Q&A with Local Franchisee
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Bats and squirrels in the attic, raccoons in attics or chimneys, mice keeping customers awake all night, woodchucks and skunks in gardens, snakes in stonewalls, and birds in soffits and vents.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Though wildlife is active year-round, from April till November the activity increases tenfold as they are enlarging their families and looking for the next best place to live.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Get a "comprehensive animal inspection" of your home, top to bottom - knowing and securing animal access points will keep activity to a minimum. In our area, most customers should inspect their homes in the spring or fall (older homes in the spring and fall) and repair any openings found.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Customers should call if they are unsure of what they are finding, be it droppings, an opening on the house, or noises that they are hearing within the house. Then it is time to call someone who is trained to identify the problem, take care of it, and provide a solution - like the techs at Critter Control.
Pest Problems in Central Massachusetts
Central Massachusetts is a diverse region with both large cities and massive forests. The varied climate and terrain of the area provide ideal habitats for a number of nuisance wildlife.
While important to local ecology, beavers cause trouble for Central Massachusetts homeowners. Damage from felled trees and flooding caused by beaver dams often affect houses near rivers or streams. These animals also harm landscaping by stripping bark from shrubs and trees when they forage for food.
The house mouse takes advantage of the shelter and food that humans offer. These rodents thrive in both urban and suburban parts of the state. House mice nest in attics, basements, and wall voids, usually creeping out at night to feed on crumbs and pantry goods.
Common in rural areas, the white-footed deer mouse also lives across Central Massachusetts. These pests generally keep to fields but may move into homes during cold weather. Infestations pose a serious health threat, as deer mice are carriers of diseases like hantavirus. Even small amounts of the animals' waste can spread the disease to people.