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A Porcupine may lash out with its spiny tail if approached too closely.

Porcupine trapping, control and removal

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North American Porcupine

Yes, we can capture, remove and control problem Porcupines!

In fact, trapping and removing Porcupines from yards, garages, woodpiles, sheds and from under sheds, homes and other structures is one of our more common calls.

The North American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum), also known as Canadian Porcupine or Common Porcupine, is a large rodent in the New World porcupine family. The Beaver is the only other rodent larger than the North American Porcupine found in North America. The porcupine is a cavimorph rodent whose ancestors rafted across the Atlantic from Africa to Brazil over 30 million years ago, and then invaded North America during the Great American Interchange after the Isthmus of Panama rose 3 million years ago.

Porcupine Tracks
Porcupine Scat

This animal is usually found in coniferous and mixed forested areas in Canada, Alaska and much of the northern and western United States. They are also found in thicketed areas in shrublands, tundra and deserts as far south as northern Mexico. It makes its den in a hole in a tree or in a rocky area.

A Porcupine may lash out with its spiny tail if approached too closely. Quills can become painfully embedded in the victim's skin. Cutting the end off the quill releases air pressure and allows it to be more easily withdrawn. Porcupine quills are as sharp as needles, detach very easily, and will remain embedded in an attacker. Unlike needles, however, the quills of porcupines have microscopic, backwards-facing barbs on the tip that catch on the skin making them difficult and painful to extract. Quills are about 75 millimeters (3.0) in long and 2 millimeters (0.079) in width. If a quill becomes lodged in the tissues of an animal, the barbs act to pull the quill further into the tissues with the normal muscle movements of that animal, moving up to several millimeters in a day. Predators have been known to die as a result of quill penetration and infection. Quills are still capable of penetrating animals after death

Porcupines are mainly active at night; on summer days, they often rest in trees. During the summer, they eat twigs, roots, stems, berries and other vegetation. In the winter, they mainly eat conifer needles and tree bark. They do not hibernate but sleep a lot and stay close to their dens in winter. The strength of the porcupine's defense has given it the ability to live a solitary life, unlike many herbivores.

They also have an affinity for salt. Any product containg salt can be a potential chewing post, such as salt coated tires, eating plywood cured with sodium nitrate, certain paints, and tool handles, footwear, clothes and other items that have been coated in salty sweat.


Porcupine Damage

They are considered by some to be as a pest because of the damage that they often inflict on trees and wooden and leather objects. Plywood is especially vulnerable because of the salts added during manufacture. The quills are used by Native Americans to decorate articles such as baskets and clothing. Porcupines are edible and were an important source of food, especially in winter, to the Natives of Canada's boreal forests. They move slowly (never having felt evolutionary pressure to move quickly) and are often hit by vehicles while crossing roads. Natural predators include fishers, wolverines, coyotes, and mountain lions and men.

We can remove dead Porcupines and capture, trap, remove and control problem Porcupines for you in rural, urban and suburban settings. We remove unwanted Porcupines from crawlspaces, walls, garages, sheds and wherever they happen to be causing problems.

We have heard "How do I get rid of Porcupines?" hundreds of times, so please do not hesitate giving us a ring for any of your Porcupine removal and control needs.

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