Staying Free of Nuisance Wildlife This Winter

Although rodents are often the most common wintertime pest, homeowners should be aware of the other several nuisance wildlife pests. Such as, raccoons and squirrels that can also frequently invade homes during the colder months.
Wild animals are more apt to wander closer to homes and buildings this time of year as they search for shelter from the winter elements. While they may be cute to look at, in they find a way inside your home, they can pose some serious health issues.Big_brown_bat - pest control - a1 exterminators

Below are some of the most common wild animals that may try to gain access to homes in the winter months.

  • Bats – There are about 40 different bat species found in the Unites States, most of which are active during the warmer months and hibernate for the winter season. Bats commonly move into attics, belfries and behind shutters or loose boards. Like other nuisance wildlife, bats can carry rabies and spread disease.
  • Opossums – The opossum is the only marsupial found in North America. Opossums occasionally den in attics and garages where they may make a messy nest. They are also known to bare their sharp teeth and hiss when threatened, and in rare cases may bite.
  • Raccoons – Raccoons are rarely seen during the day due to their nocturnal habits. They can cause significant damage to roofs and chimneys while searching for places to build their dens in preparation for the winter months. Raccoons are one of the major hosts of rabies in the United States.
  • Squirrels – During the colder months, squirrels are known for invading homes in search of a place to keep warm. Fortunately, squirrels rarely pose a threat to homeowners, but they can damage electrical wires and telephone lines outdoors.

A1 Exterminators and The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to keep trash in fully sealed containers, cut back tree limbs from the roof line and be considere fencing off openings to the home to prevent wildlife from accessing the property. Anyone who encounters a wild animal on their property should contact one of our trained pest professionals for assistance. Please do not try to trap it on your own.
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