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Common Winter Animals

Common Winter Animals

The increasingly cold temperatures of the winter weather causes many different types of wild creatures to begin looking inside for shelter and some may even end up inside homes. It’s important to perform some simple pest control during the autumn to protect a house from animal intrusions. Troublesome species in the winter can warrant a little extra precaution. Homeowners should always look out for signs of animal intrusions like gnaw marks, feces, scratching noises, and also make their homes less attractive to animals by keeping garbage sealed and trimming trees and bushes away from the house.

Whether an intrusive animal is located within a house or building or not, it’s better to speak to a wildlife control professional to take care of the situation. These are nuisance species to watch out for this winter and prevent them from intruding.

Bats are one possible nuisance species that are found in most areas of the United States. Adult bats have dark hairy Bat, Mammal, Wildlife, Spooky, Wingbodies which range in size in 2 1/8 to 7 1/2 inches in length with a possible wingspan of up to 15 inches. Most species look for dark, secluded areas to roost such as caves and make indoor areas such as attics and eaves incredibly appealing to them. A bat infestation is a major problem due to their droppings which can lead to property damage. They can spread diseases like rabies and histoplasmosis to humans. Homeowners should contact wildlife control specialists to take care of bat infestations because they’re a protected species.

Opossums are just another creature that may be a hassle to homeowners in winter. Opossums get into attics or garage and they may also construct nests beneath decks or porches. Homeowners can keep opossums out by blocking off the regions under their deck or deck and ensuring that there are no entrance points in their garage, attic, or basement.

Raccoons can also cause problems throughout the winter since they are among the most troublesome animals to deal with. They construct their dens in secluded spaces such as hollow trees, burrows, rock crevices, and sometimes within a garage or attic. They are generally attracted onto a property by garbage or food and once inside they can cause considerable property damage and spread diseases including rabies to humans. Homeowners can help prevent attracting raccoons by keeping their garbage secure but due to their nature, an experienced professional should be contacted to handle a raccoon infestation.

The final nuisance animal to be on the lookout for in the winter is your tree squirrel. These squirrels can be seen throughout the U.S. and may vary slightly in color and size based on the species. They typically build nests in trees and once the temperature drops , they look to basements and attics for heat. Squirrels have the potential to cause extensive property damage by chewing on electrical wires, telephone lines, and drywall. Homeowners can keep squirrels out by sealing off entrance points for their basements and attic but should contact a wildlife specialist if they are located indoors.

As the winter season approaches, make sure to look out for these common nuisance animals in your house or property. If an intrusive animal is discovered, contact a professional wildlife specialist who is trained to correctly and safely remove it.

All About Armadillos

All About Armadillos

Armadillos may not seem like it, but they could certainly be as destructive as the finest of them. Armadillos mainly make their houses in the southern states of the US and in areas of Mexico and South America in which the land is warm and soft. While normally, these creatures are regarded as harmless (dare I say cute in a nasty way) critters, they’re able to do a considerable amount of damage to your property.

Armadillos are considered as pests by landscapers, homeowners, and gardeners alike due to their insatiable desire to dig. Not only do they have to dig for their foods, but most of the problems that spring up around armadillos are about their burrows. Armadillos obviously do not understand that some places are not perfect to dig their burrow, so they frequently wind up under your house or your porch. It can in fact cause the foundation of your home to crack! Do not allow this to happen to yo. There are some things which you could do in order to eliminate your armadillo problem.Armadillo, Shell, Mammal, Wildlife

DO:
1. Attempt to trap the armadillo. There are lots of ways to begin trapping an armadillo, however, the typical methods to go about it is to either trap them with a  device or catch them by hand (not a simple task). However, you must check with your state’s regulations regarding trapping. Most states have made it illegal to trap pests if you are not a licensed professional.

2. Call a Specialist. Pros are out there for a reason and you do not wish to hurt the creature. This is the simplest and most affordable way to go about getting rid of your pest issues. I have spent a lot of time compiling this list of only the greatest and licensed companies to help you with your issue.

