Solving Wildlife Problems

BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, please read the info on our website. RVWS is swamped because of COVID safety measures and many problems can be solved or avoided without our help. Use the links in the left menu for more information.

We are also finding it hard to keep up with phone calls so if, after reading our website, you still need help, please send a detailed email to info at rideauwildlife.org with your phone number and photo of the animal.

And PLEASE DO NOT LIVE-TRAP. It is illegal and will cause orphaned babies. There are humane, cost-effective ways to solve your wildlife problems.

Moving into a newly built subdivision, relocating to the country or living in an urban environment brings us in touch with native wildlife.

Wildlife are very intelligent and adaptable, more than you can imagine, and they often outsmart us humans. They may be in or around homes because of food or shelter. Trash, composters or pet food left outdoors provides easily accessible food. Wildlife can enter buildings through chimneys and attics because of unscreened vents, or openings left by loose or rotten boards. Wildlife often search for safe den sites to give birth and raise their young from March to September, and again in the fall to find shelter for the winter.

Many wildlife problems are temporary and will resolve themselves with time. Animals denning in your house during the spring months have often found a safe and quiet place to raise their young. Once the young reach a certain age, usually by early to mid-summer, the mother almost always relocates the family to a new nest in the natural environment. You can animal-proof all possible entrances to your home once you are sure that all of the animals have left.

In other cases, there are sensible solutions. You can deal with most wildlife situations in a humane and cost-effective way by understanding natural animal behaviours, deciding your tolerance limits, animal-proofing your home and, if necessary, humanely evicting wildlife.

We have included some common situations here but feel free to call us for specific advice.