707 Pest Solutions has a Wildlife license with the Department of Fish and Game. Please take caution when dealing with wildlife. Bats, raccoons, and skunks are some of the most common wild animals that invade homes. Proactive wildlife and animal control is necessary, as these and many other types of nuisance wildlife can be frequent carriers of rabies, a disease that is potentially fatal if left untreated. In fact, as many as 40,000 people each year in the United States are exposed to animals that might have rabies, and must receive preventive treatments.
Bats can range from 2 1/4 to 7 1/2 inches long with a wingspread of six to 15 inches. They vary from tan to black in color, have hairy bodies, and large ears. There are over a thousand species of bats around the world. They frequently move in to attics of homes where they will roost during the day. Bats leave their roost at dusk to feed on thousands of bugs a night. They can carry diseases, their dropping can also spread diseases. They can be beneficial on the outside of home keeping the mosquito population down, but when indoors they can cause serious damage.
Tree squirrels are commonly seen in the woods but can invade homes near by. They feed on nuts, berries, flowers, bark, eggs, and baby birds. Squirrels teeth never stop growing so they are constantly gnawing to keep them worn down. They can damage wiring, plumbing, and ducting in homes by their constant chewing.
Pigeons (rock dove) are approximately 13 inches long and vary in color from white to almost black. Pigeons can live from four to 12 years. Pigeons are the most serious pest bird that invade buildings. They are very resourceful in urban areas by feeding on garbage, vegetable matter, spillage, insects, and handouts from humans. Their acidic dropping can cause damage to the paint of buildings, vehicles, and equipment. Pigeon droppings spread numerous diseases and may host parasitic mites that can bite humans.
Raccoons will eat just about anything, which can make them a nuisance around homes. When they raid the garbage can, they tend to leave a mess behind. They will live in holes in trees, fallen logs, attics, and crawlspaces of homes. Females can have 1 to 7 babies each year, usually in early summer. They can damage the insulation in the home by nesting and contaminating it with feces. Raccoons drag food containers, trash, and other debris under homes making their presence known.
Skunks spray an oily liquid that is projected from glands under its tail, they spray can shoot up to 10 feet. This is a very affective defense technique, however, when used under homes the bad smell can last for quite some time. Skunks eat a wide variety of food from insects, reptiles, rodents, plants, and fish.