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- Rabid Raccoons? Not Likely! But Be Cautious
Rabid Raccoons? Not Likely! But Be Cautious As with any sick animal always be cautious. There are two types of rabies in animals: “dumb” and “furious”: 1. In the “dumb” form of rabies, the animal is often exhibiting a staring expression, and can look sick. In the “furious” form of rabies, aggression is the most common sign. Affected animals can attack non-prey species. Paralysis and convulsions can be seen in the later stages of both kinds. 2. Raccoons are typically active at night but may be seen out in the daytime if they are nursing their kits and forced to search for food both day and night. Although it is unusual to see raccoons active during the daytime they are probably not rabid if they are behaving normally. 3. Raccoons vary in size from about 12 to 35 pounds with females typically being on the smaller side. These critters have a keen sense of hearing, visual acuity and a highly developed sense of touch. They also have opposable thumbs and can easily unlock doors, open trash cans and climb and descend vertically! 4. As temperatures drop, raccoons will grow a thick heavy winter fur coat and will eat as much as they can find in preparation of harsh winter weather. During winter they will spend weeks in their dens without eating but they do not hibernate. They breed between January and June depending a great deal on their environmental conditions. 5. Most baby raccoons are born in April and May with a gestation period of about 63 days. Their litters are anywhere from one to seven kits. The noisy kits can cause quite a disruption if they are denned in your home or on your property. When they are hungry or cold they chatter, whine and twitter like birds. After about 3 weeks they will get even noisier – growling, hissing and snorting. 6. Make sure to deter them from your property in the first place by eliminating their access to food sources. Raccoons prefer feasting on meat but will satisfy their hunger with berries, fruit, vegetables, eggs, acorns, beech and hickory nuts, grains, grasses and bark if nothing else is available. Pet food left outdoors can also replace their traditional dietary staples. 7. The raccoon has adapted to our human environment hence attics and chimneys become dens and rest sites and they will gain access by destroying your roof and vents! If catching and releasing a nuisance raccoon it’s imperative to release it close to it’s familiar area, where it will have access to plenty of water and keeping in mind they like to den in hollow trees and rock crevices. If you think raccoons – or any other pesky wildlife or animal such as skunk, squirrel, bat, bird or opossum – have made their nest in or around your home and you need help dealing with the issue contact Gunning Wildlife Removal. John has the experience and equipment to take care of the intrusion and prevent future problems. Gunning Wildlife Removal will provide a full inspection and offer humane & affordable removal, prevention and control solutions for your home, property or business in Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.
- Critters after Christmas?
We hope you’ve enjoyed a safe and joyous holiday season. Tradition dating back to the 4th century, marks yesterday as the time to take down your tree and decorations. Should you discover any surprise critters in your house after the dust settles call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control. We will safely remove raccoons, squirrels, mice, rats and other nuisance animals from your home and property. Remember to put all your seasonal treats away and vacuum up all those party crumbs to avoid attracting these guys into your cupboards. The weather has been nice enough to keep wildlife and rodents active but still looking for food and a warm place to nest. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control offers affordable solutions serving Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390.
- Do I have to share my warm home with a Skunk?
As the cold weather settles in, you may think you are in the clear for seeing skunks. Not so! Skunks do not hibernate and can be highly active in the winter at almost any time of day. Skunks may not hibernate in the winter, but they do burrow in their dens during especially cold spells. Skunks will look for the most convenient locations for their dens. They are looking for a warm place with easy access to food and water, which can most likely be found on your property. Skunks will make their homes under houses, under decks, in basements, under woodsheds or woodpiles, and anywhere else that gives them shelter from the elements. Skunks don’t look for food as often in the winter, but certain foods can bring them to your home. The most common snack? Your garbage. Pet food left on your porch, or in a garage or shed is also a favourite of theirs. A regular food supply will give skunks a great reason to take up residence underneath or inside your home. Grubs are still the staple of their diets. A skunk can tear up a garden or lawn looking for insect larvae. Surprisingly, grubs are most plentiful during the colder months as they lay dormant underground. If you don’t want skunks making your property their home, there are some measures you can take: 1. Eliminate any grub problem you may have before the cold weather arrives, and if you aren’t sure how, call a professional for help. 2. Make sure your trash cans and recycle bins are secure and clean them out from time to time to get rid of any lingering food and odours. 3. It’s also a good idea to seal off any vulnerable areas with fencing or chicken wire. 4. Noise and light are highly effective. Female skunks select den sites that are quiet and dark because they offer her a sense of security for her young. Place a battery-powered radio tuned to an all-talk station near the den. You can also place a battery-powered light shining towards the den and go out several times a day and make noise.
