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  • Raccoons in daylight? In the winter? What’s going on?

    Happy New Year! As we ponder many questions during the start of a new year the question we keep hearing over and over is… Do raccoons and skunks hibernate? 1. Let us clear this up for you! Raccoons and skunks do not truly hibernate in winter, but “hole up” for days, weeks, or even months, depending on the weather. Family groups of raccoons usually remain together for the first year and the young will often den for the winter with the adult female. Although raccoons are primarily nocturnal, they do often get some stuff done during the day. 2. Skunks do not hibernate either but generally remain inactive during winter, surviving on their fat stores. However, they may leave the winter den for short periods during warm weather. Skunks are also nocturnal, usually active from early evening through the night. Moral of this new year story… don’t be surprised if you see a raccoon or a skunk during the day and yes even during the winter! They may be coming out to find food or look for a new home. They can chew through roofs to nest in warm attics or look for a warm place underneath sheds like this guy – who got stuck trying to dig his way back out! He has obviously found plenty to eat so far this winter. Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control for affordable pest control and humane removal of wildlife from your home, business or property. Call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390 serving Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Learn more

  • Outdoor Play Winter Safety Tips

    Stay safe and healthy during these winter months by being prepared. Prepare to play outdoors: 1. Wear a tightly woven, wind-resistant coat, inner layers of light, warm clothing, mittens, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots. 2. Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches. 3. Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors such as work slowly when doing outside chores, take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation, carry a cell phone Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control provides affordable pest control and humane removal of wildlife from homes, businesses and properties. We serve Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390 Have a safe & warm Winter!

  • Skunks in your yard? Call Gunning Wildlife Removal!

    SKUNKS can dig for grubs in lawns and garden and burrow under decks, sheds and porches. They can also cause damage to buildings and expensive landscaping! They can spray their scent gland up to 15 feet and their odour can remain on pets for weeks or months! Skunks can carry the rabies virus and not ‘look’ infected – so beware! Skunks breed in February through April with a gestation period of approximately 63 days producing 1 litter per year with 3-9 kits per litter. Baby skunks keep their eyes closed for first 21 days and remain in the den for the first 6-8 weeks. After this time the young will venture out at night with the mother to forage with her. kunks are nocturnal animals. They are usually silent but can produce a bird-like noise. Their life span is between 5-10 years. Should you see or suspect a skunk or family of skunks living on or around your home or property call Gunning Wildlife Removal at 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. Gunning Wildlife Removal offers affordable, humane removal of skunks, squirrels, raccoons, birds, bats, wasps and more. Call us to help you evacuate these pesky critters and prevent them from coming back! We provide full inspections and offer preventive measures. We serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.

  • Pesky Birds?

    With the recent CBC article regarding a product used to treat pesky birds in London, Ontario we wanted to reassure our customers that we do not use this product. The manufacturer indicates that when used in the appropriate dose it should not be fatal to birds therefore no concerns regarding secondary poisoning. However this product may be banned in some areas. We’ve had calls from concerned consumers wondering if we use pesticides to treat bird issues. We do not. There are humane ways to treat bird issues with netting, spikes noise makers and other tactics to make the bird uncomfortable and causing them to leave the affected area.

  • Gunning Wildlife Removal Cares

    Gunning Wildlife Removal isn’t just about humane, affordable wildlife removal. These business owners care about you, your home or business, the well-being of the animals and about their community! This year’s Ride Don’t Hide event saw the Gunning Wildlife Rascals Team participate and raise $2,500 on top of all the awareness for this important cause through their radio and print promotions. Ride Don’t Hide events support mental health programs in our communities. The Canadian Mental Health Association offers such programs as 24-hour mobile crisis response, intensive case management, dual diagnosis supports, psycho-geriatric supports, concurrent disorder supports, court diversion & court supports and independent supportive housing and Private Landlords and 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 results, happy to support this cause and looking forward to entering a team in the 2019 Ride!! We offer humane, affordable wildlife removal from homes & businesses as well as inspections and preventive measures. We help people with their wildlife problems while taking the most humane and least stressful approach for the animals. This time of year we are dealing with a lot of babies and litters and the last thing we want is to separate them from their mothers. If you have nuisance critters in your attic, under your shed or deck or anywhere around your home or business call Gunning Wildlife Removal 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We are pleased to serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.

  • Noises in your attic?

