Common Winter Wildlife Problems and How to Stop Them
Winter is the time of year when some pests, like mosquitoes and flies become less common. That is good news, the bad news, other pests will take their place. While many insects all but disappear, some larger animals become a much bigger problem than they were during the hot summer months. The following are common winter wildlife problems and how to stop them.
When the weather turns colder, many mammals begin to look for warm shelter and steady food supply. They often turn to residential areas to fulfill these needs, which may put them in your backyard.
Which wildlife creatures should you look for during winter? Raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and moles are common winter wildlife offenders in our area.
Unfortunately for home and business owners, the problems these animals cause are varied and extensive.
Skunks are known for their unpleasant odor. Because of this, you certainly don’t want one hanging around your property. While they rarely try to get inside houses, they are known to build nests under decks and porches. If you or your pet startles them enough to make them spray, the smell will permeate your home and can last for weeks.
Every one of these pests can cause damage to your home and property. Moles and skunks won’t get into your home, but they’ll destroy your yard. Skunks can also damage areas under porches or decks where they build nests, causing potential structural damage.
When pests such as raccoons and squirrels get into your home, they can cause all kinds of damage. They’ll chew through walls, insulation, and even electrical wiring, causing a fire hazard. They can also damage support beams.
Unfortunately, when these animals move in, they are often not alone. Wild animals are frequent carriers of other pests such as ticks, fleas, and mites. All of these parasites need hosts in order to survive, so if they get into your home, they may eventually find your pets or family members.
Wildlife can spread a number of diseases. Raccoons and skunks can contract and transmit rabies. The feces these animals leave behind can cause illnesses. The parasites they carry are also known spreaders of serious diseases like Lyme disease.
In order to prevent winter wildlife problems, you need to prevent wildlife from getting onto your property and into your home. The following suggestions will help stop them.
- Don’t leave food sources outside. This includes bird feeders, pet food, and open garbage containers.
- Keep your yard free of hiding places. Lawn debris, wood piles, stone walls, and tall grass are all areas where wildlife can hide as they scout out your property.
- Seal all entry points into your home. Although these animals may seem large, they are adept at finding a hole and making it the size they need to get inside. Be sure to seal all gaps, cracks, and holes with something they can’t chew through. Also, cap your chimney and cover all vents.
- Don’t leave food sources out in your house. Put all food in the refrigerator or in tightly sealed containers. Wipe off counters and sweep up crumbs regularly. Don’t leave dirty dishes out. Take the garbage out frequently.
- Call the professionals at Schendel Pest Services. If you find wildlife in or around your home, do not attempt to remove it/them yourself. They could be aggressive, could be carrying diseases, and there could be more of them than you’re aware of. The best thing to do when confronted with a wildlife infestation is to call a pest control company that has the experience to safely remove the entire problem while also helping you prevent future wildlife problems.
Schendel Pest Services is here to help. Give us a call to learn about our wildlife removal services.