Case Study: Skunk and Raccoon Removed from Hamilton Home

Hamilton Skunk Shed One Way Door

Skunks, raccoons, and other pests are attracted to the warmth and safety of sheds, decks, and attics. They will take advantage of aging structures and weaknesses to nest inside. In this case study, The Exterminators team performed a skunk and raccoon removal job in Hamilton, safely evicting the animals and preventing their return with a comprehensive exclusion of the property. Animals were living underneath the shed and within the attic of a semi-detached home.

Exterior Inspection

No matter the situation, the technicians at The Exterminators always perform a thorough inspection of the property first. This gives our experts a proper understanding of the infestation, allowing them to provide the best service. Upon arrival, the technician in this case examined the roof for signs of animal damage and points of entry. The homeowners had reported some ongoing raccoon activity there and were concerned that they were living in the attic. They could hear the animals rustling and making noises there at night. Raccoons commonly break into attics by pushing up on the soffits, tearing the drip edge open, or breaking the vents right off.

Hamilton Connected Roofs

Female raccoons in search of a safe place to den break into attics via the roof.

Here, the technician found a hole in a corner of the roof where the soffit reached the roof below. Raccoons had pushed into the soffit and torn through the wooden framing of the attic to get inside. As a semi-detached home, the property’s attic was connected to the neighbour’s next-door. The roof on the neighbour’s side showed signs of wear and tear, raising concern that raccoons and other pests could reach the attic from their side. While the attic itself would normally be inspected immediately, it could not be reached because the hatch was in a tenant’s bedroom. The Exterminators would need permission from the tenant to enter, so the interior would be examined later.

Hamilton Raccoon Soffit Entrance

Aging soffits are prone to break-ins. Here, the raccoon used the roof below to push up against the soffit.

Given his findings, the technician recommended the installation of a one-way door to the hole in the roof to let the raccoons out. The one-way door consists of a plastic flap that swings outward, allowing raccoons to leave the attic but blocking their return. This does not harm the animals in the process. Once out, usually within a few days, the raccoons would simply have to find another place to live. The technician would then return to the property to remove the door and replace it with some impenetrable mesh.

Interior Inspection

A few days later, before installing a one-way door, another member of The Exterminators team performed an interior inspection of the attic. This would give the technicians an idea of what was going on inside. In many raccoon cases, there are cubs in the den, so it is always a good idea to check. Because the attic in this case was connected to the neighbour’s next door, this would also expose any holes on the interior between the attics that would need to be sealed.

Thankfully, there were no points of entry between attics. There were signs, however, of a raccoon living in the attic. The insulation was crushed, damaged, and littered with debris. The hole in the roof was also visible from the interior, proving that animals were moving in and out from this point. The one-way door could be installed to the hole to let the animal out.

Hamilton Racoon Entry Point from Inside

The mess in the attic was a clear indication that a raccoon was living inside.

Eviction, Exclusion, and Skunks

Following the exterior and interior inspections, the homeowners agreed to evict the raccoons using the one-way door method. A technician then returned to the property to install it to the entrance. This is done by screwing the door right into the roof. Within a few days, the animals living in the attic would have to leave to get food. Once out, they would not be able to get back in.

While visiting the property to install the one-way door, the technician on duty found evidence that a skunk was living under the shed. Skunks are excellent diggers that often find shelter under sheds and other structures in gardens and wooded areas. Once on the property, they may cause terrible odours and risk damaging the garden. To remove the skunk, the technician recommended installing a one-way door to the hole in the ground and excluding the shed by surrounding its base with a galvanized steel mesh.

Hamilton Skunk Entrance to Shed Bottom

Skunks den in tree hollows, under rocks, and under sheds and decks. The hole here shows that an animal was living under the shed.

Hamilton Skunk Shed One Way Door

The one-way door would let the skunk out safely. Once out, he or she would be unable to get back inside.

The owner of this North Hamilton property agreed to evict the skunk at the same time as the raccoon. By this time, it was early October, and the animals would have plenty of time to find shelter elsewhere before it got too cold. So, the technician dug a trench around the shed and screwed mesh into its sides. This would make it difficult for skunks, rats, or other pests to dig under the shed as galvanized steel is strong enough to resist rodent chewing and tearing. A one-way door was installed with the mesh to let the skunk out. A few weeks later, the technician would return to remove the doors and replace them with more mesh.

