Sometimes, homeowners who have identified a single wildlife intrusion are surprised to find that an entirely different species has taken up residence in their home. This usually occurs when larger animals force smaller ones out of prime denning areas. But can multiple species invade at once? In short, absolutely. Wildlife control services sometimes find multiple breaches in a single home, each hosting a different species. Here’s why this happens.
Animals are driven by a relatively simple need to find the things they need in life. Food, water and shelter are basic needs that all animals share. In many cases, the extreme conditions outside necessitate finding warmth or cold. Many species need to avoid serious predators who prey on animals who unwisely expose themselves. Together these needs make animals highly motivated to find places where they can safely reside. Unfortunately, residential human homes often satisfy many needs at once, making them perfect shelters.
When animals enter homes, they rarely do so alone. This is because young and juvenile species are the most vulnerable and thus require the most protection possible. As baby animals grow, they require more space and resources until, at last, they enter the world to make their own way. To facilitate this process, mothers are often perfectly happy to tear away at siding, porch guards or gaps in roofing. Though this behaviour can be seen as both responsible and necessary from the perspective of the mother animal in question, it can cause considerable consternation to human homeowners.
Because some animals leave their shelter after their young have matured, the breaches in your home that one species has exploited may soon host another. Sometimes, larger species simply kick smaller ones out, leaving them to find another place nearby. Occasionally, the best place nearby is another breach within the same home. As a homeowner, the key to stopping this process before it grows absurdly out of control is to properly exclude animals from your home within a timely manner.
When living in a property you own and repair yourself, you should make a practice of regularly inspecting areas that can possibly serve as entryways for industrious animals. Peruse places under porches, near basement entryways, at the edges of roofing and near external sheds. While you should seal potential entrances before animals begin to use them, you should never assume that a gap is unoccupied or attempt to seal an animal inside. This is both cruel and counterproductive, as a desperate animal may take desperate measures to exit your home, causing even more destruction.
Determining whether animals are living in your home is usually relatively simple. You may hear animals making their characteristic vocalizations or find droppings in or around your home. A musty odour or blatant entry signs are other clear indications. Many animals cause physical damage while entering your home, or leave behind staining from their fur. If you have noticed any of these signs, it’s time to call a wildlife removal professional. Even if you think you can expel animals on your own, simply removing them is not enough to prevent a recurring intrusion.
A professional wildlife expert can quickly determine the true extent of your animal occupation and take measures to permanently evict unwanted residents. At Skedaddle, we dedicate significant effort to ensuring that the removal process doesn’t kill or unnecessarily harm or stress animals. While proper exclusion is necessary to assure the integrity of your home, killing desperate animals is not.
At Skedaddle, we find and seal all entry points, so wildlife can’t continue to invade and damage your home. In cases of multiple invasions, we deal with each intrusion and species according to the best practices for each situation. When young animals are present, we ensure that mothers have a chance to safely retrieve them. For experienced and humane removal, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today.