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  • How to Keep Wildlife Out of Your Garden

    We are finally at the start of gardening season. With all that time and effort put in it can be discouraging to see your beautiful, healthy flowers and vegetables be taken down by wildlife. Whether they’ve been trampled, dug up, torn apart or gone missing - you can guess who the culprit may be. Deer, squirrels, rabbits and rodents are among the top garden destroyers. Thankfully we have a handful of DIY tips to deter them from your garden: You can plant different things. Prickly plants will deter little paws; the scent of marigolds can deter squirrels; plant spicy vegetables or spread garlic/cayenne/chili powder; plant peppermint or apply peppermint oil You can also try applying different things to your garden like predator urine or add blood meal to your soil. Both of these will need to be reapplied after rainfall. Of course keeping your yard clean will help. Keep garbage and compost properly secured; eliminate clutter; get rid of fallen fruits or vegetables; pick up pet waste; tidy bird feeder areas. Be wary of areas that act as a nice shelter for small animals. If possible, installing proper fencing around your garden or plants is the best way to stop animals from making a mess. Devices can also be purchased and installed such as motion sensor lights, ultrasonic sounds devices and ground vibration devices. While having wildlife in your garden is a nuisance, you especially don’t want them in your home! If that happens - we can help. Skunks, raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, ants, spiders, wasps: we treat your home like our home! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg & surrounding areas. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email: Online Booking:

  • When Do Wildlife Have Babies? And What to Watch For

    It’s officially Spring which means wildlife have already started having their babies. It helps that this year’s winter was mild in southwestern Ontario. Over the last couple months we noticed wildlife traveling in pairs meaning it was only a matter of time! This also means wildlife companies are getting busy with calls - you want to make that booking as soon as possible. So what should you watch out for? The most obvious sign that wildlife have made their way into your home is noise. Attics are the most common space for squirrels and raccoons to dwell. They are easily accessible, roomy and warm. They can also find their way inside garages and sheds. You may hear scratching, thumping or scurrying above your ceiling at certain points in the day, usually in the evening or morning. Inspect the perimeter of your roof. Sometimes you can see damaged soffits or fascia. If they’ve made their way through a vent or hole on top of your roof it might be less obvious. Newborn raccoons are extremely noisy and sound like birds - you’ll know they’re there. Another common spot to find wildlife is underneath porches, decks and sheds. This is where you’ll find skunks or the odd raccoon. Signs you may have something living there include holes dug out of the ground or lattice torn off. Another obvious sign of skunks is of course the smell. Less often, but still a possibility, you may hear wildlife in your walls. We have seen cases where a litter is born inside a wall, squirrels get stuck in a wall, or rodents are traveling through walls and between floors. Raccoons give birth once anywhere from late winter to mid-spring. If something happens to their first litter they may have a second one in the summer - although this isn’t overly common. Skunks wait until weather is favourable and typically give birth in mid spring, around May. Squirrels have two litters a year, mid-spring and mid-summer. Of course this is all subject to change - babies will come earlier if winter was mild. For an in-depth look at their habits before, during and after baby season, head to While it’s a lot more seamless for us to exclude these animals from your home or property BEFORE they have babies, we can still do the work after babies are born. Our goal is to do things in the safest, most humane way possible which means keeping mom and babies together. If you suspect wildlife have made their way in, no matter the time of year, we’re here to take care of it. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services much of southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas. We are licensed, insured and experienced in handling raccoon, skunk, squirrel, bird, mice, rat, ant, spider and wasp issues! We treat your home like our own. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email: Booking Form:

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pest Control Company

    Deciding you need pest control is the first step - but where do you go from there? How do you know which company to choose and what questions to ask? Making the decision to hire a wildlife removal & pest control company should not be taken lightly. There are many things to consider when picking the right company for pest issues in your home or business. 5 questions to ask when choosing a wildlife removal and/or pest control company: Is the exterminator licensed with the Government of Ontario? ✅ To utilize industrial strength pesticides in Ontario, the law requires exterminators to hold a structural pesticide license that can only be obtained by completing a registered course and passing the final exam. This license must be renewed every five years to remain valid. Is the company insured? ✅ To be registered with Google Guarantee, a company has to have proof of license and insurance. Insurance is important to protect the business, the customers and the workers. Is the company a member of industry associations? ✅ Being a member of SPMAO (Structural Pest Management Association of Ontario) or NPMA (National Pest Management Association) or CPMA (Canadian Pest Management Association) are not required by law, but they show the integrity of the company and their willingness to stay informed and up to date. Do they have the animal’s safety in mind? ✅ We’ve seen unfortunate incidents where animals have not been treated humanely, babies have been separated from their mother too early or entry points have been sealed up without ensuring all the wildlife have exited the home. Ask what the company’s exclusion methods include, what is the protocol for checking for babies - and ensure the tech does the work they said they would do. Do they have a positive reputation? ✅ Check Google reviews, Yelp reviews, Facebook reviews and ask neighbours for recommendations. Check out their website and social media pages - are they active, clean, organized and informative? Are they active members of the community? Do they appear knowledgeable? A good company is honest, reliable and won’t be afraid to answer all your questions. At Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control - we tick all the boxes! ✅ For more info on our qualifications, head to We’re here to give you answers and ease your mind. If you have an issue we cannot help with, we’ll offer alternative resources. Find out for yourself and contact us today. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • How to Combat Ants & Spiders in Winter

