Skunk Breeding season

Skunk removal Essex

My first skunk removal calls for the year typically start around Valentines day. Since being in business like clockwork I would get a few calls on Valentines day. This year that did not happen. The extreme winter is most likely to blame. Temperatures at night are well below freezing, with negative wind chills.  Shoreline towns such as Old Saybrook, Essex, Madison, Clinton, Old Lyme have over twelve inches of snow pack making movement for skunks difficult. Skunk removal’s in these towns are normally my first of the season due to the fact we tend to have less snow, and slightly warmer temps. City skunks also seem to be hunkered down. Skunk removal in West Haven, New Haven, Hamden, Branford is typically active all year. Towards the end of February Durham, Haddam, and Middletown skunk removal calls are very active.

Skunk removal calls come at two times a year mostly, the skunk breeding season in February, and when the young skunks start leaving the den in June. Now that skunks seem to be running late this year Skunk removals will probably pick up late June into July. Fourth of July picnics may have some unwelcome guests this year due to this. Young skunks are active at any time near the den site. Young skunk spray just as much if not more than older skunks. The spray is not as potent as an adult, but still stinks. Skunk control in Essex CT picks up during the summer. Skunk control calls in Madison, Old Saybrook, Westbrook, Clinton ,Old Lyme also pick up at this time when cottages are opened for the season.  Call 860-510-6313 for any skunk related Problems.

Raccoons under deck

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Ground entry points for raccoons: Decks , Sheds, hot tubs.

A good way to find  Raccoon entry points is to take a  walk around the outside of your house looking closely at where the house meets the ground. Are any of the vent covers Damaged or removed ?  Have any doors been left Ajar particularly the basement or rarely used garage door?  Is there missing or muddy siding?  Are you seeing any digging, dirty spots, or loose boards or lattice? Any of these signs can point you to a possible entry point on ground level.  You should do an inspection like this During the spring and fall at minimum. Doing such an inspection a few days after a fresh snowfall is also a great way to find an active den, thou the animals living there normally may be stuck at another den site for the time being.

Raccoons are a creature of habit, they tend to get into somewhat of a routine. Raccoons will have a latrine site close to where they are living.  Raccoon latrines are dangerous and precaution should be taken when working around them. The Raccoon page talks more about this. Raccoon trails are easy to spot on clean surfaces the muddy foot prints are easy to identify.

Below is a series of pictures taken in Connecticut showing a raccoon latrine and trail leading onto a deck.  The home owner informed me that a woodchuck was living under the deck.  My original call to this site was because the house smelled like skunk.  Skunks have taken up residence with the hibernating wood chuck. I have captured five skunks from under this deck,  job is ongoing at this time.  I believe that raccoon may be in the same woodchuck den, yet the breeding skunks spraying inside the den may have forced the raccoons to remove themselves for the time being.

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Raccoons Climbing onto a deck

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broken sideing, muddy trial up to deck from raccoons

 

Skunk den

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skunk den top view

I get asked what skunk dens look like. Here is some pictures of a skunk den site in a retaining wall.  I ended up catching four skunks out of this den before closing off the hole.  This entrance is a lot bigger than a normal den entrance, the typical den entrance is slightly larger than a softball.Skunk Den

These pictures where taken during the breeding season, normally there would be  less sign than pictured here. You can see how well used the trails leading away from this den are.  If the skunks were not removed June-August time frame the home owner would start seeing kits out at all times even during daylight. The young skunks can spray at this time typically they spray more readily than the adult skunks.  The young skunks spray is not as potent as the adults, but can still pack a punch. Skunk trail in snow

I occasionally will catch raccoons, opossums and woodchucks (ground hogs) along with the skunks out of den sites like this. It is possible to have many types of animals coexisting in a one spot, happens most often with woodchucks. Woodchuck dens tend to have many chambers and attract a variety of critters.

For skunk removal service in Connecticut CT give us a call 860-510-6313.

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Skunk den in a crawl space CT.

Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low

Rabies Still A Danger In Connecticut, But Rates Stay Relatively Low

Small, Occasional Outbreaks Of Disease Among Wildlife Common, Health Officials Say

February 26, 2012|By KIM VELSEY, kvelsey@courant.com, The Hartford Courant

Although the first few months of 2012 have been marked by a smattering of rabies cases around the state, including a notable incident in Enfield when a resident was forced to fend off a rabid raccoon with a stick, public health officials say that the confirmed cases — 19 so far — are well within normal fluctuations.

