Should You Be Feeding Wild Raccoons?

Raccoons are smart, really cute, and fun to watch in action. These are a few of the principal reasons why people like to feed them. However, feeding raccoons can cause a whole heap of issues. Even though it is not illegal to feed wild raccoons, it is a practice that’s widely discouraged in the wildlife rescue and

Rat Removal Services industry. Continue reading to find out why feeding raccoons is a detrimental and dangerous threat for yourself and your property.

The main reason why we should not feed raccoons is to keep them from trespassing onto our property.  In the event you were to feed raccoons, they will start to associate your property as a supply of food. Because raccoons are smart, they’ll return night after night, searching for more food.

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Dangers and Hazards

When raccoons start to explore our yard on a regular basis, they get comfortable and familiar with its environment. They may even consider your property their own territory. When this occurs, raccoons are more confident and likely to be a threat to any pets or individuals. Raccoons can carry infectious diseases, germs, and bacteria and they can transmit it through saliva, blood, bites, and even scrapes. If a pet or person gets too close a raccoon might feel threatened then they can become aggressive and attack, scratch, claw, or bite.

Interior and Exterior Damage

Another major reason why we do not want raccoons visiting our lawns is they cause a enormous amount of structural and landscaping damage. This can give them access to roofs, attics, crawl spaces, garages, sheds, and more. From that point, the damage may only get worse. By way of example, attic insulation is ripped down in the walls for nesting, or soiled with raccoon droppings, ceiling tiles discolor from raccoon urine, foul odors seep in the living areas, roof shingles can be torn off, siding is ripped away, baseboards are pried from the walls, and more.

Feeding raccoons is like sending them an invitation to make your property theirs. Damage from raccoons are pricey, and can sometimes call for complete home renovations or huge repairs.  This means never feed wild raccoons and calling a local raccoon control firm if you spot any around or on your premises.

Understanding Bats

Bats are among the most misunderstood creatures throughout the world. It can be because they hang upside down, or have long pointed teeth; or perhaps it is the correlation with Dracula and vampires which have given bats their unfair stereotype. Rumors of rabies and diseases changed people’s perception of the really incredible and interesting mammal. If this was your previous perception, than maybe this guide can change your thoughts! Here are some fantastic facts about bats and a number of their different species:

Bat, Australia, Wildlife, Nature, Tree1. Bats Are the Only Mammal Capable of True Flight.

Many people do not realize like Raccoon Removal Palm Bay, FL do that bats are in actuality, mammals; and on top of this, the only mammals that can actually fly. They have wings like the anatomy of a human hand, with elongated fingers connected by a stretchy membrane. They are amazing in flight. They are fast and swift, using propulsion to push ahead using their thin wings.

2. Vampire Bats Do Not Really Suck Blood.

Three species of vampire bats have been known to exist around the world. These three species of bats do not really “suck” blood from other mammals. They will, nevertheless, lick it up after emitting a bite into a cow or other big warm-blooded animal.

3. A Single Bat Can Consume Over 1000 Small Insects in One Hour.

That is a lot of feeding!

4. Bats are not blind, but they don’t have great vision, especially in the dark. The night is when they are awake and busy, so they have to use different methods of communication and navigation to get around. This is called echolocation. Bats emit beeps and then listen for the beep to bounce back off of a structure. Then they know where they are.

5. Bat Species Makes Up Nearly 25% of All Mammals.

There are over 900 species of bats in the world, all broken up into different categories and classifications. The Chiroptera Order is your first class. From there they’re split into suborders, genera, and then species.

Bats are interesting and amazing creatures that need to be respected and maintained.

 

What You Should Know About Squirrels

There are few creatures across America, whether you’re a city dweller or reside in the country that are as well recognized as your neighbor the squirrel. Anybody who has a lawn or took their lunch to the park has come face to face with them. They sit there and look all cute… and we feed them. They win! But not really, they ought to be out eating their natural food instead of our sandwich.

If you have ever had a bird feeder and you have battled wits’ with a squirrel. Do not take it personal… after all they don’t have T.V. or computer. They are smart, agile, and quick you’ve got to be on your feet when dealing them. That’s why I love them! There’s been many  disagreements on the best way best to keep them out of things! Animal, Rodent, SquirrelAs we figure out a way to put out the seed they figure out a way to reach it. However, in their defense, their 4 front teeth are always growing so they have to nibble constantly to keep their teeth from growing too large. If not they can’t crack nuts or eat properly. We’ve rehabbed squirrels for more than a decade and they still keep us on our toes. When squirrels are presented with a challenge you can just see their small wheels turning at high speed and… BAM! They’ve a strategy and are in movement.

Over 200 species of squirrels fall into 3 major groups; Tree or Fox Squirrels that make nests in trees, Ground Squirrels which nest in tunnels beneath rocks, and Flying that occasionally seem to live more like birds… high up in the trees.

Here in Colorado, mom Tree Squirrels will have her babies in either February or August. It is dependent on her and environmental elements. She will select a warm safe spot and fill it with leaves, inner bark, along with other soft things. After all who knows what Colorado weather will probably have in store for them? She’ll have 2-8 babies. At about 3 months their eyes and ears open.

