Many wild animals enter into attics because they are dark and relatively warm. Attics provide heat and safety - two out of the three things that wild animals need to survive (the other being nutrition). Moreover, most residential buildings are located near nutrition sources such as garbage bins for households and restaurants as well as ravines with creeks. So animals that den in an attic space have access to all three things that they need to survive.
Professional Skunk Removal in the Greater Toronto Area (Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Ajax, Pickering, Oakville, Milton, and other towns). We remove skunks and help keep your property skunk-free.
TSR offers professional skunk removal services and skunk-proofing services across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Areas. We remove skunk families from structures and take preventive action.
Could the COVID-19 pandemic have a big long-term impact on human-wildlife encounters in Ontario?
In a recent report, Global News asked several experts what immediate and long-term effects the self-isolation requirements would have on urban wildlife.
The report probes whether "With the sudden decline in human and vehicle traffic on sidewalks and roads, Canadians [will] start to see more wildlife in their towns and cities?" It goes on to point out that "Experts say it’s possible."
The self-isolation requirements, experts point out, are likely to have different effects on the species that are accustomed to living in close proximity to humans (e.g., raccoons, skunks, squirrels, etc.) and those that tend to avoid "humanized landscapes." The major effect on the wildlife that tend to avoid populated areas could be that as cities and towns begin to appear less-populated and quiter, some animals may start venturing into urban areas. This could result in more sightings of, say, bears.
"According to Moola, there may be more bears that will wander into some Canadian towns because they can cross highways with less risk of getting hit by a vehicle or train."
The pandemic and our response to it could have a more drastic affect on the urban wildlife. The article, again, discusses the possible impact of decreasing road-traffic over animal behaviours and populations. Fewer cars on the road could mean fewer roadkill.
However, the author and the experts consulted do not discuss another major (potential) impact the COVID-19 could have on the urban wildlife. The closure of restaurants and cafes will mean the large organic garbage bins behind those commercial establishments will remain empty. Raccoons, squirrels, and many other urban wildlife tend to get their food from those bins. On the other hand, with more people staying at home and consuming more food in their residences, there could be a significant increase in the organic waste placed in the residential green bins across Ontario municipalities. How are these subtle changes likely to affect human-wildlife encounters around Toronto?
Another possible effect is that the economic slow-down could decrease the pace of urbanization. That particular change, however, is likely to be quite short-lived.
The biggest determinant, of course, will be the duration and extent of these self-isolation measures. If the self-isolation measures remain in place longer, human-wildlife relationship in our communities may begin to change in more drastic ways.
Would the pandemic lead to a more eco-conscious outlook among Canadians? The article concludes by suggesting that "the only way COVID-19 self-isolation will have a positive impact on biodiversity and wildlife is if humans begin to develop a new relationship with animals."
Here is a link to the original article.
The urban wildlife baby season has arrived. Toronto's raccoons are reproducing, possibly in your attic...
The baby season has arrived. The urban wildlife in the Greater Toronto Area have begun reproducing, and TSR Wildlife Removal has been responding to calls from concerned homeowners.
We are removing the litters of baby raccoons, squirrels, skunks, birds and other animals. We also make sure they reunite safely with their moms.
It is not always as easy as it sounds. A typical wildlife removal job involving young babies can take four or five visits by TSR's technicians to a site over a period of seventy-two hours. It requires lots of expertise, dedication, and hard work.
We wanted to share with you footage documenting one of our recent humane wildlife removal jobs involving a mom and a litter of three baby raccoons.
If you need help with a wildlife life intrusion, call 416-268-3408 for True, Safe, Reliable wildlife control from TSR.
Effective, affordable, and best wildlife removal and wildlife control in Toronto, Brampton, Oakville, Mississauga, and other GTA locations
Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums can wreak havoc in your property. TSR is one of the most experienced wildlife removal companies in Southern Ontario, and technologically the most advanced wildlife control company in our region. In this blog post, we would like to share some animal control tips with our readers.