Hamilton Raccoon Entrance Sealed

Galvanized steel is weather-proof and strong enough to resist the chewing and tearing of animals.

Conclusion

Both the raccoon and the skunk were gone within a few days. Finding the entry points, attaching one-way doors to them, and excluding the other accessible areas promptly forced the animals out of their dens. This is a humane and straightforward process. The professionals at The Exterminators know the signs of an infestation and have the tools for a safe and effective removal at their disposal.

This case shows how important it is to maintain your roof and how common pests are in suburban areas. Raccoons and skunks are adaptable creatures that have learned to live alongside us. They will take advantage of any weakness or opening on the property to get indoors where they can be safe. If you are concerned about the wildlife in your area and want your roof inspected, give The Exterminators a call. Our pest removal and proofing services come with extensive warranties.

Raccoon Baby Season – What You Need to Know

Raccoon Baby Season - What You Need to Know

In Ontario, in late February and early March, you may begin to notice tiny noises and larger bangs coming from your attic. That’ll most likely be a mother raccoon making a nest for her babies in preparation for her litter’s arrival in April/May.

Raccoons usually have a litter of between two and eight kits, and once those little critters are mobile, the family can wreak havoc in your home, causing costly damage to your fixtures and fittings, and causing a real nuisance by disturbing your sleep at night. (more…)

Removing a Raccoon From Your Chimney

Removing a Raccoon From Your Chimney

These days, a raccoon on the roof is a common sight in many urban areas. Raccoons often regard your chimney as a big hollow tree. That’s a safe, dry, warm place in which to live and raise a family. So, if you discover a raccoon in your chimney, especially during late March/early April, the chances are that it’s a pregnant female.

So, what’s the best way of removing a raccoon from your chimney? (more…)

How to Keep Raccoon Out of Your Trash

How to Keep Raccoon Out of Your Trash

It’s every homeowner’s nightmare. You wake up in the morning to discover that your trash cans have been upended, and the garbage is scattered all over your yard. The guilty party is most likely a raccoon.

Raccoons are curious, intelligent, and extremely dexterous creatures, capable of removing even the tightest of trash can lids. Although those qualities are enviable, these animals can be a real nuisance, and they do cause a lot of damage.

Here are our Magnificent Seven ideas on how you can keep raccoons out of your trash cans for good! (more…)

Noises in The Attic

Noises in The Attic

Your attic may make the ideal storage area for Christmas decorations and other seldom-used items, but the warm, quiet, sheltered space beneath your roof also makes a perfect home for a number of creatures.

Often, the first indications of interlopers in your house are the noises that you hear coming from your attic. Here’s a quick guide to identifying who might be making themselves at home in your roof space.

Squirrels

Squirrels often make their way into attics to nest and raise a family. Unfortunately, these animals are extremely destructive, chewing and gnawing on electrical wiring, water pipes, and wooden fixtures to wear down their continuously growing incisor teeth.

Squirrels are mostly active four to five hours before sunrise, especially during the winter months. However, you may hear the creatures scuttling and scurrying around in your attic during the night too. You may also hear squirrels gnawing on hard surfaces and scratching as they rip up your insulation material to construct a nest.

Raccoons

Female raccoons often take up residence in peoples’ attics in the early springtime in preparation for the birth of their young.

In March/April, you will hear heavy pounding noises coming from your attic as the mother raccoon builds a nest. Adult raccoons are large creatures, weighing from six to ten pounds, and their tread is much heavier than that of a squirrel.

When the raccoon kits are born, you will often hear distinctive squealing, chirping, and scrabbling noises coming from the nest.

Rats

Rats commonly invade attic areas, as they are very capable climbers. Like squirrels, these rodents are habitual chewers, gnawing on wooden fixtures, cabling, or stored items to wear down their long incisor teeth.

Rats are nocturnal creatures, so you’ll often be disturbed at night by their scratching, scurrying, and squeaking as they forage for food and explore your attic.

Mice

When the weather cools down, and food becomes scarcer, mice can seek shelter and a meal inside your home. An attic makes the ideal place for mice to overwinter, being warm, dark, quiet, and free from predators.

Mice can cause a lot of damage by gnawing on the fixtures and fittings in your attic, chewing through electrical wiring, tearing up insulation material, and spreading their feces and urine all around the area. Unfortunately, mice breed prolifically, so it’s vital that you contact a professional pest control company immediately to prevent an infestation.

