Top 5 Winter Pests
With every season, the characteristics of the weather change everything, and it has a huge impact on the pest pressures throughout the year. Winter...
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In the fall, when temperatures drop, we humans notice it. It prompts us to keep our windows closed more often and turn the heat up. And, if we notice the dropping temperatures, you can be sure wild animals notice it too. They have to live outside in that cold. But, if they figure out that it isn't cold inside your home, they may choose to invade your space. It is very important to understand the signs of invasion and what to do as soon as you find them.
When it comes to home-invading rodents, squirrels and chipmunks aren't nearly as bad as mice and rats. That is why the term "rodent" is nearly synonymous with mice and rats. But we shouldn't neglect to consider the issues squirrels and chipmunks can pose. Both of these rodents can bring ticks, fleas, mites, and other parasites in with them. And, while squirrels and chipmunks aren't likely to expose you to sickness, ticks and fleas will.
Invading squirrels can also damage your property by chewing on insulation and other building materials, and by leaving their droppings and urine everywhere. So, the thumping and bumping you'll hear in attic spaces is the least of your problems.
Chipmunks are burrowing animals that prefer to live underground. A chipmunk burrow can be quite elaborate with several food-storage chambers, a nesting chamber, and escape tunnels. For this reason, they will usually enter a home by way of ground-level entry points, such as the compromised wood of a sill, just above the foundation wall, underneath a deck, stairs, or patio. They may also take advantage of a broken window or some other easy entrance.
If your home has a crawl space underneath, a chipmunk may create a burrow in this location to take advantage of the slightly warmer ground. But, for the most part, chipmunks can do just fine in burrows created in nature.
Chipmunks don't typically enter a home for harborage. And, if you're hearing sounds in your attic, it probably isn't chipmunks. It is more likely to be squirrels.
Squirrels are much more inclined to target high locations of vulnerability on your home. They will most likely get onto your home by leaping from a branch that hangs near or over your roofline. When they do, they may:
If you discover a chipmunk in your home, you don't have a lot to worry about. That chipmunk doesn't want to be in your home any more than you want it to there. Open some doors to give that little guy a way out. He may take you up on your offer.
If you discover squirrels in your home, you may have a larger problem on your hands. A cornered squirrel can be a dangerous animal. Their response to being cornered can range from sheer panic to full-on aggression. It is best to have a wildlife management professional take care of a squirrel problem. A professional will also help you deal with secondary issues that a squirrel infestation can create, such as a tick or flea infestation, and contaminants.
For wildlife problems of all shapes and sizes, reach out to American Pest. We service Maryland, DC, North Virginia, and portions of the surrounding states
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