Humane Wildlife Removal and Exclusion Services
At Assured Environmental Solutions, we believe urban wildlife such as squirrels, racoons and skunks should be removed from our structures as gently as possible. If you have un-wanted wildlife tenants nesting in your home we will remove them. We will also repair any damage they may have done and permanently prevent their re-entry.
Grey Squirrel (Sciurus Carolinensis)
Metro Vancouver is home to a few different species of squirrels - the native Douglas squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) and red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and the non-native Eastern Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis). The Eastern Grey Squirrel (which is often black, not grey), is actually an import from eastern Canada which was released into Stanley Park in 1909. This squirrel is the one most likely to be nesting in your attic.
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
These masked bandits are very common in many areas of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Raccoons (Procyon lotor) can be very destructive - they will get into your garbage, go fishing in your pond, raid your garden, destroy your lawn while looking for grubs (especially in areas with the chafer beetle), and help themselves to any pet food left outside. They will make their home in a chimney, attic, crawl space, shed, or other available areas. Determined mother raccoons will sometimes rip a hole in a roof in order to gain access to a secure place to give birth. They can be dangerous to pets and if cornered or protecting their babies, they may be aggressive towards humans too. Raccoons carry a roundworm parasite that is very dangerous to people. If you are cleaning up raccoon feces or areas inhabited by raccoon, it is important to wear a protective mask, gloves and clothing and clean with a bleach solution. Babies may be in dens as early as March depending on seasonal variables.
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
We have two species of skunk here in Metro Vancouver - the spotted skunk (Spilogale gracilis) and the more well known striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis). Thankfully these nocturnal animals only use their spray as a self-defense measure. They are actually somewhat beneficial in that they primarily eat insects and rodents. The trouble comes when they make themselves at home under porches, in sheds and woodpiles. Skunks have very poor eyesight and often times simply backing away from a skunk will avoid the nasty encounter they are so well known for. Babies may be in dens as early as April.