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Skunk Removal Essex CT

Skunks have been active in Essex CT lately. Skunks under sheds, skunks under steps. Had a large skunk stuck in a window well. One persons dog was sprayed and they made the mistake of letting him in the house. If your dog is sprayed by a skunk do not let them in the house. Dogs will run around trying to wipe the skunk spray off on your rugs and furniture.  For Essex CT Skunk Removal call RF Wildlife 860-510-6313 I am located on the border between Old Saybrook and Essex.

Skunk Breeding season starts late winter.

You may notice in Essex CT that around February the smell of skunk is common.  This is a good time to check under decks, under sheds and under steps for den sites. Here is a couple of picture of what a skunk entry looks like.

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skunk den under shed

 

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A skunks entrance under a porch in CT

 

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.

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.

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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.

 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.