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OUR PROCESS: Clean & Clear – Step Two of Three

Clear and Clean

Even though they can be cute, wild animals have no regard for personal property and can make the conditions inside your home dirty and downright dangerous. Once we’ve evicted your unwanted wildlife tenants the task of cleaning the mess they’ve left behind begins.

Our technicians start every job with a detailed interior and exterior assessment of your property. As part of that assessment our experts will be looking for signs of wildlife damage and contamination around the home.

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Here are some of the factors that impact the amount of damage urban wildlife can cause:

THE SPECIES INVOLVED

Different species of wildlife are capable of producing entirely different types of damage and health risks while occupying a home. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Raccoons -The most dangerous part of a raccoon infestation is the fact they turn their den sites into giant litter boxes. In addition to bad odour, raccoon feces can also carry roundworm eggs that if ingested by humans can be fatal.
  • Squirrels – Like other rodents, squirrels love to gnaw on surfaces. Inside your home they will chew electrical wires, structural wood and insulation. Squirrels are capable of inflicting extreme amounts of damage in a very short time frame.
  • Birds – The nesting material brought into your home by birds can block important venting systems and act as a fire accelerant. Their droppings, if inhaled by humans, can cause an incurable lung disease called histoplasmosis.
  • Bats – A colony of bats inside your walls and attic can produce large amounts of feces. Like birds, bat droppings are also associated with histoplasmosis. Living with bats increases your chances of coming into contact with the rabies virus.
  • Mice – Of all the wildlife species we deal with mice are the most likely to work their way into the living quarters of your home. An adult mouse can produce 50-75 droppings a day and spread dozens of harmful diseases.
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LENGTH OF TIME

It’s no secret that the longer you allow wildlife to share your home the more unsanitary it becomes. Many homeowners will ignore the first signs of a wildlife infestation in hopes that the animals will simply move on. Leaving your home in the hands of wildlife is a dangerous decision and will end up costing you more money.

The truth is that urban wildlife spends a great deal of time searching out ideal places to nest and den. When they find a perfect location, like your attic, walls or vents they seldom move on voluntarily.

Larger species, like raccoons and squirrels, are capable of destroying important parts of your home in a matter of days and weeks. For smaller animals, namely mice, bats and birds infestations the infestation and damage can go unnoticed for years. As a homeowner, it is important to recognize the signs of intrusion quickly and act before building damage and unsanitary conditions get out of hand.

LOCATION OF INFESTATION

The type and extent of wildlife damage also depends on the location they make home. This will be determined in large part by the age, construction and design of your home. Animals, such as mice, that access the interior of the house can leave unhealthy urine, feces and dander in the places you enjoy most.

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Here are just some of the more common areas of your home that animals can destroy without you knowing:

  • Insulation – Leading to increased heating and cooling costs
  • Duct work – Potentially causing mould damage
  • Drywall – Urine and feces build up can stain ceilings
  • Vent Structures – Reducing air flow and potentially causing water leaks
  • Electrical Wiring – A fire hazard when chewed
  • Structural Wood – Chewed ceiling and roof beams can impact your home’s structural integrity

Don’t let dirty and destructive animals threaten your family’s safety. Click here to learn more about Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control’s decontamination services.

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