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Why squirrels and racoons love your attic?

As the temperatures drop this winter, you may have to worry about pests invading your home. Your attic provides a tempting place for squirrels and raccoons to get comfortable, especially if they have babies coming and they need to build a nest!

But why is your attic such a draw for them?

Why squirrels & raccoons will choose your attic:

It’s warm

Especially in winter months, these pests are looking for somewhere warm to call home. While neither actually hibernates, they do try to stock up food so they don’t have to go outside when it is very cold out.

It’s safe

Being able to stay out of sight of predators is of utmost importance to squirrels & raccoons, particularly in the winter when their ability to hide in trees is decreased. Attics are also high off the ground and difficult to get into for larger pests, so they feel safer.

It’s quiet

Mid-winter is prime nesting season for squirrels & raccoons, so they are looking for somewhere dark and quiet to build a nest to have babies.

It’s easy to get into

Attic entry points are often overlooked by homeowners and since squirrels can squeeze through very small openings, your attic is a prime destination for them.

Have squirrels, raccoons or the nuisance “unknown” pest in your attic and live in Burlington, Oakville or surround area? Call the experts at Regional Wildlife Services now for a fast, budget friendly quote!

The most common ways a squirrel or raccoon will enter your attic:

Roof vents. These vents let off warm air so they are basically calling to animals that are cold outside. Both squirrels and raccoons are chewers so it is easy for them to chew through plastic and aluminum to get in.
Solution: install a mesh grate under the vent cover to prevent entry

Chimneys. If your chimney is uncapped and made of brick this is a prime location for them to nest or break into your attic. The brick helps them climb up and down with ease and it can be difficult to get them out.
Solution: Install a mesh cap on your chimney to prevent entry.

The edge of your roof. The angle of this area and the likelihood of accumulated snow and debris having softened the material underneath means pests can get a good position to chew a hole in your roof.
Solution: Clear your gutters often and watch for signs of holes.

Wall vents. These vents sit on the side of your house and mimic a tree cavity, so make for a prime spot for a squirrel. And because they are likely plastic they are easy to chew through.
Solution: cover with wire mesh to prevent entry.

Squirrels and raccoons are cute to look at, but a pest you don’t want in your attic!

Sure, they seem cute and cuddly but these pests can wreak havoc on your home. Their need to chew means that your wiring, insulation and structure are all at risk if they get comfortable in your attic. Not to mention that the sounds they can make while running around, chewing and nesting can get rather annoying!

If you have an unwanted guest in your attic and aren’t sure how to remove it yourself, the best solution is to call a reputable pest removal company to give you a hand. Don’t forget, they are wild animals, after all!

Why squirrels and racoons love your attic?2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

Squirrel Baby Season in Ontario – Prepare to Prevent Entry!

With winter quickly approaching and spring following close behind, it’s nearly time to start protecting your home from squirrels looking for a place to have their babies. For most of the year these pesky critters will look for a warm, dark and safe place to nest, then wreak havoc on your home and yard. Once they are comfortable in your home it can be hard to get rid of them- especially if babies are present- so prevention is the best solution.

There are a few things you can do to help make your yard and home unappealing to squirrels and it’s best to put those into play before squirrel baby season starts!

Squirrel babies in the attic

Once a squirrel has their babies in your attic, you won’t have any trouble identifying their presence! Squirrels are anything but quiet, with their penchant for noisily fighting and running around after each other throughout most of the day.

Any squirrel in your attic between February and March should be assumed to have babies nearby or on the way. This makes the squirrels much more difficult to get rid of, since you have to be careful not to separate them from their mother. You also need to be careful that you don’t frighten her into abandoning her babies.

Regional Wildlife Services helps Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton-Hamilton homeowners keep animals out, before they get in. We now offer DIY roof vent covers if you can safely install them yourself. Or, call our experts for fast, on-budget squirrel and animal prevention and removal services.

Ways to keep your home squirrel-free

Don’t provide them with food

One reason a squirrel will stick around and make themselves comfortable in or around your home is because they have access to food. The most common source of food in residential areas is a bird feeder, so an easy step to protecting your home is to monitor that.

You should install bird feeders several feet off the ground and coat the pole in petroleum jelly so they can’t climb up. You can also buy squirrel-proof bird feeders to keep them out. 

Seal up any entry points

Squirrels will enter your home looking for a quiet and safe place to have their babies. This usually means they’ll look for a hole or crack into your attic, since that space is usually quiet, safe from predators and full of materials to build their nest.

In order to make your home unappealing to them there are a few steps you can take:

  • Seal any holes or cracks near your roof – Squirrels can squeeze through very small holes so don’t underestimate the size of any holes or cracks! Cover any concerning spots with mesh so they can’t get in. Be careful they aren’t inside though, you don’t want to seal them in.
  • Cover your chimney with a cap
  • Enter your attic during the day to see if you can spot light coming in anywhere – this can indicate a hole or weak spot.
  • Install mesh covers on any vents or air intakes

Keep trees trimmed

Squirrels will often enter your home at the attic, so keeping any branches that go near the roof trimmed will help discourage them from thinking they have easy access. Contact your utility company to install deterrents if there are lines crossing above your house.

Prevention is the best course of action

When it comes to squirrels and their babies in your home, the best way to deal with them is to catch them before they get comfortable. If you find yourself with squirrels in your attic and are unsure whether they have babies or not, it’s a good idea to contact a professional pest removal company to help you out.

