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What to Do if Wildlife Enters the Interior of Your Home

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Over time, numerous wild species of animal have modified their behaviour to excel in urban areas. Commonly encountered wildlife, like raccoons and skunks, pose little threat if you secure professional assistance.

Opossum Problems: Opossums are ubiquitous scavengers. A prehensile tail provides balance and makes opossums adept climbers. Their high adaptability and omnivore diet allow them to make a home in almost any location. Opossums are wanderers by nature. They may investigate your home in desperate need of food. While typically docile, opossums will bear 50 razor fangs when cornered. Ontario’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act allows Toronto homeowners to evict opossums for safety concerns. Contact a licensed wildlife removal team to deal with the problem without risk.

Raccoon Encounters: Like their opossum cousins, raccoons are ravenous omnivores. They are fearless and invade human garbage cans in search of sustenance. Raccoons regularly make their dens within homes’ attics, walls, or chimneys. Mothers bearing young children often seek out the warmth of a human home. This gives raccoons direct access to human living areas. Ontario’s raccoon population is a major transporter of rabies and other dangerous microbes. Get in touch with experienced rodent handlers if any raccoon finds its way into your personal space.

Squirrel Discoveries: Squirrels are naturally drawn toward urban areas and their generous food sources. These urbanized animals are often adapted better to city life than natural, forested areas. Homeowner relocation of squirrels is unwise. City squirrels will likely find themselves helpless in an unfamiliar environment. Humane squirrel removal specialists are trained to properly relocate animals without putting them in danger.

Homeowners can review the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1997 for detailed specifics.                                   

How Quickly Can Wildlife Turn a Home Into a Nesting Ground?

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A house offers many nooks and crannies that can make perfectly suitable nests for various animals. Wildlife removal should happen as soon as possible to prevent nests from being established, because it doesn’t take long. Here are some common spots in homes around Toronto that wildlife can easily and quickly turn into their nesting grounds.

  • Attics

One of the most common nesting sites for wildlife in your home is the attic. Attics are often rarely visited by the residents of the house, allowing animals to make nests and take up permanent residence. Squirrels, mice, birds, and bats can all turn your attic into their private home. Many attics have cracks or holes under eaves for ventilation that animals can easily get through. It’s important to make sure that your attic is both ventilated and sealed off to animal intruders.

  • Crawlspaces

Wildlife of all kinds tends to prefer quiet, untraveled areas in which to make their nests; crawlspaces fit these descriptors exactly. If a crawlspace is not sealed, then wildlife will quickly turn these passageways into their own private homes. Only a professional wildlife removal service should attempt to remove animals from crawlspaces, as mobility can be restricted, making the situation all the more dangerous.

  • Walls

Some homeowners may be horrified the first time they here scampering feet moving about their walls, but this is not an uncommon situation. Sometimes, cracks in outdoor siding or an indoor hole allows squirrels and other nesting animals to get into the walls of your home. Mice and other rodents can cause problems to your electrical system as they are known to gnaw on wires.

If your home has been turned into a nesting ground, then call Humane Wildlife Control. We handle all types of wildlife removal needs, including raccoon removal, opossum removal, skunk removal, squirrel removal, and more. To find out more, visit our website or call us.

Wildlife Home Protection

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Nasty weather will drive anyone indoors, including local wildlife. Wild animals can enter your walls, crawlspace, and attic through holes much smaller than you might expect. Once inside, animals seeking comfort and food can do a lot more damage to a home than people often realize.

This Angie’s List report explains how much damage just a few small critters can do. The report gives examples of massive repairs needed after a small rodent invasion and other similar situations. A speaker in the video also warns you of how little space is needed for mice to enter a home, prompting you to fill any holes in your house’s walls or roof.

We can humanely remove any wildlife creatures and ensure that they can’t get back into your home. Contact us for more information.

Health Risks Associated with Wildlife Living in Walls, Crawlspaces, and Attics

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Wildlife living in your walls and other parts of your house may be noisy and irritating, but they are much more than a simple nuisance. Animals living in your house pose serious dangers to your home and family. Squirrels and other animals like raccoons can cause damage to insulation and electrical wiring, but worst of all: Wildlife poses serious health risks.

Animal droppings

Any animal that is living in your home will produce droppings that are much worse than a disgusting annoyance. If birds or bats are living in your attic, their droppings can cause serious diseases, like histoplasmosis and cryptococcosis. Rat and mouse droppings come with their own share of diseases and infection risks, including Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The longer you wait to call a wildlife removal service, the more disease-ridden fecal matter and urine will accumulate in the walls, attic, or basement of your home.

Parasites and other sources of disease

Wildlife brings in fleas and other parasites from the outdoors and provides them a home inside your house. Rats, opossums, and other pests can carry the fleas which carry diseases, like murine typhus. Even if the fleas are not carrying diseases, their bites can be exceptionally irritating. Wildlife removal services can get rid of the vessel on which these parasites enter your home.

Bites

In some rare instances, homeowners are attacked by pests and bitten when going into the attic or crawlspace. Aside from the bite itself, some animal, like mice and rats, can transmit diseases like rat-bite fever and rabies. All wildlife bites should be taken very seriously. Removal of the wildlife from your home will eliminate the threat of your pets or someone in your family being bitten.

If you have animals living in your Toronto residence, then don’t hesitate to call Humane Wildlife Removal to have them humanely removed. We handle wildlife cases of all types, including raccoon, squirrel, skunk, and opossum removal. We can also seal your home so animals do not return. Call us todayor visit us on the web.