Wildlife in Pickering never takes a break. Some species may slow down and become less active in the winter, and the odd few even hibernate, but that does not mean that animal control experts don’t have work to do.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way
Skunks, raccoons, squirrels and rodents are constantly looking for ways to get into your house, and if there are any potential entry points, no matter how small, they will find them. This means you need to be vigilant if you want to prevent a wildlife invasion, especially in the winter when many of these animals are desperately looking for warmth and shelter.
Skunk removal is a job for the professionals
Skunks are sneaky animals who love to make their homes under your home. They will burrow under a deck, shed or building to create a suitable den. Besides the inconvenience, this can be dangerous as it may comprise the foundations of the structure.
If a skunk sprays under your home the smell can cause nausea and vomiting, and it is very difficult to get rid of once it has permeated the curtains, carpets, and furniture. In the winter skunks are not particularly active and spend long periods of time in their dens, so it may take a while for you to realize that one has moved in right under your feet. The skunks will usually only emerge at night and you need to be on the look-out for tracks in the snow.
If you suspect you have a skunk living under your house, you need to call in professional help immediately. Do not try to remove it yourself. You will most likely be sprayed or, even worse, bitten by the terrified and traumatized animal.
The challenges of skunk removal and control in winter
Removing a skunk from your property is challenging enough at any time of year, but the harsh Canadian winter brings with it its own set of challenges. Snow and ice make animal entry points difficult to identify, access, and repair. Thick snow can obscure or camouflage potential entry points but fortunately, professionals know where to look.
Repairing any skunk damage and sealing up entry points is difficult when you are working in icy conditions. You need to remove any snow and ice from around the hole before you can make repairs or install mesh screens. Fortunately, skunk removal professionals are used to sealing off potential entry points and have all the necessary experience and tools to get the job done, even in the winter.
Skunk control in Pickering is a year-round exercise and one of the most effective ways of preventing skunks from burrowing under your property is to dig a trench around the perimeter and bury heavy wire mesh in the ground. This is best done before the cold weather sets in, as it is almost impossible to dig a deep enough trench once the ground freezes in winter.
Many homeowners delay dealing with skunks in the winter because they wrongly assume that the animals will move out again when the weather improves. But this just doesn’t happen. Once a skunk has made itself at home under your home it is not likely to move on without some encouragement. In fact, if you do not immediately deal with the problem of one skunk in the winter, you will have a far greater problem in the spring if an adult female gives birth under your home. The removal of an entire skunk family is far more of a challenge than removing one adult.
Skunk removal in Pickering never slows down. There are always unwelcome intruders making dens under homes, decks or sheds, and if you find any evidence of skunks living on your property, contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for professional removal services and advice.