Birds

If you hear scratching, rustling sounds coming from your attic, it’s possible that you may have birds nesting there. Once the eggs have hatched, you’ll probably hear squeaking and chirping from young chicks, begging for food.

Another giveaway is the sight of nesting materials and bird droppings on the ground outside directly underneath the entrance to the attic that the birds are using.

Although birds are not as destructive as mammalian pests, their droppings can carry diseases and create an unpleasant odor that could permeate your home.

Wasps

In the spring and summertime, you may hear a subtle humming sound coming from your attic during the daytime. Take a look from the outside of your house, and you may notice a steady stream of wasps making their way into your attic through a tiny gap under the eaves or through a vent on your roof.

Wasps don’t do much damage, although they can make a mess and are extremely dangerous if anyone in your household is allergic to wasp stings. Also, it’s not uncommon to find more than one wasp nest in your attic.

Cluster flies

Cluster flies are one of a number of insect species that are commonly referred to as “attic flies.” Attic flies are not dangerous to humans, but they can be a nuisance once they get out into your home in search of food. If you hear buzzing sounds coming from your attic and notice swarms of dark-colored flies invading your home, call a professional exterminator right away.

Bats

Bats typically invade your attic during the fall and winter. As the temperature drops, bats seek shelter and warmth in preparation for their winter hibernation.

Although you might not notice anything unusual during the wintertime while the bats are inactive, you may hear fluttering sounds and high-pitched squeaks coming from your attic in the spring and summer months when the bats are busy feeding and raising their pups.

Although bats won’t cause damage in your attic as some pests do, they do make a lot of mess with their feces, and dead bats present a health hazard as their corpses do attract other pests.

Final thoughts

In Ontario, it’s illegal to kill, stress, or transport wildlife for one kilometer. So, if you hear noises in your attic, your best course of action is to contact a professional raccoon removal Hamilton company to investigate.

The experts will identify the intruders and take the necessary action to remove them safely, humanely, and legally from your attic, as well as giving you helpful advice on how to prevent future problems.

Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pets

Can a Raccoon Harm Your Pets

If you have pets and you discover that you have raccoons visiting your property, you’ll need to know if a raccoon can harm your furry friends.

Pets primarily come into contact with raccoons outdoors at night when the raccoons leave their dens to go foraging. However, in urban areas, raccoons are also seen out and about during daylight hours.

So, what dangers do raccoons pose to your pets? (more…)

How to Tell if A Raccoon Has Rabies

How to Tell if A Raccoon Has Rabies

Rabies is a highly dangerous virus that’s carried by raccoons and which can be transmitted to humans and pet dogs. The rabies virus attacks the infected animal’s brain, causing distressing symptoms, and ultimately being fatal unless treated promptly.

In this article, we give you all the information that you need to tell if a raccoon has rabies and explain what you should do if you discover a potentially infected animal. (more…)

Humane Raccoon Trapping and Removal

Humane Raccoon Trapping and Removal

In Hamilton, raccoons are just about the most common species of wild animal that comes into conflict with people, even in an urban environment. Call us if you need help with raccoon removal in Hamilton. These intelligent, dexterous, and resourceful creatures frequently invade attics, garages, and even chimneys in search of somewhere safe, sheltered, and warm in which to raise their young.

Raccoons are incredibly agile, and they are accomplished climbers. Did you know that these animal acrobats can even descend a brick wall headfirst by swivelling their back feet through 180 degrees? Amazing!

Although you can discourage raccoons from setting up home on your property by reinforcing soffits, installing a steel chimney cap, securing trash can lids, and bringing pet food indoors at night, you may still finish up sharing your place with raccoons. (more…)

How to Tell If a Raccoon Has Babies

How to Tell if a Raccoon Has Babies small

If you hear loud thumping sounds coming from your attic in the early spring, it’s likely that you have a mother raccoon living there. Raccoons are highly intelligent, and with their dexterous hand-like paws and strength, they’re able to gain entry to pretty much any attic, no matter how secure you think you’ve made it.

Unfortunately, the security, peace, and warmth of your attic make the perfect den for a mother raccoon who is looking for somewhere safe to raise her family. Although it is possible to eject a solitary animal from your roof space, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of mom once her babies have arrived. Call us for a professional raccoon baby removal in Hamilton: 647-977-5890

However, armed with some knowledge about baby raccoon season, you can prevent the masked menace from turning your roof space into a nursery for her brood before the happy event has happened. (more…)