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September 20, 2017
Entry Areas for Squirrels, Raccoons and More
Today, Animal Removal of Denver shares our insights on common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Knowing the ways these creatures can make their way into your home can help you quite a bit when it comes to keeping them out. Wild animals can be fun to watch and can even be entertaining when they are outside. But, if they gain access to your home, they can become a big problem very quickly.
Before you find yourself face to face with a wild animal in your living room, let's discuss common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more.
Many wild animals are extraordinary climbers—squirrels and raccoons especially. Chimneys are an ideal entry point for these creatures. Bats are also attracted to your chimney. It can seem like a great location to roost. A great and easy way to keep such unwelcome creatures out of your chimney is to install a chimney cap. Many of these are steel mesh barriers that do a great job of keeping critters out. If you don’t have a chimney cap, now is the best time to take care of it.
When it is cold, the warm air wafting from your roof vent makes this a prime target for animals. Small animals, like mice, are often the ones to find a way into your house using the roof vent. It is also important to know that squirrels will chew through a plastic roof vent pretty easily.
Because winter is yet to arrive, it may be too hot in your attic for animals, so have your attic and roof inspected for damage. If you are concerned that animals are still using your attic as their home, call a professional service, such as our own Animal Removal of Denver, to help you ensure that animals are removed your attic.
Keep an eye out to see if you lose a few shingles during the coming winter. If so, you may have unwanted guests. Missing shingles make it much easier for raccoons and other animals to make their way inside your home. Because of this, you will want to your roof repaired to avoid having animals take up residence.
The boards that support your house’s gutters are called fascia. Wooden fascia can be weakened by water damage. Eventually, if not repaired, an industrious squirrel can chew through the wood to gain entry. Keeping fascia in good shape is important. If a squirrel is using your fascia as a chew toy it may be best to install metal fascia.
If you have a construction gap (a space along your roofline), it should be sealed with galvanized metal flashing. Sometimes, animals make their way in because the flashing is damaged or missing. Minding your construction gap will help keep the critters away.
If you find that animals are causing damage to your home, you may have an animal problem that we can solve by finding entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help you remove any animals in and around your home, safely and humanely.
September 5, 2017
Wildlife Behavior During the Fall
At Animal Removal of Denver, we have learned a lot about wildlife behavior during the fall. Knowing some of this information about our wild friends can help you understand how to coexist with them and keep them out of your house at the same time. Of course, if you do end up with an unwanted house guest, we’re just a phone call away and can humanely resolve the issue.
A large number of birds and insects move to warmer areas and their migration begins when it starts to get chilly. This is one of the reasons, you may see large flocks of birds flying with a purpose in the fall, particularly as the days get shorter and colder. As food sources become scarce and temperatures drop, many species of birds and insects head south. In some areas, this may mean a dramatic increase in animal activity as winter preparations begin. Some animals may be leaving, while others are arriving or just passing through your area.
Preparation for Hibernation
Most people know that bears hibernate, but a number of other animals hibernate too. Bats and bees are examples of other animals and insects that hibernate. Other animals may be preparing for a low level of activity. It may not quite be hibernation, but it is close. Squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks start to stockpile food. This may increase the attraction of your bird feeders in the fall, for example. Many animals, whether they hibernate or not, are preparing for colder weather by eating a great deal. Such stores will help their bodies in times of scarce resources.
Some Animals are Prepping
Unlike typical wildlife behavior during the fall, a number of animals will remain awake and active year round. They may stay in their dens during winter but they remain awake. Food and water resources start to be less abundant so it will be important to remove any potential food or water sources to deter animals from seeking shelter in or around your home.
Problematic Rodent Activity
Rodents become particularly active in the fall. They start to search for warm spaces with readily available food and water sources. People’s homes tend to be ideal locations in this search. If you suspect you have rodents, like squirrels, that have moved into your home and need to be moved back out, contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help get them out of your home and relocated safely.
Good Time for Preparation
Because fall can be such a highly active time for animals, it is a really good time to guard your home against raccoon and other invasions. Check various potential entry points for signs or damage. Be sure that your roof, attic, and basement or crawlspace are in good repair. You are looking for potential entry points. If you find them, repair them, and look for signs that you may already have uninvited guests in your home.
Now you know more about wildlife behavior during the fall. So, if you find that one or more animals, such as squirrels, raccoons, bats, or pigeons, have set up shop in or around your home, contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help you get rid of such pests, protecting your home from damage and your family from any danger.
