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Your Wildlife Prevention Checklist 

As the weather warms up you might start seeing more wildlife hanging around your yard and trying to get into your home. Spring is baby season for many animals, so there’s a good chance they will be looking for a safe place to nest in order to prepare for their upcoming litter.

Though they may be cute from a distance, wild animals can be quite the pest if they make themselves comfortable in your space! Not only are they potential carriers of diseases, they can damage your home and leave you with difficult to repair issues.

It is easier to prevent them from getting comfortable than it is to get them out once they’re in, so follow this checklist to make sure you are protected as much as possible.

Your Prevention Checklist:

Do regular inspections of the exterior of your home

  • Look for possible entry points like broken siding, cracks in your foundation, and holes around doorways. Even the smallest holes leave your home open to infestation!
  • Inspect around the base of your roof and chimney for weakened or rotted wood, ripped shingles and an uncovered chimney. Install a chimney cap if necessary.
  • Look closely at any vents, pipes or cables going in or out of your home. These provide holes that animals can squeeze though, or make bigger. Install vent covers as needed.
  • Watch for any possible water damage as this can weaken areas, offering wildlife an easy place to create an entry point
  • Ensure any windows seal completely, especially to your attic– a favourite sport for a mother to build her nest!

Stay on top of tree growth

  • Any trees or branches that grow too close to your home should be kept trimmed or taken down altogether to prevent animals from using them to get onto your roof

Do you have trouble keeping pests out of your home? Whether its raccoons, squirrels, bats or another animal – contact the pros serving Oakville, Burlington and Halton Region!

Don’t leave food or water out

  • If you feed a pet outside, make sure their food and water dishes are clean or removed when they are done.
  • Clean up any fallen seeds or nuts from bird feeders.
  • Pick up any fallen fruit from trees in your yard to discourage animals from eating them.

 Keep your garbage bins sealed

  • Ensure the lids are sealed tight and weighted down. Raccoons especially are ruthless if they catch the scent of food.
  • Clean the inside of your garbage bins periodically.

 Keep your compost covered and sealed

  • This is especially important if you put any meat scraps, bones or grease in your compost.

 Protect your ponds & gardens

  • A fresh water source is the most likely thing to draw in wildlife, so keep ponds covered and fish protected, especially at night.
  • Build a fence around your garden beds, especially if you grow vegetables.

Keep your yard picked up

  • Do regular inspections to pick up any debris fallen from trees that small animals could use as hiding spots
  • Store wood piles away from your home and fence
  • Install a mesh fence around the base of your shed and deck to prevent burrowing.

Wildlife Entry Prevention is key!

Of course, there are steps you can take to remove wild animals once they have gotten comfortable on your property, but the easiest course of action is to prevent their comfort to begin with. If you find yourself unsure of the steps to take, you can always call a professional to give you an assessment.

 

Your Wildlife Prevention Checklist 2020-09-03T16:00:42+00:00

The Dangers of DIY Pest Removal

When you hear scratches in your walls, scurrying in your ceiling or banging in your attic, it’s easy to immediately feel a sense of dread at the steps that have to come next. Rather than calling a professional, you might be tempted to search online for a do-it-yourself pest removal tactic. But those DIY methods often turn out to be much involved that you think!

Reasons DIY Pest Removal isn’t a Good Idea

The cost of the project

The motivation to try a DIY pest removal project probably starts with the idea to save money. It can be tempting to avoid calling a professional for help in favour of solving the problem yourself, but this could end up backfiring.

Many DIY methods don’t work as well as they advertise, so you may end up trying several different ideas before finding something that does work. This could end up costing you more money than if you just hired a professional in the first place.

Will it be effective?

At Regional Wildlife Services, we’re here to help! If you’re in the Burlington/Oakville or GTA please contact us for advice or a great quote!

Going into pest removal as an amateur leaves quite a few factors up to chance. Figuring out exactly what kind of pest is living in your home is one of the first steps in trying to get rid of it. Sometimes it can be difficult to do this, especially if the animal is nocturnal! A professional is trained to know what to look for and what habits each species has, so they can often save you time and money in this step alone.

Once you’ve figured out which pest is on your eviction list you then have to figure out which removal method is best suited and exactly how to carry it out. Unless you get this choice right you run the risk of not removing them completely.

