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November 17, 2017
Check for Animals Before Lighting a Fire
Here at Animal Removal of Denver, we want to encourage you to check for animals before lighting a fire this fall and winter. Now that the weather has turned colder, animals start to seek warm shelter and some, unfortunately, end up trying to make a home in an uncapped chimney. Animals in your chimney can be a fire hazard for you and deadly for critters.
Your chimney can become a home to squirrels, raccoons, opossums, rats, skunks, birds and rodents. Keeping your chimney capped and in good condition is the best way to keep animals out. If one gets in, you should contact a professional service to remove it.
Most Important Rule
It used to be common practice to try and smoke animals out. The reason it is not so common anymore is that trying to smoke an animal out may not work and it can cause a damaging house fire. So, absolutely check for animals before lighting a fire in your fireplace.
No wants to burn down their house because they tried this method of getting an animal out of their chimney. Additionally, the final result is often a burned and dead animal in your chimney. The smell can be horrific. Instead, contact Animal Removal of Denver to get that squirrel removed and avoid any problems. No one wants an accidental fire.
Is the Animal Building a Nest or Stuck?
Listen carefully when you hear the animal in your chimney. You can hear clues as to whether you have a trapped animal or a nesting one. If you hear frantic activity or scratching on the damper, you likely have a trapped animal on your hands. Nesting animals will only make occasional sounds. You might hear minor movements or the small noises of babies. Such sounds will generally occur at the same time every day as well.
Many times birds will make their nest on the damper. Sometimes there are even multiple nests in a chimney. They are a fire hazard and the nests can block the flue. Birds can also spread histoplasmosis, which causes blindness. Removing nesting birds can be illegal depending on your area and the birds involved. You may need to wait till the birds leave the nest to have your chimney cleaned and remove the nesting debris.
Prevention is Important
Keeping animals and birds out of your chimney in the first place is important. A stainless steel chimney cap with mesh sides is the best way to keep animals and birds out of your chimney. You also need to check the one you have to be sure that it hasn’t been damaged.
In any case, check for animals before lighting a fire to avoid having a house fire on your hands. If you think you have an animal in your chimney or home that needs to be removed, contact us here at Animal Removal of Denver. We can be sure that the animal is removed legally and safely and be certain that it is relocated effectively.
October 12, 2017
What to Do About Your Squirrel Problem
Here at Animal Removal of Denver, we want you to know what to do about your squirrel problem. Today, we offer a bit of helpful information on how to keep them out and what to look for if you suspect squirrel activity. Of course, our animal removal experts are also just a phone call away if you ever need assistance with safely and humanely removing squirrels and other critters. Let us keep you and your Denver home protected.
Not All Cute
From a distance, squirrels seem harmless and many people seem to think they are adorable. It is important to understand that these animals are quite protective of their young and of their nest. In fact, squirrels can be startlingly ferocious in certain situations. They will harm you in order to protect themselves as well. Removing squirrels is the right thing to do.
Squirrels can be Destructive
Squirrels make a lot of noise and can be very destructive. You will probably notice them outside first. If you hear scratching noises in your ceiling, chimney, walls or attic during the day, then you are likely dealing with gray squirrels or fox squirrels. If it is at night, you could be dealing with flying squirrels.
Look for Entry Points
Squirrels are not subtle when they make their way into a home. The holes they leave tend to be noticeable. Take a tour around your house and check for holes and destruction before you determine what to do about your squirrel problem.
You are searching for holes about the size of your fist. You are also searching for gaps. These gaps can be caused by rot or by chewing or a combination of both. Squirrels like to chew on almost anything and are amazing climbers. Look both high and low! They have even been known to chew through roofing material. To stop the destruction, you need animal removal.
Check Attics, Basements, and Crawl Spaces
Attics, basements, and crawl spaces are generally quiet and low traffic. As a result, squirrels tend to like taking up residence in such ideal locations, particularly for nesting. Inspect these areas closely for signs of entry and for signs a squirrel or other animal has taken up residence. You can perform the inspection yourself or hire a professional.
