Its Spring-time again and our furry little friends are gearing up to give birth – if you haven't already Mrs. Squirrel! Wildlife baby season is upon us and it is important to have your home sealed up as best as possible to prevent the furry nuisance urban wildlife from entering into our homes. A few quick facts about the big three that try to invade our homes include:
Squirrels: These furry little characters are looking after their young as we write this blog! Baby squirrels are usually born in the early spring and the average litter consists of four. A second litter can occur in the mid summer months if there is an adequate food supply. It is not until the eighth week that the young squirrels are more active outside of the nest and can begin to eat more solid foods.
Raccoons: Raccoons have very dexterous front paws that allow them to complete the task of over turning your garbage pail and opening it up with ease. These very capable climbers mate in the winter and give birth in spring time. The average litter consists of anywhere from 2 to 7 babies ( called "kits"). It takes about ten weeks for a kit to begin foraging adventures with their mother that take them away from the nest.
Skunks: These omnivores are known to rely on their senses of smell and hearing as they do have very poor eyesight. These strong diggers have their babies in late spring (when the weather warms up), are born without teeth, and are blind for the first few weeks. A skunk’s spraying ability does not develop until just before they are able to open their eyes. Baby skunks will stay with their mother for about a year when they will be ready to branch off and start families of their own.
Our best defence against unwanted home invasions is to install preventative humane screen, effectively closing access to potential points of entry. These include, but are not limited to; attic vents, roof overhangs, soffit venting, as well as underneath any of our structures including patios, sheds, and foundations. If a homeowner waits too long to do exclusion and a critter is able to have babies inside a crawlspace or attic, it can be weeks before the young are able to leave and the issue can be cleared up!
The best tool at our disposal is a humane one way door. These are installed so the mammal can exit, but not regain entry into an area. To ensure that it is the correct time to have a one way door installed to control these pests, call Care Pest today for a free points of entry inspection to have the affected, or any vulnerable areas sealed to protect your home.