Wildlife activity during winter slows down significantly, much like that of humans. Skunks, squirrels, and raccoons spend significantly more time inactive in their nests and dens during freezing cold weather. But, as soon as a warmer period in the middle of winter comes along, they all spring into action. Afterall, for babies to be born in spring, mating needs to occur in January and February. With the arrival of spring and babies, urban wildlife activity increases as they raise their young and forage for food. This all sounds nice, but it also increases the need for professional Mississauga animal control services.
Animal Control In Mississauga: Babies Come In The Spring
The beginning of spring is when most urban wildlife species give birth to their young. A thaw in January, for example, is the perfect first opportunity of the year for mating pairs to get together. Most people call professional animal control companies in Mississauga like Skedaddle at this time of year. They often report hearing animals “fighting” in their attics.
What they perceive to be “fighting” only gets worse. For example, after 63 days of pregnancy, a female raccoon gives birth to between 1 and 7 babies. This means homeowners’ attics become filled with mini colonies by late March. Raccoon babies won’t leave their attic dens for up to 10 weeks so the noise and activity becomes very concentrated. As the babies grow up, all their activity can cause many sleepless nights and material damage to homes and attics.
Raccoons Aren’t Your Only Concern
The spring birthing season is the busiest time of year for most animal control companies in Mississauga. During this time, mother birds, skunks, squirrels, and raccoons all search for safe den locations to give birth and raise babies. If they choose your vents, chimney or attic as their future home, you could very well suffer thousands of dollars in damage to your property.
The removal process becomes much more difficult once a litter of babies is discovered. The entire process often ends up costing more money and lasts significantly longer. This is exactly why professional animal control should be on your mind way before the birthing season. Prevention is always safer, better and cheaper than removal. Keep that in mind.
Let’s Talk About Facts
When it comes to squirrels, here is what you need to know:
- The gestation period lasts 44 days
- Females give birth in both spring and late summer
- Babies leave the nest after 12 weeks
- Litters can contain up to 8 babies, though usually only 3 or 4
And here is the situation with raccoons:
- The gestation period lasts 63 days
- There is usually one litter per year
- Most babies are born in March, April, and May
- Babies are immobile for 6-8 weeks after birth
- Litters can contain 1-7 babies, typically 4
If you do hear “fighting” in your attic or have noticed other signs that your home or property is suffering from an infestation, call the professionals. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has been taking care of these and similar wildlife problems for nearly 30 years. The company is at the forefront of humane and effective wildlife removal methods and techniques. Contact Skedaddle today to safely dispose of wildlife plaguing your home and save you a small fortune in home repairs.