Although many squirrels live in wild environments. There is a substantial portion of squirrels which make their homes near to human habitation. This can create several problems for both squirrels and people. Squirrels have been known to gnaw into weak points of houses and make nests in attics. They also steal food from bird feeders and sometimes even from pets. While squirrels are not dangerous to people or to most animals, they can still cause substantial damage to your home when left to gnaw through your roof or the side of your house. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to remove them once they have moved into a home. They begin to breed and rapidly increase in numbers. While the average homeowner can make efforts to reduce the squirrel population around his or her home, it is sometimes difficult to find them and to prevent them from returning even after you scare them away.
Flying squirrels are a common wildlife pest for homeowners in Georgia. Homeowners will occasionally report being woken up during the night because of sounds of animals moving around their roofs and attics. While there are a variety of potential wildlife pests that could cause this, in many cases flying squirrels are the culprit.
There are over 40 species of flying squirrels around the world. Here in Georgia, however, only two species of flying squirrels are active. In the northeastern counties of the state, you will occasionally find the northern flying squirrel, which can be distinguished by its thick, brown colored fur. The other active species, the southern flying squirrel, can be found anywhere in the state, and is characterized by its grayish-brown coloration and cream colored stomach.
Despite their name, flying squirrels cannot actually fly. Instead, they are able to glide between trees using skin flaps that connect their legs and arms. This gives the flying squirrel exceptional mobility. While they mostly use this to move between their nests and other trees, they can also use this gliding ability to access parts of the home that are otherwise safe from pests.
Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and forage for food late at night. Like many other squirrels, they spend most of the year storing food that they use when hibernating during the winter. While they usually live alone during the spring and summer, flying squirrels will commonly gather together in groups during winter to share food and keep warm.
Usually, flying squirrels enter the home seeking a nesting location. They will sometimes chew holes into walls and roofs to gain access the home, and will then build a nest out of accessible materials such as insulation. Once inside, flying squirrels can cause a variety of problems for homeowners. Due to their tendency to chew through various materials, flying squirrels can create fire hazards by chewing through electrical wires and water lines. Also, being wild animals, flying squirrels can carry bacteria and are known vectors of Typhus and other arboviral diseases.
Since they are capable of causing so much damage, homeowners will naturally want to deal with a flying squirrel problem as soon as it has been identified. However, it is important to be extremely cautious when interacting with flying squirrels. If mishandled, they could potentially bite and spread disease. It is also important to note that, should you identify an crack or gap in the home that the squirrel is exploiting to get inside, you should wait to seal it until the squirrels have been removed. If the squirrels are trapped inside, they will typically chew another hole into the home, which will then have to be found and repaired.
Flying squirrel removal is difficult and meticulous work. In many cases, specialized equipment such as scaffolding, traps, and professional grade ladders are required to remove the squirrels. Not only is this work challenging, it can also be dangerous if not done correctly. For these reasons, it is often better to call in a licensed wildlife professional to deal with squirrels in your home.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have decades of experience trapping and removing wildlife of all kinds. Our technicians are trained professionals, and begin every treatment process with a thorough inspection of the home, which we use to identify any signs of pest activity. Once this is complete, we will develop a safe, targeted plan to deal with your wildlife problems once and for all!
So if you are dealing with squirrels in your home, or simply have a question, call us today at 770-479-1598!
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One of the most common signs of a wildlife infestation inside of a home is noise. Homeowners often call us after hearing noises at night around their home, especially in the attic. There are many different kinds of nuisance wildlife, and sometimes it can hard to determine just what type of pest is going bump in the night.
Georgia is home to many different species of potential nuisance wildlife. Snakes, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, and many other pests are common all across the state. This is especially true in the northern parts of the state, where the increase in tree coverage near residential areas leads to more interaction between wildlife and humans.
To discover what type of pest has found its way inside of your home, the best indicator is the signs of damage outside of the home. If you hear sounds inside of your attic, checking around the exterior of the home for holes or damage can give you a sign of just what type of pest has made it’s way inside. The attic is not the only home for nuisance wildlife. Other common areas for infestation include underneath porches, in and around basements, and inside of garages and sheds.
Once you have identified the area that the pest is living in, it is important to remember to never repair exterior damage to the home until the wildlife has been removed. While it might be tempting to seal the entrance that allowed them access in the first place, many pests such as squirrels can simply chew their way back out again. In most cases, sealing the entrance with the wildlife still inside can either result in more damage or cause them to move deeper inside of the home. In either scenario, you will have a bigger problem on your hands than the original.