    Scratching & squawking – on your roof or in your attic? Under your deck or shed? Raccoon on your roof? Or maybe a squirrel? If you hear chirping, scratching and rustling around on your roof or in your attic – they mostly likely have a litter! The nice weather is here! Birds are chirping, grass is turning green, trees are budding and it’s time to start preparing your lawn & garden! Have you opened up your shed yet? All sorts of wildlife may have taken up residence in or under your shed or deck or in your garage. They were looking for a warm place to live, with food supply close-by and possibly have their babies. We know they may be cute and even playful but these critters can also be a really big nuisance! To prevent damage to your home and property you will want to get them evicted as soon as possible! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control provides full service including inspections of your home and property, removal of the wildlife and prevention to avoid future wildlife invasions next Spring! We serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control offers affordable solutions for pest control and for humane removal of all wildlife from your home, business or property and we pride ourselves on friendly, efficient service. We take steps to help these mother raccoons and squirrels safely retrieve their kits and bring them to a new nest away from your property!! Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control at 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390

  • April is National Pest Management Month

    “In the midst of a global pandemic, now, more than ever, our industry needs to speak in one strong and unified voice to advocate for the essential services we provide in protecting all that our communities hold dear – from our families to our homes, from the food we eat to the medical facilities playing such a critical role in the fight against Covid-19,” said Cindy Mannes, executive director of PPMA. “There is no doubt that pest control joins other essential industries in the front lines of ensuring our communities have what they need during this global pandemic, and our work as PPMA is currently laser-focused in communicating this critical role at this important time.”

  • ENTER to WIN!

    Gunning Wildlife & Pest Control Easter Scavenger Hunt Contest ENTER to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card! Alphabet Scavenger Hunt TO ENTER: Find 26 items in your home that begin with each letter of the alphabet from A to Z then list them in the comments on our Facebook contest – pictures are also welcome! Deadline to Enter is Monday, April 13th, 2020. A WINNER will be randomly drawn from all entries Hoppy Easter! from, GUNNING WILDLIFE & PEST CONTROL

  • Happy Valentine’s Day & Family Day Weekend!

    We want to wish all of our clients & neighbours a safe & fun weekend! Here are some things to do in the area… 1. WOODSTOCK: https://www.cityofwoodstock.ca/en/live-and-play/family-day.aspx 2. KITCHENER/WATERLOO: https://www.explorewaterlooregion.com/2020/01/30-ways-to-enjoy-family-day-in-waterloo-region/ 3. HAMILTON/HALTON/BRANT: https://theheartofontario.com/things-to-do/trip-ideas/family-fun/ And here are some yummy valentine treats to make with the kids: https://lovetobeinthekitchen.com/2016/02/11/10-recipes-to-make-with-kids-for-valentines/

  • Winter Outage Tips

    It would be nice to imagine that all this winter weather is almost over, but the snow just keeps coming! Stay safe and healthy during these cold days by being prepared. Prepare for Outages: 1. Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. 2. Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged. 3. When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions. 4. Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including: Battery-operated devices: flashlight, weather radio, lamps, extra batteries, first-aid kit and extra medicine, baby items, cat litter or sand for icy walkways. 5. Protect your family from carbon monoxide: Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage. 6. Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house. 7. Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds, and call 911. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control provides affordable pest control and humane removal of wildlife for homes, businesses and properties. Including raccoons, skunks, squirrels, mice, rats and more. We serve Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We’re sure looking forward to Spring!

  • Winter Weather

    Hopefully you’ve taken all measures to ensure your roof is ready for this winter weather! Did it need to be reinforced, re-shingled, new flashing? Have you cleaned out your gutters? Whatever steps you’ve taken were well worth it now that the snow has fallen and will melt exposing leaks. Not to mention weak areas where wildlife and pests may enter your home. Wildlife removal experts – much like roofers – are tough but sometimes winter conditions simply don’t allow them to get on your roof. The good news is raccoons and squirrels aren’t having babies this time of year so if they did manage to enter through your roof or eaves they won’t be multiplying in there. Mice and rats however breed year round so you will want to take care of these pests! With the cold winter weather comes many extra things for us to think about. Above all, be ready to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control provides affordable pest control and humane removal of wildlife from homes, businesses and properties. We serve Southwestern Ontario including Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo,Stratford and surrounding areas. Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390.

  • Winter Weather Safety Tips -From your friendly local pest control company

    Stay safe and healthy by making sure homes and vehicles are in good working condition during the winter weather. Here are suggestions to prepare your home: 1. Check the condition of your weather stripping, insulation and windows 2. Make sure exterior water lines are insulated 3. Ensure your heating system is clean, working properly, and ventilated to the outside 4. Inspect and clean fireplaces and chimneys 5. Test batteries monthly on your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and replace the batteries twice a year 6. Have a safe alternate heating source and alternate fuels available. 7. Prepare your Vehicle: Service the radiator; Maintain antifreeze level; Check tire tread/replace tires with all-weather or snow tires; Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines; Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer; Prepare a winter emergency kit for your car with cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries, blankets, food, water, booster cables, flares, tire pump, bag of sand/cat litter, compass, maps, flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, plastic bags. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control provides affordable pest control and humane removal of wildlife from homes, businesses and properties. We serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. For problem Raccoons, Squirrels, Mice, Rats and more – call us!

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