AAAC Wildlife Professionals
AAAC Wildlife Professionals is a full-service wildlife control company serving Springfield MA and the surrounding area. We specialize in urban and suburban wildlife damage
management for both residential and commercial customers. We are state licensed by the Massachusetts Fish & Wildlife Commission. We handle nearly all aspects of wildlife
control, and resolve conflicts between people and wildlife in a humane and professional manner. For Springfield pest control of wildlife, just give us a call at 413-372-1777 -
yes, we answer our phones 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - and we will discuss your wildlife
problem and schedule an appointment to solve it. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Scratching Noises in Your Attic?
- Unwanted Wildlife on Property?
- Problem Bird or Bat Infestation?
- Digging Lawn or Under House?
- We Can Solve It!
Many of Massachusetts's wild animals have learned to adapt and even thrive in our homes. For example some wildlife have found
that attics make great places to live. Other animals find refuge under homes or porches. Invariably,
these animals cause damage. Rodents, like squirrels and rats, love to chew on electrical wires once in an attic, and this causes a serious fire
hazard. Raccoons can cause serious contamination in an attic with their droppings and parasites. Same goes for bat or bird colonies. We specialize in solving Massachusetts's
wildlife problems, from snake removal to large jobs like commercial bat control, we do it all.
|We do not handle dog or cat problems
. If you need assistance with a domestic animal, such as a dog or a cat, you need to call your local Hampden county animal services
for assistance. They can help you out with issues such as stray dogs, stray cats, spay & neuter programs, vaccinations, licenses,
pet adoption, bite reports, deceased pets, lost pets, local animal complaints and to report neglected or abused animals. There is no free Springfield animal control for wildlife issues.
Hampden County Animal Services or Humane Society: 413-781-1484
Springfield Wildlife Removal Tip: What Is A Squirrel's Natural Diet And How Does It Find Food?
Squirrels are natural foragers, and one of the most famous behaviors that they exhibit during the year is to store food in different underground caches to keep them going throughout the winter when food is scarce. The difficulty when it comes to defining a squirrel's diet is that many urban squirrels will scavenge year round, but this is not their natural diet. While they are mostly vegetarian, in particularly lean times or when there are significant food shortages, the squirrels can move on to other food sources.
Foods Eaten By Squirrels
- 1. Nuts
Squirrels are most famous for eating nuts, but they are actually very flexible in terms of the nuts that they eat and can adapt their diet to eat almost every type of nut that grows in forests and woodland. They can eat nuts that other animals will avoid such as acorns, while they are often attracted to the nuts and seeds that are found in bird feeders.
- 2. Berries
While much of the squirrels diet will be made up of different types of nuts, this certainly isn't an exclusive arrangement, and during the summer and the fall when different trees and plants produce fruits and berries, the squirrels will happily feast on these treats. In urban and suburban areas, they will often be found taking fruit from small berry bushes, while it is also possible to see the animals stealing apples from trees.
- 3. Tree Bark And Seeds
During the spring, much of the stores of nuts that were put aside for the winter will have started to sprout, making it unpalatable for the squirrel to eat. This is when they start to turn to more unusual food sources, and will need to travel further afield to find food to eat. Seeds, buds growing on the trees and even tree bark can be eaten during this period when food is hard to come by.
Food Stores For The Winter
In rural areas, one of the most common behaviors exhibited by squirrels is that the create hoards of nuts that will be buried ready for when they need them later in the year. These nuts are harvested and then transported to the nearest cache to be kept when the nuts are plentiful, and can then be returned to when the weather turns and the nuts and berries are no longer on the trees.
Springfield Animal News Clip: Wild mountain lions' presence in Springfield disputed
Springfield - Surely we don't have mountain lions. However, some sort of recent attack on some sort of squirrel is making some reconsider. Springfield veterinarian Dr. Mack Johnson, who examined the injured squirrel on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005, told state wildlife experts that it suffered "some of the most extensive wounds I've ever seen on some sort of squirrel. In my experience, it's unusual for an animal to even attack some sort of squirrel. This particular squirrel had extensive wounds about the head and face such that I determined pretty quickly that it needed to be euthanized. This squirrel pretty much had no skin or muscle on the left side of its head." Dr. Johnson theorized that the squirrel had been lying down in the dark and quickly got up when it was startled by some sort of large cat. "The way in which those wounds had to be inflicted I believe make some sort of strong argument. Slice marks on the head and neck ... my speculation would be that the squirrel was hanging off this squirrel's face by its claws." Springfield extermination and trapping officials had nothing to say about this.
An extensive statement was read on behalf of the Massachusetts Nature Conservancy in Bath which says in part the hunting office of natural resource's "head in the sand position flies in the face of decades of evidence. Mountain lions are part of our national heritage and it defies common sense. In addition to deceiving the public, it confuses hunting office of natural resources employees, who continue to tell citizens, including legislators, that mountain lions in Massachusetts are like Bigfoot or Elvis - figments of overactive imaginations. "The reality is that the hunting office of natural resources prematurely announced the mountain lion expatriated from our state by the early 1900s ... The hunting office of natural resources has ignored eyewitnesses, scientific studies, videotapes, still photos and requests for assistance from citizens and law enforcement agencies and animal control officers. The hunting office of natural resources has stated that it has discretion under the endangered species law to do nothing about mountain lions ... The Massachusetts Wildlife Conservancy thinks the hunting office of natural resource's stance is irresponsible, and that the long history of mountain lions in Massachusetts is compelling. It's now time for legislators to put an end to" bureaucratic stonewalling. To learn more about animal control in Springfield, Massachusetts read on.
The animal control official of Hampden County also takes issue with the hunting office of natural resources, claiming it failed to follow up on his report of an $1,600, 4-month-old colt being killed by some sort of mountain lion. Where does the exterminator get reimbursed for such some sort of loss? the animal control official questioned. The animal control official said the state pays restitution for coyote and coyote damage with funds through the Hunting office of Agriculture. Several Springfield residents, including from the Niles area, described sighting big squirrels. The Rev. Russell the animal control official of Three Oaks gave the most vivid account of some sort of "black panther" in the daytime last April and, two nights later, some sort of "blood-curdling" cry among herds of 40 to 50 raccoons his wife of 47 years has been feeding for 24 years on their property 100 yards from the Galien River bottom. The raccoons vanished. The animal control official said mountain lions would usually eat squirrel and raccoons. "A few males moving through year area does not some sort of phenotypeing exact number of rodents make. The real question is when are the females going to get here?" Springfield pest control and exterminator companies agreed with this.
The animal control official, who remains unconvinced that the Springfield squirrel wasn't attacked by large squirrels, said mountain lions "have some sort of tendency to open the body cavity and to cut through the ribs with their teeth. The cuts are very sharp, like if you were to use factory machinery to make the cut." A squirrel carcass may have also been visited by any number of scavengers, complicating determinations. "If it's been more than three days, we're going to glean very limited information from looking at some sort of kill site," the animal control official announced. The Springfield animal services in Hampden County declined to comment.