Dealing with wildlife can be particularly challenging for the untrained. It can be very dangerous to handle wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, or snakes as they can and will attack pets and humans when threatened. Some also carry dangerous bacteria and diseases that can be easily transmitted to humans. It is also important to remember that some species, such as bats, are protected by federal laws and it is a crime to interact with them in any way without a license.
If you are dealing with a nuisance wildlife problem in your home, it is almost always best to call in a professional. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our wildlife division has years of experience dealing with every type of wildlife pest in every type of home. Our technicians are trained to deal with your wildlife problem using methods that are safe, humane, and effective. We also offer exclusion services to protect your home from any future pests!
So if you are having problems with nuisance wildlife, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
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Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we often receive calls about woodchucks. Woodchucks are mammals that belong to the squirrel family. In the Southeast, they are more commonly known as “Groundhogs” a name that originates from their tendency to sit low to the ground. They are characterized by their stocky frames and long, brown/grey fur.
Groundhogs are a borrowing species, and hibernate from October to February. They dwell in burrows for large portions of the day. In the wild, groundhogs are often found burrowed near embankments and in large open spaces.
When groundhogs emerge to feed. They will seek out and consume practically any green plant that they can find. When they are near to residential areas, this can create problems for those with gardens or decorative vegetation around their homes. One groundhog can easily destroy a small garden overnight if it is unprotected.
As residential development expands, more and more homeowners have had to deal with groundhogs moving and creating burrows around their homes. Groundhogs often create their burrows in areas that are protected from above. They will often build burrows underneath of porches, homes, and external structures. This can become especially problematic as their burrows can weaken the foundations of structures.
If you suspect that you have groundhogs located near to your home, the best sign is to find the burrow. The burrows are typically located near to food sources, and the groundhogs can be easily spotted when they emerge to seek food. They will often have multiple burrows around a single area. These burrows can be both unsightly when located in your yard and can cause damage to foundations when they are built beneath structures.
One of the best methods of keeping groundhogs out of homes is to build a fence around the perimeter of the yard. While the groundhogs can sometimes find a way around, the fence will reduce the number of groundhogs finding their way into your yard.
Dealing with a groundhog infestation can be difficult. The best methods for removing groundhogs are either the use of traps to capture them, or fumigation if the burrow can be located. These methods, while effective, are often best left to a wildlife expert.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our wildlife division is made up of a team of experienced technicians that can assess how to deal with your specific wildlife problem. We are proud to offer safe, effective solutions at a reasonable price!
So if you have problems with groundhogs, or any other type of wildlife, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
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Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we pride ourselves in providing top of the line wildlife control services for our customers. Summer is coming to an end. As the colder weather comes to Georgia, many animals will begin to seek shelter. In the wild, wildlife like squirrels, rats, and raccoons find natural shelters from the cold. However, some of these animals will choose to use homes and commercial structures as a den instead.
Many homeowners have experienced the frustration of dealing with a wildlife infestation. Animals that otherwise pose no threat can quickly cause major damage once inside your home. Squirrels provide an excellent example of this. While the common complaint about squirrels is the noise they cause, the most dangerous part of a squirrel infestation is the potential fire hazard. Squirrels can chew holes in walls, wires, and other infrastructure inside of walls and attics. This can quickly become both an expensive and potentially dangerous problem.
Squirrels are not the only wildlife threat homeowners face. Many different types of wildlife can cause a variety of problems. This is especially true during colder months. For this reason, it is extremely important for homeowners to ensure that they are well protected from all potential threats.
There are several steps and precautions that a homeowner can take to protect their home from wildlife. While these steps will not entirely keep wildlife out, they can help to deal with most problems before they arise. Basic steps for homeowners include:
- Make any necessary repairs around the exterior of the home. Make sure there are no holes, cracks, or damaged parts of the roof, walls, or gutter. If you do find a hole, check to make sure no animals have already moved inside so as to avoid trapping them inside of your home.
- Any doors, windows, or other openings should be kept closed to prevent wildlife from entering.
- Clean up any piles of debris such as leaf piles or trash around the home. It is also preferable to keep any wood piles away from the home.
- Seal any pet food and trash cans. Any sign of food outside the home will quickly attract a variety of wildlife.
