Q&A with Local Franchisee:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Rats, squirrels, raccoons, and bats in attics.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Rats are year-round problems. Squirrels are also year-round nuisances. Raccoons are heaviest in spring and summer with some fall activity. Bats are major problems May through September.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises in the attic, scratching in ceiling or walls, walking noises above head, staining on siding, guano buildup around foundation or what looks like "dog poop" on roof.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Have a professional seal your home to prevent common exploitation or break-in by smart and determined animals.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
The minute they hear something or know they have an issue... the longer they "ignore" the problem, the more damage is done.
Wildlife Problems in Gulf Shores & Mobile, AL
The Mobile, AL, and Gulf Shores, AL, region is a densely populated resort destination, making it an ideal place for wildlife pests. Most animals enter neighborhoods to find food and water, though some take shelter inside houses and outbuildings.
In Alabama communities with plenty of food and few predators, raccoon populations flourish. Residents may notice the pests' poop in piles, called latrines, on their properties. Raccoon waste can contain a harmful parasite, so it is important to use proper protection when cleaning up their droppings.
Bats often make their homes in caves, though they can move into Mobile and Gulf Shores attics during any time of year. Due to their nocturnal feeding habits, residents typically won't see these pests. However, they may hear squeaking or flapping noises around dusk and dawn. A bat colony also accumulates a large amount of foul-smelling waste.
Squirrels in Alabama may not seem like dangerous pests. However, these rodents are difficult to evict after they move in. The pests enter homes by chewing through roof shingles and walls to nest in attics. Once inside, a squirrel can tear up insulation and gnaw on wiring, creating fire hazards.
Other rodents that come into regular conflict with humans are roof rats and Norway rats. Rats and squirrels in Gulf Shores cause similar problems, but rats tend to do more structural damage. These rodents spread many of the same diseases, like salmonellosis and leptospirosis. They can also host plague-carrying fleas and other harmful parasites.
More Mobile and Gulf Shore Pests
Opossums and skunks are two other pests common in Alabama. These animals comb lawns for insects, rodents, and garden produce. Either a skunk or an opossum can create a foul odor when it feels cornered. While opossums simply hope to look and smell like carrion, skunks will spray people and pets with great accuracy.