Skunks, Porcupines & Raccoons

SKUNKS

 Skunks are solitary nocturnal scavengers that tend to be more active in Calgary during the summer months. They like to make dens under your home’s steps, porches, decks, and backyard sheds. Adult skunks typically live to three years old and are most well known for their offensive scent that is sprayed as a last resort defensive mechanism.

They are omnivores and eat both plant and animal material. They enjoy small rodents, insects, frogs, berries, nuts, and roots. Skunks also will go after garbage and pet food left by humans.

 

PORCUPINES

You will recognize porcupines by their hair-like quills that vary from brown to white. They are approximately three feet long and around 20 pounds.

Porcupines are large nocturnal rodents that will create a den in places like the underside of sheds, garages, decks, and other structures. They are primarily herbivores and will eat the soft layer of bark on trees, roots, and sticks. Although porcupines are not a direct harm to humans but they can be quite destructive to your landscaping and can cause unpleasant pain from encountering their quills. They do pose a threat to dogs as they can be quite curious about the quills, frightening the porcupine and as a result, the barbs can get lodged into their snouts. This can be extremely painful and costly to have removed by your vet.

 

RACCOONS

A raccoon has distinct black markings around the eyes with white fur surrounding them. They also have a ringed black and white patterned tails. They can be sized anywhere from 8 to 22 pounds.

Raccoons are quite intelligent and resourceful, making them extra difficult to deal with. You will often find females eating or sleeping in small groups, while the male raccoons are more solitary. You can find then in a variety of urban and rural settings, anywhere from an abandoned building or attic to a woodland area. Raccoons mainly feed on insects, fish, amphibians, fruit, nuts and smaller mammals. Raccoons are also great foragers and love human garbage. That is why they can found near human occupied spaces. They can be quite destructive as they search for food.

OUR PEST CONTROL PROCEDURES FOR TRAPPING

Absolute Pest Control will begin by inspecting the exterior of your property and assessing the extent of the damage. The technician will then set up a wildlife trap in an area that will be appealing to the animal.

It is the homeowner’s responsibility to check on the trap daily to see if an animal has been caught. If one has been contained, please call your technician as soon as possible. This will ensure that the animal is not left unattended for an extended period. If you do not wish to check the trap daily, your technician can do so for an additional fee, which is dependent on your location. Once the animal is trapped, a technician will come to pick it up and appropriately relocate it.

All the work we complete is crucial to achieving full control of your property and are noted in our service report. The service report and invoice are directly e-mailed to you from the technician prior to leaving the property.

To learn more about our services and to book your appointment, please call (403) 238-7400 today!

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