Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is proud to offer Durham Region residents the very best in humane wildlife removal and prevention services. Since 1989, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has specialized in providing Durham Region homeowners with safe, humane and effective solutions to wildlife conflicts. You can count on Skedaddle to remove unwanted wildlife from your home or attic and take the steps necessary to prevent their re-entry. Our team of wildlife and pest control specialists have the knowledge and training needed to safely take on any wildlife challenge.
Like most parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Durham Region has seen tremendous growth in recent decades. New commercial and residential developments continue to pop up throughout the region. Despite rapid land development, particularly along the 401 corridor, Durham Region teems with wildlife that are capable of finding food and shelter in changing urban settings. Strong wildlife populations are an indicator of the region’s healthy biodiversity but living alongside wildlife can present challenges to homeowners.
No two wildlife infestations are the same and in many cases a successful removal will depend on a range of factors. One-size fits all wildlife removal can lead to unnecessary home damage, a prolonged process and inhumane results.
Skedaddle takes a customized approach to wildlife removal to ensure we get the job done right the first time. Our team evaluates the wildlife involved, their biology and behaviour, as well as the unique features of your home or property to develop a solution that’s tailored to your needs.
DURHAM REGION WILDLIFE
Our Durham wildlife removal team covers every bit of the region’s 2500 square kilometres. We provide service for homeowners in need from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe. Durham has an urban metropolis to its west and rural municipalities to the east. With such diverse land use across the area it should come as no surprise that the wildlife challenges faced by residents vary quite a bit within the region. The southern portion of the region is much more urban and suburban, home to the densely populated cities and towns of Ajax, Oshawa, Pickering and Whitby while North Durham is covered by smaller towns and agricultural lands.
While it might be easy to imagine that nuisance wildlife conflicts are more common in rural areas as opposed to urban environments, the bulk of the calls Skedaddle receives come from homes and businesses in the most densely populated areas. Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, birds, mice and rats are found in large numbers living in close proximity to human settlement. Subdivisions in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby and Oshawa provide more food and shelter to adaptable urban animals who have learned to live alongside us. You can expect growing urban wildlife populations in smaller communities, like Uxbridge, Port Perry, Clarington, Beaverton and Sunderland that continue to transform with the addition of new residential developments. The more people there, the more opportunities for trouble.
As in many areas, wildlife in Durham Region have adapted their nesting and denning habits to the environment. That leads them to take up residence inside attics, chimneys, vents, sheds and garages where they can quickly create costly damage and unsafe conditions for residents and pets inside the home. Wildlife is not taken into consideration by contractors when building a home, which is why animals are able to find gaps or vulnerable materials on a home to find their way inside. This means that even the newest homes in Durham are susceptible to wildlife intrusion. Strong raccoons can tear open roof vents, siding and soffits while mice easily squeeze into vents and gaps along the exterior walls. Once inside, wildlife can do extensive damage to attic insulation, electrical wiring and duct work and leave behind droppings that are a health hazard for families and pets.
Bats are a notable example of a species that is often more at home in the rural expanses of Durham Region. These winged mammals feed on flying insects from late spring to early fall and form colonies near wetlands and where insect populations are at their highest. Big brown and little brown bats take up the walls and attics of homes to have babies in the summer and ride out cold winters. The older farmhouses dotting the countryside of Durham Region often host the largest bat colonies.
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WILDLIFE DANGERS IN DURHAM REGION
In 2022, public health officials in Durham reported that they conduct approximately 1,200 investigations into potential rabies transmissions from animals to humans each year. As a result, about 100 Durham residents receive rabies treatments annually. When wildlife takes up residence on a property, the risk of coming into contact with an infected animal significantly rises. This risk grows when attempting to remove wildlife from a property without the help of trained professionals. In Durham Region, the most recent case of rabies was confirmed in a bat in 2022, however any mammal can become infected with the virus. During summer, bats often migrate from attic roosts using vents or wall cavities and emerge into the living space of homes. Skedaddle’s technicians have the knowledge and experience to remove wildlife safely to help prevent the risk of rabies exposure to people or pets on the property. Our team has been working closely with Durham wildlife for over 30 years, and understand the proper steps to take to keep everyone in the home safe and prevent any further infections in the community.