The most important part of preventing wildlife damage in homes and businesses is to have a wildlife removal professional thoroughly inspect the property to identify the potential entry spots. Large animals such as squirrels can access buildings through holes as small as a few inches in diameter. What appears as a small hole could be expanded by wildlife into a larger hole in a few minutes. A roof inspection will help identify such damage.
Unlike a roofer, a certified wildlife removal professional is able to look for entry points not only on roofs but also on the lower parts of structures. Squirrels, in particular, often manage to get behind brick, stucco, and siding and settle between floors or behind walls. TSR's wildlife control technicians undergo thorough training in identifying and repairing animal access points.
What is also important is the use of proper material to repair the damage caused by animals. Many of our competitors use products that are not designed to be tamper- and weather- resistant. At TSR, we have a quality-control protocol in place and carry high-grade, weather-resistant and animal proof products when mitigating the building damage and animal-proofing entry points.
The use of proper removal techniques also helps minimize wildlife damage. One of the most important parts of our job at TSR is to select the most effective removal technique. Sometimes, customers ask us during the consultation stage to tell them how our company will remove a particular animal family from their property. The removal technique should be selected only after the job site has been thoroughly inspected and assessed. In some situations, hand removal of animals may be the only humane and safe removal technique. Our technicians are trained to handle animals in a safe and humane manner.
To help with the most complex animal removal scenarios we have developed some technological solutions. Our smart exclusion system is a fully robotic way of excluding animals and can be deployed in the most serious wildlife removal cases to minimize property damage and risk to the physical environment. TSR's wildlife removal protocol includes more than fifty animal removal techniques and our wildlife control professionals receive continuing education to ensure they remain the best in the field.
Our wildlife response trucks are equipped with all the tools to identify the scale of a wildlife problem affecting a property, evict the animals, and repair the wildlife damage.
If you need help with raccoon removal, squirrel removal, skunk removal, opossum removal, and other wildlife control and removal in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Richmond Hill, Markham, Vaughan, and other Southern Ontario locations, give us a call at 416-268-3408 for a comprehensive, high-quality solution.
How to effectively get rid of raccoons in Toronto, Brampton, Oakville, Milton, Caledon, Orangeville, Burlington, Hamilton, Newmarket, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, and many other GTA locations?
The Greater Toronto Area is home to a very large and stable raccoon population. Raccoons are among the most adorable wildlife roaming our urban landscape in the Greater Toronto Area. Their noteworthy presence in our cities suggests that raccoons have done quite well in evolutionary terms - they have adapted to urbanization and have developed new talents in foraging and accessing new denning sites.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to a residential raccoon invasion. A successful raccoon removal process starts with a careful and thorough inspection of the property. A qualified wildlife removal professional carries out a roof and attic inspection to identify the source and the scale of the problem.
Once the technicians have gathered all the necessary information they will decide what the best eviction technique would be. When choosing an eviction technique we try to minimize the risks to the property and its residents. We aim to resolve the problem in the safest, most affordable, and effective way possible.
Once the eviction plan is successfully implemented, we will return to the property for a further inspection to ensure everything went as planned and to make a final damage assessment.
Finally, our wildlife removal technicians will repair the animal's access point. We use the most suitable repair material that will prevent animals from re-entering.
Raccoons are resilient and smart. In an experiment carried out by a York University professor, the first thing an urban raccoon tried to do when smelling cat food inside a lidded trash can was opening up the trash can lid. There are also numerous videos posted on the internet by Toronto residents that prove some of the city's raccoons have figured out how to open the so-called 'raccoon-proof green bins'.
Touch sensation accounts for an overwhelming part of a raccoon's sensory capacity. Seventy-five percent of a raccoon's sensory brain functions are wired to process touch sensations. And a significant percentage of sensory nerves concentrate in the paws.
