Everyone knows that squirrels eat nuts, but their diet consists of more than just that. Squirrels also consume a variety of fruits, barks, insects, bird eggs, seeds, and most of anything they can scavenge, as well as corn. It is common that squirrels may catch or find more food than they can eat during the warmer seasons of the year and will store it for later. They do so by burying it underground to keep it safe and hidden. During the winter food sources become scarce and squirrels may resort to eating bark, or digging up what's left of their food stores underground.
Skunks main sources of food are mice, young rabbits, bird eggs, corn, fruit, and berries. Due to this, spring and summer are the best seasons for them to hunt and gather food. These seasons are also those in which skunks have their babies since the breeding season begins in February. Both of these are reasons why it is more common to see a skunk in the spring and summer months. During this time they will be looking for shelter and may find it in your home. If you hear scratching or other animal noises at night call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will inspect the area for skunks as well as other animals and get them taken care of.
Moles consume various food sources as part of their diet. These include roots, earthworms, and insect larvae. In order to reach these sources moles will burrow underground and search for their prey. Because roots and worms are plentiful in most gardens it is likely that yours may attract moles. If it does, moles will then burrow into the soil and dig up your plants to get to the roots and insects. If you find moles disturbing your garden or other parts of your property call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will remove the moles and make sure they do not return.
Raccoons start their breeding season in January and continue through March. Their litters consist of about 3-4 pups and most are born in late April or the beginning of May. Even so, some pups will be born as late as August. Therefore, we may not be in the peak of the raccoon season but they are still likely to be found looking for shelter in homes for their pups. Raccoons carry many diseases and can cause a lot of property damage. If you happen to find a litter in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services! We will remove them safely and close up any entries they used to enter your home. This will prevent them from returning or causing further damage.
There are many kinds of squirrels found in Illinois. One of them is the thirteen-lined ground squirrel. These ground squirrels are thin with large eyes and small ears. They have fur is slightly yellow and they have the distinctive feature of 13 alternating light and dark stripes running down there backs. This singular feature is what gives them their name. These animals hibernate in the winter and gorge on food to prepare in the fall. At this time they can weigh about 8 to 9 ounces and when they wake in the spring their weight is usually reduced to about 4 to 5 ounces. Just like any squirrel when the thirteen-lined ground squirrel is active and out of hibernation they are likely to cause so mischief. If they get into your home the structure could be damaged along with piping, landscape, electrical aspects, and more. If you find them in your home give Guardian Wildlife Services a call! We will remove them for you before they can do further harm.
Moles are a common animal found throughout Illinois. They are round shaped animals with hairless, pointed snouts; small eyes; and no visible ears. Moles are about 4.4 to 6.25 inches long and weigh about 2.5 to 4.5 ounces. These small rodents tend to live in areas where the soil is easy to dig in such as sandy areas, grasslands, woodlands, gardens, etc. This is because moles dig a series of intricate tunnels in which they live and breed. Because of this moles can do a lot of damage to your home or yard depending on where they choose to dig. They are also a nuisance when it comes to gardens and flowerbeds. If you find these animals living on your property call Guardian Wildlife Services and we will take care of the issue for you.
A common creature found across Illinois is the vole. Many people may be unfamiliar with this animal and often mistake them for mice or moles. This is because, like moles, voles burrow underground and will leave holes throughout your yard. These animals are also mixed up with mice due to the way they look at first sight. Both animals are small rodents with short legs, furred ears, and tails. Most voles can be distinguished by their stocky shape and short tails. Voles usually range from 4.25 to 7 inches in length and 25 to 50 grams based on their species. Many also have reddish-brown fur. These animals may be small but can still do a great deal of damage if found in your yard or home. To get voles removed from either area call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will take care of the critters before they can cause any more trouble.
Skunks are common in Illinois, and are often found in rural areas. These animals tend to live in areas with an abundance of vegetation. A permanent source of water may also attract skunks to the location. If you live near farmlands, forests, grassy fields, or any small bodies of water you are likely to find skunks near your home. Skunks often burrow into homes seeking shelter and may even make it a permanent residence for their families. It is best to remove the animals as soon as possible to avoid any contact, spread of disease, or foul smelling odors from circulating through your home. However, we do not recommend removing skunks yourselves since it is likely that they will spray if threatened. Once removed from the home the skunks may also return if all entry points are not resealed. If you find skunks living in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will take care of the issue for you and make sure the animals will not be able to renter the home.
Animals of the rodent family, weasel family, and other small mammals are all at risk of contracting distemper. Distemper is characterized by discharge from the mouth, ears, eyes, and nose; along with strange behavioral changes. This disease is often confused with rabies due to the similar symptoms. The difference between the two is that rabies can only be contracted through bites, while distemper can be transferred through the air. While humans can contract rabies from infected animals we are not in danger of contracting distemper.
Bats are nocturnal animals and it is normal to see one flying around at night. If you spot a bat in the daytime though, there may be cause for concern. This is out of the ordinary behavior for these animals and the bay may be dangerous; so avoid contact at all costs. Bats found in your home should be avoided too along with any room they may occupy. Bats come with many threats including rabies and histoplasmosis. Rabid bats may not show any signs of having rabies. Therefore, contact with all bats should be avoided if possible. The rooms these bats occupy are likely to have traces of urine or guano. Since contact with either of these substances can cause the contraction of histoplasmosis, it is suggested that you and other members of your home stay out of these areas until a specialist is called. If you find bats or bat droppings in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services. We have trained technicians who will take care of the issue and make sure the space is safe to renter.