In 2023, the Durham Health Department reported they were monitoring a potential outbreak of avian influenza after reports of several dead geese found in the Uxbridge area. Humans can become infected with avian influenza by inhaling infected droplets or dust particles in the air, or after touching a surface contaminated by the virus and touching their mouth, eyes or nose. When birds decide to nest inside a vent or attic space, residents are significantly exposed to harmful contaminants in their droppings that are able to travel through the air into every living space of the home. Although there have been no cases of humans being infected with avian influenza in the Durham Region, it is important for home owners to take the necessary precautions when removing or cleaning up after birds on their property. Skedaddle’s services provide detailed cleaning and disinfection processes that address every area on a property where birds were roosting and nesting.
Urban animals are here to stay in Durham Wildlife, it is just not possible to trap all nuisance animals and take them away, which is why properly protecting a property against wildlife entry is the only way to create a long-term solution against wildlife infestation. Without a one-size-fits all solution, Durham homeowners need the expertise and training of wildlife removal professionals to get the job done right. Our team of friendly technicians know exactly where to look and have the tools, equipment and knowledge needed to safely keep wildlife out of your home.
WHY CHOOSE SKEDADDLE DURHAM
Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control was founded in 1989 with the purpose of providing homeowners with humane solutions to their wildlife problems. Since then our team has been helping residents and business owners throughout Durham Region protect their homes and properties with effective wildlife removal and exclusion techniques that offer lasting protection and peace of mind.
We’ve refined our 3-step process and methods over 3 decades to offer our clients superior results backed by a lifetime warranty.
- Assess and Remove – It all starts with a detailed on-site inspection of your property to determine the exact species involved, how they’ve made entry and what will be required to get them out and keep them out. With a game plan in place we then get to work removing the wildlife occupying your home, including any babies, using hands-on and humane methods.
- Clear and Clean – Once we’ve removed the wildlife living inside your home we can get to work cleaning the mess they’ve left behind. Wild animals are messy house guests and can leave behind harmful contaminants and destroy attic insulation, ductwork and electrical wiring.
- Prevent and Protect – The final step in the process is to secure your home against future wildlife entry by repairing and securing wildlife entry points and vulnerabilities. Our technicians go where the animals go and that means climbing ladders and scaling roofs to make sure you are protected with a lifetime warranty.
Professional wildlife removal protects your family and greatest investment. Trust Skedaddle to take the stress out of the situation with industry leading customer service. Call us today to schedule a visit.
SKEDADDLE DURHAM, DID YOU KNOW?
What Areas of the Durham Region Does Skedaddle Service?
Skedaddle provides service across the entire Durham Region including; Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Uxbridge, Beaverton and Port Perry. We also service Port Hope and Cobourg.
Does Skedaddle Durham Provide Pest Control Services?
In addition to our wildlife removal services, Skedaddle offers home and business owners in the Durham Region with safe and reliable pest control services as well. Common pests that invade businesses and homes include bedbugs, cockroaches, spiders, ants and wasps.
Do Animals in the Durham Region Carry Rabies?
Public Health officials in the Durham Region investigates about 1,200 incidents of potential rabies transmission from animals to humans each year. Any mammal can become infected with the rabies virus, and throughout Ontario, bats, raccoons, skunks and foxes and the most common carriers. Each one of these species is able to spread the rabies virus to people through a bite, scratch or through infected saliva entering an open wound.
Does Skedaddle Durham Provide Services for Commercial Clients?
In addition to residential wildlife and pest control, Skedaddle Durham also offers services designed for commercial clients. Our customized service plans allow you to keep your business operating through the process. No matter the size, Skedaddle’s trained team helps business owners with expert knowledge.