latrine in the attic. Urine as well can be built up over time and seep through the attic floors since the flooring is usually antiquated and not well maintained. Insulation material suffers and can deteriorate over time which asks for a costly replacement for all affected material. Over time the stench builds up and leaves the space and finds its way throughout the property.
6 Noises from the fireplace
The urban squirrels build their nest often in chimneys because it gives the squirrel a safe place to stay away from predators. When you hear certain sounds from above the fireplace know that squirrels might be nesting in there. Do not turn on the fireplace as you can cook them alive. When this happens the mother squirrel can usually escape leaving her babies alone unable to escape…
If you have any issues with wildlife in and around your property, make sure to contact the technicians from Animal Control Hamilton for quick and efficient removal!
If you live in the country, you’ll probably see wildlife, including raccoons, on a regular basis. But the increase in populations in recent decades has seen people encroaching more and more on the raccoons’ natural habitat. Consequently, raccoons are now seen regularly in urban areas, and recent studies have shown that city raccoon numbers are on the rise and to tackle this problem the best way is to hire a pest control service in Hamilton.
So, what are the differences between city raccoons and their wild cousins?
City raccoon behaviour
Raccoons are masters at adapting to a variety of environments and climatic conditions. That’s what makes these critters so successful and enables them to live in many of the major cities in Canada, including Hamilton.
Young raccoons stay with their mother for a year or so. Throughout that time, the juveniles learn how to forage and survive. City-dwelling raccoons are taught how to cross streets and avoid traffic, even learning how to avoid major highways and busy streets.
Unlike their wild cousins, who often travel miles in search of the resources they need to survive, these masked city slickers live in relatively small territories so that they don’t need to travel far to find water, food, and shelter. Dextrous and intelligent creatures, raccoons use their acute sense of smell and nimble fingers to raid garbage cans and even get inside people’s homes in search of food.
Although wild raccoons are pretty much nocturnal creatures, urban raccoons are often seen out and about in daylight, seemingly unafraid of human activity and traffic.
What are the main differences between city and wild raccoons?
So, the city raccoon has quickly evolved to enable the animals to survive and thrive in an urban setting. Studies have shown that city raccoons are much more resourceful and quicker thinkers than their wild counterparts, which are a tad clumsy and slow in comparison.
Raccoons that live in the city generally live longer, too, mainly because they are not trapped or hunted, there are very few predators, and there is an abundance of human food to be scavenged. Also, chimneys, sheds, and unsecured attics provide plenty of scope for safe, warm dens during the raccoon’s breeding season, leading to better survival rates for litters of kits.
Interestingly, city raccoons tend to be more aggressive than wild ones, and they often cause a lot more damage to human properties too. It’s thought likely that, because they see humans on a daily basis, city raccoons have lost much of their natural wariness, viewing people as providers rather than competitors.
That’s a worrying development, and there have been reports of people and their pets being attacked by raccoons, which have been tested positive for a rabies-like virus that also affects humans.
As cities spread, human populations expand, and urbanization begins to encroach on the raccoons’ natural habitat, these resourceful creatures are readily taking advantage of the resources that are offered by their new human neighbours.
In fact, according to specialist wildlife removal firms in Ontario, they are receiving more and more calls to deal with nuisance raccoons in urban settings. As cities continue to grow, that seems likely to be a continuing trend for the future too.
Raccoons in your attic are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. These creatures are destructive, noisy, and they carry parasites and diseases that could harm your family and pets. Also, raccoons can be very challenging to get rid of, especially during baby raccoon season. To remove raccoons from your attic the best way is to contact a pest control service in Hamilton.
In this article, we highlight the most common signs of raccoons in your attic so that you can take action to evict the intruders!
Noises from above
Raccoons are the largest wild animals that you’ll encounter in an urban setting, weighing as much as ten pounds and often being the size of a small dog. So, if you hear loud thumping sounds coming from your attic, that’s a pretty good indication that it’s a raccoon up there. Whereas squirrels, rats, and mice make scratching, scurrying noises, there’s no mistaking the stomping of an adult raccoon.
Also, raccoons are very vocal creatures. Mother raccoons continually “talk” to their kits, and the babies reciprocate, becoming more vocal as they grow.
Day or night?
Raccoons are nocturnal, so if you are awakened by things that go bump in the night, that’s most likely a raccoon stomping around in your attic. You may also hear the sounds of a female raccoon breaking and entering by ripping away loose shingles or tearing off vent covers to get into your attic.
What season is it?
Typically, baby raccoon season is during the early spring, peaking around March. That’s when pregnant female raccoons are seeking a suitable safe, dark, quiet location in which to establish a den and give birth to their kits.
