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Snow Can Tell a Story

Winter has always been a fascinating season for me. I’m sure most—or at least some—of you agree with me on this. Watching the snow fall, admiring the perfectly white settled snow, and looking at the beautiful patterns of snowflakes on glass windows are some of the things we love about winter.

This season is also a great time to watch winter animals playing around. Anyone who is lucky enough to have witnessed a fox, a rabbit, or any other animal graciously moving through the white sheet of undisturbed snow will tell you that it is indeed a mesmerizing experience. But if that certain animal attempts to break into your home, would it still be as mesmerizing? I don’t think so.

Nuisance animals during the winter

It was a cold winter day when we received a phone call from a customer telling us that some kind of animal attempted to enter their house through their roof. I was intrigued. I headed over to the customer’s house and was instantly greeted by the following:

Raccoon snow tracks 1

Animal tracks! Based on their size and shape, we found out that these tracks were made by raccoons. Thanks to the snow we were able to easily follow the footprints.

Raccoon tracks 2

If you look closely at the photo above you will notice that the raccoon walked around the side of the house, presumably looking for a way inside. The raccoon walked around the bush and went towards the tree.

Raccoon snow tracks 3

The animal climbed up the tree (raccoons are great climbers, thanks to their agile paws) and on to the roof.

Raccoon destroys roof

From there the raccoon tried to break into my customer’s house. Thankfully their chimney is covered. The animal failed and decided to leave, but not before he tears up some shingles. The photo above shows that the raccoon did some significant amount of damage to the roof. The raccoon may have been looking for food or shelter; this happens quite frequently during the winter.

In need of animal removal services?

Are you in need wildlife removal services? The experts here at Illiana Wildlife Services are always ready to help, no matter what the season is. We will perform a thorough inspection of your house or property before performing the nuisance animal exclusion and removal. We will ensure you that your house will be critter-free, and we’ll make sure it stays that way.

Call us now!

  • Chicago – (708) 320-0004
  • Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083
  • Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966

 

 

Woodpecker Damage and What to Do About It

Imagine this: You’re lying in bed one Sunday morning, quietly enjoying your well-deserved rest after a stressful work week. Everything is nice and peaceful. You hear your wind chimes quietly tinkle in the light morning breeze. “I love Sundays,” you think to yourself as you slowly drift back into sleep.

Then BAM!

You’re suddenly jolted into consciousness by a loud drumming sound coming from your roof. Now you’re annoyed. Your once tranquil environment is now plagued by this irritating noise.

The above scenario can happen to you if you let woodpeckers visit your home. These birds are members of the Picidae family, of which are known for their powerful beaks. As their name suggests, woodpeckers use their beaks to drum and drill on wood. Woodpecker damage can be a huge problem if left unattended.

Why Do Woodpeckers Drill Holes in Wood?

Woodpeckers drill holes in wood for the following reasons:

  • To search for food, usually insects
  • To create nests for their young
  • To make their own shelter

It should be noted, however, that woodpeckers drum on hollow wood and other hollow objects (e.g. pipes, trash cans, poles) to either inform other woodpeckers of their territory or to attract a mate.

We Offer Woodpecker Control Services

We have received phone calls from distressed home owners asking us if we can solve their woodpecker problems, and we can! Our woodpecker control methods are non-lethal, which means that we will not be killing or harming the birds. We are a humane wildlife control company, after all.

Now, there are several ways to perform woodpecker control, and what works for one client might not work for another. We will first do an initial survey to identify the cause of the problem. These birds do not like shiny materials, so we sometimes use metal or aluminium to scare them away. Other times, we may use other exclusion methods to deter the woodpeckers.

 

Repairing Woodpecker Damage

Normally, our customers will also ask us to fix the damage the animal has done.  Fortunately, woodpecker holes are generally shallow and easy to cover. Unfortunately though, a single woodpecker can create several clusters of these holes. The sizes of the holes vary. Some are mildly unnoticeable while others are of significant sizes. Below, you can see woodpecker damage pictures on one of our customer’s house:

Wood pecker repair

As you can see, the holes are quite large. This can be a problem because openings like these can attract other animals into your home. So we fixed it:

after

Our skilled workers were able to completely cover the holes, almost as if they were never there. Not only do we prevent woodpecker damage from happening again, we can also patch up the damage that has already been done.

 

Call Us!

If you value your home and your time, then woodpeckers should be the least of your concerns. Call us now and we will take care of the problems for you!

Chicago – (708) 320-0004

Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083

Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966