3. Exclude them from your house by building fences around your entire lawn or around the base of any structure they have been digging at.

4. Relocate the armadillo at least 10 miles away from the home in a forested area which provides them no reason to make their way back to your yard.

5. Fill in the burrow once you have gotten rid of the armadillos, otherwise another family of critters may move in.

DON’T:
1. Try to poison the armadillo. Not only is it ineffective, but it is dangerous to all other creatures, your pets, and your loved ones.

2. Kill them or utilize any other inhumane method of getting rid of them.

3. Purchase and use repellents; they simply don’t work and you’ll wind up wasting your money.

4. Do not put your fence up without getting the armadillos out of your yard first.

When in doubt, call a professional near you to help you with your issue. This is the simplest (and most economical in certain cases) way to handle your armadillo issues.

Does Rain Really Cause Mosquitos?

Does Rain Really Cause Mosquitos?

How important is a rain storm to mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes need water to breed. A rain storm will create ample breeding sites the day of a storm and then 5-6 days later, it’s game on for mosquitoes! Here is why…Mosquito, Insect, Nature, Sting, Close

Water after a rain may be evident (such as puddles) however there are numerous spots in people’s lawns with nooks and crannies that catch water. Some that are often overlooked are basins underneath flower pots, children’s toys, clogged gutters, grill covers, and even large leaves can accumulate sufficient water to breed mosquitoes.

The female mosquitoes lay eggs in bunches of up to 300 (called rafts) and put them directly on the surface of stagnant or still water. Just 1 teaspoon of water is necessary to support mosquito breeding. Think of all the places that can hold a teaspoon of plain water!

The eggs hatch in 24 – 48 hours into mosquito larvae that are called ‘wigglers’. The larvae feed on microorganisms in the water like algae, bacteria, parasites, etc, sweeping all available food into their submerged mouths. Gradually, they come up to the surface to breathe through a straw-like component known as a siphon.

The pupae stage doesn’t have any feeding since the metamorphosis into adult occurs. The pupae floats on the surface of the water and following 1-4 days at the pupae stage, the adult mosquito emerges.

When there’s a big rainstorm, there will be a number of places with standing water that mosquitoes will find. Adult females need protein to have the ability to make eggs and that protein comes from blood. They can bite people, livestock, birds, etc. . after a rain, females immediately begin looking for a blood meal that can be you!

Then within 5 or 6 days, a crop of mosquitoes will probably hatch to begin the whole process over again. And again. Females can lay up to 300 eggs every 3 days and can live for up to 2 months. Now that’s a lot of blood suckers!

 

Keep Ants Out

Keep Ants Out

Ants are persistent and have a uncanny ability to detect scents, even micro-smells from an area. Leaving behind powerful pheromone trails, they mark a path for others to pick up on and follow.

It is hard to avoid them altogether as they’re always around and searching for an opportunity to seize food resources. In desperation, some people resort to chemical pesticides that keep ants away, but these methods pose a health hazard, particularly for children and pets.Ants, Close-Up, Insects, Little, Tiny

The following are 5 simple, effective and 100% natural ways to keep them out of your home. These tips for ant control work great and use products that you have in your kitchen! Wildlife Removal Lakeland Fl has great solutions for ants, but if you would like to do it yourself…keep reading!

Cinnamon

Have you ever wondered how so many of them find a way to your food all at one time? After the “forager ant” locates the food, they mark out a path that leads others in precisely the identical path to the origin of food. With each trip, the scent trails are strengthened.

Cinnamon powder works because the smell of it throws off the pheromone trails and impacts their ability to navigate. By sprinkling cinnamon powder anywhere you notice signs of them entering or moving through the home, like around the garbage can or corners of windows, you cut off their lines of communication! This is a homemade ant pest control methodology, but somewhat tricky to keep up with the small critters.

Vinegar and water

Vinegar is another common household ingredient which works by disrupting pheromone trails. Blend together 1 portion of white vinegar and one part of water and pour it into a spray bottle. Apply your vinegar mixture at the entrances to your home, near plumbing, dust bins, behind the oven or anywhere you expect them to enter your home.

