Many mammals mate in the winter and are ready to give birth by spring. This can be an exciting symbol of hope and renewal. However, it can cause practical concerns if it happens in your house or on your property. While some animals fear humans and give their habitations a wide berth when bearing and rearing their offspring, the opportunistic types, such as squirrels and raccoons, may take advantage of the warmth and shelter your home provides and build a nest in or around your home. That can cause a variety of problems for you in terms of property damage, health and safety, etc.
If you find baby animals on your property, it may be difficult to know what to do or if you should involve wildlife control North York. This guide attempts to explain the recommended procedures depending on whether you find the baby animals in your house or yard.
Baby Animals in the Yard
If you see baby animals in your yard, often the best course of action is simply to leave them alone and observe. Their mother may be off finding food, but she will generally return to retrieve the babies. If you do not see the mother return by the end of the day, it may be necessary to intervene. However, the correct course of action may depend on the type of animal involved. When in doubt, it is always a good idea to call animal control for your city or another wildlife expert in the area for guidance.
Be sure you seek out authoritative sources of information. Conventional wisdom holds that you shouldn’t handle baby birds because if the mother smells you on them, she will abandon them. That might be true of some mammals, but birds have almost no sense of smell. Therefore, it may be appropriate for you to pick them up and put them back in the nest. However, if they are able to hop and flutter around the yard on their own, it is usually best to leave them be.
If for some reason you have to handle baby wildlife, be sure that you wear gloves. This is to protect you from any injury the baby could cause you as well as any diseases that the creature might be carrying.
Baby Animals in the House
On the other hand, if a mother animal has intruded on your home to make her nest and raise her young, that is an entirely different matter that requires quick action on your part. You may be alerted to the presence of animals nesting in your attic by sounds of thumping, rustling, or scurrying. You may notice damage to your roof or suffer electrical failures due to animals chewing on the wires. You may hear the cries of the babies or smell the animals’ excrement.
If any of these signs are present, you should take steps to remove the animals right away. The encroaching wildlife can do thousands of dollars in property damage and poses a potential health hazard to you and your family.
However, wildlife removal is not something you should attempt yourself. The mothers are very protective, and you may unintentionally harm the babies. You could expose yourself to potentially life-threatening diseases, such as rabies. Removal of baby wildlife should be performed by hand, but only by trained and experienced professionals.
Call Us for Wildlife Control in North York
Human beings and animals coexist most peacefully and successfully when outdoor animals remain outside where they belong. However, do-it-yourself wildlife removal could cause harm to either yourself or the animals. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers a comprehensive solution involving cleaning contaminated spaces, sealing off entry points, and reuniting animal families. Find out more about the removal services we offer.