Raccoon's traditional habitats include heavily-wooded areas that offer an abundant supply of vegetation and water. Urbanization has resulted in a significant reduction in raccoons' natural habitat. Rather than move out of their traditional territories, raccoons have remained and tried to adapt to city life.
Male raccoons tend to be solitary animals, while female raccoons often live in groups of four-five together with their young. They often go foraging together for better protection from larger animals. Male raccoons tend to start living alone before they turn one.
TSR wildlife removal has years of experience in removing raccoons and keeping them out of buildings. We will use cutting-edge products to remove them and prevent them from returning.
If not removed promptly and professionally, raccoon intrusions can grow more complex within a short time. Raccoons can cause serious damage to roofs, attics, electrical wiring, ventilation systems, and other parts of a building. Following the birth season, the scale of the problem would grow significantly. The number of animals to be removed and the number of sites within a building affected/damaged by animals would increase significantly.
If you suspect raccoons have made their way into your property, call 416-268-3408 for a free consultation.
Bed bugs are among the scariest of all insects - they pose severe health risks and are quite difficult to eradicate. What should you do if you find bed bugs in your home? What are your treatment options? How effective are they?
Bed bugs can invade any home, no matter how regularly and well housekeeping is done. Bed bugs enter houses, hotels, and other buildings where we stay for prolonged periods through clothing, luggage, or second-hand furniture. They can also enter a premise through adjacent structures.
When bed bugs appear in a residence, it can be hard to remove them completely because most of the time they hide in deep and hard to reach parts of beds and other pieces of furniture, as well as in most cracks and crevices including the ones behind walls and under the flooring.
Bed bugs feed in the nighttime by biting humans and pets, and sucking blood. Bed bugs can trigger allergic reactions, and their bites can become inflamed and infected. Bed bug bites do not affect everyone in the same way. Responses to bites range from no visible signs to severe allergic reactions. This variance can be quite confusing to the residents of bed bug-infested buildings. Those who are sensitive to bed bugs will develop bite marks one-two days after getting bitten. Bed bug bite marks closely resemble those of other insects such as a mosquito and a flea.
To fight bed bugs, TSR's pest control professionals follow an Integrated Pest Management program, and use a combination of physical and chemical treatment methods. You can entrust TSR with the job of setting your home completely free of bed bugs.
Non-Chemical Treatment Methods:
Our non-chemical treatment of the bed bug-infested areas includes steam and vacuum treatments. We use professional dry vapour stream machines that do not leave behind moisture. With the steamer nozzle-tip temperatures of more than 120 C and through high pressure, we can reach the deepest hiding spots of the bed bugs and kill eggs, nymphs and adult bed bugs. We complement the heat treatment with the use of the most powerful HEPA vacuums in order to remove all stages of bed bugs within seconds. We also offer bug-proof bags to keep contaminated clothing and bedding items for laundry.
Chemical Treatment Methods:
TSR pest control offers chemical treatments as part of our Integrated Pest Management program. Our professionals choose the pesticides that are appropriate to the site, the problems discovered during our inspections, and bug biology. Where appropriate, we apply non-residual spray formulations in order to minimize the unnecessary long-term contamination of the site. You can trust our decades-long experience in the pesticides industry.
TSR offers a "no-preparation bed bug treatment." We will prepare your property professionally for the bed bug treatment. Our professional bed bug preparation ensures all the preparatory work is completed properly and the property is 100% ready for a bed bug extermination. In most cases, we are able to offer our bed bug preparation service for a small additional cost. By offering a treatment preparation service our goal is to create a less stressful process for our clients and reduce the likelihood of a bed bug recurrence. We know how stressful discovering bed bugs can be; that's why we try to make the treatment as free of stress as possible.
We offer bed bug treatment preparation services in Toronto, Scarborough, Whitby, Oshawa, Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Markham, Oakville, Milton, Hamilton, Burlington, and many other cities and towns in the Greater Toronto Area.
How to choose a reliable animal control and animal removal company in Toronto?
