Masked mamaCourtesy David Seerveld
The mother of these adorable raccoon kits was responsible for the extensive damage to the siding and roof of a house—but all she wanted to do was create a maternity wing. “This female raccoon tore a hole in the wall,” explains Seerveld, and then gave birth to this litter. “I mounted a trap over the hole, went in the attic and confronted her, and then chased her out.” Mama raccoon ran out of her hole and into the trap. “I removed the litter of babies by hand, and re-united them with the mother, and relocated them all together. The mother carried them off one by one to a new nesting site.”
Tunneling termitesCourtesy Arrow Exterminators
Termites are quite the architects. Michael Luten, regional sales manager with Arrow Exterminators, says in severe infestations, they can make free-standing tunnels where they stack up dirt, along with other things like saliva and fecal matter. The word gets out, more termites join the party, and more dirt increases the size of their tunnels. The ones you see here span the main support beam under this house. Be on the lookout for these 15 signs your home’s about to be infested.
The art of escapeCourtesy Arrow Exterminators
Dave Cook, regional sales manager with Arrow Exterminators, was called to a local high school because of a termite swarm. The only hitch is that the school staff couldn’t figure out where the termites were coming from. After an inspection, Cook found them behind this picture. “The termites had come through an expansion joint and built tunnels to this picture, and you can see what happened. I’d say that this is a picture-perfect visual of subterranean termites,” says Cook. To prevent this from happening in your home, memorize these 13 must-know tips for DIY termite control.