    Are you wondering how to combat insects indoors - like ants and spiders - in the winter time? While it’s true that ants go dormant in the winter, that doesn’t mean you won’t see them at all or that they’re not there. During warm spells they may make themselves known - especially if they find a great source of food or shelter. The same is true for spiders. If you notice spiders in your home in the winter, it’s likely they have been there all along and are just looking to keep warm. Of course their food sources are scarce this time of year so they account for it by bulking up and eating extra in the months leading up. If you notice ants this time of year, it’s likely they have a well established colony somewhere in your home. You can limit their activity by: Cleaning up all sources of food like sticky spills and crumbs Replacing rotting wood Sealing up cracks and crevices Laying down ant traps from the hardware store If you are noticing more spiders in the winter, you’re not alone. Although it’s common, you can limit their presence by: Frequently dusting and vacuuming corners, door frames and window sills Frequently cleaning behind things like furniture, boxes and appliances Eliminating clutter If it’s feeling like you have tried everything or cannot get on top of the issue, call a licensed exterminator (hey! We know a guy…). We recommend only treating for ants and spiders if they are visible and moving around your home as the insecticide will be most effective this way. We are relying on them to actively track it back to their colony or nest. At Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control, we handle more than just 4-legged critters! We are licensed, insured and equipped to handle insect issues within your home or business. We service Southern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • Unwanted House Guests?

    It’s no coincidence that rodent calls have been picking up. With the change in seasons, winter is an active time for mice and rats. Rodents are looking to relocate and find their way indoors to stay warm - understandably so! While rummaging through your holiday decor or rearranging for the season, you may find evidence of these unwelcome guests in the form of holes, droppings or shredded cardboard. The good news is - this is a common issue and we’re experts at tackling it with you. During our initial inspection we look for signs of entry and damage to your home. We tell you what we find and what we plan to do to eliminate them. We also tell you what you can do on your end to keep your home or business unappealing to rodents. For quick pointers, here are the best DIY deterrents: Frequent cleaning and decluttering especially in basements, furnace rooms, garages and sheds Clean behind furniture and boxes often Store food and pet food in airtight containers Clean up food messes right away Properly store and dispose of garbage, recycling and compost. Store it in locked bins and avoid accumulation Seal cracks, crevices and holes, especially around your foundation These tips, along with our services, is a sure fire way to rodent-free your home or business. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services much of Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information, bookings & quotes. Call: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • Raccoons Hibernate… or do They?

    It’s easy to assume that raccoons hibernate over the winter. It would make sense: they forage, secure their winter dens and are seen less often. However they do not “hibernate” in the true sense of the word. Raccoons will remain active over the winter depending on the weather. During warmer spells it’s not uncommon to see them out and about. The same is true for skunks and tree squirrels - meaning they can enter your home all year round! To elaborate: 1. “Hibernation” is a voluntary state of deep sleep or rest where the animal’s heart rate, metabolic rate and breathing rate slow down. Their body temperature will become lower - all to help them conserve energy and sleep through the winter. They will seldom stir or wake during this time. Animals who truly hibernate include: Bats Ground squirrels Groundhogs 2. Raccoons, skunks and tree squirrels enter a variation of hibernation called “torpor”. This is a much lighter, involuntary state of sleep where the animal sleeps for a few hours to a few days during really cold weather. Once the weather warms they wake up and continue on. Their body rates slow down during rest, but return to normal once they wake. This can also happen multiple times over the course of the winter. Other animals who torpor include: Bears Mice Chipmunks 3. There is another version called “brumation” which is hibernation specific to cold-blooded animals. Their body does much of the same things as an animal in hibernation, waking seldomly to drink water or change position. Animals who brumate include: Frogs Snakes Turtles Another fun fact: a mild winter can mean early baby season for many species! If you think your roof has weak spots, it’s best to fix it ASAP. If you think wildlife have already moved in, call a professional for an assessment and exclusion. We’ll get them out - and keep them out! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services southern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Brantford, Tillsonburg and surrounding areas. Call: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • It’s Busy Season for Squirrels

