Q&A With District Manager
What are some of the most common wildlife issues that homeowners face in your area?
The most common wildlife issues a homeowner will face in this area are damages to their home from mice, grey squirrels, and bats. Mice and grey squirrels are known to chew into attics and destroy insulation. Once these animals enter a home, they are capable of causing structural damage amounting to thousands of dollars. Many house fires are started by these pests chewing on wires in attics. The required steps needed to remove and prevent these pests from entering back into the home are trapping, exclusion, and sanitation of contaminated areas. Bats cause thousands of dollars in damages as a result of destroying insulation and siding from their droppings and urine. Bats will enter into a home through construction gaps at the roofline, chimneys, roof returns, chew holes from other wildlife, or windows and doors that were left open. The most common way a bat will enter the home is through a gable end vent. Bats will hang onto the bug screen on the inside of the vents. Over time, their droppings will accumulate and deteriorate the bug screen. Once the bug screen is destroyed, bats may enter into the attic and eventually the living space. Bat droppings that accumulate in the home pose a serious health threat to those living in the home and therefore must be removed right away. Removal, exclusion, and sanitization of contaminated areas must be performed in order to solve a bat problem.
How do the seasons affect wildlife activity in your area?
Warmer temperatures bring more pests. However, 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 provide you with 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 with 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. It 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.
Wildlife Problems in Fredericksburg, VA
Located on the scenic Rappahannock River, Fredericksburg, VA, offers natural beauty to go with its urban amenities. Area pests often escape hot, humid summers or cool winters by taking refuge in homes and apartments.
Guano tends to pile up under bat roosts inside houses. Fredericksburg residents with an attic infestation should approach clean-up with caution. Bats often live in tight spaces with poor ventilation. Such conditions make it easy to breathe in guano particles, which can carry disease-causing mold.
People frequently see these scavengers at night, when they are most active. Easy access to food brings raccoons close to houses. Bringing outdoor pet food inside for the night and securing garbage cans helps to limit raccoon visits. Since these pests are also rabies carriers in Virginia, encounters may be dangerous.
Drawn to homes by food and shelter, Fredericksburg squirrels are a nuisance for residents. Outside, the pests eat from bird feeders and dig small holes to save their stolen meals for later. Unfortunately, squirrel exclusion can be tough. These rodents excel at climbing, rendering barriers like fencing useless.
Stench and Stealth
In Fredericksburg, VA, skunks enter yards at night to feed on insects. They eat scraps in garbage cans or outdoor pet food bowls. Spilled seed from birdfeeders will also attract skunks. These pests often create dens in thick brush or areas beneath porches and sheds.
While rare, skunks can carry rabies, a life-threatening disease that passes to humans or animals. Skunk spray is also a hazard for pets, as curious dogs often receive a blast if they get too close. Additionally, Virginia residents may see lawn damage when skunks dig for grubs.
Beavers in Fredericksburg live near ponds or streams. They are great swimmers that feel at home in water. These animals can be destructive if denning near homes or properties. Beavers often dig holes in damp soil and rearrange sticks or debris to build dams.
When beavers strip the bark and leaves from trees, they expose these plants to disease. The pests also harm yards by eating grass, flowers, and ornamental foliage. In addition, beaver dams may lead to flooding in roads, ditches, and septic systems, causing headaches and costly repairs for Fredericksburg homeowners.
More Pests in Fredericksburg
Virginia residents have run-ins with many animals that dig in yards and gardens. Woodchuck and chipmunk foraging habits put the pests at odds with homeowners. Woodchucks that unearth newly planted bulbs can harm garden crops. Likewise, chipmunk tunnels may lead to sidewalk and patio damage.