- Nuisance mice in your home or business? We can help you
DID YOU KNOW? 1. Mice can damage inside walls, chew wiring and insulation, shred paper, cardboard or clothing, chew baseboards, doors, window panes and cabinets!! 2. They begin to reproduce at 6-10 weeks of age with a gestation period of approximately 20 days. Mice can give birth to as many as 10 litters per year with 5-6 young per litter! 3. Mice are generally nocturnal and are sensitive to bright lights. Mice have a superior sense of hearing, smell, taste and touch. They can memorize the locations of food, pathways and obstacles. Mice like to live in close proximity to humans relying on humans for food and shelter. They remain close to their nest and to a food source. 4. Mouse droppings are 1/4″ seed like. Their tracks are tiny 1/2″ prints with 4 toes on the front paw and 5 toes on the back paw. Mice live in colonies, or family groups. Each colony establishes its own territory by urine and feces markings. 5. Life expectancy of a mouse living in the wild is 5 – 6 months. In ideal conditions a mouse can live up to 2 to 3 years. We’ve seen mice travel up to roofs and gain access to attics in homes or businesses through vents. Gunning Wildlife Removal is equipped, licensed and insured to take care of any nuisance mice you may have in your home or business. Call Gunning Wildlife Removal for an affordable solution to your pesky mouse problem! Gunning Wildlife Removal serves Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390 or email email@example.com or use our contact page www.gunningwildliferemoval.ca
- Skunks Galore This Fall!
We’ve been seeing a lot of skunks so far this Fall! And many have very little white on them, much like this guy! Skunks don’t like to spray but will if they feel threatened. If you’ve trapped one yourself and would like to release it here are a few tips to help you out: 1. Approach from the front where the trap door is blocking the skunk’s view of you – don’t let it see you! 2. Be steady and quiet while putting a tarp or other disposable covering over the cage. Move the cage gently to your release area. Stand away from the cage as much as possible when opening the door and the skunk will likely scoot out and run away. 3. If the skunk has sprayed you or a pet there are many recipes and methods available on the internet that will be helpful to you. If you would like us to take care of any wildlife or pest issue in your home or business or on your property call us – Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control (519) 421-2677 or text (289) 987-0390 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org We provide affordable wildlife removal & pest control serving Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Raccoons, Skunks, Squirrels, Mice, Rats, Bats and more! www.gunningwildliferemoval.ca
- Opossum: Nature’s own Pest Control!
