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 bodies 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.