Typically the first sign of a bat infestation is witnessing a bat in the living space of your home, attic, or even roosting in the eaves of your property. Since bats are nocturnal, if you notice a group of them during the day in your attic and leaving at dusk to feed - you definitely have a bat infestation. Clumped together bat droppings, known as guano, is likely to cause an ammonia-like odor in your property. Distinct scratching coming from the attic throughout the night and occasionally during the day is another typical way the discovery of a bat problem is found.
You know you have a squirrel problem when you can hear them crawling around inside your walls or attic. Take a close look around your property to find entry holes that look like they have been chewed. Greasy marks can also signal a squirrel problem when located near their access point. Keep an eye out for claw marks and droppings. Squirrels like to gnaw so you will typically see wood or insulation being chewed through along their pathway. Listen for the time of day you are hearing the sounds - squirrels are typically active during the early morning hours or at sunset.
Entry by raccoons into your property can be made through holes on the exterior of the property, through roof vents, open chimneys, or under the skirting of mobile homes. You'll typically hear scratching or thumping noises in the areas of the attic, wall voids, or crawl spaces. Take note if you see any footprints, droppings, or urine on the floor. Racoons carry many diseases so take note if anyone is experiencing reoccurring flu and/or allergy like symptoms such as asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
In most cases, the distinct odor of a skunk will alarm residents to a skunk of the property. A visual verification, repeated odor, and a known den site is recommended before having a skunk inspection performed. Skunk activity is most common in late winter or very early spring when they like to hibernate in unused sheds or garages. Be extra vigilant at night.
Emerging from dens as soon as snow begins melting, woodchucks can cause considerable damage in a very short period of time. Loose soil, a slightly musty smell of urine-soaked soil, and flies near the entrance are both signs of an active den. Look for chewed wood, chewing on fresh plants. You will typically notice a large mound of dirt and stones by the main entrance of their burrow while secondary entrances generally do not have a mound of dirt by their opening.
Starlings and pigeons are common offenders. Ducks, geese and woodpeckers will require a special permit before any removal work can begin. Our staff will be happy to assist you with obtaining permits, but permit submission and fees are the responsibility of the property owner.