    Fall is a very active time for squirrels. They are gathering food and looking for den sites to overwinter. Squirrels can have as many as 10 den or nesting sites in a neighbourhood! The best way to secure your home from squirrels is to frequently check for vulnerable or damaged areas around your roof, vents, soffits, eaves and chimneys. Securing these areas before wildlife makes a cozy home in your attic is the best prevention. A few other things you can do to deter squirrels from your home: Trim back tree branches a few meters Keep bird feeders out of reach or install a squirrel baffle Do not feed wildlife! For even more tips, click the link below to CAA Quebec's website:,the%20hollows%20of%20tree%20trunks. If squirrels have gotten in your home, the next best thing to do is call an experienced professional. Blocking off their entry point without proper investigation and proper materials can result in more damage to your home or worse. An experienced company will install measures that exclude the squirrels from your home, allowing them to leave on their own. All too often we hear of squirrels getting trapped inside with no way out, or babies becoming separated from their mother. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control is the experienced and reputable company that you’ve been looking for! We service Southern Ontario including Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas. Contact us for information, quotes and bookings. Call: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • What’s That Smell?

    You already know the answer - SKUNKS! Skunks are on the move right now. Babies are old enough to be frolicking about, with or without their mum. They know the weather is changing and are looking for a cozy place to call home for the winter. While they are generally harmless to humans, they can be a nuisance to your property. Skunks love to den underneath structures like your shed or deck. They also feed on grubs which can be plentiful in (and harmful to) your yard. Sometimes skunks are transient - they don’t live on your property but they frequent it, digging for food or digging underneath your fence to get around. They are clumsy and often get trapped in window wells. For issues with your lawn, we recommend contacting a lawn care company to treat for grubs. For issues with skunks frequenting or living on your property, contact a professional. Once we have all the necessary information, we will let you know the different options. If you have a skunk trapped in your window well, place a sturdy wide board so it can climb out. If the skunk is on public property, please call your local animal control. If you suspect a skunk has been abandoned, injured or is sick, call a rescue - unfortunately these types of issues are out of our scope. Head to for more information. As always, here are our top DIY deterrents for skunks! Ultrasonic sound devices - placed near active areas Unpleasant scent like ammonia These solutions are both safe & effective. However - if all else fails - call us! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services Southern Ontario including Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • It's Getting Wasp-y

    If you’ve noticed the uptick in wasps, you are not alone. It’s the time of year where they become quite noticeable. Their food sources diminish near the end of summer, causing them to be aggressive. They are fighting for food before the cold weather comes. What also becomes more noticeable is where they are nesting. Not only do they create nests in trees, roof peaks and underhangs - they love to live inside soffits and siding. This can seemingly make it difficult to eradicate the wasps since their nest is not visible. If you see wasps buzzing around, take notice of where they land. There may be a hole or gap that you would not notice otherwise. They can even make nests in the ground. What NOT to do: Do no seal up their entry point(s) with spray foam or caulking. Wasps can chew through drywall and enter your home. It’s best to spray with pesticide and wait until the wasps are gone before sealing gaps. Do not pour boiling water or flammables into their nest. This will only make them angry which is dangerous for you. This is where a good pest control company comes in. We have the provincial licenses, safety gear, and industrial strength pesticides to exterminate them quickly and effectively. If nests are accessible we will remove them completely. If they are hidden inside your roof, siding or in the ground, we spray the entry point. Not only do our pesticides work on contact; the wasps bring it back to their nest and spread it to everyone who lives there. It’s important to note: there is a difference between wasps and bees. Bees are pollinators and we are not permitted to exterminate them. In this case please call your local bee rescue. Find a beekeeper: Identify a nest: Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control services Southern Ontario including Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas. Phone: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

