Q&A with Local Franchisee Jeremy Chester
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Squirrels, bats, birds, mice, raccoons, and moles. We mainly see pest wildlife in attics, under decks, in crawl spaces, and burrowing in lawns.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
The plummeting temperatures in autumn and winter months push critters into homes. The warmer weather in late spring and summer attract animals under decks and sheds.
What are some common signs of nuisance wildlife activity?
Noises coming from walls and attics, insulation found in strange places like the yard, and damage done to the exterior of homes.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Secure all vents and openings on the exterior of the home.
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
Call when you see signs of any wildlife activity within the home. Preventing damage is easier and less costly than repairing it.
Wildlife Problems in Toledo, OH
In the midst of the Great Lakes region, Toledo, OH, encounters swings in temperature and weather conditions from one season to the next. This diverse climate appeals to many wildlife pests. The animals enjoy warm summers and fruitful springs creating trouble outdoors and inside, then often retreat into homes to escape colder months.
Squirrels are one of the most abundant rodents in Ohio, and residents may find any one of four local species in their yards. Common in both suburban and urban Toledo, the pests clash with people in their search for food and shelter. These animals typically live in trees, but they also cause problems on the ground and in homes.
When they feed on seeds, fruit, and leaves, hungry squirrels damage gardens and flower beds. In addition, these pests tend to invade houses and nest in attics or wall voids. Squirrel nests are a serious health concern because the rodents carry both fleas and diseases.
Notorious for roosting in buildings, bats seek out cave-like places where they can hunker down. Unfortunately for Toledo homeowners, attic and backyard sheds provide the perfect shelter. Bat colonies not only create a risk of disease transmission, but these pests can cause staining and odor issues as their waste builds up inside.
Finding Raccoons in the Yard
Raccoons across the state of Ohio pose a threat to residents and their property. These pests have a wide-ranging diet, so they're likely to turn up in yards searching for a meal. A raccoon may roll up grass sod, tip trash cans, tear through gardens, or rip away siding in pursuit of food or shelter. They can even transmit diseases, like rabies, to people and pets.
Ohio Outdoor Pests
Toledo residents also run into problems with mole and skunk infestations. Both these pests create issues by burrowing and digging holes in yards. Moles build elaborate tunnel systems that destroy manicured lawns, while skunks carve out conical holes in the ground while foraging for grubs.