Posted March 5, 2021
The arrival of Spring often signals breeding season for numerous animals. During this time of year there is usually more than just one critter inside. While wildlife and their young may seem cute, you won’t want them to stay inside your home for the long-term.
Removing wildlife yourself can be harmful for both you and the animals. Squirrels, raccoons, and skunks all mate during the first half of the year. To avoid having any unwanted house guests, we recommend keeping an eye out for these animals as their breeding season begins.
There are steps you can take to help prevent these pests from damaging your home and yard. Here are some things to look for this spring:
The three most common squirrels to see around your home are grey squirrels, red squirrels, and flying squirrels. Squirrels have two mating seasons with their first in the beginning months of the year. A squirrel’s mating chase is often mistaken as play. If you see squirrels chasing each other through the trees, it’s likely breeding season. Take some time to check areas around your home where squirrels could get in. Pay close attention to tree branches near the dwelling, holes in your siding or roof, and the entire chimney area. Trim, repair, and cover the areas that may look inviting to a squirrel.
Raccoons mate anytime between January and June. A female raccoon may take refuge in a chimney or attic to birth and raise her cubs, though she can den just about anywhere in your home. Raccoon cubs are born blind and need their mother to survive. Do not attempt to remove these animals on your own as a female raccoon can be aggressive when protecting her young. We recommend using chimney covers and blocking other entry points as a preventative measure to help keep raccoons out of your home.
Skunk breeding season lasts from February to March. Female skunks will stay curled up in their burrow while males will wander in search of a mate. Because skunks are burrowers, you are more likely to find them underneath your porch or foundation instead of inside your home. One sure sign of a skunk nearby is their smell. If there is a strong skunk smell in your home, take a walk around your property and see where the smell is the strongest.
Skunks aren’t known to be aggressive unless frightened, but you still won’t want one on your property, especially if you have pets. You can use wire mesh to block off crawl spaces and any other areas skunks may burrow. However, be sure you are not trapping any animals inside before you do this.
When dealing with wild animals, it’s always best to hire a professional. We recommend calling your local exterminator if you see signs of these animals around your home.