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Massachusetts Directory Of Nuisance Wildlife Control Professionals

Leominster & Fitchburg, MA

Armstrong Pest Control
978-401-4853

Armstrong Pest Control is a full-service wildlife control company serving Leominster & Fitchburg MA and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Leominster & Fitchburg pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 978-401-4853 - yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!

  • Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
  • Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
  • Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
  • Digging Lawn or Under House?
  • We Can Solve It!
Many of Massachusetts's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably, these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Massachusetts's wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.

We do not handle dog or cat problems. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Worcester county animal services for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses, pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Leominster & Fitchburg animal control for wildlife issues.

Worcester County Animal Services or Humane Society: (978) 353-2307


Leominster & Fitchburg Wildlife Removal Tip: Biology Of The Norway Rat

Also known as the brown rat, the Norway rat is one of the most common rat species in the world and is present in all of the continents around the world except for Antarctica. Having adapted exceptionally well to survive alongside humans and gaining access to a wide range of food sources, the Norway rat is the second most successful species in the world, after humans themselves. The Norway rat also plays an important role as a laboratory rat, while the majority of pet rat species are descended from Norway rats too.

Body And Tail

The body of the rat is stockier and heavier than that of its main rival, the black rat, with examples of the species regularly growing to between eight and ten inches in length, while the tail can grow to around the same length again. The rat is usually covered in a coarse brown or dark gray fur, with the rats usually growing to around twelve ounces in weight.

Nest And Habitat

A brown rat's nest is usually made from a variety of materials depending on what is available, and this can range from twigs, bark and foliage in the wild through to insulation material and wooden chips gnawed from beams when they are found in an attic. The rat has adapted to live in almost every part of the world, apart from Alberta, Canada and Antarctica, and while it usually prefers river banks as a habitat, it can survive in almost every condition.

Reproduction

The prolific reproduction of the brown rat has helped it to become one of the most successful species in the world, with females able to give birth to up to five litters per year, with gestation taking around 21 days, and each litter including up to 14 babies. This prolific breeding ability is necessary to maintain the survival of the species, with only five per cent of rats living beyond a year with a variety of predators and other factors that kill off many animals.

Disease And Population

Norway rats can be a major concern because of the range of the diseases that can be transmitted through feces, urine and rat bites, including bubonic plague, toxoplasmosis and Weil's Disease. The rat itself is usually quite resilient and can survive the presence of these diseases in its system, which is why a large Norway rat population can be particularly concerning for the people living alongside these animals.


Leominster & Fitchburg Animal News Clip: How To Get Opossums Out Of Your Attic

One of the most frustrating of pest animals to deal with in a domestic property is the opossum, as it is significantly larger than the majority of pest animals, and the amount of carnage it can cause is also significantly larger. While the most common sign of opossums being in the area is the garbage bags being ripped open, you can also identify the presence of species from the heavier movement noises that you will hear from the attic at night. Once you become suspicious of any possible infestation, it is vital that you take quick and decisive action to deal with the problem.

Trapping An Opossum

This is the most common method of removing an opossum from your attic, and most people will use a simple cage trap to catch the animal, as the majority of opossums can be easily caught using this kind of trap. Look for the area of the attic where the animal is active, and place the trap in an area where the animal is active, and then insert a tasty bait that will draw the animal into the trap.

Checking For Baby Or Juvenile Opossums

Before you remove the trapped opossum that you have caught, it is very important to find the nest in the attic and to see if there are any babies or juvenile opossums hiding in there, as they too can cause problems if left unattended. While with their mother, these animals are unable to forage or find food, so they will either die of starvation or dehydration in the attic, and once dead their carcasses will begin to decay and cause a terrible smell.

Relocating An Opossum

Depending on where you are in the country, you may be able to relocate the animal depending on your local regulations. If this is permitted, look for a woodland site that is well away from any other properties, and at least ten miles away from your own home to ensure that the animal doesn't return.

Repairing And Sealing The Attic

Once you have removed the opossum, it is vital that any access holes that the animal was using to get in and out of the attic are sealed and repaired, and that any soiled material such as insulation is removed and disposed of safely. When sealing any holes, consider strengthening that point by adding metal flashing to help protect that entry point from further exploitation by pest animals.

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