Wildlife A Problem? Even Cute Animals Cause Destruction And Carry Disease.When wildlife comes too close to our home or business, there could be safety concerns and damage to property. Each animal can cause different problems ranging from disease from fecal droppings and bites to destruction and odor. If you have any wildlife concerns, call Effective Pest Management LLC. We will inspect your property— and customize a plan to resolve the problem.
Raccoons can carry rabies and cannot be relocated in the State of Connecticut. In addition, raccoons can carry a host of other pathogens which are transmittable to humans and domestic animals. Raccoons, (procyon lotor), are opportunistic and omnivorous. They weigh between 10 and 30 pounds and are very strong. Raccoons breed in late winter and early spring, and after a 63 gestation period, give birth to an average of 4 cubs.
Skunks can carry rabies and cannot be relocated in the State of Connecticut. Skunks can spray accurately up to 10 feet. Skunks, more specifically the Eastern Striped Skunk, (mephitis mephitis), diet is made up of insects, earthworms, eggs, garbage among other things. Mating takes place in February and March. After a gestation period of 62 to 68 days and average of 6 young are born.
Squirrels can chew there way into most areas given a small opening and cause a great deal of damage. Squirrels should be trapped and removed from any structure that they have gained entry. The Eastern Gray Squirrel, (sciurus carolinensis), common in Connecticut, are active during the day. They breed twice a year, December to February and May to June. The first litter is born February to March and the second is born June to July.
Woodchucks are excellent diggers and will create a burrow under a structure. They will eat succulent plants, grasses, tree leaves, vegetables, among other things. Woodchucks are classified as rodents and truly hibernate for the winter. Breeding season is from early March to late April. After a 32 day gestation period 2 to 6 young are born.
Bats can carry rabies, so if there is any contact, or a question of contact with a bat, it should be it should be tested for rabies. The two most common bats in Connecticut are the Little Brown Bat, (myotis lucifugus), and the Big Brown Bat, (eptesicus fuscus). Female bats give birth to a single baby in the middle of June, so, to prevent trapping any young that cannot yet fly, there should be no exclusion work from June through mid August. Young bats leave the roost by mid August so that is when exclusion can begin. Bats are the only mammals capable of actual flight. A single little brown bat can eat over 600 mosquitoes in an hour.
Opossums, (didelphis virginiana), are marsupials. Their breeding seasons begins in December and may continue through October with most of the infants born between February and June. Like all marsupials, opossum females have a well-developed pouch. They produce an average of 7 young, once or twice a year. Opossums are solitary nocturnal mammals.