Did you know that opossum’s young crawl to the mother’s pouch and latch onto a nipple, where they stay and feed for about 2 months? Then they stay and travel on their mothers back. After about 100 days they leave their mother to find their own home. What else should you know about opossums?: 1. Opossum’s are nocturnal animals and North America’s only marsupial. They have good grooming habits and can eat up to 5,000 ticks per year! Opossum’s have a low body temperature which makes them immune to many diseases such as rabies. 2. They help your yard and garden by eating insects, snails, small rodents and snakes! Their life expectancy in the wild is 1-2 years and up to 4 years in captivity. Sadly, hundreds of them are killed each year on our roads. 3. Opossum’s may hiss, growl or bite if cornered but they are actually very harmless. Did you know they play dead? Hence, the term “opossum” when we played hide & seek or tag as children! They actually faint in shock at the prospect of such a confrontation. This is an involuntary response on the part of the opossum. The stress of the confrontation causes them to go into shock inducing a comatose state that can last from 40 minutes to four hours. While “dead,” the opossum’s body is limp, it’s front feet form into balls and drool runs out of its mouth. It may even appear that rigor mortis has begun. 4. The opossum’s guise of death goes so far as to produce a smell of decay. From their anal glands, the opossum’s body emits green mucus that will discourage most predators from feeding on it while he’s in this comatose state. Who knew!! 5. While opossums seem to offer a range of benefits - you may still want them removed should you discover a nest in your home or on your property. Call Gunning Wildlife Removal 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We offer affordable, humane wildlife removal in Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.
We are hearing about more bats in homes than usual so far this month! There are several different bat species here in Ontario such as brown, red, hoary, eastern small-footed, silver-haired, eastern pipistrelle and northern long-eared myotis. While they are not aggressive they are certainly a nuisance and leave behind destructive waste. They are very helpful however in controlling mosquitos, pollinating plants and dispersing seeds. So why not give them a nice bat home so they don’t want to live in yours? Check out this DIY project: https://www.canadianwoodworking.com/plans-projects/build-bat-house or maybe purchase one such as this Canadian Tire product: https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/cedar-bat-house-1421964p.html If a random bat finds its way into your home simply open a window or door – typically they will sense the draft and quickly exit. Many bat species – such as the small brown bat – are included in the endangered species and are protected by federal law. It is illegal to use chemicals or poisons or hunt, trap or kill them. If you have an infestation in your attic and it is not their baby season we can help you. Our service includes a full inspection, locating and sealing off entry points then installing temporary one-way doors so they exit and cannot re-enter your home. Once the bats have all left you will want to clean up the area or hire a professional cleanup company. If DIY be sure to wear protective gear including full sleeves, gloves and a respirator. We service Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.
- Send those critters packing!
Summer is just around the corner! That means longer days, warmer temps, kids are off school and you’re possibly taking a vacation! As you prep for all the fun that summer promises we’d like to suggest you take care of any possible wildlife or rodent issues that may be lurking around your home or property. If you suspect any animal activity take a quick look around for such tell-tale signs as: 1. Damage from gnawing, nest-building, and defecation;. 2. Disappearing pet food. 3. Chewed insulation or wires 4. Damaged or eaten bulbs or seedlings in your garden and flower beds. 5. Shredded paper, cardboard or clothing. 6. Chewed holes in roofs, vents and fascia. These could all be indicators of wildlife or rodents taking up residence in your home. Keep in mind squirrels breed in June or July with a gestation period of 36-40 days and it is best to clear them out before they have their litter! Mice on the other hand begin reproducing at 6-10 weeks old and can give birth to as many as 60 baby mice per year! Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control for a thorough inspection, removal and prevention. Secure your home from pesky critters then sit back, relax and enjoy your summer! We serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call 519-421-2677 or Text 289-987-0390 email@example.com
- Gunning Wildlife Rascals!
This year’s Ride Don’t Hide event saw the Gunning Wildlife Rascals Team participate with more than double their team size from last year! Ride Don’t Hide events support mental health programs in our communities. The Canadian Mental Health Association is committed to building inclusive, healthy communities through: Elimination of the stigma of mental illness; Educational initiatives that promote mental health and build understanding about the impacts of mental illness and the resources available; Leadership and partnerships to plan, deliver, and evaluate a broad range of quality programs and services that meet the evolving needs of consumers and community. We are pleased with our Ride Don’t Hide results, happy to support this cause and looking forward to entering a team in the 2020 Ride!! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control offers affordable solutions for humane wildlife removal & for pest control as well as inspections and preventive measures. Call us 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We are pleased to serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.
- Bats driving you batty? Call Gunning Wildlife Removal!
