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Keep those critters out of your house!
How many of you have been lying in bed at night to hear the pitter patter of footsteps running back and forth above your bedroom in the attic?
Yes, it’s that time of the year again, where small mammals such as squirrels, mice, and pack rats seek warmer climes to spend the winter, and can end up in our homes. Once inside a home, these small mammals can cause property damage, such as ‘re-arranging’ insulation and chewing on electrical wires. Daytime rodent sightings, droppings, and chewed access holes all indicate you may have unwanted house guests.
Below are a few actions you can take to deter the influx of small mammals:
If critters have already found their way into your home, several options exist. The most humane one is to call the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation at 1-403-946-2361. They provide site visits to show you how to wildlife-proof your home and have humane techniques for removing wildlife. They can also help with repairing damage caused by critters after the removal.
Remember, it’s always better to prevent animals from getting in your house in the first place than to have to figure out how to remove them without harming them.
Thank you to our sponsors whose generosity has made WildSmart a reality.
Residents are encouraged to report any sightings of bear, cougar or aggressive elk to 403-591-7755.