Q&A with Local Franchisee:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, raccoons, and bats in the attic.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Squirrels are year-round problems. Raccoon activity is heavy in the spring and summer with some activity in autumn. Bats are major pests from May through September.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Scratching or walking noises in the attic, stained siding, and guano buildup on or around the roof.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Call a professional to seal your home to prevent common break-ins by smart and determined wildlife.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
At the first sign of an issue. The longer you wait, the more damage will likely be done.
Wildlife Problems in Traverse City, MI
Traverse City, MI, is close to Lake Michigan, which affects the town's climate. This part of the state regularly gets huge amounts snow from November to April, while summers are typically mild. Such weather extremes often inspire local wildlife to seek shelter in houses or forage for meals in backyards.
The Trouble with Squirrels
Destructive rodents like squirrels can easily gnaw their way into Michigan homes. They also rip window screens and bend back vents to create access holes. Once inside, a squirrel may make a nest by tearing up insulation before giving birth to its young.
Since they prefer forested areas near bodies of water, bats gather in large numbers in Traverse City. Many people consider them helpful because the animals' diet includes mosquitoes. However, when these pests get inside a house, shed, or barn, their waste builds up. Bat droppings lead to foul odors and an increased risk for illness.
Raccoons are a major vector of rabies across Michigan. Although spotting one of the nocturnal pests out during the day doesn't mean it's rabid, residents should avoid any contact with raccoons. It's vital to stay away from their droppings as well. A raccoon can carry roundworm parasites that spread through their waste.
Other Traverse City Pests
Anything from garbage to small animals can attract coyotes to yards. Having the predators near people is dangerous. Though they try to keep away from humans, a coyote will attack if it feels provoked. They will prey on pet cats and dogs as well if given a chance.
In addition to bringing coyotes to Michigan neighborhoods, starling flocks compete with native songbird species for nesting sites. These noisy birds may also nest in cavities in homes such as chimneys, vents, and ducts.
Foxes near Homes
Traverse City, MI, has a relatively cool climate and acres of forests perfect for foxes to thrive. The pests enter neighborhoods to find food and water. Foxes will also den under porches or sheds during their mating season.
A fox will eat just about anything. Leftover pet food and unsecured garbage often bring them to Traverse City lawns. They may bite or become aggressive when defending their young but do not pose a threat to humans if left alone. Foxes cause damage by getting into trash cans and digging under fences.