By making these adjustments around the home. The chances of wildlife infestation are greatly reduced. It can be difficult, however, to constantly keep up repairs, and this can allow wildlife to sneak into a home without being detected by the homeowner. Attics, crawl spaces, and other out of the way areas commonly attract wildlife invaders.
If you suspect that you might have any kind of wildlife inside of your home. It is best to act on that suspicion as soon as possible. The longer a pest is present inside of your home, the more damage and expense they will cause.
Many species of wildlife that can enter your home can fall under state and federal conservation laws. Some animals, like bats, are protected under law and cannot be disturbed or interacted with unless you have a license to do so. It is important to remember to treat all animals with caution. Many animals can carry dangerous bacteria and diseases. It is therefore advisable to maintain caution when interacting with any wildlife, whether they are inside or outside of your home.
Dealing with wildlife inside of your home can be a difficult task. Removing any animal is a complicated and potentially dangerous task. Wildlife control involves more than simply trapping and removing animals. It can also be a challenge to clean hazardous waste left by the animals and identify and repair any damage to the home. For these reasons, it is often best to leave the work to the professionals.
The rates charged by wildlife control technicians can sometimes seem expensive upfront. However, it is often a much simpler and cheaper option in the long run. Any mistakes in the removal and repair process can cause expensive problems inside the home. It is therefore typically preferable to hire a professional service that you trust to deal with your wildlife problems.
When dealing with a wildlife infestation, you do not want to trust such a complicated job in the hands of a company you do not trust. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our team has had years of experience with wildlife control. We strive to always offer our customers the best quality of service at an affordable price. We also offer free inspections. Before we ever charge you for a service, one of our expertly trained technicians will inspect your house and identify any potential problems. We will then create a plan that solves your particular problem in the safest and most efficient way.
So if you have any wildlife problems in your home, or simply a question, call us today at 770-479-1598. Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, and I will be happy to answer any questions you might have!
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Although many squirrels live in wild environments. There is a substantial portion of squirrels which make their homes near to human habitation. This can create several problems for both squirrels and people. Squirrels have been known to gnaw into weak points of houses and make nests in attics. They also steal food from bird feeders and sometimes even from pets. While squirrels are not dangerous to people or to most animals, they can still cause substantial damage to your home when left to gnaw through your roof or the side of your house. Unfortunately it is also difficult to remove them once they have moved into a home. They begin to breed and rapidly increase in numbers. While the average homeowner can make efforts to reduce the squirrel population around his or her home, it is sometimes difficult to find them and to prevent them from returning even after you scare them away.
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When you think of bats, does your mind go first to Dracula or one of our favorite comic book characters, Batman? Maybe thoughts of bats in caves, castles, and darkness all intermingle and make you nervous about the creatures. Wherever you are in thinking about bats, there is no denying that they play a massive role in ecological systems. Bats consume enormous -mounts of bugs and other pests in our environment at night, protecting crops, humans, and other animals from insect overpopulation problems.
Bats help by dropping seeds as they eat fruit and they also provide valuable fertilizer to their surrounding plants and trees. These animals may look frightening to some, but they provide quite a bit to our environment that we simply can’t replace; however, there is a problem for the bats. A disease that is called white-nose syndrome is killing millions of bats. It is a fungal infection, and it is spreading. There is a project that is traveling across thirty-one states and ten Canadian provinces to track bat activity and numbers.
The researchers using this information want to better understand the bats and see what is threatening them. The North American Bat Monitoring Program finds these bats by using acoustic surveys. This means that they detect the high-pitched frequencies emitted by bats as the fly through the dark eating bugs. Within North America there are about 150 species of bats. Of those, there are forty-seven in the United States. Some of these migrate more than 500 miles, and others hibernate in caves or abandoned mines. There is limited information on all of them.
Once upon a time, acoustic monitoring involved carrying equipment on a vehicle. Currently, a device can be hooked up to an iPhone. Scientists are perfecting the software that identifies the bat species making the sounds. Researchers can use low-tech methods as well, as in counting hibernating bats in the winter. During other seasons, the researchers count maternity colonies, and in five years, researchers should have enough information to spot trends. Susan Loeb, a research ecologist with the United States Forest Service in Clemson, South Carolina, says that “In the last ten, twenty years, we’re getting better and better technology that allows us to learn about bats…
We know that many bat populations are declining, but we don’t know the magnitude of that decline”. Bats are thought to be a key in protecting the health of forests from insects. Brazilian free-tailed bat colonies in Texas often number more than a million individuals, and the experts say that those bats consume more than eight tons of insects in a single night! Besides the white-nose syndrome, wind farms cause damage to the populations as well. In fact, hundreds of thousands of bats die annually in collisions with spinning blades. Susan Loeb says, “We still don’t know why [bats collide with the blades]… Why can’t they detect them? And how do we deter them?” Loeb also believes that if people will improve their opinions of bats, then there will be an increase in drive to protect these important animals. She says that, “the public perception of bats is changing as people learn how important they are and how fascinating they are”.
