Q&A With District Manager:
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
Some of the most common wildlife issues a homeowner will face in this area are from grey squirrels, flying squirrels, and snakes. Both grey squirrels and flying squirrels are known to chew into homes and destroy attic insulation. Both species are capable of causing thousands of dollars in structural damage to the home. Grey squirrels are larger, and as a result will create larger holes when chewing in. They are also diurnal, meaning they are active only during the day. Flying squirrels are much smaller, making it harder to determine where they are entering the home. Flying squirrels are nocturnal, and therefore are active during the night. Grey squirrels and flying squirrels are known to chew on wires which may cause house fires. In order to remove, and permanently keep out these pests; trapping, exclusion, and sanitation are required. Snakes on the other hand, enter yards and homes where people and pets are present. The bite of a venomous snake can severely injure children, adults, and pets. The most common food source for snakes are mice/rats, frogs, lizards, insects, and other small pests found around a home. In order to reduce snake activity, the food source must be eliminated. In addition to this, trapping and deterrents are also required to solve and prevent snake issues in an area.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Warmer temperatures bring more pests. On the other hand, pests such as mice/rats, raccoons, grey squirrels, and flying squirrels thrive in the colder months.
Any prevention tips for residents in your area?
Regularly inspect your home. If you notice any strange signs such as chew holes, debris build up, or if you hear any strange noises, call Critter Control. A technician will perform a thorough inspection and be able to provide you with a solution, no matter what type of pest you are dealing with. A Critter Control technician will work with you in order to promptly schedule and begin the extraction process. Most importantly, once the wildlife is removed, all repairs done to the home are warrantied! Once we get the pests out, we keep them out!
When should homeowners call Critter Control?
At the first sign of evidence. This could be damage to the house such as chew holes, debris build up, or stains. It could also be a strange sound you hear in the attic such as scratching, walking, or other strange wildlife sounds. It is important to address wildlife issues as soon as possible. It will cost much less to address a wildlife issue sooner rather than later.
Pest & Wildlife Pressure in Charlottesville
Problems with Hunters and Scavengers
The temperate climate in Charlottesville, VA, is ideal for wildlife. Foragers like coyotes and bobcats are common all over the state. These animals make their way into cities and suburbs in search of food. The sight of these animals close to Virginia homes is alarming for many people.
When searching for meals, these pests can cause problems for Charlottesville residents. A bobcat orcoyote will dig through garbage and eat any food scraps left outside. They can even hunt outdoor pets like cats and small dogs if their natural prey is scarce.
Many disease-carrying pests live in Charlottesville as well. Bats and mice can bring viruses into Virginia homes. This puts both residents and their pets at risk. If infected, a bat transmits rabies through bites and scratches, and a mouse can spread fleas or ticks indoors. Dried waste from either of these pests can also spread disease if handled or inhaled.