The winter holidays have come and gone so the next big day is fast approaching. February 14th has been designated Valentine's Day or "Love Day". Many couples surprise their significant other with cards, candy, flowers, a nice dinner, or even a getaway for two. As we celebrate this day with our "honey", so do some animals celebrate their "love" during that timeframe as well.
Once the harsh days of winter has passed, some animals can be seen coming out of their hibernating spots. There are many animals within our area who mate during this timeframe; however, squirrels and raccoons are two animals in which reproduces the most in our area. Squirrels mate two times per year with their first liter born between February and March usually around 40 days after mating. After they mate the female goes to look for a comfortable and not disturbed place to have her young. Attics are the perfect spot. They will tear up insulation and chew wires which could start a fire, but they also leave their feces around which could carry diseases.
Raccoons mate between January and March and female raccoons have her kits usually 65 days after mating. Just as the squirrel, female raccoons need to find a location that is comfortable and not disturbed to have her kits. What better location than an attic? Raccoons do the same as squirrels by destroying your attic but their feces can be toxic to a humans.
While Valentine's Day is a day for love, that doesn't mean it's a day for a raccoon or squirrel to have an opportunity to take residence in your home. If you hear any noises in your attic or crawlspace, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. We do a thorough inspection which includes locating the entry point, removing the animal(s) in your home, prevent these pests from re-entering, and talk with you about the remediation process. We will be more than happy to work with you side by side to protect your family's health and your largest investment.