Rabies, a viral infection of the nervous system, is transmitted through animal bites or the saliva of an infected animal. In the early stages, it can be effectively treated with a series of vaccines. Enfield had one confirmed case of animal rabies in 2011 and none in 2010. Nearby Windsor Locks had two confirmed cases in 2012 and none in 2011 and 2010.

taken from http://articles.courant.com/2012-02-26/news/hc-rabies-trends-0227-20120223_1_rabies-cases-rabies-spread-contact-with-wild-animals

I found this while browsing the local news.  I have been confronted many times by sick animals. Raccoons and skunks are the most common animals we deal with that are obviously sick.  The signs of rabies can be easily confused with other illness. A “friendly” raccoon can be a rabid raccoon.  I cannot stress this enough do not approach, or feed a wild raccoon. Things can go wrong very quickly with a raccoon.  I would prefer to grab a full grown Coyote than grab a raccoon.  Raccoons are able to pretty much turn in their skin.  It seems that you can grab a raccoon by the back of the neck, and he can spin around and grab you in less than a second. 

Essex CT squirrel removal

RF Wildlife recently responded to a call in Essex CT the home owner had a squirrel running around the living room.  We chased out the squirrel that was hiding under the armchair. Upon further inspection we noticed the door to the attic ajar. The squirrel had a nest in the corner of the attic. Bat droppings or guano was also found in the attic. A squirrel chewed a hole in the louver vent and screen allowing access for the bats also.  After making sure no other squirrels were still in the home we removed the nest. We then installed a one way door device (bat cone) over the hole and seal the rest of the vent with hardware cloth. 

closer view of wire chewed by squirrels
closer view of wire chewed by squirrels

Wiring had been chewed by the squirrels causing a fire hazard. Even though this homeowner lived in a well maintained home squirrels do not discriminate. If you are hearing noises in your attic , please do not hesitate, call a professional. Animals can and will cause major damage once they have access into your home.

Skunks and snow

It is that time of year again, Skunk breeding season is in full swing in CT. Our first Nuisance complaints started Valentines day. The typical call is for the skunk spraying under the house. Many of the people noticed the trails leading under the deck or house in the snow, but waited. We get the call after the home owners wake up in the middle of the night eyes burning, difficulty breathing from the potent spray. The skunk smell can linger for weeks or months.Skunk Control CT

Skunks will hold up for a few days when the weather gets bad, but they do not hibernate like groundhogs.  Storms like the blizzard we have just experienced do not hinder the skunks much. Now is a good time to walk around your property looking for trails in the snow. Skunks trails will always lead to a hole of some sort.  Skunks will move under sheds, crawl spaces and decks. Do not make the mistake in assuming that a woodchuck is the only resident under your shed. I find many times skunks living in the same hole as a woodchuck.

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A skunks entrance under a porch in CT. Home owner tried moth balls before calling.

Skunk removal

Skunks do not need a lot of room to get under something, they may look big but that is mostly fur. Spaces under three inches high and four inches wide is more than enough room for a skunk to fit. 

Bird feeders are a favorite source of food for the skunks this time of year especially. Raccoons will also visit bird feeders for an easy meal.  Skunks will have multiple den sites normally, and will visit them regularly in our area I find the time between visits average seven to eight days.  I am happy to answer any questions just use the contact form or give me a call.

 

2012 fall Squirrel report

Looks like this fall is going to be a busy season for squirrels. Flying squirrels seem to be becoming a nuisance early this year. The mild winter of last year and a good crop of acorns may be to blame. The same story can be told about the grey squirrels. You may have heard in the national news about the squirrel problems in New Jersey.

If you are hearing noises in your attic, note the time you are hearing them. Gray squirrels are most active from dawn to dusk. Flying squirrels throughout the night. Mice can be anytime.

If you are unsure what you are hearing try hitting the spot you hear the noise. A mouse will usually freeze, squirrels typically will run. Flying squirrel droppings are easily confused with mouse droppings.

In these tough economic times more and more home owners are trying to tackle squirrel problems on their own.  The problem is that many fail to do the job correctly, and educate the squirrel in the process. A Grey that is educated can be a very difficult animal to capture.  Some home owners are successful with gray squirrels. I have yet to meet a home owner that has been successful with flying squirrels. My typical do it yourself clients have done battle with the flyers for two years before they call me. Flyers normally leave in the spring and return in the fall. The only way to remove them permanently is to close off all possible entry points into the home. They will chew in but tend to chew less than the typical Grays.