Squirrel Baby Season in Ontario – Prepare to Prevent Entry!2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

If Mice Live in Your Attic – Does anybody Hear?

When you think of pests in your attic, think MICE!

Despite your attic being target #1 by  squirrels or raccoons, mice are tiny critters that can be so much more of a hassle! Mice will enter your home looking for a warm place to hide and have babies, turning a small problem into a significant infestation in a matter of weeks. You need to get rid of pests in your home ASAP!

From leaving trails of hazardous waste to chewing pretty much anything they can get their teeth on, mice can create quite a bit of damage in your home. Not only that, but mice are anything but quiet! Read on to learn why finding a mouse in your home means you want to act fast in getting rid of it.

Why a mouse might choose your house

There are a few reasons a mouse might choose to get comfortable in your home. One of the most common is because it offers a warm and safe place to hide in cold weather. Mice are timid so they look for any place that people and pets don’t frequent, making your attic or basement their prime target. Both areas usually offer a number of safe places to hide, and likely easy access to the rest of your house to find food.

Once a mouse has found a comfortable place to call home, it becomes a great place for them to build a nest and have babies. The gestational period of a mouse is only around 20 days, and each litter can include 10-12 babies. This means that your house can become overrun very quickly! So, when you spot a mouse, it’s something you want to deal with immediately.

Mice are not quiet house guests!

Usually the first sign of a mouse in your home comes when you hear them scurrying around in the attic or walls. Mice are mostly nocturnal so you’ll likely only hear them at night. Listen for them scurrying around the ceiling and walls and chewing on things like walls, baseboards and wires. If you suspect you may have a mouse problem, sit quietly for a few minutes in the area and listen closely for any scurrying, bumping, thumping, squeaking or scratching noises.

Other signs you might have a mouse in your home

Physical Evidence – From chewed up food packaging to damaged insulation, the physical signs of a mouse problem can be plenty if you keep an eye open.

Droppings – Mice leave droppings in corners, along baseboards and in cupboards. Basically, anywhere they can get into you’ll likely find droppings.

Smell – Their urine smells strongly of ammonia and will be more pungent the worse your infestation is.

Nesting Waste – Nesting sites are usually made from materials like paper, insulation and lint. If you find piles of these you will likely find nesting mice nearby.

Mice are a noisy pest you want to get rid of asap

Having mice in your home might not feel like a very big deal at first, but with the rate they procreate, it’s something you’ll want to deal with before a couple mice turn into a big infestation! Once a small mouse problem turns into an infestation, it’s often easier to call a professional to help you out.

If Mice Live in Your Attic – Does anybody Hear?2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

Squirrel Chewing Habits: Their Fun Wreaks Havoc on your Home

Those cute little squirrels running around your backyard and playing in your trees might be fun to watch, but they can be pesky critters when they want to be! The most irritating thing about squirrels is their penchant for chewing pretty much anything that gets in their way. Whether it’s wood around your home or yard, wires in your attic, or plastic on your home or car, basically nothing is safe from these backyard critters.

Read on to learn some reasons why they want to chew everything, a couple ideas to convince them to stop, and what to do if you find yourself in a backyard faceoff that you might not win.

Why do squirrels chew everything?

Unlike humans, a squirrels’ teeth never stop growing. While this is helpful them since their diet mostly consists of nuts, seeds and fruit which are hard on teeth and wear them down, this also means they need to be constantly working to keep them a manageable length. This leads them to chew on pretty much anything they can. From wood to metal or plastic, all of these help to grind down their teeth. Unfortunately, this is bad news for your property!

Squirrels also chew things to gather material to build a nest. Wood especially makes a good base for them, so watch your wood siding, deck, attic beams and any other wood around your yard carefully.

Squirrels are quite smart, and if there is something in their way that can be chewed through, they will do so. This is especially important to know with wood beams and wires in your attic, because if not caught soon enough you can be in for some unfortunate and dangerous damage.

Are you in Halton Region and have a squirrel problem? Get rid of them now! In Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Hamilton call Regional Wildlife Services now for a budget quote!

How to prevent squirrels from chewing

When trying to prevent a squirrel from chewing materials around your home, you want to try to use strong and durable materials as much as possible. Things like steel mesh and pvc piping are helpful materials that squirrels will have difficulty chewing through.

If you’ve already reached the point where they are chewing through things around your home, you can use some sort of spicy hot sauce to steer them away. This is something that washes off, so you’ll need to reapply as necessary, but it is a quick and easy way to tell them they aren’t welcome anymore.

Sometimes, you just need to call a wildlife removal professional

If your friendly squirrel company has turned the corner into a full on invasion, you might be at the point where you just need to call in a professional. Squirrels don’t give up easily, and once they’ve found some profitable real estate, they’ll settle in for a long stand off. And squirrels are not a rodent you want to mess with (remember those constantly growing and sharpened teeth?!)! A professional can come assess your home and work out a safe plan to remove the squirrels from your home and give you some suggestions of how to squirrel proof the area.

At the end of the day, as cute and friendly as they may look, you have to remember that they are really just inconsiderate rodents with bad habits and scary teeth!

Squirrel Chewing Habits: Their Fun Wreaks Havoc on your Home2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

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