Q&A with Local Branch Manager Ken Galea:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, mice, bats, and woodchucks.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
In the summer, we see bats in attics, and woodchucks are everywhere. Raccoons and squirrels are starting to break into attics as summer moves into fall. Moles start to inhabit lawns again. Because we are in a northern state, wildlife are seasonal and our busiest time is from April thru October. December thru February we deal with raccoons, and February thru March we see skunks. Mice are a problem all winter.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
After making sure animals are out of the attic, all construction gaps must be sealed and all mouse entry points need to be sealed. This will help to prevent future problems.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Critter Control should be called to inspect before or after an animal problem is detected. If a homeowner wants to feel safe in their own home knowing that there aren't any animals living with them then they should call us.
Pest & Wildlife Problems in Southwest Oakland County, MI
With over 40 square miles of lakes and acres of wilderness, Southwest Oakland County, MI, is home to a diverse mix of wildlife. This region has cold winters and hot summers that bring about conflicts between seasonal pests and homeowners.
Winter Wildlife in SW Oakland County
Michigan has a thriving population of bats, and SW Oakland County is no exception. During the winter, bat colonies roost in sheltered areas such as the upper levels of homes. Not only are bats rabies carriers, they also pollute attics, crawl spaces, and sheds with their infectious waste.
Michigan's Summer Pests
Coyotes are a concern throughout SW Oakland County during warm weather. Although sightings are rare, the pests cause issues when they hunt and forage for food. Coyotes often tip over trash cans, eat pet food left outside, and even prey on unattended pets.
Woodchucks also pose problems during spring and summer. These pests raid gardens and dig in lawns. Woodchuck burrows ruin landscaping and cause serious damage when the animals tunnel under home foundations. In addition, these large rodents can spread tick-borne diseases to SW Oakland County residents.