Apr 17
10 Signs to Look For to Know if You Have Raccoons Living in Your home
17 Apr, 2015. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
“Raccoon in the attic” is one of our most common calls. Raccoons are excellent climbers and have little problems reaching rooftops where they can then enter attics. They may even enter crawl spaces if left open. Having these guys in your home can wreak havoc on your home. We had one customer who had raccoons tear about 30 holes in a flat vinyl roof while they were away on vacation. (It also rained while they were gone.) We thought that it might be helpful if people knew a few of the signs to look for if they think they have…
Jan 11
Bristol Coyotes
11 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
WGI_0087 Coyotes in Bristol Local coyote populations have been brought to my attention when we received several calls from local residents who were concerned about recent coyote sightings. These calls ranged from the Virginia High School area to the Tri Cities Airport area.   Our own wildlife monitoring camera has shown footage of coyotes near Steeles Creek Park. Coyotes range widely and are undoubtedly present through our entire region. A coyote sighting even made the news in our region. A news article run on October 20th of 2013 by WCYB (http://www.wcyb.com/news/coyotes-sighted-in-bristol-womens-front-yard/22535646) described a coyote sighting by Karen Orfield who lives off…
Nov 24
Shrew Having breakfast
24 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
Shrews have a voracious appetite.  They can eat up to three times their body weight per day.  Watch this little guy eat an earth worm that is as long as his body. MVI_1059
Nov 18
Short Tailed Shrew: The Smelly Rodent
18 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
This critter is the Short Tailed shrew.   It's fur is gray with a texture like velvet.  The eyes are very small, and are almost unnoticeable.   It's incisors are dark brown (look closely in the pictures below).   Presumably,  the iron deposits that darken the teeth also help harden them.  This is helpful considering that their teeth are not continually growing like those in mice.   Their bite is toxic and can subdue an animal larger than the shrew itself.  In fact, they are the only venomous mammal MVI_1059 They are primarily insectivorous, but occasionally feeds on grain.  They can consume up to three…
Nov 9
Save a beaver and save our streams!
9 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
Beavers: Prominent Players in American History Prior to the appearance of Europeans,  beavers in North America are estimated to have numbered between 60 and 400 million.  Then, beavers were an important to local Indians who found them to be an important source of food, tools, medicine, and clothing.  Examinations of primitive camp sites show that only the remains of White Tail Deer outnumber those of Beaver.    By the early 1800's the beaver top hat was all the rage and pelts were in high demand in Europe.  This demand helped drive the development and colonization of early America and sealed the fate for beavers in many parts of what is now…
Oct 4
What species is this?
4 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
  This is a White Footed Mouse or Deer Mouse.   It is one of several rodent species that can show up inside peoples homes, raid pantries, and startle homeowners.   But, there is much more to this species than that. Years ago, I remember a professor asking the class "what is a weed?"  There were lots of replies from the class.  When we ran out of "answers" he told us "a weed is the wrong plant at the wrong place at the wrong time".  That is certainly the situation in this case.  Inside a home, this is a pest species.  No one wants…
Sep 30
Who left these tracks
30 Sep, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Pat Galliher
These tracks were left by raccoons.  Raccoon prints are very hand like and have very distinct "fingers".   Raccoons can use their "fingers" to grasp like humans. When I took these pictures there were many prints to be photographed.  A small group of raccoons were responsible for several groups of prints.  There were several raccoons in this group; and these guys were very destructive!   It looked as though there had been a "raucous raccoon party". Raccoon populations have been on the rise and more homeowners are having problems with this species.  Other problems are also associated with the rise in raccoon populations.   A local animal…
Aug 26
Getting Bats Out of the Attic but Keeping Them Around
26 Aug, 2014. 0 Comments. . Posted By: Triad
The beginning of August signals the start of “bat season”.   The pups that were born earlier this Spring were 3-4% their mothers weight when they first appeared.  Each night they stayed behind inside the roosting structure (attic, dead tree, etc.) while mom went out to feed.   Now they are mature enough to follow mom out at night and feed on their own. This is good and bad for home owners who have bats roosting in their homes.  First, juvenile bats, just like our own children, tend to do things that you wouldn’t want them to do.  As a…