Q&A with Local Franchisee:
What are the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
The most common wildlife issues in Southern Maine are bats, flying squirrels, gray squirrels, red squirrels, groundhogs (woodchucks), skunks, opossums, racoons, and birds. All of these can damage homes or businesses and can also create a threat to both the structure as well as human health. Many of these animals can gain entry into the building and damage insulation, wiring, and building materials. Accumulations of waste can also be a major concern.
How do the seasons affect nuisance wildlife activity in your area?
Each of Maine’s four distinct seasons plays of role in nuisance wildlife’s behavior. The fluctuations in temperature and weather can lead animals into the home looking for shelter and protection from the elements. Some animals will try to hibernate over the winter in the insulation in the attic or under crawl spaces, decks or in basements. Different seasons also play a role in animal activities such as breeding or storing food caches.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity in your area?
Common signs of nuisance wildlife activity are noises, damage to the yard or damage to the exterior of the home or business.
Noises can be heard both day and night in the attic, ceiling, or walls. Some of the types of damage in the yard would be destroyed gardens, digging or tunneling under walkways, and driveways. Also, damage can be seen on the exterior of the home or business. This could include holes chewed in wood or siding, damage around the chimney, or accumulated droppings.
Any prevention or exclusion tips for local residents in your area?
The best prevention is to repair areas in need. Rotted wood, missing flashing, damaged louver vents, rusted out chimney caps, missing door sweeps, or loose bulkheads can all provide easy entry into the home. The key to these types of repairs is to make sure that there are no animals living in the space or area before they are sealed up and repaired.
When should homeowners call Critter Control of Southern Maine?
Homeowners should call Critter Control of Southern Maine when they are hearing a noise at night or during the day, when they can see that there is damage to the home, or whenever they suspect that there is an animal causing damage. This can be as obvious as a bat flying in the house or bird droppings on a store sign.
Wildlife Problems in Portland, ME
Portland and areas of southern Maine experiences fairly warm summers and freezing cold winters. Cooler months bring above-average snowfall and harsh weather. Wildlife species react to these conditions by escaping into neighborhood homes.
Raccoon Dens in Chimneys
In Southern Maine, female raccoons seek out protected sites to raise their young and avoid the cold. These animals often den in dark, enclosed chimneys. They also seek shelter in attics and often will ruin roofing in the process and are tough to remove. The pests can transmit diseases that harm pets as well as residents.
Bats in the Winter
When temperatures drop in Maine, bats that don't migrate will seek out places to set up a roost. Attics are a popular location because they provide warmth and protection from predators. A buildup of bat droppings indoors leads to foul odors and serious disease concerns for homeowners.
Problems Caused by Gnawing Squirrels
Squirrel damage occurs when these common local pests chew on parts of a building, including wires and support beams. The animals are excellent climbers and use nearby trees to access roofs. Squirrels can gnaw through fascia boards, rotten lumber, and loose shingles to enter an attic.
Other Nuisance Wildlife in Maine
Pests who adapt to humans are an issue in Southern Maine. Skunks disturb homeowners by digging into trash as well as spraying cats and dogs with unpleasant-smelling musk. Another generalist species is the starling. These birds nest in attics, and large flocks of starlings pose public health problems.