Another huge part of pest removal is figuring out how they got into your house in the first place, and sealing up any possible entry points. This will prevent them from re-entering in the future.

Possible safety risks

There are many possible safety risks to performing do-it-yourself pest removal. Some of the most common include:

  • Many rodents carry disease and trying to remove them yourself puts yourself at risk of coming in contact with some of them. Both the animal and its body waste can be carriers of diseases like rabies, roundworm and histoplasmosis.
  • Blocking entry points often involves climbing onto your roof or into your attic. These areas can be dangerous for an unskilled worker, so accepting a professional’s help is the best way to ensure everything is done safely.
  • Wild animals are often unpredictable, especially when they feel threatened. If you approach one at the wrong time or in a way that makes them feel defensive you might be on the receiving end of an attack. If the animal has babies, they will be even more protective of their space.

Sometimes it’s better to call the pest control professionals

When it comes down to it, DIY methods of pest removal might work out… or they might be more headache than they’re worth! If you have pests that you want removed efficiently, safely and quickly, the best option is often to call the professionals in. Don’t risk your health or home with a DIY method you’ve found online!

 

The Dangers of DIY Pest Removal2020-09-03T16:00:43+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

Top Ways to Deter and Get Rid of Raccoons

You may think of raccoons as cute, furry little animals but they’re actually quite the nuisance! Before they get in – deter raccoons to save you grief (and cost) later! They will enter your yard and home seeking food, shelter and water and if they find any, they are quite hard to get rid of. These creatures are aggressive and destructive and love nothing more than to destroy your vegetable gardens or get into your trash cans.

Finding a raccoon on your property is going to lead you seek out ways to deter and get rid of them. Read on to find out some great solutions!

How to deter raccoons

Make them feel unwelcome

Use light and sound

Raccoons are usually entering your yard to find a safe, warm and quiet place to nest. Making your yard the opposite of that can work to discourage them from sticking around. Use bright lights, music and foot traffic to ‘scare’ the raccoons into leaving. This method is debatable though, so give it a try but be aware that it may not work.

Remove the Vegetation

Raccoons will forage for food anywhere they can, so having a garden makes their job easy! Not planting a garden will help prevent them from getting comfortable in your yard, but if you have to be sure it’s well protected.

Also, be sure to remove any branches that might help them climb their way to your attic or provide leaves for padding for a den under your deck or shed.

If you have a raccoon that you’re not sure how to get rid of, call a professional to help. Raccoons are aggressive so you have to be careful how you approach them!

Install deterrents

Plant cucumber

Plant cucumber along your fence and in your garden because raccoons hate the smell of them and will stay far away!

Use ammonia or vinegar to steer them away

Soak a few tennis balls in ammonia and place them where you think they live to send them packing. Or use vinegar on anything they may try to eat.

Use garlic or cayenne pepper to make a repellant

Raccoons don’t like the smell of either, so you can make a solution to spray around their known entrances to your home or sprinkle the powder around your garden.

Use predator urine

Use the urine of wolves, coyotes or bobcats- purchased from some outdoor stores or online- to deter raccoons. This makes them think a predator is nearby so they need to escape as soon as possible.

Make it difficult for them to get what they want

Close any access points

Use wooden boards, wired mesh, netting or newspaper to seal any access points to your home, under your deck or under & in your shed. Monitor these points to make sure the raccoons aren’t finding a way to break through.

Cover water Sources

Raccoons are always on the hunt for water sources, so make sure you aren’t leaving them any. Cover any ponds and pools, dump any bins that can collect rain water and don’t leave water dishes out for them.

Protect your garbage

The main goal of a raccoon entering your property is to find food. And their main source is going to be your garbage can. Discourage them by making your garbage can inaccessible. Lock it up or take it inside at night, and keep it sealed when it has to be out. Use a cinder block to weigh down the lid.

Don’t leave pet food out

Pet food is the easiest way to invite raccoons to stick around. Having a steady food source gives them reason to call your yard home.

Install bird feeders on thin poles

You bird feeder provides the perfect food source for a raccoon! Installing it on top of a thin pole rather than a thick one prevents the raccoon from being able to climb it.

Raccoons are a pest you want to deter and get rid of

When you find a raccoon on your property or in your home you can bet that they have found something they need. From food and water to a place to have babies, they rarely stick around if they don’t find things that serve a purpose. Removing these helpful items will help encourage them to leave your property. There are also many things you can do to try to deter them from getting comfortable – so get to it!

