SQUIRRELS are always looking for food and shelter. They hunt for nuts, vegetation, seeds, etc.. They will make their homes in attics as well as trees. Their teeth continuously grow. Therefore, they continuously chew. Sometimes when they nest in attics they will chew wires that can cause thousands of dollars of damage and/or fire.
RACCOONS are usually nocturnal but sometimes active in daylight to take advantage of available food sources. They eat fruits, nuts, worms and human garbage. They are very adaptable mammals that can carry rabies. A lethal disease transmitted by bites. They can make their homes in hollow trees as well as our attics. They will leave excrement in the attic insulation that can cause odor.
BIRDS are feathered, winged, bipedal, egg laying vertebrate animals. There are around 10,000 living species. They can make their nests in trees, gutters, attics, dryer vents or microwave vents.
Century Termite and Pest will treat your home for wildlife such as Squirrels, Raccoons and Birds by removing the nesting material and treating for parasites that are associated with wildlife. We also remove and install new insulation to rid your attic of the excrement that wildlife leaves behind.
The opossum — known colloquially as the ‘possum’ — is North America’s only marsupial mammal. The female carries and nurses her young in her marsupium (belly pouch) until they are about 2 to 3 months old. Following that, she’ll carry them on her back for the next 1 to 2 months whenever away from the den.
Typically about the size of a house cat, opossums have grey to black fur, black eyes and pink nose, feet and tail. Their ears are black and the nose comes to a sharp point.
Solitary and nocturnal, they are usually slow moving. When frightened and unable to flee, they often fall into an involuntary shock-like state — “playing ‘possum”. This can convince predators that they’re dead and cause them to lose interest.
Opossums are omnivorous and will eat insects, snails, rodents, berries, over-ripe fruit, grasses, leaves and carrion. They are highly adaptable and can live anywhere they can find sufficient food, water and shelter. They are one of the shortest-lived mammals for their size and typically live two to four years. They have many predators including dogs, cats and owls. Humans also take their toll on the opossum population: they seldom survive encounters with our cars
Opossums will raid garbage cans in search of food. In cities and suburban areas, a chimney, attic, wall void or crawlspace may serve as a comfy substitute for a hollow tree as an opossum den site. If you suspect that you may have an opossum invasion, call us. We’ll ensure their safe and humane removal.
The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is a medium-sized mammal native to North America and well distributed south of the 50th parallel with the exception of the deserts of the Southwest. They are typically 15” to 28” (40 to 70 cm) in length, not including their bushy tail. They are usually nocturnal and are omnivorous with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods and 27% vertebrates.
Raccoons have a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense under fur. This insulates them well against cold weather. Their most distinctive features are the ‘bandit’ facial mask and extremely dexterous front paws that can open nearly anything containing food.
After a gestation period of about 65 days, two to five young (kits) are born in spring. Although captive raccoons have been known to live over 20 years, their average life expectancy in the wild is only two to three years. Hunting and traffic accidents are their two most common causes of death.
Raccoons can be quite destructive owing to their relatively great strength and indomitable persistence when seeking food. They can also do a lot of damage to dwellings if they can find an entrance. A raccoon in your attic can damage insulation, soffits and vents and even wiring in the pursuit of a warm, dry place to stay. Give us a call if you’re having raccoon problems. We can remove them safely and humanely.
Squirrels are rodents (order Rodentia) and can be found in one form or another in most parts of the U.S., Europe and Africa. They range in size from the African pygmy squirrel, at about 3 1/2” long (9 cm) to the Alpine marmot, which can grow to nearly 30” (77 cm). Squirrels have powerful back legs that allow them to leap several feet at a bound and delicate forelimbs for grasping and eating food. Their front paws have three or four fingers and a thumb, though the latter is often poorly developed. They are industrious and clever — as anyone who has tried to maintain a ‘squirrel-proof’ bird feeder will tell you.
Squirrels breed once or twice a year and give birth to a varying number of young after 3 to 6 weeks. They are born naked, toothless, helpless and blind. The female looks after the young, which are weaned at around 6 to 10 weeks and become sexually mature at the end of their first year.
The Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. hosts two principle species: the Eastern Gray Squirrel and Eastern Fox Squirrel. We also have the rare and endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel, which may be found in protected areas on the Eastern Shore.
Rates starting at $85, please call for estimate or fill out the below contact form.