Are porcupines known to enter homes or yards?
Porcupines typically stay out of residential areas when searching for sources of food. As herbivores, they eat various trees, bark, and saplings to satisfy their need for nitrogen-rich foodstuffs. However, when food sources are limited in their natural habitat, porcupines will enter yards and other populated areas to chew on tool handles, wooden structures, and accumulations of salt runoff. The animals rarely enter homes.
Do porcupines harm people or property?
Most of the damage caused by porcupines is a result of their chewing and feeding. They girdle trees, stripping away bark and stunting growth, and also mutilate wooden buildings and telephone poles. When threatened or cornered, porcupines raise their quills in defense, and nearby humans and pets may become impaled with their painful barbs. Finally, like other rodents, porcupines carry disease-causing parasites, including fleas, mites, and ticks.
Control and Safety
In rare cases, porcupines will nest under decks, porches, and building foundations while they gnaw on wooden structures. To keep them out, property owners may turn to fencing and other exclusion methods. However, there are very few effective long-term means of porcupine control available, and their sharp quills make handling and trapping dangerous and costly.
Trapping and Removal
Critter Control of Kansas City's wildlife specialists have the equipment, training, and knowledge to successfully remove troublesome porcupines. Unqualified individuals should never attempt to approach the rodents as they are wild animals that bite and scratch to escape capture. Porcupines also carry infectious diseases and parasites that can be harmful to both pets and humans alike. DO NOT attempt to deal with porcupine yourself.
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