Be especially vigilant at this time of the year. Once the babies are born, they will remain in the den for at least three months before they are strong enough to leave the den and go foraging independently of their mother. If you act immediately, you may be able to have the raccoon removed before she gives birth, saving yourself a whole lot of disturbance and hassle.
Although raccoons will use your insulation to create a cozy nest for their babies, they will also bring in materials from outside, including leaves, paper, twigs, and any other debris that appeals to them. So, if you notice these items scattered around, that’s an indication that you are up against a raccoon invasion.
Thanks to their size and strength, raccoons can cause a lot of damage very quickly. These animals use their sharp claws and teeth to chew things and rip up tiles, drywall, and wooden beams, creating a lot of damage to the fixtures and fittings in your attic.
Note that if a raccoon feels threatened and trapped, it will panic, destroying your attic as it attempts to escape.
Although raccoons are nocturnal, you may catch sight of one at dusk or dawn sniffing around your garbage cans, climbing up a downspout, or sitting on the roof of your home. That’s a clear indication that the raccoon might have made a home in your attic.
Raccoons establish an area in the attic to use as a latrine. Raccoon feces is foul-smelling, and you will probably be able to smell the buildup of feces (scat) in your attic from other parts of your home.
You might also notice small piles of raccoon scat on your roof adjacent to the den entry site.
What should you do?
If you think you have a raccoon in your attic, don’t try to handle the situation yourself. In Ontario, it’s illegal to kill, cause stress to, or remove wildlife more than one kilometre. Also, if the mother raccoon has already given birth, removing the adult raccoon will leave the babies without food, and they could starve to death. That’s not only cruel, but the tiny corpses will attract other vermin and pests into your home.
So, don’t take the DIY route. Instead, contact a firm of specialist wildlife removal experts who will humanely remove the raccoon from your home. Also, they will make sure that no kits are left behind, seal up entry points, and assist you with repairs and decontamination of your attic.
The bottom line; leave raccoon removal to the professionals and save yourself a whole lot of money, time, and hassle.
Raccoons can be a real pain! These clever critters can wreak havoc by overturning your trash cans and digging up your garden. Also, the masked menaces can cause considerable damage by breaking into your attic, climbing down your chimney, or even squeezing between the walls of your home to create a den and raise a family. To deal with this problem it is highly advisable to hire a professional pest control service in Hamilton.
So how can you raccoon-proof your home?
Why do raccoons visit your home?
Raccoons are opportunistic scavengers that are primarily interested in finding food or shelter. So, any food smells will act as a magnet for these creatures. Also, in the springtime, female raccoons seek a safe, sheltered place to establish a den and build a nest.
How to deter raccoons
The best way to raccoon-proof your home is to remove the sources of attraction.
- Keep trash cans inside your garage or lock them in a purpose-built store. Secure your garbage bin lids with a bungee cord or use raccoon-proof trash cans that are specially designed to resist unwanted raiders.
- Get into the habit of putting your garbage out on the morning of pick-up day rather than the night before so that raccoons don’t overturn your bins during the night.
- Double-bag your trash so that the smell of food leftovers doesn’t attract raccoons.
- Wash out trash cans thoroughly and use disinfectant to remove spills and get rid of any lingering food smells.
- Remove other potential food sources at night, including bird feeders, animal food bowls, etc.
- If you have a cat flap or doggy door fitted into your kitchen door, make sure that you lock it at night, especially if you want to leave food down for your pet inside your home. Raccoons will use a pet door to get inside your house, especially if there’s a tempting smell to entice them.
As well as deterrents, you should take steps to prevent raccoons from getting into your home. Start by fencing your property with sturdy, robust fencing that will not be vulnerable to attack by the raccoons’ sharp teeth and claws.
Next, check for likely entrance points, such as loose soffits and roof tiles, uncapped chimneys, and holes in decking, sheds, etc. If you find any potential den entrance sites, be sure to have them properly secured.
If you have trees whose branches overhang your home, cut them back so that raccoons can’t use the branches as a bridge to your roof, leaving your chimney and attic at risk of invasion.
Light ‘em up!
Raccoons are nocturnal creatures, only venturing out to search for food once the sun has set. The animals will avoid brightly lit areas where they feel exposed to potential predators, so installing motion-activated security lights around areas that could be attractive to raccoons is often effective.
If you notice a lot of raccoon activity in your area, take steps to raccoon-proof your house and garden against the masked marauders.
For more advice about how to keep raccoons and other wildlife away from your property, or to deal with an existing nuisance raccoon, contact your local specialist wildlife removal service.