Wildlife to Watch Out For

August 8, 2019

With most of August still ahead of us mosquitoes, flies, and bees will still be bugging us (pun intended) here in North Carolina for at least another month or so. The good news is that, sooner rather than later, their peak seasons will be over. The bad news? Wildlife critters that are already out and about are only going to continue to be a menace throughout August and beyond. Here’s some of the pesky wildlife to keep a lookout for right now, and in the coming months.

Which Specific Wildlife Do I Need to Watch Out For?

In North Carolina, here are the critters you should be looking out for:

Squirrels: During the Fall, squirrels will be looking for places to burrow for the winter hibernation, particularly in places like- you guessed it- sheds, attics, and garages. Squirrels will also create dens in trees, which is not an immediate problem in the winter (since they are hibernating) but may become an issue come spring and summer, because squirrels can cause some serious damage to lawns in warmer months.

Raccoons: While raccoons are quite active in the spring and summertime, it’s during the fall when they begin looking for a shelter to settle into for the winter, when they are largely inactive. Unfortunately, raccoons tend to like finding shelter in and around man-made structures, and your property can be the perfect winter den for them.

Skunks: Skunks will look to find warm places to burrow underneath in the fall, so keep an eye out for skunk holes near decks, sheds, porches, garages, and your home foundation.

Snakes: There are various snakes that are commonplace in North Carolina, and many of them will be looking for dark spaces to hide from the cold come winter--so if you have a shed, barn, garage, or even just some old tree stumps in your yard, tread carefully!

Bats: Much like the other critters we’ve talked about, bats hibernate come winter, and so will look to find dark, warm places to hide to escape the cold, like your attic, garage, or basement.

What Are the Signs of Wildlife Presence?

There are a few telltale signs that are easy to recognize if you’re searching for clues of an infestation:

  • Wildlife are usually pretty noisy, so you’ll be able to hear them if they’re making moves to turn your home into a winter den. If you hear unusual scratching, rustling, or squeaking from places in your home that are appealing to wildlife, that’s a pretty sure bet critters are present.
  • Animals will also leave waste in the form of urine and droppings--even if you don’t see any of that evidence, you should be able to smell it (gross).
  • Critters can also leave physical evidence: on your property you may see burrow holes near shelter areas; in the home, look out for signs such as gnaw or claw marks on walls and electrical wiring.

I Think Wildlife Has Infested My Property. What Now?

If you’ve discovered a wildlife infestation in or around your home, it’s something you’ll want to have taken care of before they settle in for winter. Our staff at A-1 Pest Control has significant expertise in trapping and removing wildlife invaders humanely (these critters are just trying to survive cold weather, after all). After inspecting your property and giving a quote for removal, our pest tech will then trap and remove the offending pest.

Once the infestation is taken care of, we will also take exclusionary measures to make sure that the pest presence doesn’t return. Exclusion involves finding the places in your home or business that can act as entry points for pest access and sealing them, which will not only prevent your home from being re-invaded, but also act as a signal to pests nearby that your property is not a good place to find shelter, often driving them off your property altogether.

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