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 Problems in Charlottesville
As a popular southern city, Charlottesville, VA, sees its share of wildlife issues. Thriving neighborhoods create plenty of shelter and cast-off food for animals. Close to homes, pests like bats, squirrels, and raccoons cause many problems.
Bats in Houses
Little brown, big brown, and evening bats in Virginia are the most likely species to find their way indoors. Entry is an issue for several reasons. Bat droppings leads to odor complaints and may foster the growth of disease-causing mold. The animals are also major rabies carriers in this state.
Squirrels cause issues outdoors by eating from bird feeders and digging in lawns. However, they may not be content to stay in the < href="/services/squirrels/squirrels-in-yard">yard. These rodents also like warm, protected attics. Squirrels often gain access by dropping from tree branches onto Charlottesville roofs. Infestations can produce annoying noises and property damage.
Easy meals and den sites draw raccoons to urban and suburban areas of Charlottesville. Giving food scraps to a raccoon may lead the animal to lose its fear of humans, increasing the potential for trouble. These pests may carry rabies, which can spread to people through bites or scratches.
Other Pests in Charlottesville
Foxes and opossums are also a nuisance for Virginia residents. Both enter yards looking for food and may come into conflict with cats or dogs. A fox or opossum can be unpredictable around people, especially if the animal feels cornered. Caution around either pest is best.