<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> Animal Facts, All Creatures Wildlife Services, LLC. Knoxville and East Tennessee
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These cute little critters are a common nuisance. They frequently enter attics and other parts of your home. They are strong and capable of causing quite a bit of destruction. These animals are very crafty and capable critters. They can be a nuisance in a number of ways like stealing pets food, tipping over garbage cans, raiding ornamental ponds and pools. Females often enter houses in order to have their young in the spring. They typically weigh 10-25 pounds as adults, will eat almost anything, and are a ctive at night.

Eastern Gray Squirrel:
While many types of squirrels can cause problems this little guy is the most common. They love to move into your attic. During winter and late summer is the most common time to see them moving in as this is when the females give birth to their bi-annual litter of young. They are expert chewers and will chew their way into your home in no time. Once inside they will chew on wires which is a huge fire risk. They eat primarily nuts and grain, and will store these in the attic or walls along with nesting debris.
They are most active in the morning and evening. They only live a few years in the wild.

Striped Skunk:

These stinky little guys are best known for their strong odor. They frequently choose to live under homes, decks, sheds, or porches. They especially cause a problem with their odor during mating season. There are several skunk species in North America,
but their behavior is relatively the same. They are nocturnal and omnivorous.


These furry, rodent friends are more common to be a nuisance species in the northern states. They dig large burrows which are often complex, with several entry holes. They average 8-10 pounds as adults. They give birth in spring to 3-6 young. They are primarily herbivorous and will eat a variety of plants including your garden. They are most active during the day and do hibernate in the winter. They are usually considered a pest due to their burrowing behavior.


There are several mole species in North America but the Eastern Mole is one of the most common to be considered a pest. These blind beauties live under ground and dig a network of tunnels and chambers. Moles are small, weighing in at only about 3-5 oz. and are about 6-8 inches long. Don't let their small size fool you. They are great diggers and have a voracious appetite. They primarily eat earthworms and other underground insects. Most moles are territorial and breed in the winter. They live for about 3 years. They are usually considered a pest due to their digging.

The two most common rat species in North America are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Roof Rats are a bit smaller, weighing 6-10 oz. and have an 8 inch body with an 8 inch tail. Roof Rats tend to live in warmer areas and inhabit areas above ground, such as in trees. Norway Rats weigh from 10-16 oz. and have a 9 inch body with a shorter tail. Norway Rats live in cooler climates and prefer to live at ground level. Neither species usually lives for more than a year in the wild. They can breed year-round and produce litters of up to 10 young around 5 times per year. Both will eat a wide variety of foods and are considered pests for many reasons; the main one being their tendency to spread disease.

North America is home to around 130 different snake species; Most of these are harmless. There are 20 venomous species of snake; most of which are Rattlesnakes. The exceptions include the Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and the Coral Snakes (the red-yellow-black ones). If you come across a snake and are unsure of it's species just leave it alone. It is truly best to leave all snakes alone. They do have a bad reputation but having snakes around your house can keep other pests from becoming a problem.
A wild life specialist will be happy to remove one of these slinky critters form your house or pool or any other area they may slither into.

The three most common of these colonizing species in the US are: The Little Brown Bat and the Big Brown Bat in the northern states. The Mexican Free-Tail Bat in the southern states. All three of these species usually cause a problem when they establish large maternity colonies inside buildings. There they leave behind droppings, often in great bulk. Bats are special mammals who give birth to one young each year. They can live for up to 18 years in the wild (that's a long time). They eat millions of pesky insects and are usually docile creatures. A good wildlife expert can remove and relocate them without harming them.

Feral pigeons are common in urban areas and are a well-known city pest. These feathered friends create a mess with their nesting material and feathers. They also create an unsanitary mess with their droppings; which may pose a health hazard. They weigh about a pound and tend to live for 3-5 years in the wild. They nest any time of the year and mate for life. The young hatch only 19 days after the eggs are laid. They eat a variety of foods. They are usually found roosting in areas such as; beams, store signs, inside buildings, etc.

These pint-size rodents are best described as ground-dwelling squirrels. They are typically 5-6 inches long and weigh about 3 ounces. They are omnivores and their diet consists primarily of grain, nuts, berries, seeds, and insects. They are burrowing animals and they hibernate in the winter. These little guys are a nuisance because of their possible consumption of your garden fruits and vegetables. They can also cause structural damage by burrowing under patios, stairs, retention walls, or foundations.

In the late winter and early spring we get an abundance of calls concerning small but pesky birds found in the woodpecker family (Picidae). We have several different species here in east TN ranging in size from 3 inches to almost 12 inches long. They seem to effortlessly flit from tree to tree (and sometimes houses) where they will hang on a vertical surface and peck in a rapid-fire manner. We get calls from people wondering why a bird is pecking on their house, chimney, and sometimes even the gutter. The key is in understanding a little of the woodpecker’s biology.
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