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Porcupines are not the type of rodents that will cause an infestation of them invading your yard but just one of these animals is enough to make homeowners begin to worry and wonder how to get rid of such a creature. Porcupines are usually just fine sticking around in the woods, but if they start to wander out of the woods to venture upon where humans dwell, it usually is because of some type of factor in the woods that is pushing them out. This could usually be either a drought, food shortage or other conditions which put porcupines in a compromising position.

If a porcupine comes upon your area, expect a lot of damage to be created by this spiky creature, especially to any trees or garden you may have on your property. Not a lot is known to the average homeowner about porcupines or even how to deal with them should they ever encounter a porcupine on their property. Fret not, as the experts here at Solutions Pest and Lawn will inform you about this rodent and the best means of removing them from your yard.


Porcupine Background Information

Porcupines are the third largest member of the rodent family. These mammals typically live in other parts of the world in Asia, Europe and in Africa. However, despite this fact, the largest porcupine populations live in western United States and in Canada. They can be found inhabiting ecosystems like forests, grasslands or meadows and on occasion dry desert areas. Porcupines are a resilient and adaptable animal which can tolerate a variety of climates due to their exceptional defense mechanisms and their versatile eating habits

What porcupines are possible most known for is their appearance.The distinguishing feature of the porcupine is a thick layer of soft brown/black fur with thousands of long spiky quills that lay flat along its back, sides, head and tail. When porcupines sense danger or are threatened all of the quills will stick straight out. This is a natural defense mechanism which protects them from predators. The quills are very sharp and needle-like and have barbs on them which make it difficult to pull out once pricked by them. If that wasn’t enough, the quills have an oily substance on them that can cause burning and itching as well as disease. It is believed that the North American Porcupine has over 30,000 quills at any given time. It’s safe to say that it would be wise not to touch them.

Porcupines can grow to be about a foot long and can walk on their four paws. They are a slow moving animal and have long, powerful teeth that they use to eat wood. Wood eaten from the bark of trees and logs are the primary staple in a porcupine’s diet, but they will supplement their diet with nuts, fruits, berries and bugs found during their travels in the wild. They don’t have any predators that actually eat them because of their quills and with that being the case, they are not in any risk of being endangered.

Porcupines who venture near dwellings of humans are known to create a lot of trouble and inflict a lot of property damage. Most notably, porcupines like to destroy trees, eating as much bark and branches as their hearts desire. Any gardens or vegetation are at risk of being destroyed as well. Since our homes of made of wood, these can also be susceptible to wood damage. Possibly worst of all, just the mere presence of a porcupine can attract other more dangerous wild animals like mountain lions and bears who like to go after porcupines to try and have a snack.

Solutions Recommended Products To Get Rid of Porcupines

A porcupine problem can best be averted by exclusion measures like building fences to keep animals out if you’re growing a lot of vegetation. If a porcupine still manages to get through, we do have a few ways we recommend which can either catch a porcupine or keep them away from your property:

  • Live trapping is probably the best solution if you have a porcupine who frequents your property. We carry Havahart Live Trap for this kind of pest problem. Make sure to bait the trap with wood and food the porcupine will enjoy to lure him in. Once caught give him over to animal control so they can handle it, you don't want to touch them yourself.

  • Animal repellants are another thing you can try. We carry Critter Ridder and Nature's Defense: All-Purpose Animal Repellent. Results may vary though so it’s not a guarantee this will keep porcupines away.

Browse our Porcupine products below and if you have any questions regarding an order you would like to make any other pest control question or concern, we’ll be happy to speak to you online or over the phone.

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