Porcupines are herbivores and will eat tree bark, herbaceous plants, twigs, and leaves to get nitrogen from them. Nitrogen is essential to their health. This is why they’ll also chew on man-made wooden structures and wooden tool handles in yards. This behavior can kill the affected tree.
The Health Risks
Porcupines are rodents and can carry the rabies virus. As with any wild animal, you should get medical attention if you come into physical contact with one. Rabies is fatal if not treated with the vaccine in a timely manner.
Porcupines can be a danger to dogs who don’t realize they shouldn’t tangle with one. Their quills detach easily when an animal attempts to bite or jump on a porcupine. The quills become embedded in the animal and must all be removed or else they will work their way in and possibly do internal damage.
The Modern Solution for Porcupine Control
A Wildlife Team member will investigate your property for signs of porcupines, such as droppings and damage to wooden structures and trees. Once it is determined that it is a porcupine issue, the Wildlife pro will attempt to humanely trap and remove the animal from the area.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.