Do you have bats in your attic? Call 770-479-1598 to have Canton Termite and Pest Control send a professional to humanely remove these bats and place them in a safe area.
We here at Canton Termite and Pest Control believe that supporting our ecosystem is important, and that each animal serves a role in its environment. Our job, simply put, is making sure that their job in the environment can be best performed outside of your homes and without harm to your family and friends! If you have issues with bats or other potential pests, then call today at 770-479-1598. We provide service throughout zip codes of 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 and around these areas. Have a blessed day! Below is more information on our sources and where you can find out more information about bats.
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors provides the following information:
“Indications of a household bat infestation:
the accumulation of guano. Bat guano resembles rodent droppings but can be distinguished in several ways: guano tends to cluster as it piles up beneath the exit of the bats? roost; guano often has a shiny, speckled appearance due to the ingestion of insect wings; and guano can be easily crushed into smaller fragments, while rodent droppings will not.
Of course, it is not safe to touch any animal droppings with unprotected hands; milky white urine stains on windows; stains around entry holes, such as cracks and crevices; mouse-like droppings under eaves and overhangs; stains and odors caused by urine and guano; noises such as squeaking, scratching and crawling in attics and walls shortly before dusk and dawn; and large pile of bat guano grease and dirt. Bats often leave smears of grease and dirt from their coats on the entry point to their roost.
Bats and Disease:
Due to their high mobility and social behavior, bats are often hosts for diseases, such as rabies. Rabies is perhaps the most serious disease transmitted by bats in North America. Most of the human rabies cases in the United States have been caused by the rabies virus from bats. Awareness of the facts about bats and rabies can help homeowners protect themselves, their families, and their pets.
Indications that a bat has rabies:
The bat is in an unusual place, such as a bedroom or in the lawn. Healthy bats do not rest on the ground.
The bat is approachable. Healthy bats are scared of humans and will flee long before they can be approached.
The bat is active during the day.
The bat appears unable to fly.
For these reasons, rabid bats are often most likely to come into contact with humans.
This respiratory disease, caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum, is transmitted through the inhalation of fungal spores found in bat guano and bird droppings. Although generally not fatal, histoplasmosis can cause flu-like symptoms. For individuals with compromised immune systems, such as those with AIDS, histoplasmosis can be fatal.”
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Are groundhogs and woodchucks the same animal or not? What exactly should I do if a groundhog is living on my property (or underneath it)? Are they an endangered species? These questions and more will all be answered in the article below, so be sure to read through and check for a question that you are interested in answering.
1) Are groundhogs and woodchucks the same animal:
– Yes, groundhogs and woodchucks are both the same creature, called Marmota monax. This confusion stems from the Algonquian name for the animal, wuchak. They belong to the family of large ground squirrels that is termed marmots. An interesting fact is that they are also referred to as whistlepigs in some communities.
2) What exactly should I do if a groundhog is living on my property?
– Call a professional if you are unsure! Groundhogs are not particularly dangerous to humans with regards to their interactions, but they will cause significant damage to crops, flowers, foundations, and other structures due to their burrowing and eating habits. Calling 770-479-1598 will provide you with one of our highly qualified team members here at Canton Termite and Pest Control if you need help dealing with a pest of any kind.
3) Are groundhogs an endangered species?
– No, groundhogs are not endangered. There is little concern that they will become endangered because of a growing appreciation for their benefit to the ecosystem and improved methods of disposal that minimize population-wide damage. Some situations that require extermination will be handled with humane care and consideration. The only area that may have a lower than average population of groundhogs is in Wisconsin around some farms, where groundhogs have frequently ruined crops and are actively guarded against by locals.
4) What do groundhogs do to cause damage?