Need help deterring raccoons? Call the experts today!

Top Ways to Deter and Get Rid of Raccoons2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

Animals in the Attic? That can be a Huge Problem!

If you’ve ever had an animal in your attic, you know it’s true that it’s a space they love to live in! For most small animals your attic will offer a safe, warm place for them to live, nest and survive cold climates. You might be inclined to feel bad for them but having any animal in your attic can mean bad news for your home and family!

Read on as we cover a few signs you might have something living in your attic, the potential dangers and annoyances from your new housemate, and some best practices for getting rid of them!

Signs you might have an animal in your attic:

  • Scurrying or squeaking sounds in the ceiling
  • You find droppings or urine
  • Disturbed or torn insulation
  • Chewed wood beams or electrical wires
  • Damage to your ducts

The potential for damage can vary

  • Damage from droppings and urine: You may encounter mild damage in your attic from droppings and urine, but the severity will depend on how long the animal has been living up there and how many of them there are. Overall this is a pretty basic thing to clean, however you’ll want to make sure you check out the insulation for moistness. Moisture in the attic can encourage the growth of mold which can become a big problem very quickly. But be careful cleaning the waste from animals in your attic because it can be a potential source of pathogens and illness. Especially be careful if you’ve found bats in your attic. Bat guano is poisonous!
  • Insulation: Rats & raccoons like to removing insulation to create their nest, leaving your home susceptible to inefficient heating and cooling systems. This can be an expensive problem to have if you don’t notice it, though not dangerous.
  • Chewing wires: Rodents, squirrels and raccoons might chew the wires in your attic creating a potential fire hazard.
  • Chewing wood & eaves: Some animals need to chew to keep their teeth sharp. This is bad news for the wood in your attic!
  • Ripped ducts: For some reason raccoons are quite fond of ripping apart the ducts in your attic. This can result in poor air circulation throughout your house.

 

How to respond to animals in your attic

Identifying which animal you have in your attic is the first step to removing him. While there are a number of do-it-yourself solutions to deal with animals in your attic, it’s often easiest to call a professional pest removal company. They’ll be able to quickly determine what sort of animal you are dealing with and be able to suggest or perform the best removal possible. They also have all the equipment and protective clothing necessary, depending on what needs to be removed.

At Regional Wildlife Services we’re experts at removing a wide variety of animals from attics, so give us a call to have us remove your pest today!

Animals in the Attic? That can be a Huge Problem!2018-06-19T15:48:20+00:00

Birds in Your Dryer Vents? It Could be Dangerous  

We love birds, but let’s face it – birds can be pests! We talked about bird problems before, and it’s worth discussing further.

As the seasons shift from winter to spring, you’ll naturally notice the birds returning to your yard and looking for a safe place to build a nest. One of their favourite places to build one, believe it or not, is in the ventilation tube for your clothes dryer! This area is warm so it makes the perfect place to lay and incubate their eggs, and your dryer vent generally sits a couple feet off of the ground so it makes for a safe place from predators. Sounds cute and all, but this can actually be very dangerous for your home and family! Having anything stuck in a dryer vent can potentially cause issues, but a birds nest in there takes the cake. In this post we’ll talk about why this can be so dangerous, and how to remove the hazard and prevent it from happening to your home.

The dangers of birds nests in dryer vents

There are 2 main reasons why a bird in your dryer vent can be so dangerous. First, because the dry materials from the nest could get sucked into your dryer, creating a fire hazard. Second, it’s possible that the nest could clog the vent, causing a build up of carbon monoxide in your home.

Removing the nest from your dryer vent

If you suspect you might have a bird’s nest in your dryer vent, there are 2 ways to go about removing it. You can gently remove it yourself- if it is close to the front of the vent you can use kitchen tongs to gently grip it and remove. Or, you can call a professional pest removal company to remove it for you. Whichever option you choose, it is recommended to have a professional vent cleaning service pay you a visit afterwards, to ensure no loose particles remain, as they can still make their way to your dryer and present a fire hazard. Be careful, there may actually be restrictions when removing birds from certain locations.

