The professional exterminators at Terminix have a love-hate relationship with wildlife pests (re: we love to hate them).
They’re liable to attack, maim, and chomp with their rabies-ridden mandibles when we least expect. These kinds of pests are athletic, crafty, dangerous, and dirty. They cause immeasurable damage to our homes and mayhem wherever they go.
These pests are such a pestilence, that we’re calling out our top three most hated wildlife pests.
1. Raccoons: The King of the Concrete Jungle
Ah, the notorious trash panda. We’d revere raccoons’ resourcefulness if they weren’t so reprehensible.
These little annoyances have no problem tearing at the stomach linings and urethras of dogs with their razor-sharp claws. They also fear no human, and will attack if they feel threatened. Plus, raccoons are the number one carrier of the rabies virus in North America!
What’s most irritating, is their innate ability to cause a ruckus on our property. From inhabiting spaces in our garages and attics, to finding new and inventive ways to root through and destroy our green bins, raccoons are as efficient at being pests as Terminix is at removing them!
Best practices of raccoon control: Stop raccoon problems before they start. Limiting access to foods, shelter, and water is the best way to raccoon-proof your home.
2. Skunks: The Accidental Bullies
We kind of feel bad for skunks. They are harmless creatures in theory, but in practice, people react to them like they were Jason Voorhees if his weapon of choice was stink spray instead of a machete.
Skunks only spray potential threats, and actually don’t view humans as such – but they suffer from nearsightedness, and often mistake us for predators, leading to most spraying incidents.
Skunks’ poor eyesight also causes them to spray our dogs, because the stinky pests confuse canines for wolves and foxes. For dog owners, this is its own special kind of nightmare.
Much like raccoons, skunks will forage into our gardens and trash. Considering the damage they inflict on our homes, and the ability to make us smell like an unwashed thong, it’s easy to see why skunks are so detestable.
Best practices of skunk control: Install physical barriers to ensure skunks can’t enter any holes near your property to create a den.
Also, remove any cover they can use for harborage, such as brush, woodpiles, shady vegetation, or vehicles on your property.
3. Bats: The Heroes We Don’t Want
Sure, bats do a lot of great things for the environment. They pollinate flowers and disperse fruit seeds—in fact, some plants depend primarily on bats for seed distribution. Bats also feast upon insect pests, reducing the need for pesticides.
Yet, we still loathe these rats-with-wings.
Maybe it’s because they’re hideous, utterly terrifying rodents, ripe with rabies and other diseases like histoplasmosis. Or it could be their proclivity of nesting in our attics, enjoying the luxury of consistent temperatures and dark harborages, spawning more of their offspring until our homes play host to legions of flying rodents.
Best practices of bat control: Always approach bat proofing with extreme caution, as bats are disease-ridden and incredibly contagious. Practice exclusion to remove bats from your home—meaning you should encourage them to leave your home naturally by removing food and water sources.
Under no circumstances should you ever try to trap and release bats on your own. Leave that to the professionals.
Do you have a raccoon, skunk, or bat problem? If your home is overrun with a pest or wildlife infestation, Terminix Canada provides environmentally friendly wildlife removal, control, and prevention services throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
Not only will we remove any current wildlife from your property, but we’ll take measures to prevent any further wildlife or pest infestations!