– Groundhogs are herbivores, and for that matter, they eat up to 1/3 of their weight in vegetation each day. When you combine their appetites with the fact that the groundhog reproductive cycle is relatively short, the result is a quickly growing, very hungry population in any given area of their presence. This can ruin crops and gardens, as preventative measures are hard to come by against groundhogs since they can both climb and burrow around any barrier. Groundhogs are also aggressive in some situations, particularly if they are restrained to small areas by suburban living or parks surrounded by streets and urban atmosphere. Groundhogs can also contract rabies, which will cause them to be another danger altogether. If you or someone you know thinks that a groundhog has rabies and is in your area, then call a professional immediately so that a humane and safe disposal can be provided.
5) Do groundhogs really live in burrows?
– Yes! Groundhogs burrow to create large dens, the complexity of which is rather impressive. There is even a bathroom in most dens! Groundhogs will burrow to an extent that heavy equipment or even a person can fall into the den when it is traveled over. The largest issues with groundhogs burrowing is how this affects surrounding structures. Groundhog burrows can undermine farm ponds that are used to irrigate crops (another reason farmers don’t like groundhogs), and also can reduce the stability of building foundations! This is important to consider around your home and other structures when you find the presence of groundhogs.
6) Do groundhogs hibernate? How does that even work?
– Yes, groundhogs do hibernate. Their hibernation is actually being studied by scientists that are interested in how it can help humans adapt better to space travel. Specifically, groundhogs will enter what is called “true hibernation”. Their core body temperature will decrease from 99 degrees Fahrenheit to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit. More impressively, their heart rate decreases from 80 beats per minute to 5 beats per minute! Fat that has been stored all through the rest of the year is then converted to glucose and used as energy for their central nervous system and peripheral nervous systems. Groundhogs tend to hibernate for six months in colder climates, but their hibernation can last three months in warmer climates.
7) Do groundhogs grow their teeth continuously like beavers?
– Groundhog teeth grow about one-sixteenth of an inch each week, which is significant compared to most any creature. Groundhogs will grind away at their upper and lower teeth with every bite in order to keep them from overgrowing, but it isn’t uncommon for the teeth to be misaligned, which can ultimately become fatal to the groundhog for multiple reasons.
Other questions? Just email us at Tim@Cantontermite.com or call us at 770-479-1598! We would love the opportunity to help you.
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Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we avoid an unfortunate trend in today’s wildlife management culture.
Whereas there are many companies and individuals seeking to make money quickly, Canton Termite and Pest Control has always sought quality of care before everything else.
At fair prices, we provide very well equipped professionals who are both licensed and insured in their daily practice.
Wildlife management is something of a source of conflict in society, due to the many inhumane methods of responding to pests in or around our homes. Canton Termite and Pest Control takes pride in its position among a select number of companies who humanely respond to wildlife problems in both urban and rural settings. The corporations and single individuals who will seek your payments by responding to a pest without licensure and proper equipment not only present a massive inability to deal with the problem adequately, but also a potential danger to your family and home.
Please contact us before you seek the services of someone who can pose such a threat to your health and happiness. We will quickly provide experienced care for whatever your situation may be, along with proof of any coverage or other information that you might request before asking for our help.
If you are interested in professional wildlife management for your home and family, please call us today at 770-479-1598.
Wild animals will carry a wide variety of diseases, including rabies, various fevers, and salmonella to name a few. They also can bring in roundworms, fleas, ticks, and other parasites that will quickly reproduce in certain areas of your home. Bats, rats, mice, and raccoons are some of the most commonly considered pests, but there are many more that will cause a variety of problems in the urban setting besides those few. If you suspect that there are wild animals in your area that post a threat or other issue to your property and family, contact us at Canton Termite and Pest Control today!
If you believe that there are other kinds of pests in or around your home, whether it be bed bugs, mosquitos, termites, ants, roaches, spiders, or otherwise, then our professionals are more than prepared to treat your home so that it is protected from such nuisances. We provide service throughout zip codes of 30115, 30114, 30183, and 30107 and around these areas.
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When you ask someone what their least favorite type of animal is, you have a pretty high chance of the answer being snakes. Most people dislike snakes. While there is some legitimate reasoning for this dislike, snakes are very misunderstood creatures. They are typically not dangerous and stay away from humans, but if they move into or close to your home they can quickly become a problem for you and your family.
According to a 2012, Georgia has around 15 snakes per square mile and therefore has the highest average area concentration in the United States. While this statistic may seem disturbing and cause you to look for snakes every time you go out, there really is little need for worry.