  • Keep Your Pool People and Animal Safe

    We are in the midst of National Drowning Prevention Week 2023. Here are the best tips for safety around water, no matter your skill-level: Take swimming lessons Supervise children within arms reach. In a setting with multiple adults, designate one person to be actively watching at all times Wear a life jacket, especially in open water and on watercrafts Install a pool safety fence Stay sober Swimming pools can also be a hazard to pets and wildlife: Installing a pool safety fence will greatly reduce animals from entering your pool. Escape ramps will help wildlife climb out if they do end up in the water. A solar cover will keep your pool both clean and warm. Check your pool and skimmer daily for critters. If you are building a new pool, consider having a low ledge or gradual wall to make it easier to climb out. Are birds and ducks already enjoying your pool? You can humanely deter them: Consider building a pond, fountain or bird bath as a safe and chemical-free alternative for them. Use a pool cleaner that looks like an animal. Keep a large inflatable floating around your pool. Gunning Wildlife & Pest Control services Woodstock, Tillsonburg, London, Stratford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Brantford and surrounding areas. Call us for a quote, advice or booking. Email us a photo if you would like help identifying a pest or critter on your property. (519) 421-2677

  • Birds Being a Bother?

    While there seems to be an infinite number of bird species, there are a handful in particular that are considered pests in Ontario. In urban areas, the most common nuisance birds include: Pigeons (Feral pigeon, Rock dove). They prefer to nest on high ledges and feed on seeds, grains and insects. Starlings (European starling). Nests are built in holes like tree cavities or vents. They feed on insects, small invertebrates, seeds and berries. House Sparrows (English sparrow). Nests are built in the Spring in sheltered areas or structures. They feed mainly on seeds. Depending on the area and time of year, you may also find yourself dealing with: Grackles (Common grackle, Blackbird). Nesting mainly in trees, they feed on insects, small mammals and amphibians, seeds and fruit. Crows (American crow, Blackbird). They will nest on ledges, sills or in trees. Crows are scavengers and will feed on whatever they can find including garbage and roadkill. Swallows (Tree swallow, Cliff swallow, Barn swallow). They like to nest in cozy places such as hollow trees, birdhouses and vents and feed on seeds and berries. Canadian Geese and Gulls (“seagulls”) are often considered a nuisance. However - they are protected and a special permit is required to control them. For a full list of birds that are protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act head to: As with most birds, effective DIY solutions to deter them include: Noise Screening/netting/barriers Reflective devices The goal is to make them feel unwelcome over time. If you choose to use a decoy like an owl, be sure to move it around or the birds will catch on that it is fake. Frequently clean up garbage, organics and bird seed on your property. If you notice a bird starting to build a nest, remove the materials right away. If you plan to clean up a bird mess, wear protective gear such as a mask and gloves. Remember: it is an offense to harm protected migratory birds and their nests (if there are eggs). If you find yourself with a bird issue, call us! You can always email us photos to help identify the bird(s). We are here to offer a quote, solutions and advice - servicing Woodstock, London, Tillsonburg, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. (519) 421-2677 (289) 987-0390

  • Ants, Spiders, and Wasps - OH MY!

    They are creepy, crawly, and we understand you don’t want them in your home! We offer immediate and also preventative pesticide solutions for ants, spiders, and wasps/hornets. While many insects and spiders are beneficial to the environment, an infestation should be handled by a professional. It helps to know the different types of pests and why they are choosing to hang out with you. It also helps to know how to deter them from your space. 1. Ants (ie: pavement ants, carpenter ants, black ants, thief ants). These various ants are attracted to grease, rotting wood, soil, and sweet materials among other things. Deter them by: - cleaning up spills right away - properly storing & disposing of garbage, recycling, and compost - replacing rotting wood like trim and door frames - storing firewood off the ground and away from buildings 2. Spiders (ie: cobweb spider, house spider, sac spider, funnel web spider, orb weaver spider). Most spiders are nocturnal, increasing in population near waterways and sunlight where they feed on other insects. Deter them by: - cleaning up debris in dark, cool, and damps areas - frequently cleaning areas like window sills, ceilings, corners, frames, and doorways, especially where there is sunlight 3. Wasps & Hornets (ie: paper wasp, bald-faced hornet, yellow jacket, european hornet). Spring is the best time to scope out new nests being built. Once a colony is well-established it is harder to eliminate. Always wear protection and exercise caution. Deter them by: - removing debris outdoors to eliminate shelter - inspecting attics, eaves, wood, and composter for signs of a new colony - What not to do: pour boiling water or flammables into ground nests (this will only anger them and is unsafe); block nests in wall voids (they can chew through drywall). If you feel like you’re losing the battle, we can help! We are provincially licensed and insured to offer industrial grade extermination, complete with friendly service at an affordable price. We also offer seasonal preventative services - stopping them in their tracks before they become a larger issue for you. Servicing southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, Stratford, London, Tillsonburg, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, and surrounding areas. Call: (519) 421-2677 Text: (289) 987-0390 Email:

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