Category: Tips

Small Game Regulations: Check Before You Trap!

When it comes to the control of nuisance wildlife, sometimes you can get so focused on solving the problem that you can forget about the legal details of wildlife removal. The July, 2016 edition of Michigan Outdoor News “Cuffs and Collars” section reported a man was dealing with an abundance of nuisance fox squirrels. Exasperated, the man purchased some live traps and began trapping the squirrels. Over several months, he trapped and killed 40 squirrels on his property. Eventually, some neighbor made a complaint to the DNR about the man’s trapping activities. A Conservation Officer was dispatched to investigate. The CO discovered the squirrel trap and a squirrel carcass. The homeowner admitted he had been trapping the squirrels and thought it was not an issue, but what the man did not realize was that fox squirrels are classified as small game in Michigan. The trapping of fox squirrels – even…

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12 Tips to Deter Insect Activity

Deterring insect activity is significantly more challenging than animal prevention, simply because insects can get into openings so small that it is not realistic to seal them all; in many cases they are not even discernible to the naked eye. With insects, exclusion is not entirely possible; rather, you are looking at reducing conditions conducive to insect problems. In this article, we will look at some ways to deter insect activity. 1. Reduce Use of Mulch Around Your Foundation Mulch is any layer of organic material applied to the surface of the soil. Its purpose is to improve the fertility of the soil by adding nutrients and conserving moisture. Because mulch conserves moisture, mulch beds make attractive nesting sites for insects, especially earwigs, but also centipedes, roly-poly bugs, and spiders. When people mulch gardens that abut the foundation of their home, it is inevitable that the insects nesting in the…

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DIY Skunk Trapping

Skunks are some of the most obnoxious of all nuisance wildlife to have to deal with. Besides being notoriously smelly and ruining the day of many over curious dogs, skunks also destroy lawns by their persistent grubbing. Faced with a prowling skunk, many homeowners decide to try trapping the animal themselves. This article will give you some practical do-it-yourself advice to help you be prepared before you start trapping. Learn more about the behavior and biology of skunks! 1. Identifying the Skunk Den Your chances of trapping a skunk increase dramatically if you can identify the den. Skunks can range a mile or so when feeding at night, so its important to try to determine whether the skunk actually lives in your yard or is just roaming through from somewhere else. Skunks are not picky about dens. Woodpiles, hollow logs, under decks, in brush, or the empty dens of other animals…

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Why You Suck at Trapping Mice

Mice have lived alongside humans for thousands of years. They are probably the most common household pest; at one point or another, almost all homeowners will deal with mice in the home. When homeowners start finding the characteristic signs of a mouse infestation – the droppings, urine stains, nibbled boxes in the pantry – their first reaction is to buy a pack of generic mouse traps, bait them with some peanut butter, and start trapping. Unfortunately, they seldom have the success they hope for; the mice continue to proliferate. Many of these would-be do-it-yourselfers end up contacting a professional company in the end to take care of the problem. This is because having the trap does not mean you have the right technique. Let’s review the three fundamental rules of mouse trapping! How to Trap Mice There are many different sorts of mouse traps on the market. Some of these…

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Groundhogs and Foundation Damage

While groundhogs are best known for eating your garden and flowerbeds, they’re also well known for their large, distinctive burrows. These have wide, round openings, usually about the size of a melon. Most often, those burrows will have large piles of dirt thrown out around them, and be located under a structure of some kind for overhead stability. In Michigan, this usually means around foundations, under sheds and decks, under brick pavers, patios, or anything with a concrete slab. While the animals themselves are far from dangerous, these burrows can pose real risks to the foundations of buildings, which can be undermined by the groundhog’s activity. One of Creature Control’s technicians snapped the above picture while at a woodchuck trapping job. It depicts a foundation damaged by years of unaddressed groundhog activity. The groundhog (more likely multiple by this time) burrowed down against the foundation, and was allowed to come…

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Mold Remediation

An unwanted animal infestation in your wall or attic can bring a lot of headaches. Besides the removal of the animal itself, homeowners often have to contend with cleaning up after the mess the animal made. Raccoons, squirrels, mice, and especially bats can destroy insulation and wreak havoc in your attic. How Animal Problems Become Mold Problems Prolonged animal residence and damage in your attic can lead to ventilation problems. Ridge vents, soffits and other points of ventilation can become clogged or destroyed by the animals, leading to an accumulation of moisture. If this situation goes on too long and is untreated, mold can develop in these moistened areas. Animal activity can also compress insulation. Insulation that has been severely compressed loses its R-value (the capacity of the insulation to resist heat flow). This means that in the winter heat will simply pass through the insulation, causing the rapid melting of…

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What is Exclusion Trapping?

What is exclusion trapping? Exclusion trapping is a type of live trapping where an animal is trapped at its point of entry into a structure. It is opposed to ground trapping, where a baited trap is simply placed on the open ground in hopes that the target animal will go into it. Exclusion trapping has several benefits: As the trap is set up so the target animal has to go through it, it does not require the use of bait that has to be replenished. In situations where there may be more than one animal in the vicinity (squirrels, for example), it also ensures that we are trapping the target animal and no other. It is ideal for situations where the animal is actually living in your roof or chimney. As we will see, it is also tremendously versatile. Examples of Exclusion Trapping Let’s take a look at some examples…

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Prevention: Stopping Wildlife Problems Before They Start

The best way to deal with a wildlife problem is to prevent one from happening in the first place. While there is no way to create a home that is 100% impervious to animals and insects, there are several things you can do to ensure that you do not unintentionally create conditions conducive to a wildlife problem. In this article, we will discuss different strategies for nuisance wildlife prevention around the home. Preventative Maintenance There are various ways animals get into the home. Mice come in through gaps around the foundation; bats can enter an attic through soffits, ridge vents, and behind siding that is not firmly attached. Squirrels and raccoons are ingenious in the ways they can get in. The good news is that animal entry points are big enough that they can usually be sealed without too much difficulty. In many cases, this is simply a routine maintenance…

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What is a Rat Wall?

Who doesn’t love a summer barbecue with friends out on the deck or patio? As it turns out, humans aren’t the only creatures who like to hang around the deck! Decks, patios, sheds and other external structures provide ideal locations for animal dens. Animals such as groundhogs, skunks, opossums and raccoons like to burrow beneath these structures because the structures provide them with a secure overhead support for their dens. The challenge with decks It is easy enough to trap and remove a raccoon or groundhog living beneath a deck, but how do you stop other animals from returning? This is a particularly challenging problem, since each animal leaves behind a pheromone scent. The scent remains even after an animal is removed; this pheromone scent will attract other animals. This means that a deck or patio that has once had an animal living under it is more prone to future…

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