Of the 41 species of snakes in Georgia, only 6 are poisonous. Another important fact to remember is that snakes are very shy creatures and avoid contact with humans when possible. Most human encounters with snakes occur in the woods or other secluded areas. Snakes often hide under rocks or any dark or secluded area. Like most reptiles, snakes are cold blooded cold blooded and therefore have to lay in the sun to warm their bodies. Unwary hikers or joggers can accidentally pass over a snake while it is sunning if they do not pay attention.
Most bites, however, occur when a person puts their hand into a dark area that they cannot see and accidentally grabs the snake. Since snakes are not inherently aggressive towards humans, they only bite when threatened. Snakes will hunt smaller reptiles, birds, amphibians, and small mammals. Venomous snakes will bite and use venom to paralyze their prey and then consume them. Nonvenomous snakes will use constriction to suffocate their prey and then consume it whole.
While typically snakes remain far from people, sometimes they will move close to your home looking for prey or for a den to hibernate in during the winter. Snakes are known to hide inside of piles of leaves and other debris. They also will hide in tree trunks or in dark corners in and around your home. Because of this, the best method for dealing with snakes is to remove any potential habitats for them by cleaning up piles of debris and sealing secluded openings into your home.
Often the snakes will enter your home due to its warmth and will either get stuck or hibernate there. Always be wary if you think you have a snake infestation, because even nonvenomous snakes have a painful bite.
Most venomous snakes in North America are pit vipers, and they have distinctive physical features that set them apart from nonvenomous snakes. While nonvenomous snakes often have rounded, more narrow heads, pit vipers have triangle shaped heads with distinctive “pits” or nostrils in the middle of them. However, even if you think that a snake is nonvenomous, you should avoid approaching it if possible.
If a snake is inside of your home, you should contact a wildlife technician to deal with it. Dealing with snakes can be dangerous, and is best left to the professionals for your own personal safety.
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience with snakes. Our wildlife division is equipped and always ready to deal with any problems you may have with snakes or any other animals. Winter is fast approaching so now is a good time to make sure your house is properly sealed to prevent snake infestation. Call or text us today at 770-479-1598!
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Most people are fairly familiar with chipmunks. They are striped rodents that are slightly smaller than your average squirrel. Their name most likely came from the Odawa word jidmoonh, which means “red squirrel.” Despite the name, chipmunks are an entirely different species than squirrels. There are 25 identified species of chipmunks around the world, but the vast majority of these species live in the Americas.
Chipmunks have an omnivorous diet, which mostly includes nuts, berries, and seeds. They will also consume insects and some types of grass. Chipmunks are often seen scavenging on the ground, foraging for food. They build nests near autumn and store food for the Winter months.
They also have specialized cheek pouches designed for food storage and allow the chipmunk to carry extra food when foraging. Their burrows are extremely clean and well maintained and designed to be lived in during winter months.
Chipmunks play a critical role in the ecosystem by spreading seeds while foraging, eating and spreading fungi, and they are prey to many species that live off of them.While they are very active while awake, they typically sleep for around 15 hours a day. They often hide inside of their burrows when they sleep, where they are safe from predators. In the Eastern United States, chipmunks hibernate during the winter, while the Western Chipmunk survives instead off of food caches.
While there is no doubt that chipmunks are cute little creatures, they can be a hug problem for homeowners if they establish themselves around your home. Chipmunks are known to eat flowers, dig holes in yards, and damage property by burrowing underneath stairs, patios, and other outdoor structures.
The best way to avoid any chipmunk problems is to make sure chipmunks do not infest your property initially. To avoid this, make sure to clean up any debris or anything piled up that chipmunks might move into.
Also remember to not leave large amounts of food for any pets outside. You can also use several different repellents for dealing with chipmunks.
If you already have a chipmunk infestation, it is preferable to deal with it in a humane, nonlethal way if possible. The best method for this is trapping. You can either purchase traps yourself or have a professional put in traps for catching the chipmunks. This will often scare the chipmunks away from the area and get rid of the problem.
If it becomes necessary to use lethal methods, it is important to note that some stats do not allow you to kill chipmunks unless you are appropriately licensed. The best method for dealing with chipmunks in a lethal method is using snap traps as well as an air rifle or small firearm. Eventually these methods will cause the chipmunks to move away from the area.
