New Year’s Greetings
SIA Wildlife Control wishes to collectively congratulate and send out it’s warmest wishes to the Chinese community in The Greater Toronto Area and all around the world. We are grateful for our diverse community and know that this year of the rooster will bring wealth and good health to all of us regardless of ethnicity. As an appreciation towards our customers and new clients alike, SIA Wildlife Control is providing a 10% discount on all work done starting January 29th until February 5th 2017.
Squirrels And Raccoons
While squirrels and raccoons aren’t meant to get along, that doesn’t necessarily mean their problems are not related. Squirrels are smaller animals than raccoons, which means that they are food to raccoons if they are not careful. Because raccoons are slower and more lazy they aren’t normally able to feed on squirrels with ease. For this to happen, raccoons use their superior intelligence and positioning to achieve their goal. For instance, raccoons can catch squirrels which are exiting and entering their holes on the roof by patiently waiting for the opportunity. Normally a raccoon which has entered an attic from the middle of the roof has done so by it’s desire to seek shelter and/or food.
For a raccoon it requires more work to enter an attic from the middle of the roof, the job entails clawing and chewing at the shingles and then the plywood. In most cases it starts with a squirrel that has made shelter in the attic by chewing through a weak roof. A smart raccoon expands the tennis ball sized entry point of a squirrel, and over a period of time it gains entry into the attic. Raccoons and squirrels cannot share space together. If you have a squirrel in the attic, you may have a raccoon in the future. But you cannot have a raccoon and then have a squirrel simultaneously or in the near future while the raccoon still inhabits the area. Animals have an amazing distinction of smell and will avoid areas with predatory odor.
We shared one way a raccoon can gain entry to the attic, but there are easier ways which raccoons specialize in when choosing their homes on their own. Corner junctions of homes are more than half the time the case when we are on the field performing raccoon removal. In Richmond Hill alone in 2016 we have arrived at numerous homes where our client’s neighbor had identical soffit damage in the junction of the roof. A raccoon or squirrel will gain entry into the attic in multiple homes within the same neighborhood as a means of survival.
Raccoons are not incapable of clawing but prefer to use brute force when making entries into the attic. Another example is the roof ventilation cap(s). If you have observed one of these vents on your roof with a missing cap, chances are a raccoon is currently resting in your attic. It will continue to do so until you call a professional to humanely remove your raccoon. These are the most common raccoon entries that have not been aided previously by a squirrel entry point.
When it comes to physical strength like a soffit damage as mentioned above, squirrels are not the perpetrators. Squirrels are agile and will only use their teeth to gain entry into homes. Chewing damage is what squirrels are notorious for. Their entry points can be identified by tennis sized holes with teeth marks engulfing the edges of the surrounding material. Wood, plastic, and aluminum don’t stand a chance against squirrel teeth. We use a high density galvanized carbon steel mesh to warranty all our squirrel removal work.
When it comes to raccoon vs squirrel, we prefer to have a raccoon in our own attics than a squirrel. Squirrels will displace insulation at a faster rate than our lazy raccoon competitors. Electrical wires are the most prominent in the selection of issues as they can cause electrical fires in the attic. When it comes to squirrel removal we urge the quickest removal response to anyone reading this article.
We are approaching the 2 months away mark from the official baby season of 2017. March will mark the end of the incubation period for both raccoons and squirrels. Our technicians will check the attic regardless if baby noises have been heard or not by the client. Major issues rise from raccoon and squirrel removal from the attic during baby season, if done improperly. A wildlife removal expert must always ensure there are no babies when evicting a mother raccoon, or squirrel. Improper removal can lead to the death of the babies, or further damage by the mother in the attempt to re-enter the attic. No one wants to smell decaying carcass and wonder about the bacteria building up within the walls and the attic.
During baby season, baby raccoons will be very vocal and will sound almost like birds chirping. The vicinity and volume of the noise will be noticeable if it’s in your attic, so don’t worry you won’t miss it. Baby squirrels will be harder to hear, but they would sound like sharp squeaking. In any case a proper wildlife removal technician would enter your attic in this season and ensure visually that there are no babies. Wildlife removal is complicated and damage to your walls may become a necessity when removing young-lings. Costs associated to removal may also increase depending on the extra steps required in order to safely and humanely remove the babies and reunite them with their mother. Our advice to you and your family is to have your raccoon and squirrel removals done before this season. It’s also important to note that squirrels give birth twice a year, once in March and another in August.
We hope that this article has helped educate our readers in the upcoming baby season and has prepared you in making the decision that’s right for you before or during the baby season. Thank you for considering and trusting SIA Wildlife Control to provide safe, insured, and accurate wildlife removal services to you and your family. Our warmest wishes go to you and your’s this year.
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