Bats typically mate in the late summer and early autumn with a gestation period of 40 days to 6 months giving birth to one baby called a pup. Young pups drink milk from its mother like most mammals. A common misconception is that bats carry disease and are very unclean, but bats are actually very helpful in controlling the population of crop destroying insects. Bats roost in trees, caves, mines and barns. Anyplace that provides shelter from weather and predators. Bats live in groups called colonies, which contain 100 to 1,000 bats. They are nocturnal and can fly up to 31 miles to find food. They eat half its body weight per day, feasting on flowers, insects, fruits, nectar, pollen and leaves. Bats are the only mammals that can fly and are known to feed on blood. They make up 1/5th of the earths mammal population. With life spans of almost 40 years. Bats can be found almost anywhere in the world except the polar regions and extreme deserts. Should you find bats or other nuisance critters in your home, business or property call Gunning Wildlife Removal 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We offer humane, affordable removal of wildlife as well as inspections and preventive measures to avoid future invasions of raccoons, squirrels, skunks, bats, birds, rabbits, hornets and more. We serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas
- DON’T SET LIVE TRAPS DURING BABY SEASON. PLEASE.
Yes, it’s baby season and we understand you don’t want raccoons, skunks, squirrels, groundhogs, bats or any other critter living in your space! Goodness knows our space is more precious now than ever before. Our homes have become our places of work, play, school and our sanctuary. It’s where we keep busy and where we relax. It where we socialize virtually. And we want our homes and our yards and property to be a peaceful, happy, productive area – especially now with the nice weather. Hard to do when all you can hear is squeaking and squawking in your attic or can’t let your pets or kids outside to play because there’s a skunk living under your shed or deck! Oh, we know all about it. But here’s the thing - if you live trap the mother animal and take her away then her babies can’t survive without her. If you cap your chimney the babies will die in your chimney. If you cover the hole in your roof or soffit her babies will die in your attic and the mother may very well do a lot of damage trying to get back inside your house any way she can! Yes, they are very maternal – especially raccoons. That’s why calling a wildlife removal and pest control professional is so important especially during baby seasons. We have processes and solutions to take care of your wildlife issues and we offer preventive measures to avoid future invasions. A raccoon will usually have a litter of 3-5 baby raccoon pups. The most common reason for a raccoon to enter an attic and choose to live there is the case of a female who needs a safe place to give birth and raise its babies. If you have blocked the mother out – or trapped her – check for nipples! If you can see them, you’ve got babies up there, and they’ve got to be found and removed or they will starve to death – and you will hear them chirping non-stop for their mother. It’s also very common for Squirrels to nest and have their litters in attics. Skunks and groundhogs will often dig holes and have their litters under decks and sheds. We have affordable solutions for all of this. Contact Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390 or message us through our website www.gunningwildliferemoval.ca If you are going to tackle the issue yourself, please remove the babies first before you close off any entry points. Don’t set live traps in direct sunlight or near swimming pools and check your trap daily so the animal does not die in the trap. Release the animal where you caught it so the mother and babies will find each other and in case they have disease you are not spreading it into new animal populations. We hope this helps and feel free to contact us even if just to ask some questions about your wildlife problem. We’re pleased to serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas and we’re here to help you!
- Squirrel Breeding Season
Time has sprung ahead, the snow is melting, sun is shining and Spring is surely on the way! With it comes baby season for many nuisance rodents and pests including squirrels. Squirrels breed in February or March and again in June or July with a gestation period of approximately 36-40 days producing 1-7 kits per litter. Squirrels can be destructive to homes & properties, chew holes in roofs, vents & fascia in order to gain entry into homes. They often leave behind nests, waste and chew electrical wires causing a potential fire hazard. Don’t get stuck with a family of squirrels in your attic! Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We provide affordable solutions for humane wildlife removal and for pest control including raccoons, skunks, mice, rats, bats, birds, hornets AND SQUIRRELS! We serve Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.