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Animal and Wildlife Control
Parker Pest Control Services
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Wildlife critters such as raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, snakes, bats, and prairie dogs can be a nuisance and cause damage to your home or business property. Parker Pest Control Services is here to help with your animal and wildlife control needs.
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Small and furry, rabbits can be cute and fun to watch. They seem harmless as they don’t enter homes but can still be bothersome. These docile and skittish creatures are opportunistic feeders and will feed on any type of vegetation or plant within their reach so they can do damage to landscaping, gardens (eating the plants you are trying to grow), trees (eat the bark off), and ornamental shrubbery. These burrowing animals may also dig dens under homes (including under concrete), sheds, patios, and decks, as well as chew through lattice, thus damaging property. Finally, they can chew into and cut small irrigation lines.
Rabbits populate quickly by birthing on average 2-3 litters a year with typically 5-6 babies in each litter. Trapping by a professional who can remove the rabbits to a different location seems to be the most effective way to keep the rabbit population in check as well as habitat removal and wire fencing.
Raccoons are urban pests that will eat anything they can get their paws on. Aside from your lawn grubs, they might be attracted to your home or business particularly if they have access to garbage or pet dishes as they scavenge for food to eat. These nocturnal animals may find a place to nest in your home or business property (such as in attics, chimneys, or under decks). They may even find entry into a home through a pet door. They can be dangerous as they are the number one carrier of rabies and can carry other parasites and diseases, so you do not want to try to catch them on your own. Trapping is the preferred method for raccoon removal. Signs of the presence of raccoons includes ripped wood, clawing and scratching noises, or outright seeing them hanging around.
Prairie Dog Control:
Prairie dogs are of the squirrel family but are often confused with gophers, which are of the rodent species. Both burrow in the ground but differ in numerous ways. Prairie dogs are bigger than gophers and have a distinct neck and a bushy tail. Prairie dogs eat tubers and roots of other plants as well as grasses, weeds, blossoms, and seeds above the ground. They emerge from their burrows each morning and spend most of the day foraging for food on the surface. Prairie dogs typically dwell in empty open fields, but can occasionally make it into a yard. They are carriers of many diseases and fleas and their burrows can soften soil making them dangerous to livestock. They can be contained by poison being put into their holes and covered up or being caught live and removed.
Tree squirrels are very common in Colorado. They feed on a variety of foods such as nuts, seeds, fungi, and fruit. Squirrels can populate quickly and become bothersome by damaging trees and plants, stealing from bird feeders, and since they like warm, safe places finding entry points to a home. They might enter an attic through loose boards, vents, or loose or broken tiles or eaves. Once in the attic, they might chew on wood or wiring. Squirrels can also be an annoyance by making a rooftop their playground.
Skunks are nocturnal mammals that are mostly carnivorous and feed on rodents that are considered to be harmful to humans such as moles, ground squirrels, rats, mice, and others. Additionally, they help keep insect populations low by dining on grasshoppers, insect larvae, crickets, and beetles. Though they can be helpful in restricting these various unwanted other pests, they are also known to harm property and domestic animals. They have been known to feed on poultry and their eggs as well as eat garden vegetables and fruit, and damage lawns while foraging for insects or damage beehives. Additionally, they may damage property by digging under foundations to burrow under decks, sheds, or homes.
Aside from fleas, skunks are second only to the raccoon in being a rabies carrier, making them a serious health concern. And, when frightened or cornered, they will spray a thick, volatile, oily liquid that contains sulfur compounds as a repellent of predators. The pungent odor is well known and can be discharged up to 20 feet and with high accuracy up to 10 feet. They can fire this liquid multiple times if needed. If any gets in the eyes of a human or pet, it can be painful and cause temporary blindness.
Skunk capturing for relocation is not allowed under state law. As such, they are usually caught in traps and then euthanized and disposed of.
The most common snakes in the Parker and surrounding areas include garden, bull, or rattle snakes (the only venomous one). The presence of snakes, which are carnivores, may increase if rodent and insect populations are high, so it’s a good idea to regulate prey populations such as mice and voles. Occasionally snakes can find access to homes or businesses through cracks in foundations or broken garage door seals. If you see signs of the presence of a snake such as snake tracks or shed skin, the only way to stop the problem is the physical removal of the snake and you do not want to provoke or attempt to handle them, especially rattle snakes.
Another nocturnal animal, bats can be beneficial in that they eat up to 1,200 insects in an hour. They use echolocation to navigate around objects in the dark. Bats can become a nuisance, however, by entering a house or building; they only need a half inch or less of space to do this. Additionally, they are known carriers of rabies and other diseases. The presence of bats may also mean the presence of bat bugs which are typically found along with a colony of bats. Finally, guano or bat droppings is fertile ground for “histoplasmosis” (a fungal disease). This can be passed to humans who breathe the fungal spores and in severe cases can be fatal. Symptoms include fever, anemia, and weight loss. This danger is why only experts should attempt to control bat infestations. If bats are creating a nuisance in a dwelling, they can be removed and killed and the guano should also then be cleaned up properly and safely.
Aside from visibly seeing bats themselves at dusk, the presence of bats can be detected in several ways. As they enter and leave an opening, the oils from their fur can leave a brown or black stain. Additionally, bat activity can be known from their high-pitched noises as well as their droppings which are segmented and full of insect parts (unlike mouse droppings). If you believe you have an infestation problem, call a bat removal expert today at Parker Pest Control Services.
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