The main pests in urban areas

Living in an urban environment still does not guarantee not to cross or even cohabit with pests. So what seems to be a paradox is not. Many owners complain every year about unwelcome animals with whom they are often forced to live.

This very damaging situation can cause a real sanitation problem, or even significant health benefits. However, many factors explain the attraction of these little beings to erect their refuge in your home. Come and discover them.

What is likely to attract pests in urban areas? 

The city, compared to rural areas, is presented as a world inhospitable to wildlife. If you live in the Greater Montreal area, you are also concerned. If nothing happens at random, note that many factors underpin this state of affairs.

The overabundance of resources

Just like humans, animals, whoever they are, are all attracted to resources. Satisfying one’s hunger is an innate reflex in all forms of life on earth. Rodents such as rats, mice, marmots and skunks are no exception to the rule. This factor is therefore one of the first to best explain the proliferation of inopportune animals in your area or dwelling house.

These small mammals in search of food storm the cities and houses that constitute a real manna. A problem of rats and mice quickly occurred. Fortunately, these can quickly be dislodged thanks to the smoke test and the skills of a mouse exterminator.

Landfills and disused spaces

Also, don’t be surprised to see squirrels, raccoons and other mammals lurking in your garden or along your fences. Urban environments, unlike rural ones, are full of garbage cans and household waste. These dumps offer an ideal setting that can attract these creatures in search of survival.

Similarly, the city’s facilities offer better shelters for entire families of so-called “pest” animals like Quebec rats. This is the case during the rainy season. If you have a disused warehouse, there is a good chance of finding these animals there in winter. Some even use it to lay down and thus repopulate.


List of animals classified as pests in Quebec

Be careful not to put all the animals in the “pest” basket either. Indeed, although cohabiting with animals is not the cup of tea for many people, it is important to refer to the list of those recognized as “harmful” in order to adopt a good capture and relocation strategy. If these pests are rather numerous, this list focuses mainly on the most at risk for you, both in terms of safety and health.

The squirrel 

Behind his look of being adorable hides a small squatter. Gray squirrels in this case, like to establish their nests very close to dwellings. If you have large trees in your garden, they can take up residence there. They represent a real danger insofar as they are very voltigeurs. 

They can thus walk on your wires and electrical installations and gnaw them. If you are facing a series of repetitive short circuits, consider inspecting your facilities for their presence. It is important to quickly dislodge them as they can uproot your trees by gnawing their bark. 

The skunk

Very discreet,the skunk is a pest sometimes difficult to detect. Without a food bait, you will have to face this clever opponent. If you store your household waste at home, you have every chance of alerting their highly developed sense of smell, since they like to do the garbage.

With a special affection for eggs, skunks snub snooper in chicken coops and eat chicks, which is reminiscent of the raccoon, a real terror for chickens. So be sure to have your balconies, as well as your terrace and backyard inspected by an animal rescue company. After their capture and relocation, also offer yourself a Quebec decontamination service to avoid any health risk.


It is not really a surprise to see them make a place in this list, these little flying beasts not having the favor of the big world. With the health problems they can cause because of their droppings, calling on a Laval exterminator would be wise.

Bats are a real scourge when they settle in a disused room and start hibernating en masse. A small colony can affect your tranquility because of their cries, but also the risks of various diseases that they can transmit to you (especially rabies) by bite or scratch. You can find them especially under the exterior cladding of your home. Others go so far as to intrude into your roof, under the cornice.

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