Look for Nests
If you notice nests in trees, tree trunks, or hollowed areas in or around your house, don’t attempt removal. Because squirrels are fierce, we recommend using a professional service such as our own Animal Removal of Denver. Professionals have experience and knowledge to remove and relocate such animals and they can help you ensure they don’t return.
Additional Signs of Squirrels
Squirrel droppings around or in your home can be a sign that you have unwanted visitors, as well as signs of chewing. Squirrels teeth are constantly growing. They have an urge to chew constantly to keep their teeth an appropriate length. If you see signs of gnawing around the outside of your house, you may have a squirrel problem.
Look for footprints as well. Their front paws have four fingers and their hind feet have five fingers. The fingers on the front paws are shorter than the ones on the back. If you need help identifying the prints, an animal removal professional can help. Finally, strange and unpleasant odors can also be a sign that these creatures have moved into your home.
First, Remove and Relocate
If you have determined you have squirrels, what to do about your squirrel problem is your next step. Hiring a professional is your best option. If you would prefer doing it yourself, you will need a live trap and welding gloves. If it is only an adult squirrel that has moved in, you can likely lure them into a humane trap with food and relocate them.
Sometimes, what to do about your squirrel problem is to get a little creative. You can help the squirrel decide that their new residence is not as attractive as they originally thought. Squirrels generally enjoy quiet places to reside. If you play loud music near their new home, it is likely they will relocate quickly.
If you are dealing with a nest or multiple squirrels in and around your home, it is probably wisest to hire professional squirrel removal services in Denver. More squirrels and/or a nest are likely too much for an untrained individual to handle. Again, remember how dangerous a squirrel protecting its young can be.
Sometimes squirrels are actually stuck in areas and have no way to get out. This frequently happens when they make their way onto walls. If you can help them get themselves out, that is easiest. Sometimes a rope can help them make their way out. Other times, you really do need a professional, both to locate and remove the trapped squirrel but also to ensure there isn’t a nest left behind in the wall.
If a squirrel bites you, you will want to see a doctor immediately because squirrel bites a have a high probability of infection. Squirrels can also carry diseases that are transmittable to humans, so do not wait to treat a squirrel bite.
Eliminate Entry Points
Once you have had the squirrels removed from your home. You may want to discuss options for also removing those that have moved in around the outside of your house. Removal of the ones who have made their home in your yard can help keep more from gaining entry.
Be sure to trim back any branches that can be used to climb onto your roof. Squirrels are pretty proficient jumpers, so you may want to keep the tree branches at least 6 feet from your roof. Repair any entry points as soon as the squirrels have been evacuated.
Be Absolutely Sure
Don’t make repairs though until you know for sure that all the squirrels are out. Some unfortunate homeowners have sealed nests up in walls or trapped them in attics. Often, the nest is found after the babies have died and have started to smell from the decay. This is yet another reason why we strongly encourage using our animal removal services.
Knowing what to do about your squirrel problem is key to getting them out of your home. Hiring a professional if you have squirrels in your home is the best way to ensure that they are fully removed and safely relocated. If you have a squirrel problem, contact us here at Animal Removal of Denver for help.
September 20, 2017
Entry Areas for Squirrels, Raccoons and More
Today, Animal Removal of Denver shares our insights on common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Knowing the ways these creatures can make their way into your home can help you quite a bit when it comes to keeping them out. Wild animals can be fun to watch and can even be entertaining when they are outside. But, if they gain access to your home, they can become a big problem very quickly.
Before you find yourself face to face with a wild animal in your living room, let's discuss common entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more.
Many wild animals are extraordinary climbers—squirrels and raccoons especially. Chimneys are an ideal entry point for these creatures. Bats are also attracted to your chimney. It can seem like a great location to roost. A great and easy way to keep such unwelcome creatures out of your chimney is to install a chimney cap. Many of these are steel mesh barriers that do a great job of keeping critters out. If you don’t have a chimney cap, now is the best time to take care of it.
When it is cold, the warm air wafting from your roof vent makes this a prime target for animals. Small animals, like mice, are often the ones to find a way into your house using the roof vent. It is also important to know that squirrels will chew through a plastic roof vent pretty easily.
