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Porcupines – The Prickly Ones
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porcupines in maine - Removal, Damage Repair, & Cleanup and more
The original vegan, porcupines or “porkys", are vegetarians that chew on trees and on human structures as well. They have a strange sounding habit of being a "salt tooth” and will enjoy chewing on salty wooden objects, such as wooded siding. They can be seen during the daytime hours but are primarily nocturnal. An adult porcupine’s weight averages 12-20 pounds and have thousands of quills.
Porcupine Damage In Maine
We have often seen where porcupines have caused a lot of damage to decks and wood siding on Maine homes. There are many log cabins or camps in Maine that are built with post and pad foundations, and sometimes porcupine damage on these posts will resemble what a beaver might do to a tree. If enough of these posts are damaged, it can affect the integrity of the camps foundation. So what's the solution to this prickly rodent?
Usually the solution is to trap the offending porcupine and remove them totally from the area. After this has happened some carpentry work may be recommended by one of our technicians to repair the damage caused and stop the cabin from being off-leveled.
Porcupine Feces Cleanup
When a porcupine builds its harborage under a house or camp they can literally leave hundreds of gallons in pelleted droppings behind. It's been really staggering through the years to see the amounts of waste porcupines can accumulate underneath a structure.
Removing and cleaning up any animal waste is not recommended for the novice, it's best left to our professionals that use the proper safety equipment. Animal waste can potentially transmit disease, and exposure can occur especially when it's stirred up, as it would be while the cleanup process is taking place.
At Midcoast Wildlife we are experts in Maine Porcupine Removal, so give us a call!
More about Porcupines
MWS Know Their Porcupines
The North American Porcupine
The North American porcupine is the only species found in the United States and Canada.
Porcupines are found on every continent except Antarctica. Scientists group porcupines into two groups: Old World porcupines, which are found in Africa, Europe and Asia; and New World porcupines, which are found in North, Central, and South America.
The North American Porcupine Quill Length and Habitat
Old World porcupines, like the North American porcupine, have quills that can grow up to 20 inches (51 cm) long, though there are some exceptions.
Dens in tree branches or tangles of roots, rock crevices, brush or logs are the porcupine's home and often under your garage, porch or shed.
Diet and Offspring
Porcupines are herbivores. This means they eat mostly vegetation. Some porcupines love wood and eat a lot of bark and stems. They also eat nuts, tubers, seeds, grass, leaves, fruit and buds.
Female porcupines carry their young for a gestation period of 16 to 31 weeks, depending on species, and give birth to one to three babies at a time. Baby porcupines are called porcupettes.
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