Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control specializes in providing Greater Victoria home and business owners with safe and effective wildlife removal services. Hearing noises in your walls or attic or finding droppings in your kitchen cupboards can lead to unwanted stress and sleepless nights. Victoria is home to a number of wildlife species that regularly nest and den inside homes. Raccoons, squirrels, birds, bats, mice and rats are the most common offenders and can cause serious damage and introduce harmful contaminants.
At Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control, we aim to remove wildlife, commonly thought of as pests, using humane methods that provide homeowners with long term peace of mind. Get in touch with us at the first sign of wildlife infestation to protect your family and home. Learn more below about our wildlife removal services in Greater Victoria.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL IN VICTORIA
Greater Victoria is one of Canada’s most biodiverse regions. The area’s unique climate and abundant natural spaces make it a destination for wildlife lovers from around the world. Each year thousands of tourists flock to Victoria and its surrounding communities for the chance to see whales, bears and bald eagles.
The story for residents and homeowners in Victoria is a bit different as they are far more likely to encounter raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, birds and increasingly rats in their day-to-day lives. These clever urban animals can be found throughout Victoria, from downtown to the surrounding suburbs. One of the ways they are able to survive in cities like Victoria is making their way into attics, chimneys, sheds and garages. They even get den below decks, porches and outbuildings.
Skedaddle takes a comprehensive approach to wildlife and pest removal. Instead of setting a trap and hoping the right animal wanders into it, our trained technicians go where the animals go to perform hands-on removals. That means climbing ladders and scaling roofs, as well as crawling through tight attics and crawl spaces. Once we’ve removed the wildlife, we’ll clean up and repair the damage they’ve left behind and secure their entry points to make sure your home is protected. We back our workmanship and materials with a lifetime warranty.
COMMON VICTORIA WILDLIFE ISSUES
Nuisance wildlife and pest problems in Victoria change with the seasons and as the needs of wild animals evolve through the year. Most species of wildlife give birth during Victoria’s dry spring and summer seasons. Female raccoons and squirrels give birth to helpless litters of babies during this time and need secure den sites to stash them away, which could lead them to your attic. Hands-on removal is critical when babies are involved. Raccoon and squirrel babies do not become mobile for 6-8 weeks after birth, that means the only way to get them out of your attic is by hand. Skedaddle specializes in removing mother raccoons and squirrels as a family unit so nothing is left behind in your home.
Invasive birds such as starlings and pigeons nest during the warmer months as well, leaving messing droppings and dangerous nests in vents, roofs and soffit.
During the wet fall and winter months many Victoria area homes experience an uptick in mouse and rat activity. Rodents are busy during the fall, collecting and storing food for winter, and that often leads them into the walls and attics of homes.
Below are some of the most common wildlife and pest challenges in Victoria:
- House mice enter homes through gaps and openings they find on the exterior of homes. Once they’ve gained access they will nest and breed inside cavities like attics, walls and ceilings. They leave droppings everywhere they go and can spoil pantry items.
- Rat populations in Victoria have exploded in recent years. There are two types of rats that get into Victoria homes; the Norway rat and the roof rat. Norway rats prefer to nest at ground level and in basements while roof rats are great climbers and can be found in attics.
- Raccoons are the ultimate urban mammal and can enter attics by damaging vents, soffits and siding. Once inside they will trample attic insulation, damage ductwork and leave behind harmful droppings.
- Gray squirrels can be found throughout the Capital Regional District, especially where there are mature trees. Squirrels teeth make short work of wood, aluminum and vinyl building materials to enter homes and cause more damage through chewing.
- Little brown and big brown bat colonies roost in the walls and attics of homes, occasionally emerging into the living space and putting people and pets at risk for rabies.
- Birds build messy and contaminant filled nests inside vents and soffits.
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HOW SKEDADDLE CAN HELP
We begin most wildlife removals with a detailed, top to bottom assessment of your home and property. In order to provide fast and effective wildlife control it is important to have a full understanding of exactly what’s going on. During our initial visit our team of wildlife and pest specialists will are looking to understand important details that can make the difference between success and failure, including:
- Identifying the exact species involved
- Determining current and potential entry points
- Verifying the presence of babies
- Identifying the exact species involved
- Confirming the extent of any property damage
Once we’ve had the chance to inspect, we’ll take the time to walk you through our findings and provide you with a customized removal and prevention plan.
Since 1989, Skedaddle has employed the safest and most humane techniques in wildlife removal. Let us know how we can help you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions about our process. We’re happy to explain our methods and share our knowledge about keeping wildlife out of your home.
CONTACT SKEDADDLE FOR HUMANE WILDLIFE REMOVAL IN VICTORIA
If you’ve found animals or other wildlife living on your property, please take care not to touch or disturb them. Though some wild animals do not carry disease, many do, and some will act aggressively if they feel threatened or are caring for babies. If you are not sure how to handle these pest animals, you run the risk of injuring yourself, hurting the wildlife or damaging your home. Trust the wildlife removal and pest control professionals at Skedaddle.
Wild animals belong in the wild — not inside your walls! For more information on humane wildlife control services in Victoria, schedule your inspection today.
SKEDADDLE VICTORIA, DID YOU KNOW?
Where does Skedaddle Victoria provide service?
We service the entire Capital Regional District, including Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, Esquimalt, Langford, Colwood, Sooke, Highlands, Central Saanich, North Saanich, Sidney.
Does Skedaddle Victoria Offer a Guarantee?
We offer a lifetime guarantee on our workmanship and materials used to protect your home against wildlife reentry.
Does My Municipal Animal Control Department or the Humane Society Remove Wildlife?
Neither the city nor the humane society remove wildlife from private property. In most cases it is the responsibility of the property owner to contact a private wildlife removal or pest control company for this service.
Does Skedaddle Victoria Respond to Calls to Orphaned, Sick, or Injured Wildlife?
Skedaddle Victoria does not provide wildlife rehabilitation services. If you observe or suspect a wild animal is in distress contact a wildlife rehabilitation centre for advice.
Are there rabid animals in Victoria?
While rare, bats are the only known carriers of the rabies virus in British Columbia. About 13% of bats tested in B.C. are positive for rabies.