How to protect your home from birds in dryer vents

Prevention of bird nests in dryer vents is actually very simple. You just need to install a vent cover that will prevent birds from entering the vent when it is not running, but still open when your dryer is running. You can pick this up from most hardware stores to install yourself, or contact a professional service to install it for you. If you do it yourself, just make sure to measure your dryer vent before you head to the store.

You wouldn’t think that a bird building a nest in your dryer vent would be a very big deal, but after reading this you can see that it can actually be quite dangerous! If you don’t have protective covers on your dryer vents, make sure you check them for any feathered friends, then look into getting a vent cover to protect your home.

Want to learn more about bird removal services? Live in the Burlington, Oakville and Milton area and have nuisance birds in your home? Contact Regional Wildlife Services today!

Birds in Your Dryer Vents? It Could be Dangerous  2018-03-26T17:54:15+00:00

Squirrels vs. Raccoons: Whats the Bigger Threat?

When comparing squirrels versus raccoons, you may not be sure which one is the biggest nuisance overall. Some people even say theyre in cahoots with one another, working as a team! In any case, if youve ever dealt with either of these pests, you know how much of a problem they can be. Lets see which one of them wins the title of Biggest Threat.

Round 1: your home

Both squirrels and raccoons have been known to invade the attics of innocent homeowners. Squirrels are little hoarders who will be stashing piles of nuts and other items throughout your attic. Plus, theyll make too much noise running all over the place as they look for more electrical wiring and insulation to destroy. Due to their size, raccoons tend to rip open larger holes to gain access to your attic. Additionally, theyre nocturnal, so youre likely to hear them thumping and bumping around at night, disturbing your sleep (and the very fact that theyll make you overtired means youll be less well-equipped to do battle and get rid of them).

The winner of round one is the raccoon.

Round 2: your trash

Squirrels are kind enough to mostly leave your garbage alone. But raccoons are another story. These sneaky mammals are too smart for their own good and can do a remarkable job of breaking into your trash. And after they break in, to make matters worse, they have the audacity to scatter the garbage all over your property while searching through it for morsels of food. And they never, ever clean up after themselves.

The winner of round two is the raccoon.

Do you have nuisance raccoons or squirrels on your property or worse, in your home or building? Act now before the wreak havoc (and expensive damage)! If you live in Burlington, Oakville, Hamilton or the surrounding region call us today for a wildlife removal quote!

Round 3: your yard

Raccoons will be mostly kind enough to leave your landscaping alone. But squirrels, on the other hand, get into all kinds of mischief. They pig out on your gorgeous flowers, then follow that up with digging up other plants you worked so hard to nurture. If youre lucky, itll only slow their growth if youre unlucky, the plants will die. Theyve also been known to damage prize lawns in many a neighbourhood. When you consider how hard you worked, and how much you invested in buying supplies to grow those plants, only to have them destroyed by these uninvited guests, its a very frustrating situation to find yourself in.

Its not just gardeners who have something to fear though. Bird lovers will be horrified to find these rodents stealing birdseed from their feeders and scattering the stuff all over their yard, without showing the slightest sign of remorse.

The winner of round three is the squirrel.

And the winner of our squirrels vs. raccoons battle is

You decide. Based strictly on our three battle rounds, raccoons would claim victory as the biggest threat. However, depending on the nature of your property and how large the local populations of squirrels or raccoons are, the outcome may be different for you. Either way, these pests have got to go if theyre causing damage and messing up your home or land. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Squirrels vs. Raccoons: Whats the Bigger Threat?2020-09-03T16:00:43+00:00

Animals in Your Attic (and What They Sound Like)

 

The attic, nearly all homes have one but you dare not go in there – and thus it is the perfect place for wildlife and pests to take up shelter! Are you noticing weird noises in your home? If they’re coming from above, you may have animals in your attic. Figure out what you’re dealing with by learning what sounds they make. Here are some of the most common ones Ontario residents tend to come across in their homes and how to identify them based on their unique sound profile.

Raccoons in the attic

Raccoons are nocturnal, so if you hear any of the following noises coming from your attic at night, they might be the culprit: hissing, chittering (or chattering), and screeching (if they’re fighting). They can also produce scratching and rustling sounds as they move around. Because they’re on the heavy side as far as animal invaders go, you may even hear what sounds like heavy thumping when they walk.

