• Raccoons

    Raccoons are beautiful animals that are very common in Connecticut. Many people don’t know they have raccoons living in the area unless they see signs left behind such as paw prints or torn up garbage bags. This is because raccoons are nocturnal and are rarely seen roaming during daylight hours. One common misconception is that any raccoons seen roaming during the day are rabid. This could be true, but there are other factors that could cause these gorgeous creatures to be active during the day, such as overpopulation. When raccoon populations get extremely high in any given area, some animals may be forced to forage during the day because there is simply too much competition and not enough food to go around.

    As beautiful as these animals may be, they can become serious problems when they decide to use your home as shelter. When a mother raccoon tears her way through your attic vent for shelter to have a litter of kits, a real mess is what ensues. Your attic becomes a raccoon home that they also use as a toilet. Insulation is destroyed and urine soaks into your ceilings causing wet marks and an incredibly terrible stench.

  • Skunks

    Skunks are nocturnal animals that are very common in Connecticut. Most homeowners are oblivious to their presence, until they start to experience that typical skunk odor or find holes going underneath their houses, sheds, garages and patios. Skunks aren’t strong climbers, which is why you find them in low places rather than in attics. If you have skunks denning underneath your house, it is pretty safe to assume that they are in the den during the day, and out foraging at night, which makes them pretty simple to capture. By setting traps at the entrance to the den during the day, in a way that there is no way to exit the den without being forced through a cage trap, the nuisance skunks can be trapped and removed very quickly.

  • Squirrels

    Are you hearing noises in the attic? Does it sound too big and too loud to be a mouse? You could have a problem with squirrels. In our area, it is very common to have problems with grey squirrels and flying squirrels. We also have red squirrels, but they are much less common. There are a few different ways to figure out which type of squirrel you are dealing with. What time do you hear activity? If it is late at night or early in the morning, you are probably dealing with flying squirrels, which are active at night and sleep during the day. Grey and red squirrels are the exact opposite. The size of the opening going into the house can also clue you into what type of animal you are dealing with. Flying squirrels are very small and only need an opening about the size of a quarter to squeeze through. Grey and red squirrels need an opening about the size of a baseball, and something as large as a raccoon needs an opening about the size of a volley ball. In some situations we will trap directly in the attic and in other situations we may choose to trap on the outside of the house near the entrance holes. Once all the animals have been removed, we can close up any openings to prevent it from happening again.