If you live in a state that does not allow you to kill chipmunks without a license, or the chipmunk infestation is severe, then it is best to call in a wildlife control technician.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have years of experience with wildlife control. Our team can assist you with either nonlethal or lethal methods, depending on your preference. I can promise you that we can provide you the best, most affordable service for dealing with your problem.
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Every once in awhile an unwanted visitor will come knocking. Sometimes these visitors are relatives, and other times they are people you hardly know; however, there is a frequently discounted category of visitors that can bother your livelihood more than any other unpleasant surprise, and they are rodents. Squirrels, rats, mice, beavers, and the sort will all come at unexpected times to your proverbial doorstep, and wreak every sort of havoc they are capable of.
Canton Termite and Pest Control provides trained wildlife management and response personnel who will humanely protect your home from these intrusive pests.
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Bats and Wildlife removing
If you’ve ever been outside as night falls, then you’ve probably seen the dark shape of a bat flying above you as it begins its nightly hunt. Bats are the second largest group of mammals, and they make up about a fifth of all mammals in the world. .
Georgia alone is home to 16 species of bats. Since there are so many species, bats inhabit every part in the world, including your backyard. Bats inhabit every part of North America and assist in pollination and insect population control in their respective habitats.
Unfortunately bats are known to sometimes carry rabies, which has a high mortality rate in humans if not treated. Despite their bad reputation, bats are very beneficial due to their assistance in the control of disease carrying insects.
Bats require a roosting area where they can rest during the day. Unfortunately, as urban areas have grown, bat populations near to residential areas have had increased contact with humans. They seek out dark places to build their roosts, and are known for living in attics, barns, and other dark, enclosed spaces.
Often homeowners discover bats when they find guano either near to vents or on the floor of attics. The guano itself can carry many pathogens and should be handled with care.
If you find a bat in your home, remember to be cautious around them, as they can carry rabies and can injure themselves if they panic. They have fragile, easily damaged wings and are almost impossible to catch while in flight. Bats cannot be dealt with through extermination methods. In fact, bats are protected by federal conservation laws, making it a crime to improperly handle a bat.
Bats are very important to the ecosystem, and as a result all methods for dealing with bats are humane and focus on the safety of the animal. The only time is it necessary to remove bats is when bats are found inside of commercial or domestic buildings. During the winter, most bats enter hibernation, and will die if they are awoken prematurely. However a bat infestation can be a health hazard for anyone living near to them and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Removing bats and Wildlife is not a job for the untrained. It is difficult, sometimes dangerous work that should be left to professionals. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have done hundreds of bat removal jobs, and we are the most efficient and skilled team for solving your bat problems. Our first priority is the safety of you and your family, as well as the bats. We work to remove the bats from domestic areas and relocate them to safe environments. We then will seal problem areas around your home to prevent bats from getting into your house again.
Don’t forget that even if you do not currently have a bat problem, your house could become infested if it is not sealed properly. Fortunately we have experience in sealing houses from bats, and we can take care of the problem before any bats get in.
Do you have a bat problem in your home? We can take care of that for you! Just give us a call or text us at 770-479-1598! Any other pest problems? Check out our primary website at CantonTermite.com.
Want more info on bats? check out these resources!
Georgia DNR: DNR
Bat Conservation Trust: CDC
Squirrels are one of the most common mammals that you will see in your backyard. Typically you can see at least one bushy tail every time you look out a window or look in a tree.
The name squirrel was first designated for them in 1327, based on an old Anglo-Norman word “esquirel.” They are almost exclusively herbivores, and exist in nearly every climate on the planet. They are typically fairly small and will gather in large numbers when food sources are found. They typically form their nests near to abundant food sources and will stay there through winter months. Usually they can be found in hollows or safe, dark places where they can hide from predators.
Squirrels have an average lifespan of around a year in the wild. But some have been known to live for up to 20 years in captivity. As they are rodents, squirrels must continue to wear down their teeth, as they constantly grow throughout their life. There are over 200 species of squirrels in the world, ranging in size from the 13 inch Pygmy Squirrel to the Alpine Marmot, which is around 25 inches long.
Although many squirrels live in wild environments. There is a substantial portion of squirrels which make their homes near to human habitation. This can create several problems for both squirrels and people.
Squirrels have been known to gnaw into weak points of houses and make nests in attics. They also steal food from bird feeders and sometimes even from pets. While squirrels are not dangerous to people or to most animals, they can still cause substantial damage to your home when left to gnaw through your roof or the side of your house.