It will require 8-10 weeks for mom to completely wean them. When rehabbing squirrels it takes until around 10-12 weeks for us to have them weaned. We give them all natural meals (we hide around cage while they’re hiding in nest box) so they can be released back into the wild. Whether the young squirrel resides with their “actual” family or with our surrogate family it will be 2-3 months for them to go out on their own.

Squirrels have a basic diet which they all consume. Other insects, Raccoon Removal Melbourne, FL,  corn, many different vegetables and plants are all on the main diet, however, the diet also varies on location. For example a squirrel that resides in the tree in your garden will eat more sunflower seeds than the squirrel that lives in the country.

Keeping Squirrels Out Of Your Attic

Squirrels are a fascinating animal. Most people like to watch them as they race around in the yard and trees, doing their natural things like collecting food, playing, building nests, etc. They are commonly seen raiding a bird feeder and many people have had fun viewing the creative ways these creatures try to get to some bird feeders, even those with “Shrimp guards” on them. Rarely do you find one that will do the job. I’ve personally observed squirrels leaping from high up in a tree to attempt to land on the bird feeder at the center of the lawn, then they miss and go back up the tree and get it done again until they triumph. Back Yard, Grass, Nature, Outside

There’s a side to these animals that lots of people, (possibly like yourself), do not know, and that’s the territorial side. Squirrels guard their land and mark it their own distinct way. Dogs, cats, and other wild animals like moles, etc. mark their territory by leaving pee in places. Squirrels do too but they also tend to chew on items, namely houses. Sometimes not a big spot, but only enough to show this as their area.

If they did not chew on things that are hard, their teeth would grow in a half circle and eventually be so long they couldn’t eat and they’d starve to death. Wood is an excellent hard material and your home usually is filled with it.

There’s a third reason they chew on houses and this is the only one I generally get called in for squirrels where I service. They wish to get rid of squirrels in their attic.

“Uh yes, I have Noises in my attic, I normally hear them early morning, then throughout the day at different times and then right about dark I hear a lot of noise and then it quiets down only a couple hours after dark, do you know what this sort of sound may be?”

I say, “Yes, that seems like squirrels, they generally spend their evening out and around, occasionally visiting their den site (your attic) at different times, then return in the night while major predators such as hawks, owls, etc are generally out hunting. What I could do to you is come out and do an inspection for free and determine exactly what the sound is and figure out where they entered your home. At that point I can install squirrel traps. When squirrels are captured I will give you a quote for repairs where the entrance point is to ensure this problem doesn’t happen again.”

Squirrels feel the warmer air and begin to chew their way into the attic. Once inside they find that a attic is much like a glorified hollow tree, much warmer and safer, so they take up residence and don’t pay you rent. You hear the sound, and wonder what is happening up there, and squirrels are naturally curious and will occasionally wonder what’s happening down there and chew a peak hole merely to look and then seal it up with insulating material that is available. It generally doesn’t indicate they are moving into the living room.

Squirrels may be controlled when they are chewing on your house and gaining access from the attic. The very best and safest way to solve the problem is to contact Sarasota Animal Services, a specialist in your area.

What May Be Attracting Raccoons

Raccoons are one of nature’s most intelligent mammals that maintain some superlative survival abilities. Several features and attributes of a home can be appealing to a wild raccoon. Carry on reading to learn some reasons why you may be seeing raccoons more frequently on your premises, and how to eliminate them for good.

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Raccoons are inspired by food; just as any other wild creature. When homeowner’s leave food resources out or in their garage, raccoons are certain to sniff it out. They’re great at hunting down meals, especially ones that are easy. Pet food, garden produce, bird feed, as well as filthy grills can all be desirable snacks for raccoons and other wild creatures alike. For those who have any of these items on your premises, it may be the cause of your late-night customers.

Outdoor pets, such as cats and dogs, should be fed inside or in garages. This prevents the necessity to leave pet dishes filled with food, outside. Raccoons love cat and dog food; it’s tasty and provides nourishment. If feeding a pet indoors isn’t an option, consider putting away the food dishes at night when raccoons are most active, then put them back out in the afternoon. On the exact same topic, gardens should also be secured to prohibit entry by raccoons, rabbits, and other garden nuisances.

Garbage

Trash and garbage cans are another possible food resource for raccoons. Many folks prefer to take their garbage out the night before pickup. Although this saves a couple of minutes in an otherwise busy morning, this can be a main attraction for nocturnal wildlife. Raccoons have dexterous paws and long claws that enable them to clasp and catch very well. This not only leaves a mess for homeowners to clean up in the early hours of the morning, but it produces a rift among neighbors that dislike the unsightly garbage spread all across their curb.

Open Access

Another main attraction for raccoons is open access to shelter.

Memory

Raccoons will remember where reliable shelter and food resources are, and will go back to them night after night. In order to get rid of raccoons off your premises, you need to figure out what is attracting them in the first place. Contact Animal Control Melbourne FL, a local wildlife removal company to safely and humanely capture and remove nuisance raccoons from your property.