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Summer

Whether you have plans to travel abroad or just spending a few days away at the cottage there are plenty of ways to get out of the house this summer. All that much needed time away can make it easy to forget that your house sitter this summer could be of the wild variety.

When it comes to wildlife control, every season presents a unique set of challenges. As spring quickly turns to summer it is important for homeowners to be aware of the unique types of human-wildlife conflicts that occur this time of year.

Here’s a quick summary of what some of the animals in our communities will be up to this summer:

BATS

 

Summer, especially late summer, is bat season for wildlife control professionals. Colonies of bats live inside homes throughout the year because of the consistent and warm temperatures found inside walls and attics. When summer rolls around, they come out of hibernation to have babies and feed on insects.

Most people come to learn that their home is host to a colony of bats when one from the attic finds its way into living space. This happens most often during summer as bats living inside hot attics seek out cooler temperatures and become lost.

Bats are a tricky animal to remove from a home as they can slip into the smallest cracks and crevices. It can take an expert eye to identify bat entry points on a home. Fortunately, summer is the best time of year to remove and exclude a colony of bats as they must leave their roost regularly to feed.

SQUIRRELS

 

The mating and birthing season for squirrels extends from early spring to well into summer. Female squirrels will deliver two litters of 2-6 babies each year. The first litters begin to arrive in mid to late March with a second set born in July or August. Of course, squirrels are always in search of safe and secure den sites to raise their babies, very often inside attics, roofs and chimneys.

A litter of not-yet mobile baby squirrels removed from an attic

A litter of not-yet mobile baby squirrels removed from an attic

RACCOONS

 

Summer is the time of the year when baby raccoons become mobile, first inside the den site and then on the outside as they learn to forage for food with their mother. Homeowners living with raccoons in the attic during summer can expect to hear a lot of noise and activity through the night as up to six raccoon kits begin to wrestle and play. As you can imagine, baby raccoons also produce a lot of damage as well as urine and feces in the attic.

These little ones were taken out of a chimney and will be placed in a tree at the end of the property so that their mom can collect them and taken them to an alternate den site

These little ones were taken out of a chimney and will be placed in a tree at the end of the property so that their mom can collect them and taken them to an alternate den site

Many homeowners living with a wildlife intrusion make the mistake of hoping that the problem will take care of itself. They hope that by summer the babies will grow up and move on or that it will get too hot for them inside the attic. The truth is that wildlife problems that start in spring continue through summer and often become worse. Inaction leads to increased property damage and more complicated removals.

Don’t hesitate – if you need professional assistance to rid your home of critters then call Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control today.

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