Southwest Michigan Wildlife Problems
Southwest Michigan sees above-average snowfall and freezing winters. These conditions cause certain animals to move into populated areas like Battle Creek and Kalamazoo during harsh weather. High numbers of wildlife in neighborhoods can create issues for locals.
Non-migratory bats seek out protected nesting sites to overwinter. Attics are safe from predators, which makes them popular spots for bat colonies. However, large roosts bring waste, mold, and disease into homes.
Raccoons can survive in almost any habitat. Southwest Michigan lawns offer the adaptable pests plenty of food and shelter. Trash cans, gardens, and compost bins provide meals, while decks, porches, and sheds are perfect for raccoon dens.
Squirrels often enter homes in search of a warm place to nest. SW Michigan residents may hear scratching sounds if the pests get into attics and wall voids. Indoor squirrel damage occurs when the animals gnaw on wires and beams.
Other SW Michigan Pests
Skunks in Michigan are a nuisance to people and pets. Dogs, cats, and gardeners can be a target for skunk spray if these animals feel threatened. Sparrows are also an issue. When a sparrow nests on a building, their acidic droppings can stain siding and ruin paint finishes.
Q&A with Local Franchisee Todd Topham
Can you please describe the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Homeowners in the Southern Michigan area find squirrels, bats, mice and raccoons in homes. Moles and chipmunks damage lawns and gardens and woodchucks den under buildings and decks.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
December through February is much slower due to the winter weather. Spring is our busiest time of year, as we're busily removing offspring found in homes and businesses. Summer months bring mole control, and bat exclusions are performed in the fall.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noise in walls and ceilings, damage to homes and businesses, droppings and staining, lawn and landscape damage.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Keep bird and squirrel feeders as far away from the home as possible. Keep pet food in metal containers with lids and maintain the exterior of the home.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Homeowners should call if they hear noises, see wildlife in or around their homes, find droppings or see damage to their home, lawn or gardens.
Pest & Wildlife Pressure in SW Michigan
Problems with Woodpeckers
Southwest Michigan has plenty of forests, making it ideal for woodpeckers that feed off insects and sap in trees. The birds tap bark with their beaks to dig for a meal. A male woodpecker will also drum into trees to attract a mate or hollow out a nesting site.
Woodpeckers cause problems when they begin to drill holes in homes and outbuildings. Wood trim or siding is a common target for these birds. The persistent drumming sound they create can be annoying to residents. In SW Michigan, the woodpecker mating season starts in February and ends with nest-building in April and May.
Feral Hogs in Michigan Neighborhoods
A growing problem throughout the U.S. and in SW Michigan, feral hogs cause serious issues on properties. Their rooting and wallowing behavior results in damage to lawns, trees, and fencing.
Feral hogs also carry diseases, including tularemia and brucellosis, as well as parasites like ticks and fleas. The pests transfer illnesses through their feces or contact with humans or pets. In addition, a feral hog has sharp tusks. If threatened, the animals can become hostile and charge.