The internet has turned the contracting of services in skilled trades into a much faster experience. Now, companies can showcase themselves through their online presence and attract clients through online marketing. The abundance of alternatives on the internet presents consumers with a welcome choice but also a new set of challenges.
How do we make sure we end up hiring the right pest control or animal removal contractor out of the hundreds of advertisements we come across on platforms such as Kijiji and Google?
Make sure to speak to a qualified service agent rather than a marketing or secretarial contact. Many companies operating in the Greater Toronto Area subcontract their work to unqualified or inexperienced technicians and operators. You could be buying service from a large company with a long history, however, end up having your pest problem "tackled" by an inexperienced technician. An inexperienced or unqualified technician will not only fail to resolve the pest issue but could also create new complications. For example, inadequate or improper application of insecticides or rodenticides could amplify the scale of the rodent or insect problem. An inexperienced animal removal technician could misdiagnose the problem, fail to identify the animal entry points or expose the property dwellers and wildlife at unnecessary risk. It is crucial to get your property inspected by an experienced, knowledgeable, and expert animal removal or pest control technician.
Another matter to pay attention to is the pricing. A private exterminator that quotes $80-$100 for a mouse or rat extermination or cockroach treatment is not going to use proper products and tools to tackle your home's insect or rodent problem. In some cases, the cost of the inspection, treatment, and repair materials used in a rodent inspection will surpass the amounts quoted by some operators advertising on cheap platforms. If the exterminator were to use proper tools and supplies, they would be operating at a loss. These technicians will, in most cases, use inadequate supplies and tools, and low-quality pesticides and the service the provide will, inevitably, fall short of what you need in order to achieve a pest-free environment.
We also recommend staying away from private exterminators with insufficient access to the regulated infrastructures of the pest control industry in Canada, part-time technicians showing up during the peak seasons, and dillatantes trying to juggle multiple trades. Pest control is a job that takes more than a pair of hands or a part-time attention. It requires a stable infrastructure and dedicated professionals. It is not something that a person with a spray tank and a jug of insecticide can excel at. The trade requires an in-depth knowledge of pesticide compositions and pest biologies in addition to years of practical, hands-on experience and immersion in the state of the art control techniques.
Companies offering comprehensive services such as preparing a house for a bed bug treatment or closing off access points for rodents and wildlife intrusions will end up simplifying your job and delivering a higher quality of service and a better value for your money.
Also, what is more important than a service warranty is the quality of the inspection, treatment, and post-inspection repairs conducted on your property. In today's volatile business environment, many exterminators go out of business, and an extended warranty offered by a small extermination or removal operation, in most cases, has very little actual value. Also, it is quite dubious that an exterminator who fails to solve your problem in the first couple of attempts is going to have any more success in their subsequent, numerous attempts.
If you need pest control or animal removal help in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas, feel free to call us at 416-268-3408. We offer free over-the-phone assessment and reasonably-priced on-site inspections.
The Atlantic sheds light on the "Bed-Bug Madness". What are the "psychological ramifications of bed bugs"?
Having bed bugs in your home is not only an immediate risk to your physical well-being, but these little, unwelcome creatures can also cause serious psychological damage, and even lead to a condition very similar to PTSD. Yes, you read it right -- Eveleth's piece presents some solid scientific evidence on how similar the bed bug anxiety can be to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition often linked to war trauma. TSR Pest Control is fully committed to implementing the most effective and trustworthy extermination techniques. If you live in Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, Markham or any other part of the Greater Toronto Area, and are dealing with a bed bug infestation at your home or business, please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer same-day visits to your residence, and in most cases you will feel the difference immediately. We pride ourselves on having a 100% success rate when it comes to bed bug extermination. Also, we beat our competitors' prices.
This week one of America's most popular science magazines published an interesting article discussing health risks associated with exposure to bed bugs. Click on the link to read the article. Also, do not forget to check our pest library to learn more about bed bugs and other pests commonly seen in Ontario's homes and businesses.