Pest & Wildlife Pressure in Wichita, Kansas
Pests of Wichita
As the largest city in Kansas, Wichita is home to a broad range of urban wildlife. Many of these adaptable pests can live anywhere with food and shelter. Both busy cities and quiet neighborhoods may encounter troublesome skunks and snakes.
Skunks in Wichita are a common issue. These nocturnal animals consider residential areas an ideal habitat. Homeowners may discover torn trash bags, ruined gardens, and damaged vegetables as a result of skunk infestations.
Along with their infamous stench, skunks are known for transmitting diseases. Rabies is a viral infection that may be fatal if untreated. Humans can contract it through a bite or scratch from a rabid skunk.
Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles that need to find warm places to overwinter. In Wichita, these pests can end up beneath a house, in a garage, or under a pile of rocks.
Snakes prefer to avoid people but can strike if threatened or surprised. Kansas has over 30 snake species, six of which are venomous.
Q&A with Local Franchisee:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, mice, bats, raccoons, skunks, opossum, pack rats, birds (pigeons), moles, voles, gophers and stinging insects.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Seasons play a large roll in what animals are active and what phone calls we receive. January/February bring mouse and squirrel calls. March is often skunk and squirrel calls. April starts raccoon and bat activity. May we discontinue installing bat valves and recommend holding until August due to the birth of baby bats. Summer months we deal with snakes and ground sets such as raccoons, opossums and woodchuck. Not much attic work in the hotter months. We start squirrels again in early fall, along with mouse and woodpecker work. We do mouse work all year round, but this is how we see a reflection of how the seasons affect us.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Scratching in attic or walls; digging in yard or under stoops and insulation on the ground, are all common signs that homeowners often notice before they give us a call.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep bird feeders and wood piles a minimum of 50 ft away from house. These provide food and harborage sites for animals, and the closer they are to the home, the higher the chance that the animal will move into your home.
Bring mulch and topsoil to the top of your sidewalk and driveway. This reduces the chance of digging and excavating by animals to move into and den in these areas.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
If you have concerns that an animal, or animals, are in your home or encroaching into high traffic areas of your yard, then we would be excited to take a your call and get a technician out to have a look.