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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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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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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