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Animals – Raccoon, Squirrel & Skunk

“Animals – Raccoon, Squirrel & Skunk…”The adult raccoon, squirrel and skunk are the most common animal pests around homes and structures. The noise, filth and damage associated with these animals and their nests can create problems for homeowners, industrial and commercial buildings. They will access attics and out buildings, seeking a home and to have they’re young. Raccoons and skunks will also burrow under decks, sheds and homes. They will rip up lawns to eat grubs and will invade household garbage containers when available.

“Raccoon…” The adult raccoon weighs approximately 12 – 40 lbs. The coloration is reddish brown above, greyish below, with a black mask on the face. The raccoon is omnivorous, feeding on frogs, small grains, mollusks, fruits and nuts. The female may have 2 to 8 young per year, with 4 being common. The litter is born in the spring (early to late March).
“Squirrel…” The adult squirrel usually weighs about 14 to 25 oz. They are grey or entirely black. The squirrel uses woodpecker holes or other tree cavities for their dens. Hollow balls of leaves high in tree crotches are used as summer nests. Squirrels are active in the morning and evening during dry weather. They eat nuts, maple tree seeds, fruit and corn. A litter of 2 to 3 young are born in the spring with a possible second litter in late summer.
“Skunk…” The adult skunk weighs approximately 6 to 14 lbs. The coloration is black with 2 broad white stripes on the back meeting at the cap of their head. Like the raccoon they are omnivorous, feeding on small rodents, frogs, berries, bird eggs and garbage. Skunks are known for their scent glands, which can eject a potent liquid for 6 to 10 feet. The presence of a den location is usually associated with this foul smell.

The raccoon, squirrel and skunk can be expelled at any time of year. Raccoons and skunks are protected animals and can only be removed by humane capture. They are a problem when they try to inhabit homes or other structures. Squirrels can create a fire hazard due to the materials they bring in to build their nests. Raccoons will gnaw at roof shingles and wood to access an attic. They will destroy insulation and leave a foul odor in the den location. These animals could attract ectoparasites causing an unhealthy environment.

Our “Animal Management & Control Programs” are highly successful and will eliminate and control your animal problems. We service all types of structures; rural and residential homes, vacation properties, barns, trailers, industrial and commercial complexes. The programs are based on expelling animal pests, removing nests and droppings and installing permanent/repelling barriers. This ensures the elimination of existing animals and will prevent future problems. If required, the area will be treated for ectoparasites.