January has arrived and with it the January thaw. Later this week, outside temperatures will be approaching the plus 8 degree Celsius mark. These warmer temperatures will trigger the age old ritual of mating within our urban wildlife. Although the ritual differs from species to species, the consequences for the homeowner are similar.The sounds emanating from the attic are thumping, screaming, growling and barking, often described as if a murder is being committed within the attic. The persistent pursuits by the male, is initially met with outright rejection. The female, fighting tooth and claw, causes the male to retreat time and time again. Bleeding from bites to the face, neck and ears the male is relentless. This fierce exchange is nature's way of making the female agreeable.
With respect to skunks, this process plays out at ground level usually under porches, decks and sheds. The female skunk is not opposed to utilizing her powerful defence mechanism to thwart her suitor. This obnoxious odor will find its way into the house by permeating the outside walls and windows.
In a little less than two months the birthing process will begin. One by one the babies emerge in their embryonic sack. By the end of this process one to seven new baby animals have been born. For these newcomers it is a dark and silent environment as they are born blind, deaf and hairless and will remain so for approximately three weeks.
It is the experience of Gates Wildlife Control that many homeowners delay the eviction of wildlife living in their home until early spring when the animals have already given birth. However, it is less difficult and therefore less costly to remove just the adult wildlife at this time of the year instead of having to locate and remove a protective mother and her 1-7 babies later on.
For more information call Gates Wildlife Control at 416.750.9453 or toll free at 1.877.750.9453
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