Posted December 23, 2020
As winter weather sets in, we tend to spend most of our time inside where we can sit by the fireplace and keep warm. What we might not realize is there are animals looking to do the same. While many wildlife critters hibernate during the colder months, others remain active. These animals sometimes like to take shelter in warm homes. Having someone else living under your roof is not a comforting thought, especially when these unwelcome guests can cause damage to your home.
Here are some wildlife pests to keep an eye out for this winter. Learn where and when you might find them around your home!
The two most common rats in the U.S. are Norway rats and roof rats. If Norway rats are in your home, they will be in the basement. Roof rats like to hide out in the attic. If you suspect a rat problem, you may notice Tic-Tac sized droppings, baseball-sized burrows outside, or chew damage around your home. Rats start moving in late summer/early fall, and stay until the weather warms in early spring.
Mice are similar to rats in that they like to take refuge in less trafficked areas like attics and basements. If a mouse is in the house, you may hear scratching noises in the walls, see rice-sized droppings, or notice that things around your home look shredded or have holes in them. This is because mice make their nests out of soft shredded material. Again, mice are similar to rats and will start to become more of an issue for home owners during late summer and into the winter months.
Common areas for raccoons to live during the winter includes chimneys, attics, boroughs in the yard, and other warmer nooks outside your home. Raccoons need larger entry points to be able to get inside your house. If you do not have chimney or vent covers, installing them would be a good way to implement some preventative measures. Though, if you suspect wildlife in your home, do not seal things up until the animals have been properly removed. Signs a raccoon is on your property could be loud sounds coming from the attic, knocked over garbage cans, ripped open bags, or dog-sized droppings with undigested berries.
Problems with squirrels in the winter are most likely to take place on your roof or in the attic. Do you have solar panels? This is a potential hiding place for these animals. Squirrels like to gnaw on things to keep their teeth short. If squirrels start gnawing on wires in your attic, this can be a fire hazard. You may notice scratching noises, cylinder-shaped droppings, damage from gnawing, or a foul smell if squirrels are in your home. Squirrels can be a nuisance all year, but are especially inclined to come inside as the weather cools.
Skunks are burrowers. They are most likely to be found near or under foundations and porches. During their mating season, between February and March, the female skunk will stay burrowed while the male will roam around in search of a mate. If you have skunks on your property you may notice holes in the ground or the animal’s distinct smell.
Here at Fox, we have an amazing wildlife removal and exclusion team. The combination of both pest and construction knowledge helps them to remove the critters from your home, while also skillfully sealing things up to keep them out for good.
Having wildlife pest issues or wanting to learn more about preventative measures? Give us a call at (855) 953-2002 to schedule your inspection!