Because winter is yet to arrive, it may be too hot in your attic for animals, so have your attic and roof inspected for damage. If you are concerned that animals are still using your attic as their home, call a professional service, such as our own Animal Removal of Denver, to help you ensure that animals are removed your attic.
Keep an eye out to see if you lose a few shingles during the coming winter. If so, you may have unwanted guests. Missing shingles make it much easier for raccoons and other animals to make their way inside your home. Because of this, you will want to your roof repaired to avoid having animals take up residence.
The boards that support your house’s gutters are called fascia. Wooden fascia can be weakened by water damage. Eventually, if not repaired, an industrious squirrel can chew through the wood to gain entry. Keeping fascia in good shape is important. If a squirrel is using your fascia as a chew toy it may be best to install metal fascia.
If you have a construction gap (a space along your roofline), it should be sealed with galvanized metal flashing. Sometimes, animals make their way in because the flashing is damaged or missing. Minding your construction gap will help keep the critters away.
If you find that animals are causing damage to your home, you may have an animal problem that we can solve by finding entry areas for squirrels, raccoons and more. Contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help you remove any animals in and around your home, safely and humanely.
September 5, 2017
Wildlife Behavior During the Fall
At Animal Removal of Denver, we have learned a lot about wildlife behavior during the fall. Knowing some of this information about our wild friends can help you understand how to coexist with them and keep them out of your house at the same time. Of course, if you do end up with an unwanted house guest, we’re just a phone call away and can humanely resolve the issue.
A large number of birds and insects move to warmer areas and their migration begins when it starts to get chilly. This is one of the reasons, you may see large flocks of birds flying with a purpose in the fall, particularly as the days get shorter and colder. As food sources become scarce and temperatures drop, many species of birds and insects head south. In some areas, this may mean a dramatic increase in animal activity as winter preparations begin. Some animals may be leaving, while others are arriving or just passing through your area.
Preparation for Hibernation
Most people know that bears hibernate, but a number of other animals hibernate too. Bats and bees are examples of other animals and insects that hibernate. Other animals may be preparing for a low level of activity. It may not quite be hibernation, but it is close. Squirrels, groundhogs, and chipmunks start to stockpile food. This may increase the attraction of your bird feeders in the fall, for example. Many animals, whether they hibernate or not, are preparing for colder weather by eating a great deal. Such stores will help their bodies in times of scarce resources.
Some Animals are Prepping
Unlike typical wildlife behavior during the fall, a number of animals will remain awake and active year round. They may stay in their dens during winter but they remain awake. Food and water resources start to be less abundant so it will be important to remove any potential food or water sources to deter animals from seeking shelter in or around your home.
Problematic Rodent Activity
Rodents become particularly active in the fall. They start to search for warm spaces with readily available food and water sources. People’s homes tend to be ideal locations in this search. If you suspect you have rodents, like squirrels, that have moved into your home and need to be moved back out, contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help get them out of your home and relocated safely.
Good Time for Preparation
Because fall can be such a highly active time for animals, it is a really good time to guard your home against raccoon and other invasions. Check various potential entry points for signs or damage. Be sure that your roof, attic, and basement or crawlspace are in good repair. You are looking for potential entry points. If you find them, repair them, and look for signs that you may already have uninvited guests in your home.
Now you know more about wildlife behavior during the fall. So, if you find that one or more animals, such as squirrels, raccoons, bats, or pigeons, have set up shop in or around your home, contact us at Animal Removal of Denver. We can help you get rid of such pests, protecting your home from damage and your family from any danger.
August 10, 2017
Keeping Raccoons Out of Your Home
Here at Animal Removal of Denver, we know that keeping raccoons out of your home and away from your property is important. Raccoons can be pretty annoying if they have decided that your property is their new favorite place to hang out and possibly raise a family. They are known to be smart, curious, and agile. If they have already set up shop in your attic or garage, we recommend professional removal, such as the services we here at Animal Removal of Denver offer.
