As urban sprawl replaces rural areas, squirrels, raccoons, bats and skunks have been forced to find new living quarters: in buildings, warehouses, facilities and homes. Wildlife will try to find entry into your property to have and raise their offspring. Although not normally considered dangerous, these wildlife pests can be vicious when approached by humans—especially when it comes to protecting their young.
Raccoons can find living quarters in attics, fireplaces, garages and wall voids. They are also common carriers of rabies, roundworms and leptospirosis. Skunks are very confident fighters and can be quite vicious if provoked or harmed. Typically found beneath porches, sheds and garages, skunks are common carriers of the rabies virus.
When it comes to wildlife management for your property; removing and controlling wildlife isn’t as simple as it might seem. Trust the professionals to effectively exclude any unwanted wildlife from your property.
Structural and Sanitation Inspection
When it comes to wildlife management for your business, understanding how animals are getting into your property in the first place is the best place to start. At Abell Pest Control, we have a good understanding of wildlife behaviour and can help you prevent unforeseen problems.
Our team of technicians are experienced and knowledgeable. Once on site, we'll do a thorough walk-thru of your property to determine how wildlife might be accessing your facility, warehouse or building.
Chimneys should be capped. Holes in walls and roofs should be repaired. Doors into garages and sheds should be kept closed during the evenings.
Sanitation is also very important to prevent wildlife from infesting your property. Just covering a garbage can with a lid would pose no challenge to any wildlife looking for food. Only heavy plastic or metal garbage cans should be used. These cans should have lids that fasten tightly and are secure from capsizing. Also, keeping your property free from lumber, garbage and other debris will discourage the presence of wildlife on your property.
Wild animals need food and shelter, just like any other species. If they find an attractive place that has access to food and safety from external conditions, they may just move in permanently. They are attracted to such things as garbage, birdseed, and pet food. If possible, they will move into garages, sheds, basements, attics, wall voids, etc.
These critters are crafty – squirrels only need 1 ¼ inches of space to enter, and raccoons only 4 inches. This creates many opportunities around the home for entry, such as gaps around windows and doors, roof vents, cracks in exterior foundation, soffit and roof intersections, chimneys. It does not take much, and that is why ensuring these potential entry points are sealed up come springtime is extremely important.
Unfortunately, wildlife can be very destructive to your home or business. Once they achieve entry, they can and will cause damage by chewing through siding, insulation, drywall, electrical wiring. For example, squirrels have lower incisors that grow continuously, and need to be controlled. They can do this by grinding their teeth, but if there is material that they can chew or gnaw on, that becomes an even better solution for them.
All wildlife can cause significant and very expensive damage to your home. They can also carry disease and parasites such as ticks or fleas that can be dangerous to your home, pets and potentially your family.
The most common nuisance critters that we provide control services for are raccoons, skunks and squirrels. We also do quite a bit of work with little brown bats and big brown bats, chipmunks, opossums and sometimes groundhogs and snakes.
However, we perform unique services all the time. Our different branches have different local wildlife needs, and some may service for certain animals that others do not. If you have any sort of wildlife issue, give us a call to learn more about how we can help!
Very professional service. Abell Personnel responsible for the site is very detail orientated and have a great attention to detail. AMAN CHAHAL
We had a client who was having some trouble with a family of squirrels and one of our Wildlife Technicians, Corey, went out to inspect.
One of our Wildlife Technicians, Corey, was curious as to why the usual pigeons were not showing up at one of his client’s property.
Every year Kitchener's famous swan residents, Otis and Ophelia, must be relocated from Victoria Park to Stratford for the winter months.
Excluding the nuisance animals is always a significant part of the battle. We can always remove and relocate, but what’s to stop them from returning?
Exclusion is significant aspect of our wildlife management.
When our Route Manager, Chantelle was making her rounds to check the exterior rodent stations at a client’s property, she came across a big hole in the soil leading under the foundation.