The vinegar mix will evaporate in about a day and will require reapplication, but it’s a great natural solution to an ant pest control issue.

Baking Soda

Baking soda disrupts a ant’s natural chemistry when ingested. To make them take back to their nest, combine it with equal parts of powdered sugar. Pour the mixture into a shallow container and set it near the pantry or cabinets or where they go into or traverse your dwelling. Once introduced into the nest as a food source, their population will probably dwindle.

Chalk

It’s a fact that rodents will not cross a chalk line! This substance disrupts their odor mark, which they use to communicate with the other members of the colony. Draw or put a line of chalk between their points of entrance and their preferred food source and they will be unable to reach their destination.

Aspartame

Aspartame, also popularly known by the brand names NutraSweet or Equal, is readily available just about everywhere. As it functions as a neurotoxin whenever they eat it, it disturbs their perceptions and they soon perish.

If you know where their nest is, sprinkle the contents of one packet round the entrance to a mound and lightly mist to moisten it. They’ll collect and disperse the aspartame.

It seems simple to keep away ants without using harsh chemicals, provided that one is very diligent and catches the issue quite early. A certain method is to call in a skilled and environmentally friendly pest control. Many control companies are using approaches and products that are effective, minus the unnecessary usage of undesirable chemicals.

Animals in the Attic

Animals in the Attic

Wildlife control or nuisance wildlife management denotes the process of selective or systematic removal of certain species of wildlife which has become destructive, menacing, or threat to human health.

The most common nuisance wildlife include opossums, squirrels, rats, mice, raccoons, pigeons, snakes, skunks, and bats. Bat Control is very important. These animals pose a threat to human health because they carry disease-causing ticks, lice, viruses, and germs. One of the best ways to remove or relocate them is to find the support of a professional pest management and elimination company.

Just like people and all animals, wildlife deserves a place on this planet. But since they’re one of the most frequent carriers of diseases, they have to be eliminated to keep people safe. Here’s a list of nuisance animals that are potential carriers of zoonotic diseases if they invade homes:

1. Raccoon

Rabies is a deadly viral disease that attacks a person who is bitten by a rabid animal. Raccoon roundworms are parasitic worms that an individual can get through accidental inhalation or ingestion of raccoon feces which contain parasite eggs. This may lead to larval migration into the central nervous system and it can lead to damage to the eye and brain tissues.

Liptospirosis, on the other hand is a bacterial disease that animals pass to humans via contact with infected urine. People who suffer from liptospirosis experience fever, shivering, nausea, dehydration, meningitis, renal failure, and kidney damage.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can lead to food poisoning. Humans can contract it by eating foods that are contaminated by infected animals.

2. SquirrelGrey Squirrel on Wooden Trunk during Daytime

Squirrels are not notorious carriers of zoonotic diseases, but they possess a potential to infect humans due to their droppings which might take liptospirosis and salmonella bacteria.

3. Skunk

Skunks are not known carriers of disease-causing organisms. Their burrowing, feeding, and protection habits become a menace when they perform it basements, garages, and other areas in people’s homes.

4. Rats

Rats became notorious when they brought bubonic plague that caused thousands of deaths in Europe in the middle ages. Other diseases that rats may transmit to humans include rat-bite fever, rickettsia, eosinophilic meningitis (an infection of the brain), leptospirosis, and salmonella-related sicknesses.

5. Birds

The bird that has the highest potential to invade homes is pigeons. This can happen when someone inhales the spores of the fungus that grow on pigeon droppings.

6. Bats

Bats may appear harmless, but they are definitely the most frequent transmitter of the rabies virus particularly in the North American continent. You should be careful about them when they invade your house because they can sting.

These are the most frequent wildlife that you need to get concerned about when they happen to invade your dwelling. In the event any of the above mentioned wildlife do become a hassle to you, you should speak to a humane wildlife control and elimination service that will help you solve your problem.