Voles are often found on land but you may find some taking a swim in rivers, marshes, or streams. They create burrows for shelter and often have an opening near or below the waterline, which gives them a quick way to escape from predators. Voles mainly feed on vegetation and can live underground for extended periods of time due to this fact. They also feed on insects which can once again be found in their underground burrows. These voles can spend their time in the water, on land, or underground. Water voles are often mistaken for small muskrats or brown rats.
When we think of squirrels we often think of trees and nuts. Not every squirrel nests in trees though. Some may occupy abandoned burrows, buildings, or maybe even the underside of decks. One of these squirrels are ground squirrels. Compared to normal tree squirrels, ground squirrels have shorter and less bushy tails. This is because they do not need the added weight for balance when climbing trees. Instead they often find unoccupied spaces to create homes or they may dig a series of underground tunnels as their personal shelter. These tunnels are complex and often have many entrances. Ground squirrel burrows are often a nuisance to farmers and landscapers as they leave big mound and holes in the dirt. If you see these popping up in your yard you may have a ground squirrel problem. They will not only ruin your yard but could damage your home, crops, flowers, and often bird feeders. If you suspect this is an issue call Guardian Wildlife Services!
Squirrels have great eyesight and peripheral vision. They can see what is above and beside them without moving their heads. This makes it extremely hard to sneak up on them at any time. We often say that a person "has eyes in the back of their heads," when they knows what we are doing or where we are, without indication. Since squirrels are always aware of what is happening around them, the phrase may apply to them as well. If you find a squirrel in your home, this ability may make them extremely hard to catch. It can also be dangerous since they could defend themselves, and in addition may carry a disease. To avoid a dangerous situation, call Guardian Wildlife Services. We will remove the squirrel safely and close up any entry they may have used.
Like many insects, mosquitoes rapidly and in large amounts. In order for mosquitos to reproduce they need standing water to lay their eggs. If there is heavy rainfall in your area make sure to clean out gutters, dump out pots, and drain anything that could hold standing water to reduce the mosquito population near your home. Another way to control the population is to call a pest company, use repellents, citronella candles, or wear protective clothing to deter mosquitos. Keeping down mosquito population not only protects you from itchy bites, it also makes your home less appealing to other animals such as bats. Bats can eat over 1,000 mosquitos every hour and are a main food source for them as well as other insects. All animals move to where they can find food, so if you are able to lower mosquitos in your area, you may be less likely to attract bats. This is not the only precaution to take and is not guaranteed to deter all bats. If you find a bat inside your house, call Guardian Wildlife Services. We can remove them for you and prevent them from re-entering.
Skunks will leave many clues behind to indicate they are occupying the area. This could be within a home, on your property, in a crop field, or near the area. If you are wondering whether of not skunks may be near here as some things to look for:
- Holes in your lawn 3-4 in.
- Damaged corn
- Paw prints (five toes and visible claws)
- Claw marks
- Foul odors
- Urine and feces
- Overturned trash cans
If these apply to your home, you may have a skunk problem. Before it becomes a further issue call Guardian Wildlife Services! We can remove them for you properly and safely .
Raccoons often steal food from trash bins, camp sites, or picnics and have to make a quick getaway. Raccoons can run up to 15 mph and climb trees at the same speed. This allows them to escape and find a place to hide, as well as run away from any predators. To leave the trees raccoons can jump from 130 ft. without being harmed. Another escape route raccoons may take is the water. They can swim very quickly and rather well. These abilities give raccoons many opportunities to escape predators, find shelter, and scavenge food.
Moles have a unique way of finding food. They are colorblind and their sight is only attuned to sense light. Since they live underground and hunt in the dark this sense is not very useful when catching prey. In order to find food moles must rely on other senses such as hearing, smell, and touch. They are highly sensitive to touch and can feel vibrations in the ground. This allows them to track prey and escape from predators by knowing their location.
Like most mammals mice are not fond of the cold. During the winter months or on chilly nights mice search for a shelter to keep warm. Their ability to squeeze into spaces as small as 0.6mm allows them to enter many buildings, homes, and other structures. Even a small crack in the wall or underneath your deck could let a family of mice in. Once inside their daily routine could cause a ton of structural damage, as well as create health concerns. Mice teeth grow constantly at a rate of 0.3mm a day, and they have to chew and gnaw on materials in order to keep them ground down. In your home these materials may be walls, flooring, wires, etc. Mice are also carriers of many diseases which can be a threat in itself. If you find mice in your home call Guardian Wildlife Services.
During the winter months food is hard to come by for many animals. Chipmunks, in particular, predict this change in supply and begin to stockpile in the late summer and early fall. They can collect over 100 nuts in a single day. To aid in this process, and collect as much food as possible chipmunks have extra cheek pouches. These pouches allow their mouths to expand greatly and carry many nuts while they forage before having to deposit them at home. Chipmunks will make shelter in small burrows or already open holes in nature or manmade structures. If you find a stockpile of nuts on your property or in your home you might have a chipmunk problem. If this is the case call Guardian Wildlife Services!
As nocturnal animals bats have a unique way of seeing in the dark. They are not blind like many suggest, but they often use echolocation to locate their prey. To do this, bats produce ultrasound waves above human range that bounce off objects and back to the animal. From this they can tell the distance they are from an object and where another animal may be in relation to them. This helps them locate prey as well as direct themselves while flying. Bats are once again nocturnal and can survive very well at night. Therefore, if you spot a bat during the day there may be cause for concern. Avoid these bats, as well as any you find indoors, and call a wildlife specialist such as Guardian Wildlife Services. They are trained to deal with these situations and will remove the bats safely.