Determine the Attraction
If you have attracted raccoons to your property or home, you need to figure out why. Raccoons usually have a reason to choose your property. Sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s garbage. Maybe you have a delicious garden or koi pond that keeps them fed. Maybe they like your pool. Keeping raccoons out of your home starts with determining why raccoons find your property or home attractive.
Remove the Source
If possible, remove whatever is drawing raccoons to your home or property. Keep your pet’s food locked up. Pet food that is left out full time is sure to attract pests like raccoons. Birdseed should also not be left out overnight. If garbage is what the raccoons want, get strap down lids for your garbage cans.
Find ways to keep your decorative pool or koi pond inaccessible. You may need to install large gauge steel mesh to protect the pond and provide heavy hiding spots for your fish such as large rocks and cinder blocks. You need to be sure to remove or block access to anything these resourceful creatures would enjoy.
Close Pet Doors Permanently
Having a door for your dog or cat to enter may be convenient, but these doors are really raccoon-sized entries to your home. The cost of having a wild animal in your home probably outweighs the convenience. Closing or removing these doors keep you from coming home to unexpected visitors.
High Pitch Sound Machines
Because raccoons can make such pests of themselves, new products are regularly put out on the market and desperate consumers snap them up, often to find that these new products rarely live up to their expectations.
Ultrasonic devices are one of these products and while their claims are often “backed” by scientific research, these products don’t live up to the expectations set up by both their high praise. The scientific research is also suspect, given that the results don’t match real world experiences of consumers.
Powders and Sprays Don’t Work
There are a lot of products on the market, like the high pitch sound machines that make wild claims about their ability to keep raccoons away. Truth is, repellent powders and sprays do not work. There is not yet one on the market that has been found to be a truly effective repellent. Buying these products is a waste of your money and may be an exercise in frustration.
Beware of DIY Remedies
There are also a number of home remedies offered on the web: moth balls, cayenne, vinegar, predator urine, ammonia, and more. Some of these remedies may work temporarily. Some are toxic. Some don’t work at all. If you are looking for true remedies, stick to the ones that have decent track records and ignore the rest.
Motion Sensitive Water Sprayer
When it comes to keeping raccoons out of your home, you could consider installing a motion sensitive water sprayer. This is one humane way to deter raccoons. There is a variety of these on the market and many of them work quite well as raccoon deterrents. Drawbacks may include the need for multiple devices to cover larger areas and possibility of needing batteries changed on a regular or frequent basis.
Something to consider is that raccoons are generally crafty creatures and though you may think you are successfully deterring them, they will often search for alternative routes to reach their goals. You may need to move your devices around to keep them from finding a different route into your yard or home.
Fencing is generally not a real obstacle for raccoons. Raccoons are excellent climbers and can be found traveling along the tops of fences or digging under them. If you truly feel it’s necessary, an electrified fence may be a good way to deter them. Take care not to leave it electrified full time and be wary of this option if you or your neighbors have small children.
Clean Around Your House
Aside from removing attractive sources, it is important to clean up around your house. Consider cleaning your garbage cans to reduce the smell, which is vital to keeping raccoons out of your home and off your property. You may also consider trimming back tree branches, which could provide access to the roof of your home or access into your yard area. Any left over bird seed or spilled pet food should be also be cleaned up immediately.
Cover and Remove Water
While food is the main attractant for raccoons, water is a close second. Not only do raccoons seek out water to drink, but they also enjoy a good swim. Remove any water sources that are removable and cover your pool or other permanent water features.
Raccoons in Your Home
If a raccoon has managed to make it into your home, you can try to encourage it to make its way back outside. Don’t chase it. Often, raccoons are not afraid of people and they can be surprisingly aggressive. Professional raccoon removal would be a good way to remove the animal and ensure that it didn’t hide any friends or family inside as well. Professionals can also help you track down probable entry points, which will help you avoid a raccoon return.
Raccoons are clever, curious, and interesting to watch, but it is ideal to keep them away from your home and property. Now that you know the step for keeping raccoons out of your home, you may have a better understanding of how formidable they can be as pests. Contact us here at Animal Removal of Denver if you need help removing raccoons from your home or property. We can help.