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A raccoon in the attic is a common problem. Raccoons like a warm and dry location and if left in the attic for a long period of time, they can cause major damage. Raccoons are very strong and they can destroy your wood and aluminum siding as well as your shingles. The cooler months are when you’re most likely to find a raccoon in your attic.
Raccoons also like chimneys, adults raccoons are the only animal that can climb out of a chimney. Don’t try to smoke them out. This will not work; all this will do is harm the animal.
Raccoons will normally have their babies from March through July. When they have them in your attic or chimney you will hear them being very vocal at night. They usually have 3-6 babies per year and the babies and the mother can stay together for up to a year.
If you try to lock out a mother raccoon from your attic and she has babies in there, she will create large amounts of damage to your home trying to get to them. Raccoons are nocturnal. If you see one during the day this could be the sign of a sick raccoon so be careful.
Opossums will eat anything from mice to grass and they love your garbage cans too. They are great climbers. These guys probably are not going to cause damage to your house. They move along from place to place.
However, if a female is going to give birth she will stay around a little longer if she has found a good food source. She can have up to 20 babies at a time, but the mother opossum can only feed 13. The first 13 to make it into her pouch survive. The babies are very tiny when they are born and they stay in the mother’s pouch attached to the nipple, feeding for about 2 months.
Your impression of an opossum may be that it’s a mean animal, but it’s not. All the hissing and growling is just for show. It will play dead before any attacking happens.
A bat’s diet consists mainly of flying insects. This makes them beneficial. Homeowners normally find out they have bats by finding that one has entered the house. Experts say that if you find one in the house then you have 30 in the attic. If that’s the case, bat removal is your only option.
If left in your home the numbers will continue to increase every year. It’s best to evict bats later in the year. If you seal up your house before the babies are able to leave, they will be trapped.
Skunks don’t climb so you’re probably not going to find one in your attic. They can climb stairs and such, but nothing too steep. They do like to dig and they are good at it.
You are typically going to find them under structures. They have very poor eyesight and they depend on their hearing and sense of smell. Skunks are slow and relatively harmless, and they will only spray if they are scared or startled.
Birds like to build nests in vents. They start doing this in early spring time and you can expect them to have their babies in June and July. If you find a bird has found its way into your chimney, it’s stuck there. Birds can’t fly straight up.
Snakes are elongated, limbless, flexible reptiles. There are about 2,900 species of snakes. Of these, 375 are venomous.
Snakes consume a variety of items including termites, rodents, birds, frogs, small deer and other reptiles. Often observed flicking its tongue, snakes use their forked tongue to smell the air. Snakes are ectotherms, meaning they must regulate their body temperature externally by sunning themselves or retreating to cool, shaded areas.
Most snake species lay eggs, but some species give birth to live young. Snakes lay their eggs in a warm location and with the exception of some python species, eggs and young are not cared for by the male or female.
An armadillo is a burrower. It has extra-sharp claws which let it swiftly burrow under the surface. An armadillo’s prey is basically grubs and insects. While they are identified to destroy gardens, and complete courtyards in hunt of food, they will sometimes be extremely accommodating to a gardener or farmer.
Armadillos may live up to 20 years but an average is expected between 5-12 years. Unexpectedly, an armadillo usually gives birth to four identical pups each time it gives birth! An armadillo gives birth to as a minimum 50 pups within her life span. The rapid reproduction rate of armadillo has allowed their population to burst unrestrained.