Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and forage for food at night. They are most active after the sun goes down and spend their nights looking for food, water and mates. Several nocturnal animals such as bats, skunks, mice and raccoons can make trouble for homeowners if they invade their properties.
Many types of nocturnal animals can cause damage to your property. If you suspect they are coming onto your property at night, you should act immediately. Here is a list of animals commonly seen at night in Montreal and what you can do to get rid of them.
It should come as no surprise that bats are nocturnal animals. During the day, bats stay hidden and remain perched inside their shelters. These animals do not like the sunlight and will do anything to stay in dark spaces when the sun is out. However, bats become very busy when the sun goes down. Bats require a lot of food to sustain themselves and they often eat hundreds of bugs a night.
Bats can become a problem for Montreal residents if they enter a home searching for shelter. Bats are often found in roof gaps, vents, chimneys, attics and other small crevices. These critters should not be allowed to take up residence in your home as they can spread diseases and cause structural damage. Search your property for small openings and fix any roof damage. Bats can fit through tiny gaps and are hard to get rid of once they set up a nest. If bats cannot easily find an access point to your home, they will likely look elsewhere.
Raccoons are notorious for foraging for food during the night. These animals sleep during the day and come out at night in search of food and water sources. However, the mating season for raccoons is early spring and may cause these typically nocturnal animals to go out during the day searching for a mate. Raccoons don’t venture far from their shelters, but they have been known to enter residential neighbourhoods close to waterways.
Raccoons are attracted by garbage as it is an accessible and abundant food source. Close your dumpster at night and secure it in a closed garage. If you must leave it outside, tie it with a rope. Raccoons have natural finger dexterity and can easily open garbage cans and retrieve food. These creatures are opportunistic eaters and will quickly go away if they do not find something good to eat.
Skunks come out at night to find food and build burrows. Skunks prefer to live near food and shelter sources. Therefore, it is not uncommon to see them in Montreal neighbourhoods. Persuade skunks to stay away by making it difficult for them to build a burrow in your yard. Skunks use wood and structures such as decks, sheds and porches to build shelters. Make sure they cannot access wood structures around your home by installing wire fencing.
Remove other forms of food and shelter, including grass, bushes, shrubs, logs and tree stumps. If skunks cannot find a place to hide, they will go elsewhere.
Work With a Bat Removal Montreal Expert
Have you noticed animals poking around your property at night and you want the help of an expert to get rid of them? Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today to help you with the situation. Seeing an animal at night is not a reason to panic, but you should keep your distance and contact us quickly to control the situation. Our technicians employ humane removal methods and the safety of your family and the animal is a top priority.