Known for their deep red coats, these squirrels are most commonly found in the northeastern part of Illinois. Red squirrels weigh only 2/5 of a pound and stretch to a length of 11.5 to 13.5 inches long. It is easy to mix these squirrels up with the fox squirrel, but can be differentiated solely by their size. Red squirrels are fun to watch, but not as fun in your house. They can stir up a lot of trouble if found in your walls. When this happens give Guardian Wildlife Services a call! We can take care of the issue and get those troublemakers away from your home.
These handsome squirrels are probably the largest found in Illinois. Fox squirrels can weigh from 1.75 to 2 full pounds! They also range from about 19.5 to 22 inches in length. A funny name, but their fur is colored orange similar to what we may see on a red fox. Their cute faces and bushy tails make them look innocent but like any squirrel they are nutty. These squirrels live in forested habitats and often forage the grounds and trees for nuts, insect, seeds, leaves, and eggs. On their hunt for food they may stumble across your home and take a look inside. If they like what they seem you may end up with a new roommate. If you find these squirrels in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will remove them before they can cause any more trouble.
When you have a rodent infestation, there are many things you can do to remove them. Setting small traps and spraying rodenticide are option, but they will do little to resolve the problem overall. Trapping will have to be repeated yearly and rodenticide will kill many rodents, but also leave you with the terrible smell of the dead animals within your home and walls. These will also only take care of a small portion of the rodents in your home currently and more will keep coming. No company can guarantee to close up your entire home and prevent all rodents from ever entering your home again. Our rodent program, on the other hand, is performed with secure trapping on the outside of your home and not a danger to people, pets, or other wildlife. During one period there is trapping that will take care of the rodents in and around your home followed by our extended program that reduces the overall population in your area; in order to resolve the problem once and for all. So to get rid of those pesky rodents, call Guardian Wildlife Services!
There are many species of rodents found in Illinois. One interesting rodent you may see scurrying across your floors is the White-footed mouse. They are called this because the fur on their undersides and feet is colored white while their backsides and faces are colored slightly brown. Their tails are about half the size of their bodies; giving them a total length of around 7 inches. Just like any rodent white-footed mice can cause chaos in a home. This can include structural damage, electrical issues, food contamination, and other health concerns. To avoid these issues, if you spot a rodent in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services! We will set you up with our rodent program that ensures the issue is resolved and takes care of any additional rodents coming in.
Summer is coming quick, and with that there will likely be an increase in opossum activity. Opossums have narrow heads with pointed muzzles. Their facial features include a pink nose, black eyes, and bluish-black ears. They can also be recognized by their long tail and leathery skin. Breeding season for these animals occurs early in February and it is common for females to produce two litters a year. The newborns in this litter will be called joeys, as the opossum is a relative of the kangaroo. The first litter of joeys are typically born in late February and the second is likely to be born in July. Especially during this time, opossums will be searching for a den; as they would all year long. This den may end up in or near your home and begin to cause trouble. If this happens call Guardian Wildlife Services. We have ways to deal with the situation and remove the family of newborns from your home.
If your home is infested with mice you may be at greater risk than you know. There are many species of mice living in Illinois, but each pose different threats. Wild rodents, especially the house-mouse, are known to carry Hantavirus. This virus can be transferred to you through rodent urine, feces, saliva, and rodent bites. Infected persons may experience flu-like symptoms along with respiratory issues. There is no specific way to treat Hantavirus, but the symptoms can be treated like any other illness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and have had possible exposure to rodents, it is possible you have contracted Hantavirus. To prevent this event from occurring, if you suspect your home is infested with rodents give Guardian Wildlife Services a call! We have a rodent program that will ensure the problem is taken care of and your home will be rodent free.
In Illinois you will find many squirrels scurrying around, but have you ever seen one fly? Flying squirrels are found in many places including Southern Illinois. They have a membrane that stretches from their front to back legs, which allows them to glide through the air from tree to tree. These unique squirrels can be easily confused with a similar mammal called a sugar glider. The main difference in appearance between these two animals is their young. Both animals have the same membrane, but female sugar gliders have a pouch on their stomachs that carries their young, whereas sugar gliders do not. Flying squirrel kits are also larger than those of sugar gliders.
For many animals springtime is when new babies are born. For our stinky friends this fact is true. Similarly to raccoons, the breeding season for skunks started in February and now their young are being born. In most litters skunks will have about 4-10 babies. This is a large family to take care of and they will need a good shelter to keep all their young safe. If you find a family in your home do not hesitate to give us a call. We can remove the skunks and make sure your home does not become a smelly mess.
This month we are seeing a large rise in raccoon activity. This is most likely because so many new pups are being born. The breeding season, taking place in February through March, has passed and now it is time for new pups. Typically most litters contain 3-4 pups and they are born in April through August. During this time it is more likely to find raccoons in your home. This is because they are looking for a safe shelter for their families. If you find these newborns in your home please give us a call! We can remove the family safely and prevent them from coming back to your home.
Voles are cute, fuzzy creatures that you may find on your property or in your home. If you do see one, no matter how tempting, it is safest not to touch them. These animals can carry plague and tularemia. Tularemia is a disease affecting the skin, eyes, lymph nodes, and lungs. Contracting this disease may also come with flu-like symptoms. It can be treated, but is better to avoid all together. To do so, if you need to remove voles from your property call Guardian Wildlife Services.