Typical Problems

  • 1Chimneys
  • 2Roof/Soffit Intersections
  • 3Roof Vents
  • 4Plumbing Mats and Pipes
  • 5Roof/Fascia
  • 6Wall Vents
  • 7Decks and Sheds


Chimneys make a great substitute for a hollow tree. Raccoons, squirrels and opossums often move right in and start families. Birds fly into chimneys and discover they can’t fly out. Ensuring that all chimneys are securely screened can prevent this kind of problem. Be aware that most commercially available chimney cap are not truly animal-proof.

Roof/Soffit Intersections

A roof/soffit intersection is an area on a building where a section of the overhang meets a lower section of a roof often where a garage roof meet the main roof of the house; this area is the most vulnerable areas on any home due to the way it is built. Many species of wildlife are capable of manipulating this area to gain access to the attic. Roof/soffit intersections are the most common areas of raccoon entry. As a part of a good prevention program this area will be secured and made wildlife proof.

Roof Vents

Roof vents are made of plastic or very light aluminum. They are easily chewed or torn by squirrels and raccoons to gain direct access to the attic space. Roof vents can be screened to secure them against animals.

Plumbing Mats and Pipes

Plumbing mats are made of neoprene rubber or hard plastic, on older homes they may be lead or aluminum. They are vulnerable to wildlife because they can be chewed or lifted allowing access to the attic space. Plumbing vent pipes occasionally become blocked by trapped wildlife and in some cases squirrels chew through ABS pipes to get into attics. Both mats and pipes can be screened to effectively protect them from wildlife.


Roof/fascia areas are found around the roof edge of a building. If unprotected by drip-guard or screen the joint of the roof board and fascia board allows raccoons and squirrels a starting point. Very little chewing is needed for a squirrel to make a hole big enough for entry. In many cases the squirrels are evicted or eaten by raccoons as they enlarge the hole and take over. Installing screen or drip-guard easily protects Roof/Fascia gaps.

Wall Vents

On most homes, wall vents are unprotected and are inviting birds and squirrels to move in. The results of these animals can be disgusting as nesting material and large accumulations of droppings can create strong odours and attract insects. These vents should be screened.

Decks and Sheds

Decks and sheds offer wildlife great opportunities for shelter. When unprotected, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs and opossums often take advantage. If these structures are properly screened, animals can no longer make use of them.

Emergency Services


Urban Wildlife Control Inc offers emergency service for wildlife problems that require immediate attention during regular business hours. We define a wildlife emergency as a situation where an animal is inside the living space of a home or the workspace of a business. We also consider animals that are trapped or in immediate danger a priority for an emergency service call.

If you are experiencing a wildlife emergency please call Urban Wildlife Control Inc. at:
Phone: 519-888-7828
Toll Free: 877-UWC-WILD (877-892-9453)

If you discover an animal inside your home the first thing you should do is give it an opportunity to leave on its own. In most cases the animal is there as a result of a wrong turn and just wants a way out. Simply opening a door or window to the outside will solve most situations. In some cases stressed animals will find a secure place to hide and in these cases it is best to have professional help.

The following are steps you can take to help us before we arrive onsite:

– Remain calm. Most wildlife will do everything it can to avoid contact with you.
– If possible try to maintain visual contact with the animal.
– Try to confine the animal to the smallest space possible by closing doors.
– Do not attempt to handle any animal. They all can bite in defense or fear.

The most common emergency call we receive is for a bat inside a home. In flight bats appear much larger than they are. Bats are able to squeeze into extremely small spaces and as a result they can be impossible to locate once you lose sight of them.

If you discover a bat in your home following these steps will go a long way to help ensure a successful removal:

– Remain calm.
– Turn on all lights-this may help encourage the bat to land.
– Keep your eyes on the bat.
– Make every effort to confine the bat to room.
– Close ducts, cold air returns, and seal gaps under doors.
– Do not attempt to handle bats. Rabies is a real risk.

Emergency service response times are subject to seasonal demand and distance. We try our best to respond as quickly as possible. Please call for availability.