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Nuisance Wildlife Habits

Wildlife Removal and Pest Control

From the list below you can click to learn more about your unwanted house guest's habits and tendencies.

  • Bats
  • When Bats take up residence in your home, they often bring with them disease and destruction.  These winged creatures do not normally come into close contact with humans and their presence in your home may not be immediately apparent.  If an infestation is allowed to grow, however, it can lead to serious problems for your health of your family and home. HEALTH ALERT!
Bat guano can transmit diseases to humans and other animals. Bat fecal matter should be treated as a bio-hazard as there is a risk of histoplasmosis contamination.
  • Raccoons
    • We receive more calls for raccoon removal than any other wild animal.Raccoons usually mate in January or February. Litters or kits are usually born in April or May. Raccoon litters range in size from one to nine, although the average is around four.By June, most young raccoons already accompany their mother on food searches and begin to learn survival skills.Raccoons in the attic or crawl space can be destructive. Raccoons often damage electrical wiring, duct work, vents, soffits, roofs, walls, ceilings, and use your home as a latrine.HEALTH ALERT!Raccoon feces contain roundworm.  The feces should be treated as hazardous waste and removed.Some insurance companies cover raccoon damage and cleanup, some do not. Deductibles usually apply, Some insurance companies also have coverage limits.
  • Squirrels
    • There are several species of squirrels in Indiana. Some squirrels may even be a mix.There are common tree squirrels, thirteen stripped squirrels, fox squirrels, gray squirrels and even some flying squirrels in southern Indiana.Squirrels generally pair up with a mate for life. Once paired up, it may not be long before there are baby squirrels. Mature female squirrels may have young more than once a year. Babies may be born in the spring, fall or both.Squirrels often will invade an attic or climb down into a chimney. Squirrels can very be destructive little animals. Squirrels chew wood, ductwork and even electrical wires. Squirrels are a major cause of home electrical fires.
  • Ground Hogs
    • Groundhogs are also known as woodchucks or the "Whistle Pig" due to the high pitch noise they can make. Groundhog removal in Indianapolis can be difficult because they hibernate in the winter months and have their young in the late spring which is why you need professional assistance. They usually have two to five young at a time.Groundhogs burrow into the ground, making fairly large tunnels and dens. Their tunnels and dens may be as much as five feet underground. Groundhogs under a home can completely undermine a homes foundation. Their dens and tunnels can also be a disaster for heavy farm machinery that runs over them. Although groundhogs are related to squirrels, groundhogs are much larger and may weight from 5 to 8 pounds.
  • Birds
    • Birds can become a problem when they infest an attic or sometimes enter a   vent. Many times they nest in a dryer vent or bathroom vent. This is a very common problem.Birds are not destructive like a raccoon but the mess they leave is a real problem.  Birds are often carriers of parasites and histoplasmosis.Those who have asthma problems are at higher risk from birds and their droppings.Histolplasmosis in bird feces can actually be deadly to humans.
  • Chipmunk
    • Chipmunks are small, ground-dwelling squirrel that is typically 5-6 inches long, with a tail 3-4 inches long. They have 2 tan and 5 blackish stripes lengthwise down their back and 2 tan and 2 brownish stripes on each side of their face. They do not completely hibernate throughout the winter, but will rely upon their cache of food stored throughout the summer and may sometimes be seen on warm, sunny days throughout the winter. They typically emerge from hibernation in early March.Distribution Chipmunks are found statewide in a variety of habitats. They are especially common in urban areas where bird feeders are found.Reproduction Chipmunks breed twice a year and will have 2-5 young in each litter, one born in late spring and one in late summer. Four to five young are born in April or May. Young will appear outside their den when they are only 4-6 weeks old and will start to find their own territory when they are just 6-8 weeks old.Food Habits Chipmunks eat a variety of foods, primarily grains, nuts, berries, seeds, mushrooms, insects, and even carrion. They regularly climb trees in the fall to find nuts, fruits, and seeds. They will also eat bird eggs and young birds when available.Chipmunks cache or store food in their dens by stuffing it into their cheeks, then transporting it to their
  • Foxes
    • The red fox is a small wild dog capable of hurting small pets like cats and small dogs, when you need fox removal, Indianapolis residents can turn to Affordable Wildlife Control. A fox will have a pointed muzzle, prominent ears and a long, bushy tail tipped in white. They appear yellowish-red from a distance. A closer look will reveal the white belly, throat and inner ears. Other color phases occur, but they are not common. The long guard hairs making up their colorful pelt cause them to appear larger than they actually are. The average adult weighs from 8 to 14 pounds.Red fox seldom use dens except for rearing young. A search for a nursery begins in December when the pair inspects burrows and previous fox dens. The den selected may be located in the open or in woods. It is well-drained and usually has at least two entrances. One litter is born each year in March or April, Litters may range from one to twelve.  The average number of pups is five or six.Newborn fox are blind until nine days old and are constantly attended by their mother until several weeks old. The male delivers food to his family during this period of confinement. The pups first venture outside the den under guidance of parents when they are a month old. The next two months are spent with parents learning to survive on their own.  The family group disbands in late summer, living separately until December.If a fox is around, your cat may be bait!
  • Mice
    • Each fall, the onset of cold weather causes mice to search for food and shelter.  Mice will enter any hole or crack as small as ΒΌ-inch.Their nests are constructed of rags or paper lined with finely shredded material, and look like a loosely woven ball 4-6 inches in diameter.If food is available, a mouse will normally travel no more than 10-50 feet from their nest.  Because of their poor eyesight, mice navigate using their whiskers, usually traveling along a wall or other object. If you don't move, a mouse can't see you.Have you ever seen a mouse run while you were watching TV.  You were not moving, the mouse didn't notice you.
  • Muskrats
    • Most calls we receive for muskrat removal come from homeowners associations or apartment complexes. We have had a few customers with their own private ponds.Muskrats tend to dig a burrow along the water's edge, just below water level. These burrows can be a real nuisance. Anyone walking along the bank or edge of the pond can step on a burrow and end up with their foot going into the ground. The waters edge or bank is eroded and lost over time.Muskrats in large numbers can eat all the vegetation out of a pond. The lack of vegetation in the pond, lowers the oxygen level. A low oxygen level may cause fish to die. The end result is a dead pond.It may take years for a dead pond to recover after muskrats are removed.
  • Rats
    • The Norway rat is strong, aggressive, and able to adapt to cold climates.Rat muzzles are blunt, and their bodies look thick and heavy.Rat tails are 6-9 inches long, scaly and nearly naked.  Their life expectancy is 9-12 months.
  • Rabbits
    • The eastern cottontail rabbit is found throughout Indiana. The cottontail is reddish brown to gray along the back and sides, while the underside is gray to white. The underside of the tail is snow white and is very bright when the rabbit runs, thus the name "cottontail."Cottontails usually mate in January or February, and by the first of March, most of the does have mated. About 28 days after mating, the young are born, given a quick bath by the female and placed in the nest.Young rabbits grow extremely fast. By the end of the first week, they have their eyes open, and by the end of the second week, they are beginning to leave the nest and feed on green plants. At this time they still weigh only about four ounces, but are well developed and able to survive on their own.Litters may range from three to nine, with four or five about average. By six months, the young have reached minimum adult weight and are hard to distinguish from adults. The cottontail's weight at maturity is 2 1/2 to three pounds.Almost anyone who has found a newly planted seedling cut off or tree bark damaged may consider the cottontail a pest.If you want to shoot rabbits, you will need a permit from the DNR.
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