Squirrel invaders

Squirrels are most active during the daytime. Listen for the sound of nuts rolling around (these creatures are the original hoarders!), and fast scampering feet as they run all over the place. You also might hear them making squeal-like noises, or a quick series of short, sharp sounds.

Bats in your attic

Bats make the most noise at night because that’s when they’re the most active. Listen for their high-pitched chirps (it can sound similar to the type of chirp a bird might make), and rustling noises as they move around.

Birds nesting in the attic

Birds are most active during the daytime so that’s when you’re most likely to hear them making a racket. The catch is that many species of birds chirp the most in the early morning hours when you’re trying to sleep in a bit. You also might hear the sound of their wings flapping as they flutter around.

Rats and mice are a common problem

The sounds they make can be very similar: the speedy pitter-patter sound they make when running, scratching noises, and high-pitched squeaks. They both tend to be nocturnal, so that’s bad news for your sleep since they’re noisiest at night. Pests like rodents are especially difficult.

What to do if you think you have animals in your attic

The first step is to try to identify the animal you’re dealing with. Use the sounds you hear to narrow down your list of possibilities to the most likely culprits. Next, you’ll have to get rid of them safely and humanely. If you let them hang around too long they can cause a lot of damage to your home, such as ruined insulation, foul odours from their waste, and destroyed wiring (they sometimes like to chew it, which is a major fire hazard). While it’s possible to take care of these types of issues yourself, many people don’t have the time it takes to do a thorough job of it, and end up dealing with the problem for far longer than necessary. For this reason, let our professional wildlife removal experts take care of it for you — it’ll be faster and easier than trying to do it alone. Contact us today for a quote.

 

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Animals in Your Attic (and What They Sound Like)2018-01-17T15:18:47+00:00

Protection from Wildlife Baby Season – It’s Time to Winterize Your Property

Squirrels are one of the most common pests that property owners do battle with, and now is the time to take preventative measures against them. And the earlier you take steps to keep them out of your home or business, the better. With winter on our doorstep, and it being well before wildlife baby season begins, now is a great time to do this.

Knowledge is power — be aware of important timing considerations

You need to know when baby squirrels will be born because once they’re inside your property, you’ll be stuck with them until they’re old enough to live in the wild on their own (humane treatment of wildlife is very important and well worth doing). Consequently, it’s better to prevent them from getting in at all, and you can do this by sealing up your property before they’re even born.

Baby squirrels can be born as early as March, and again in July or August (there are two squirrel baby seasons per year). Each litter will have as many as nine babies. After those little ones are weaned from their mother (at about ten weeks of age), they’ll grow up to have babies of their own — as you can imagine, it won’t take long for a relatively simple problem of two squirrels to turn into dozens if you’re not careful.

Complete a thorough inspection of your property before wildlife baby season begins

Now, before baby squirrels are cozying up inside your home or business, is a great time to do a thorough inspection with the aim of sealing up any weak spots that enterprising squirrels might consider to be an open invitation. Focus on areas that squirrels are notorious for abusing.

Chimneys and attics are popular with these critters as a location for their nest, so make sure these problem areas are well-protected. You can install screens on your chimney that allow smoke to get out, but prevent wildlife from getting in. Attics are a bit more complicated to protect, but it can be done once you know what to do. Make sure your shingles are in good repair — aside from the fact that you need to protect the wood beneath it from moisture and rot, you also need to protect that wood from being chewed through as an entrance to a squirrel nest. It’s also a good idea to inspect your soffits — this is a major problem area that squirrels and other wildlife have been known to exploit in order to get inside your attic. Finally, if you have trees adjacent to your building, consider whether or not any branches are positioned in a way that allows squirrels to use them as a runway onto your roof. If you see any problem branches, trim them right away, or hire a professional to do it for you.

Winterizing your home to prior to wildlife baby season is important

Do everything you can before winter arrives to prevent squirrel problems from happening at all. This is far easier than dealing with a family of squirrels that’s stubbornly persisting in running around inside your property as if they own the place. Worst case if despite your best efforts you run into issues, the simplest way to deal with them is to hire a professional to get rid of them.

At Regional Wildlife Services, we have the homes and businesses in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and all of Halton covered. Let’s get rid of unwanted animals from your property!

 

Protection from Wildlife Baby Season – It’s Time to Winterize Your Property2017-11-10T21:47:17+00:00

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