August 10, 2017
Keeping Raccoons Out of Your Home
Here at Animal Removal of Denver, we know that keeping raccoons out of your home and away from your property is important. Raccoons can be pretty annoying if they have decided that your property is their new favorite place to hang out and possibly raise a family. They are known to be smart, curious, and agile. If they have already set up shop in your attic or garage, we recommend professional removal, such as the services we here at Animal Removal of Denver offer.
Determine the Attraction
If you have attracted raccoons to your property or home, you need to figure out why. Raccoons usually have a reason to choose your property. Sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s garbage. Maybe you have a delicious garden or koi pond that keeps them fed. Maybe they like your pool. Keeping raccoons out of your home starts with determining why raccoons find your property or home attractive.
Remove the Source
If possible, remove whatever is drawing raccoons to your home or property. Keep your pet’s food locked up. Pet food that is left out full time is sure to attract pests like raccoons. Birdseed should also not be left out overnight. If garbage is what the raccoons want, get strap down lids for your garbage cans.
Find ways to keep your decorative pool or koi pond inaccessible. You may need to install large gauge steel mesh to protect the pond and provide heavy hiding spots for your fish such as large rocks and cinder blocks. You need to be sure to remove or block access to anything these resourceful creatures would enjoy.
Close Pet Doors Permanently
Having a door for your dog or cat to enter may be convenient, but these doors are really raccoon-sized entries to your home. The cost of having a wild animal in your home probably outweighs the convenience. Closing or removing these doors keep you from coming home to unexpected visitors.
High Pitch Sound Machines
Because raccoons can make such pests of themselves, new products are regularly put out on the market and desperate consumers snap them up, often to find that these new products rarely live up to their expectations.
Ultrasonic devices are one of these products and while their claims are often “backed” by scientific research, these products don’t live up to the expectations set up by both their high praise. The scientific research is also suspect, given that the results don’t match real world experiences of consumers.
Powders and Sprays Don’t Work
There are a lot of products on the market, like the high pitch sound machines that make wild claims about their ability to keep raccoons away. Truth is, repellent powders and sprays do not work. There is not yet one on the market that has been found to be a truly effective repellent. Buying these products is a waste of your money and may be an exercise in frustration.
Beware of DIY Remedies
There are also a number of home remedies offered on the web: moth balls, cayenne, vinegar, predator urine, ammonia, and more. Some of these remedies may work temporarily. Some are toxic. Some don’t work at all. If you are looking for true remedies, stick to the ones that have decent track records and ignore the rest.
Motion Sensitive Water Sprayer
When it comes to keeping raccoons out of your home, you could consider installing a motion sensitive water sprayer. This is one humane way to deter raccoons. There is a variety of these on the market and many of them work quite well as raccoon deterrents. Drawbacks may include the need for multiple devices to cover larger areas and possibility of needing batteries changed on a regular or frequent basis.
Something to consider is that raccoons are generally crafty creatures and though you may think you are successfully deterring them, they will often search for alternative routes to reach their goals. You may need to move your devices around to keep them from finding a different route into your yard or home.
Fencing is generally not a real obstacle for raccoons. Raccoons are excellent climbers and can be found traveling along the tops of fences or digging under them. If you truly feel it’s necessary, an electrified fence may be a good way to deter them. Take care not to leave it electrified full time and be wary of this option if you or your neighbors have small children.
Clean Around Your House
Aside from removing attractive sources, it is important to clean up around your house. Consider cleaning your garbage cans to reduce the smell, which is vital to keeping raccoons out of your home and off your property. You may also consider trimming back tree branches, which could provide access to the roof of your home or access into your yard area. Any left over bird seed or spilled pet food should be also be cleaned up immediately.
Cover and Remove Water
While food is the main attractant for raccoons, water is a close second. Not only do raccoons seek out water to drink, but they also enjoy a good swim. Remove any water sources that are removable and cover your pool or other permanent water features.
Raccoons in Your Home
If a raccoon has managed to make it into your home, you can try to encourage it to make its way back outside. Don’t chase it. Often, raccoons are not afraid of people and they can be surprisingly aggressive. Professional raccoon removal would be a good way to remove the animal and ensure that it didn’t hide any friends or family inside as well. Professionals can also help you track down probable entry points, which will help you avoid a raccoon return.
Raccoons are clever, curious, and interesting to watch, but it is ideal to keep them away from your home and property. Now that you know the step for keeping raccoons out of your home, you may have a better understanding of how formidable they can be as pests. Contact us here at Animal Removal of Denver if you need help removing raccoons from your home or property. We can help.
