Porcupine Control and Removal
Description and Identification
Known for its coat of sharp spines, porcupines use their quills as a defense from predators. One porcupine can have as many as 30,000 quills. After the capybara and the mara, the porcupine is the third largest rodent, adults sometimes reaching 30 inches long and up to 30 pounds.
Diet and Feeding Tendencies
Porcupines eat inner tree bark, herbaceous plants, twigs, and leaves, and seem to prefer aspen, cottonwood, ponderosa pine, and willow. Smooth bark seems to be more appealing than tress with thicker rough bark.
Financial losses from porcupine feedings can be extensive. Damaging to forest plantings, decorative shrubs, and orchards as well as on leather and other human implements. These animals can cause additional damage resulting from their taste for wood, and have been known to eat wooden tool handles, porch furniture, wooden oars and even sheds and barns.
Since they are nocturnal creatures, often the damage that porcupines do to areas is attributed instead to deer and rabbits. Often porcupines go completely undetected.
When porcupines have been identified as a pest control problem on your property, removal can be difficult, and discouraging them from returning could prove even harder. Professionals in your area that specialize in the extraction of porcupines can help you to control the animal and assure that they won't come back.
Animal Control - Interesting Facts
The total weight of all the termites in the world is greater than the total weight of all the humans in the world.