Pest & Wildlife Pressure in Columbus, OH
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.
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.