Q&A with Local Franchisee Jeremy Chester
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Mice, squirrels, birds, and bats in attics, raccoons in trash, under decks, or in crawl spaces, moles in lawns, etc.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
The colder weather in the fall and winter drives animals into homes, while hotter temperatures in the spring and summer cause critters to go under decks and sheds.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Hearing noises in walls and attics or seeing pieces of insulation in the lawn and other damage around the home.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Screen, cover, cap, and seal all vents, cracks, holes, and other openings.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call if you notice any kind of damage around the home or yard. Prevention is always easier than making repairs.
Wildlife Problems in Columbus, OH
Densely populated, Columbus, OH, attracts a variety of wildlife. Many of these animals invade yards and houses for food or protection from predators. While weather conditions affect their behavior, some pests adapt and stay all year long.
Tree Squirrels in Ohio
Known for their quick movements and climbing skill, squirrels annoy Columbus residents by digging holes in lawns and gardens. Depending on food availability, some species will sneak indoors through broken vents or damaged shingles. A squirrel often hosts parasites and may bring them indoors.
Abundant shelter and mosquitoes invite these nocturnal animals to Ohio cities in search of a meal. Although bats help to keep insects in check, they can transmit rabies to people and pets. A bat infestation in an attic or shed may go unnoticed until stains and musty smells call attention to the buildup of urine and feces.
This Columbus pest has adapted to the region's changeable climate. At night, a raccoon will dig in gardens for grubs or rip trash bags open, leaving a mess for homeowners. During the day, porches and sheds often serve as den sites for raccoons.
Skunks in Columbus
Because the animals thrive in both warm and cold weather, skunk populations have increased in Columbus, OH. These nocturnal creatures are active all year and do not hibernate in winter. They live near fencerows and thick brush. The pests also create dens under houses, sheds, and porches.
When hungry, Ohio skunks raid garbage cans and dig up lawns in search of grubs. If startled, they can spray a pungent musk at targets up to 15 feet away. The skunk mating season is in early spring, and litters often contain around 10 offspring. Skunks can transmit rabies through bites or scratches.
Woodchucks annoy Central Ohio homeowners by eating from lawns and gardens. They dig large holes in yards that can measure 12 inches wide. These woodchuck burrows are tripping hazards and may cause the ground to collapse under a lawnmower.
In the Columbus area, woodchucks prefer living in sandy soil but are still common in many neighborhoods. When digging their tunnel systems, the pests leave large dirt mounds on the surface. In addition, woodchuck dens beneath homes often weaken foundations and cause expensive damage.
Additional Pests in Columbus
Ohio is also inviting to wildlife like rats and mice, whose infestations are equally unwelcome in yards and homes alike. These rodents' waste can spread illness and ruin belongings through their waste and gnawing on household materials. Cleaning up to reduce their food supplies and sealing entry points are common ways of deterring these pests.