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Most wildlife pests are mammals and active for most of the year. Depending on the specific animal, you may experience more problems come spring when they begin to give birth. Both little and big brown bats are active for the majority of the year. The latter species is active year-round whereas the former species is active every month besides December, January and February.
Raccoons are active for seven months of the year, from April to October. Although opossums don’t hibernate, they still seek out dens that are dry, sheltered and safe during winter, but will be active the rest of the year. Skunks are active year-round, from January to December. It’s very common to stumble upon an abandoned skunk den in late February.
Did You Know?
Canada is home to 18 different species of bat.
Wildlife - Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle
Bats: Preferring dark and dry spaces, bats often inhabit attics, basements and chimneys. They can squeeze through narrow spaces effortlessly. Eating beetles, moths, mosquitoes and more, bats are one of the few mammals known to feed on blood. Bats possess the unique ability to see through echolocation, in which they emit high-frequency sounds to analyze the location of objects based on bouncing sound waves.
Opossums: Similar to freeloading friends, once an opossum has settled in and is comfortable in your space, they are very difficult to remove. They are normally solitary and nomadic and make their homes near food.
Raccoons: Raccoons’ front paws work in a similar way to human hands. This allows them to climb, dig and lift things with ease. They use over 200 sounds to communicate effectively with each other. These sounds consist of screeching, chirping, chittering, grunting, groaning and snarls.
Skunks: Skunks have elongated bodies with short, strong legs. Skunks like to live in open areas of mixed forests but can be found in cities all over Canada. They live solitary lives and prefer darkness, often coming out at night. They have excellent senses of smell and hearing, but very bad eyesight. So bad that they can’t see anything more than three metres away, so sneaking up on skunks can startle them and cause them to spray you.
Wondering How To Get Rid Of Wildlife In Your Home Or Business?
First and foremost, it’s illegal to relocate specific wildlife species in many areas of Canada. Therefore, a professional team of wildlife control specialists will humanely remove and relocate wild animals in accordance with the law.
When it comes to wildlife control, getting rid of food sources is highly effective. Everyday preventative tactics include making sure your garbage bins and compost are securely closed and stored away from your home or business. Ensure any bird feeders or animal food is brought in overnight.
Elsewhere, you can trim any trees or shrubs that are touching your home or business as they can act as a bridge to your roof or attic. Make sure that your property is free from any leaks, cracks or potential entry points via your chimney or vents. Lastly, you can also purchase motion activated lights or sound repellents.
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Our wildlife control team takes pride in practicing the most humane techniques in wildlife removal. We’ll fix your wildlife problems safely and stop them from coming back.
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