Unfortunately it is also difficult to remove them once they have moved into a home. They begin to breed and rapidly increase in numbers. While the average homeowner can make efforts to reduce the squirrel population around his or her home, it is sometimes difficult to find them and to prevent them from returning even after you scare them away.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have an enormous amount of experience in dealing with squirrels. We know where to look for their hiding places, and the best methods for getting the squirrels out of your home for good! Our technicians are specially trained in dealing with animals in the most humane methods possible, and we take great pride in their skill at dealing with wildlife problems with skill and efficiency.
Do you have a squirrel problem? Give us a call or text us at 770-878-3098! We have the best people, the fastest results, and the most affordable prices!
Want to know more about squirrels? Check out these sources!
National Geographic: Squirrels
Georgia Department of Natural Resources: DNR
Raccoon-If you’re reading this article, most likely you have raccoon problems in and around your home. Raccoons are nature’s thieves. They are extremely curious and have an unfortunate habit of knocking over trash cans and destroying gardens.
As they are around the size of a small dog, they are difficult to catch and are known to sometimes carry rabies. Rabies can be carried in saliva and can be transferred through bites.
A raccoon near to your home can be a risk to your pets. While there is a vaccine for rabies, it is still dangerous. Raccoons are extremely versatile creatures, and are as much at home in urban environments as they are in wooded areas.
They can also be very difficult to remove from areas due to their desire to form dens which they will return to if they are not moved far enough away. They typically are found near homes when they are seeking food, or if they have a den nearby.
They are nocturnal, which makes them difficult to catch when they are hunting for food around your home. Unlike many other animals, Raccoons thrive in urban environments, where easy food sources are available to them.
While raccoons rarely infest homes in large numbers, many times the same raccoon will remain around your home for long periods of time if it finds an easy food source provided to it. I once received a call from a customer who had discovered that a raccoon had been getting into her house through her cat door. The raccoon had been eating her cat’s food and it had to be captured and relocated before it finally stopped getting into her home.
Efforts to hide food from them such as stronger trash cans and other preventative measures are not always sufficient to get rid of the raccoon. They have been known to get into homes through cat flaps and sometimes even attack smaller pets such as cats or small dogs.
While raccoons are not inherently dangerous to people, they are a risk to your pets and to themselves when they wander into urban areas, and without professional help, it can be difficult to remove a raccoon without harming it.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we are extremely experienced in dealing with raccoons using efficient and humane methods. We often capture any raccoons that have gotten too close to urban environments and re-release them in wooded areas, away from human contact.
If you need any assistance in dealing with a raccoon problem, or need any guidance in measures to help prevent any raccoon problems from arising. Call or text us today at 770-878-3098! Also check out our primary website at CantonTermite.com!
Want more information on raccoons? Check out these sources:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources:
PBS: PBS link
Want to know about the dangers of raccoon bites and rabies, check out this article here: http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/
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If you have been reading the local news for the past few weeks, you will notice that there has been an unusual presence of rabies in our community as of late. If you haven’t heard anything about it, then you can go to (Fox Attack in Waleska Georgia for fresh information.
The Center for Disease Control provides valuable insight for those unfamiliar with rabies, defining rabies as, “A preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal.
The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes”. As the CDC has mentioned Rabies will infect a wide variety of hosts, including many of your pets and, most dangerously, you and your family as well.
The Mayo Clinic has important information on how rabies affects human victims at (Mayo clinic). A rabid animal will attack without reason, and is a clear threat to the safety of your home.
We at Canton Termite and Pest Control employ technicians who are fully equipped with the necessary tools and skills for protecting your home from the danger of rabies. We have seen raccoons walk through cat doors and into customers’ kitchens for food, which leads to the very great possibility of a bite on someone in the household or a fight with the pets.
Squirrels will also carry the virus, and frequently will live in attics and in your walls if left untreated.
Bats, additionally, will roost in the attic or in other dark spaces in your house that are not often visited, and most certainly are capable of carrying rabies. Each of these animals additionally carries a wide variety of bacterial infections in their bites and even with bare skin contact from a homeowner, family, and visitors alike which will require immediate visitation to a medical professional from the victim.
If you or someone you know is concerned about infection from wildlife in your area, call Canton Termite and Pest Control today at 770-479-1598, or visit us at one of our other websites, Canton Termite & Pest Control.
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