Ring. Ring. (Sound of phone ringing)
“Hello. Is your TV running?”
“Um. Yes. Why?”
“Well, I just saw it passing by my house!”
Squirrels gnawing your wires?
Raccoons tugging on the cable lines?
Not sure why your TV is moving by itself?
Better have someone check the crawl space!
A client called us. He said, “We a squirrels under our house. We hear it scrambling around the floor and walls.”
“Oh. And the other day, the TV started moving.”
What did he just say?!
Better call someone.
What’s in your crawl space?
Crawl spaces are very susceptible to wildlife activities. Mice, snakes, opossums, raccoons, and squirrels love to take up residence there. Wildlife can gnaw on electrical wires and water lines.
When is the last time someone checked your crawl space for activity?
Just call. We will check it out.
All in a Day
Copperheads and Terriers
A Copperhead appeared in someones fenced in yard recently. Was a first time occurrence. She loves her three little dogs and was alarmed by a close encounter between her, on her pups and the copperhead. No one was harmed. Presented her with some options to discourage snakes from entering the fenced in area and keeping mice out from under her home. If there are mice the snakes are never far behind.
Snake in the Shed
Out on 11 acres this client encounters a lot of wild life. Black rat snakes are harmless and she knows it. Yet she has a innate fear of snakes and does not like surprise encounters with any snake which has happened several times now when entering her shed. And there were definable mice getting in the shed. Seal up holes around the shed door to block the snake from entry. Eastern Black Rat Snake was take less than acre away to the edge of her property.
Based on my observation the presence of the Black Rat Snakes suggests fewer copperheads. Not because the black snake eats copperheads but because they both specialize in mice. If one species is present it may out compete the other. One of the Copperheads natural predators is Eastern King Snake formerly abundant, declined precipitously in recent decades.
Dead Bat In the Attic. No Other Evidence.
How does one a bat get into the attic and die? No other bats. No droppings. No obvious entry points found after searching the attic roof and exterior. Some things are just a mystery!
What’s creeping, crawling and dying in your attic!
Just Call. We’ll sort it out, get it out anr keep it out.
Snakes in the cold of fall? What!?
Snakes or no snakes. Mice are busy making warm beds for themselves for the cold months. Not sure if you have mice? Know you do and want to show them out without killing them or use of poisons?
Just 100% effective.
If you have mice around there is a good chance the snakes are not far away. Give us a call. We can provide advice and suggestions.
Psych about the snake. 😂
It made me do a triple take!
It’s a toy snake!
This is REAL.
Guess who gnawed this cat statue on a client’s back porch?
What’s gnawing on your statues? Or wires?
What’s that SCRITCHING noise in the attic,the floor, the walls? It probably IS a Something that IS doing something in there. Don’t ignore it.
Did you know squirrels breed twice a year?
I know. Nuts isn’t it?!! Or is it Acorns?
They also will have more than one bed to sleep in, too. So if you don’t hear them every day or night it could simply mean they are at their other home in one of the pine trees, or trees or in your neighbor’s attic.
Once the pups are born it becomes a delicate matter. Removing the mother could mean the babies will die in your attic or crawl space. Finding the babies can be tricky too depending on where momma has hid them. And what to do if they are found?
Some firms remove the babies and mother or adults which are then euthanized. We never kill. We work with their biological cycle employing only exclusion methods, and trapping when needed.
Want a live and let live solution?
Call us. We never kill animals or trap and euthanize. A client’s daughter once told me we are “vegetarian pest control.” Love it.
Unless squirrels have been in your attic or crawl space for years the extent of damage is usually minimal. They will shred some insulation and use it in their nest. And yes they will poop where they are nesting.
And they like to chew wires. I know! That sounds horrible. Typically we see only the external wire sheath gnawed through. But not usually the live wires.
Inside the main sheath are usually three wires: the hot (black) and the negative (white) each have their own insulate sheath. And a ground (copper). If the black is exposed and could touch another wire or something metal it could cause a short or spark creating a fire hazard. If your lights or outlets are not working or flickering that could be a warning sign.
Every situation is unique. Although we are not electricians we do look for gnawed wires during assessments. If we see them we will notify you so you can contact an electrician, pronto! The pictures in this post show a more severe example. In this case squirrels were living in the attic for many years.
Most situations we encounter are not this severe. Bottom line is if you hear animal activity call a wildlife expert asap. Don’t assume there is no longer a problem if the activity stops. Have someone take a look to rule out the worst case.
For the Vegetarian Wildlife Control option call Humane Homes.
Mind your ROOFLINE
Just call. Seriously. Don’t wait.
Squirrels can remove flimsy gutter covers (leaf guards). If they can get on your roof or in the gutters they can detect heat coming from the inside of the attic through GAPS in your roof line.
They will then gnaw and be inside your home in minutes!
These gaps are VERY COMMON. Most people never know they have these gaps until the fascia (wood trim that the gutter is attached to) is rotting, and/ or the gutter starts falling. Or they start hearing scampering in the attic, ceilings or walls!
We can help. Call for an assessment.
We never use kill traps, poisons, euthanasia or methods that harm wildlife. No-harm wildlife solutions that take care of you wildlife issues.
Here is an example from a client’s home I assessed!
Exclude bats now or forever hold your peace... well at least until August 1st. According to the State of NC bats cannot be excluded from May until August. If you had bats or know you do now and want humane harmonious and ecological options, call now so we can address it by the end of April.
Bats for maternity colonies staring in May. The pups (usually one per mother) suckle like all mammals. The mothers fly off at bight leaving the babies behind. Any attempt to exclude during this time will trap the babies inside and the mothers outside. The mothers, as we can imagine, will do anything possible to get back in. The pups will frantically look for a way out. In these cases, or other cases where bats are trapped inside, they will find a way out and will often end up in the living space or sadly die within the walls.
We offer free consultation and installation of bat boxes. Anyone who hires us to do an exclusion will get a free installation. You buy the box. We will install it. We also offer stand alone bat box consultation and installation at a modest fee.
Love them or hate them. Let’s all be kind to the bats. Most eastern bat populations had plummeted due to habitat loss and an invasive fungus called white nose syndrome. Up to 90% of the population of the most common bat species have been lost in the eastern US!
If you need them out, reach out. We can help with an initial assessment. We will create a plan to care for the bats, you and your home with the best solutions for all beings!
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