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.
Wildlife Problems in Wichita, KS
Summer storms, cold winters, and variable weather throughout the year in Wichita, KS, brings wildlife into homes. While many pests break into houses looking to escape the elements, the promise of food and safety from predators also drives animals inside.
Raccoon infestations occur in neighborhoods all over Wichita. These pests venture into backyards while searching for food or a protected place to give birth. Areas beneath porches and decks are common den sites. Raccoons will even take refuge in attics if the opportunity presents itself.
Kansas is home to many rodents, including the southern flying and eastern gray squirrel species. Both pests are quite vocal, the former keeping homeowners up at night and the latter chittering away during the day. Squirrels are especially problematic when they get inside since they often have fleas and ticks in their fur.
Bats cause problems when they roost near people because of their ability to spread disease. The animals can carry rabies, so residents should avoid touching or attempting to capture bats. In addition, bat guano causes Histoplasma mold to grow in homes. This harmful fungus can lead to respiratory issues.
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.
Other Wildlife in Kansas
Wichita residents should be on the lookout for opossum issues as well. Opossums typically feed on fruits, insects, and small mammals but may use their teeth and claws against pets in self-defense.