July 18, 2017
How to Keep Pigeons Off Your Property
At Animal Removal of Denver, we want to share how to keep pigeons off your property and help you avoid the nuisance pigeons can create. Pigeons can be noisy even carry diseases, and their droppings can cause damage to cars, structures and machines. While it might be nice to see them at the park, you may not find them so pleasing if they take up residence on your property.
Who doesn’t like being able to use deterrents that can be found around your house? Sprinkle black pepper or chili powder (or a mix) on your balcony, patios, and/or around your vents. You can also put theses spices on your windowsills. Pigeons are sensitive to some smells and incense or perfume has been known to be a pigeon deterrent. Using these outside your house, around your property can be a great way to keep pigeons away. Sprinkle a honey solution on any place where pigeons like to perch. Pigeons find the stickiness to be unwelcoming and may go elsewhere.
Keep It Clean
Pigeons are attracted to sources of food. Because your garbage cans can be a ready source of a potential meal, be sure to keep your trashcan lids closed and be sure that no other potential meals are available either. All garbage and composting should be contained so that it cannot be used by the pigeons for their next meal. If you own a business, such as a restaurant or café, incorporate frequent trash pickups and table wipe downs on your patio area.
Want a Pet?
If you want to have a pet anyway, getting a dog and/or a cat is a fine way to deter pigeons from taking up residence on your property. Pigeons are not particularly fond of potential predators. Getting the pet you wanted is a good way to proverbially kill two birds with one stone.
Purchase Your Solution
Bird nets are a fine way to keep the pigeons out of your trees. It will also deter them from other roosting locations. You can get rubber or plastic snakes or other fake animals as well. Pigeons are not keen on snakes and generally, cannot distinguish between fake and real ones. Purchasing ultrasonic devices can also be a great way to keep these pests away. These devices are a farmer favorite making it more popular in residential and commercial areas as well.
Installing spikes makes many roosting locations too unpleasant for pigeons to hang out. You can also create barriers in locations they seem to prefer. Be sure to block any gaps to your home or building that may look like a prime nesting location or any potential spaces for them to actually gain entry to your house. Shiny objects can also be a great deterrent—wind chimes or hanging CDs can work well for this.
Once you know how to keep pigeons off your property, it’s possible that they will not return. Pigeons are habitual creatures and prefer to stick to areas they know to be welcoming. If you have a pigeon problem that needs additional help, call us at Animal Removal of Denver and we can help you get rid of them.
July 13, 2017
Identify Critters and Their Noises
At Animal Removal of Denver, we want to help you identify critters and their noises, particularly those that might be likely to try to take up residence in your home. Do you hear scratching noises from your ceiling at night? Maybe you hear a rustling in your walls? It could be one of many common pests such as rodents, birds, bats, squirrels, and raccoons.
If you hear scratching noises in the walls or attic, and they are accompanied by squeaking, you might have a bat trapped in your attic or walls. Bats will sometimes enter a home through small holes and occasionally, they make their way to being stuck in the walls of a home. You are likely to hear the scratching and squeaking at night because bats are nocturnal.
Since bats have been known to set up colonies in attics, you want to have them removed as soon as possible. Calling professional services, like Animal Removal of Denver, is a great way to track down the noise and the animal, as well as figure out where they gained access.
Rats and Mice
The most common noises associated with rats and mice in the home are scratching and chewing noises coming from the walls and ceilings. These rodents will make noise at night when they are likely to be searching for shelter or food and water, particularly in winter. They are unlikely to make the squeaking noises associated with bats but are likely to try to chew through stuff in an effort to find what they need.
Birds will sometimes enter a structure to make a nest and can become trapped much like bats, in the walls or the attic. Birds in your commercial building or home will often chirp or make fluttering or scratching noises in an effort to get out. Such noises will often be heard in the early morning when birds are normally on the hunt for food to start their day.
If the noises your hear seem particularly loud, you may have a raccoon problem. Raccoons are nocturnal and since they are some of the larger animals that find themselves in attics (chimneys as well), they tend to be quite loud. Sometimes you will hear them run and scratch. They will often try to move into your attic to have babies, so getting rid of them quickly is recommended.
These critters also have a tendency to take up residence in homes, particularly in attics. Since squirrels can be particularly destructive, you are going to want a professional to help you out. Professionals will have recommendations to help you keep squirrels from returning. Squirrels tend to make scurrying, scratching, chewing, and jumping noises during the day. These noises are usually as they travel in and out of your home in search of food and water.
If you are hearing noises and some help to identify critters and their noises, call us here at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help you find the source of the noise and remove it from your home quickly, safely and as always, humanely. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.