Spring appears to have finally sprung in Ottawa and for many area homeowners it’s a welcome opportunity to get outside and enjoy the warm weather. The same is also true for many species of urban wildlife that live in our communities. Do you know how to protect your home against wildlife this spring?
Ottawa is home to large populations of raccoons, squirrels, skunks birds, bats and mice. For many species of urban wildlife, spring is the mating and birthing season and that very often puts them into conflict with humans.
All of these city dwelling animals make a habit of nesting and denning inside attics, chimneys and porches. These structures offer ideal safety and security for mothers looking to raise their young. Along with their babies, wild animals also bring noises, odours and potentially thousands of dollars of building damage.
Fortunately, there are a number of simple things you can do to help prevent your home from hosting a wildlife nursery this spring.
How to prevent a wildlife infestation
Spring cleaning around your yard and garden can go a long way toward to preventing a wildlife infestation.
- Clean the gutters. Clogged gutters are notorious for causing water damage and accelerating roof rot. Removing leaves and debris will help extend the life of your roof and prevent weaknesses that wildlife can use to access your attic.
- Trim trees and branches. Trees, branches and vines provide a path on to your roof for squirrels, raccoons and mice. Vegetation can also cause damage to roofing materials, keep your roof wet and make problems harder to see.
- Remove food sources. Unsecured garbage, pet food and bird seed attract wildlife to your property. Inviting wildlife with food increases the risk of them denning or nesting inside your home. Your birdfeeder will attract mice and rats along with cardinals and blue jays.
Where to look out for wildlife
Here are some other items to keep an eye out for around your property:
- Harsh Ottawa winters can wreak havoc on roofs and much of the damage is usually covered by snow and ice until spring. It’s important to get up there and make sure your roof isn’t vulnerable to water or animal entry.
- Decks, sheds, porches. These ground level structures are common den sites for skunks and raccoons that can dig their way underneath. Look out for burrows and digging that might indicate a family of skunks in living on your property, your dog will thank you!
- Open chimneys are a favourite entry point for raccoons, squirrels and birds. If yours isn’t protected by screening you could run into problems this spring.
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Despite these measures, it’s still possible for clever urban wildlife to find their way into places they shouldn’t. If you hear banging, scratching and scurrying in your attic this spring it’s nice to know there are professionals out there who can help.
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Great tips and everyone should include them as part of their annual Spring and Fall “Clean Up” regiment. I live close to the edge of my city and we have “wildlife corridors” built into the neighbourhood, so the biggest problem we have is cougars or coyotes denning in our backyards… Can get scary at times.
Good tips, thanks for this post. We haven’t had any problems here so far but it is definitely better to be safe rather than sorry later. I have had problems with bees a few times and with mice in other houses. I do hope we never have mice. My son, an adult, is as frightened of them as I am of spiders. 🙂
These are really good tips, some I wouldn’t have thought of!
Great tips! I think it’s easy to forget that this can become a possibility and cause a lot of grief if wildlife gets in! Where these is one mouse – there is a whole lot more! Eeek
We get raccoons and skunks, but they’re so darn cute!
I live in a rural area so I don’t have to worry because the animals are around us all the time. I feel bad because we keep taking up their land and their running out of places to go.