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- Business Spotlight
Gunning Wildlife Removal is here to serve Oxford County and surrounding areas such as London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo and Stratford, with affordable, humane removal of squirrels, raccoons and other wildlife from your home and property.
- Rascals Ride Don’t Hide!
Gunning Wildlife Rascals say ‘RIDE DON’T HIDE’ again this year on June 23rd! We’re not just about affordable solutions for humane wildlife removal and for pest control – we care about you, your home or business, the well-being of our community! Ride Don’t Hide events support mental health programs in our communities and we’re excited to have 18+ team members already, up from 6 in last year’s ride! The Canadian Mental Health Association offers programs such 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 were pleased with our results in last year’s ride, happy to support this cause and looking forward to June 23rd!! We offer affordable solutions for humane wildlife removal and for pest control 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 & Pest Contol at 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390. We are pleased to serve Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener-Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas.
- Spring Squirrel Solutions
Squirrels have their babies in the early spring and in the late summer. And as much as you want those critters out of your home and attic - they may have babies with them. Squirrels are excellent mothers and will move their babies to a new den site when frightened. However, evicting a mother squirrel without being careful to also allow her to move her babies out means they will be orphaned. Or, the mothers will be relentless in gaining access to her nest and babies which means she could chew everything on your home from roof flanges and attic vents to wood shutters and siding. Squirrels like to live in dark, quiet, safe places so we’ve complied a list of items you could place at the den entrance which may convince mother squirrel to take her babies and move out! 1. Rag soaked in ammonia or vinegar 2. Small sack of moth balls or dirty kitty litter 3. Safe light 4. Radio tuned to a news station 5. Spray with a mixture of 1 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp mild dish soap A qualified wildlife removal specialist will inspect your attic and will know if the babies are old enough to follow their mother before installing their one-way door. They will otherwise suggest waiting. Either way make sure you understand their plan as well as their pricing. You should focus on a longer term solution to prevent future wildlife intrusions. Your wildlife removal specialist will inspect the eaves for holes and cracks and discuss prevention methods with you. They will also check gable, soffit and vents in the attic as well as chimney caps. Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control is insured and equipped to take care of any of your wildlife or pest issues such as raccoons, skunks, mice, rats, bats and of course SQUIRRELS! We offer affordable solutions for humane wildlife removal and for pest control in Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas. Contact us at www.gunningwildliferemoval.ca or call 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390.
- How to Keep Squirrels from Digging up your Plants
Every gardener likely has a story about squirrels making a nuisance of themselves. Here are a few tips on how you can stop squirrels from eating flowering plants, vegetables, and fruit in your garden. Understand why squirrels dig – as frustrating as squirrels can be, there are some things you can do to coexist on more friendly terms. They eat nuts, leaves, berries, roots, and seeds. Generally, there is enough food for them in our backyard habitats, and they don’t become pests. Squirrels spend much of their day burying little stashes of food in multiple places around their territory. That’s why they often are digging into the nice, soft soil you’ve just prepared. Chipmunks commonly store their food in one place and are love finding a squirrel stash or your bulbs. When one of these animals finds your bulb plantings, they think they’ve just arrived at an all-you-can-eat buffet. Apply cayenne pepper or other repellents – finely ground cayenne pepper can spice up your food as well as your garden. Normally you must reapply the pepper after each rain, but squirrels usually lose interest quickly. You can also use repellents marketed specifically for squirrels and these products are not harmful to humans or other backyard wildlife. Don’t attract them in the first place – to reduce your yard’s attractiveness to squirrels, remove food sources such as pet food bowls or bird seed and reduce attractive habitat sites such as rock piles or fallen logs. There are some plant species squirrels don’t like such as the smell or taste of daffodils. They do, however, love to eat tulip bulbs. Planting daffodils with your other flowering bulbs can help mask the scent of tulips and help protect them. Protect your bulbs – When planting spring flowering bulbs, make sure they are planted at the proper depth. Plant tulips and hyacinths 6 to 8 inches deep. Smaller bulbs, such as crocuses and grape hyacinths, should be planted 3 to 4 inches deep. After planting, tamp down the soil with your hands and water the planting area to make it more difficult for squirrels to dig them up. Bulb cages, bought or homemade with chicken wire, work well for small plantings. If you have a large area to protect, try covering it with chicken wire after your fall planting is done. Tack down the wire and cover it with a thin layer of mulch to hide it. Remove the barrier in early spring as soon as you see your bulbs coming up. You can also help hide your bulbs by spreading an even layer of mulch over the soil after you plant. Squirrels and chipmunks recognize freshly dug soil, so without that mask of mulch, they will have an easier time finding your freshly planted bulbs. Water – in hot, dry summers, squirrels and chipmunks are looking for water and this is when they might get into the birdbath or vegetable garden. Make sure there is a clean supply of water for all of the wildlife in your garden and in turn, they will likely leave your tomatoes alone. If you find that they are still eating berries, tomatoes, or anything else you had hoped to harvest, covering plants in heavy-duty garden netting is an option.
- Whatever’s BUGGING You!
Do you have pests in your home or property? Ants, Mice, Rats – Fleas, Squirrels or Bats…whatever is BUGGING you… We provide solutions the affordable way! Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control delivers excellent customer service and quality work. We’re certified and equipped to help you with your nuisance critters and we treat your property like our own! Just take a look at our ‘Happy Tails’ from previous customers and you’ll see we’re all about taking care of our clients in a friendly, efficient and affordable way! Serving locations in Woodstock, London, Brantford, Kitchener, Waterloo, Stratford and surrounding areas - we are nearby and ready to help. During our inspection we’ll find the entry point(s) and possible vulnerable areas you may want prevention work to avoid future invasions and costly damage. And we are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you may have. With the cold weather upon us, many critters are looking for a warm place to reside such as attics, basements, garages or sheds. Don’t let it be yours! Call Gunning Wildlife Removal & Pest Control 519-421-2677 or text 289-987-0390 or visit gunningwildliferemoval.ca