Finding nuts in your attic? Grey squirrels do not normally bring many nuts into the attic. Flyers on the other hand will have a cache of nuts somewhere. You may even here them dropping the nuts down a wall during the night. Sometimes these caches of nuts can be three feet deep in a wall cavity. White footed mice will also store nuts, yet not in such abundance.

Raccoon in attic removal CT step by step

     It all starts with a call. What was described to me on this call I was convinced that this would be a bat or squirrel job. When I arrived on the job I did a preliminary walk around the house. I noticed some vent damage which could be from gray squirrels, raccoons, opossums. I am still thinking possible gray squirrels, or bats let in by previous gray squirrels.

Vent damaged by raccoons
This is a attic vent damaged by raccoons.
 

     I head up into the attic by the time I got near the vent pictured I start hearing young raccoons.  At this point I leave the attic, I did not want to spook the mother raccoon to move her young into an inaccessible area of the attic.

I then head to the roof and get a closer look at the attic vent. Install a positive set trap (trap that is unbaitted that forces the animal into the trap in order to leave the attic)

Closer look at vent damaged by raccoons in CT
Closer look at attic Vent damaged by raccoons
 

The next day my client calls me telling me we have caught mother raccoon on the roof. I was already in rout being that the forecast called for temps in the upper 80s.

I removed the mother and then went inside the attic to retrieve the young. I retrieved the first within 10minutes of being in the attic. I searched the attic and could not locate anymore young. I was convinced their were more young and instructed the home owner to listen out that night.  The next morning I get the call that they did hear another raccoon. I went into the attic and made some raccoon calls. The next of the young showed himself. I retrieved him and did another search of the attic. No more raccoons were found or heard from. I sealed off all the attic vents completing the job.

Raccoon trap set for mother raccoon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mother raccoon trapped
Mother raccoon waiting in trap the next day.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
baby raccoon found in attic ct
Baby raccoon found in attic CT
 
 
 
 

Bat Guano in CT attic

 

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Bat guano in CT attic

If you are in your attic and you notice a pile of droppings like the one pictured above you most likely have bats. It is very easy to tell if the droppings are that of a bat or rodent such as flying squirrels. Bat droppings will turn to powder if they are pressed on. Squirrel droppings will smear if fresh or be hard if older. If the bat droppings are examined closely you will notice bits of insect exoskeleton in them. If you spot a pile look up that is where the bats are roosting, or the entrance exit point is located. Caution do not assume that if you do not see bats, that it is OK to ciel up the hole you may have found. Bats have a very good sense of hearing, and may have hidden under the insulation or behind of wall when detecting you entering the attic. Even as a professional bat control expert many times I do not locate the bats themselves. They are very fast even when crawling.

I have personally witnessed the aftermath of home owner bat removals that have gone wrong. A trapped bat will follow air currents in an attempt to escape. Often these currants will bring the trapped bat into the living quarters of the home. One home ended having 15 bats flying around the living room. The other possibility with a misguided bat removal is dead bats, and depending on the size of the colony the smell is horrible. Imagine letting ten pounds of meat rot inside your walls.

Bat removals and exclusions are best left to professional wildlife control companies.  A recent trend is pest control companies getting into bat removals. Pest control (bugs experts) are not the same as Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators. Pest control companies tend to treat bats the same as they do insect control. This is a huge mistake, bat removals take a lot longer to do, and very close attention to detail must be used. I am not telling you that you have to use us for your bat infestation. I am just warning you that wildlife control companies are the true experts in this field.

Raccoon in bathroom

 

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Raccoon removal from public bathroom CT

 

This raccoon was removed from a public bathroom today. He decided to pull open a skylight and fall through a screen, effectively trapping himself in a locked bathroom. A worker went into the bathroom and had a close encounter with this raccoon.  Apparently the raccoon acted aggressively to the employee, then climbed a wall into a small attic space. The space was much to tight to employ a catch-pole. Luckily I had a Comstock cage trap on the truck. I installed the trap and the raccoon was removed the next morning. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jim Comstock for is innovative trap design, this trap was installed upside down on a ceiling.