In some cases, they are not the intruder, we are. Opossums, skunks and raccoons are native to North America and humans are the new species. But it's a very good idea to keep wildlife in the wild and away from our homes, as many of these creatures, if allowed to invade the home, are very destructive.
Squirrels can grow used to humans and may become fearless around your home. Don't let them inside.
They may seem harmless, but squirrels can endanger your home, get into your attic, chimney or crawlspaces. They may gnaw through loose roofing, foundation materials or slip through existing holes in your home and set up a nest. The most common infestation is in your attic, as insulation makes for great bedding for squirrels. They'll shred your ductwork, compromise your roof, short out your electrical wires and create easy access points for other wildlife. Squirrels can carry disease. When they become accustomed to humans, they will be fearless around you.
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Don't take on a squirrel problem yourself. While you may be able to trap and/or kill one, their dead offspring rotting in your attic or crawlspace can cause headache and nausea. We will discuss trapping options that best fit your situation.
Skunks may choose to live under your deck, creating a nuisance at best, a real hazard in the worst case
Skunks are omnivorous and may actually keep rodent, mole, and shrew populations down. They also keep insect populations low by eating crickets, beetles, grasshoppers and insect larvae. But they can also harm your property. They eat garden vegetables and fruit, damage lawns, dig under foundations and burrow under decks. They can carry rabies and their spray can travel up to 20 feet.
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Trying to take care of a skunk problem yourself is asking for trouble. Let Advanced Pest Control set traps for skunks. You don't want to do this yourself!
Raccoons will destroy places in your home where they nest. If you have a raccoon, call us right away!
Raccoons can be a serious nuisance as they are very adaptable and are not afraid of humans. They have learned that garbage cans and dumpsters are great food sources and that homes provide warmth and great nesting opportunities. Mother raccoons tear holes in roofs to access attic spaces, making a huge mess and lots of noise. They are very strong and will tear up insulation, rip open duct work, steal pet food and break through screens, causing a home invasion that you may think was the work of a human.
There is no known repellent that will keep raccoons away from your home. You have to make sure that there is no available ingress and you have to keep sources of food from tempting them close.
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Getting a raccoon out of your house is not a job for you, a neighbor, carpenter or relative. Raccoons, when cornered are very dangerous. They may harbor rabies, canine distemper and their droppings may contain roundworm, which you may get if you breathe in the spores. Trapping raccoons should be done by our licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators (NWCO).
Opossums in your home are bad news. When cornered, they may not "play possum," they may bite and scratch.
Opossums are scavengers, are nomadic and opportunistic animals. Females with young may invade your home, creating noise at night while they search for food. They will eat practically anything, but really love dog and cat food, as it usually contains meat. They don't run very fast, but if they are cornered, they may stand their ground and they have sharp teeth and claws. They may take over your shed, live under your deck and will get into your attic if they are able. They carry many parasites, including fleas and ticks. Their droppings may contain leptospirosis or Salmonella.
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Don't leave an opossum infestation to chance. We will trap them and relocate them, identifying areas in and around your home where they may gain entrance, so that you can have it fixed.
Groundhogs can undermine your home's foundation and wreck your yard.
Woodchucks or groundhogs may be of interest on the second of February for an annual ritual to see whether or not spring will be early, but they can be a real pest around your home. They may dig a large burrow near your home or under your deck. They may eat many of your plants and ravage your garden if you are trying to grow fruits and vegetables in your yard. They dig and will excavate up to 50 feet of tunnel with up to five entrances. These tunnels can undermine foundations. They are active during the day, can swim and climb but prefer fields. When there is danger, they retreat to their tunnels. Blocking off their holes is an invitation to dig more.
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Save your garden and protect your home's foundation. We will trap and relocate your groundhogs. We will also show you how you can make your yard less hospitable to woodchucks so that you do not get another infestation in your yard.