Squirrels

Squirrels

How to Keep Squirrels from Driving You Nuts The most common mammals in the world, both in numbers and in species, are the rodents.  Rodents make up approximately 1,700 species in 35 families.  They fall into the classification Order Rodentia which comes from the Latin...
Raccoons

Raccoons

Raccoons are Ninjas! One of the most common calls we get year round is for the common raccoon (Procyon lotor).  This species is probably also tied with squirrels for causing the most damage to homes and businesses.  Many people are surprised to find that the cute...
Bats

Bats

Bats making you… BATTY? The mere mention of the word “bats” tend to draw high emotion from people.  Some people are completely grossed out by what they view as flying rats and disease-carrying species.  The bats these people have seen are frequently portrayed in...
Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunks Early spring in Tennessee is synonymous with many things such as windy storms, crocuses, warmer temperatures and the advent of skunk season.  East Tennessee is remarkably biodiverse, having thousands of different species of insects, birds, reptiles,...
Snakes

Snakes

Snakes One animal that is routinely spotted here in east Tennessee has more negative emotion attached to it than most of the other animals combined.  This animal does almost no damage and is actually an important part of the ecosystem.  The animal that I’m speaking of...
Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers 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...
Moles

Moles

Mole  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...
Rats

Rats

Rat 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...
Groundhogs

Groundhogs

Groundhogs 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...
Pigeons

Pigeons

Pigeon 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...
Chipmunks

Chipmunks

Chipmunks 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...