Common Winter Wildlife Threats

Every winter, during the holiday season, something not-so-magical happens. Animals that are usually content to stay outside of our homes, find a way inside. They do this because our homes are much cozier than a log, cave, or hole. And, when it comes to winter wildlife threats, there are two creatures that many people don't take seriously, though they should. We're going to focus on these two animals in today's article.

When you see squirrels and chipmunks playing around in your yard, what do you do? Do you run to the internet and look for ways to make your yard less attractive to them? Do you immediately search for food sources in your yard and get rid of them? Do you spend hours examining your exterior walls and sealing any gaps, cracks, or holes you see so that these two critters don't get in? If you're like most people, you don't.

2 Reasons Most People Don't Worry About Squirrels And Chipmunks

  • They don't think they're a common household pest. Would you agree? If you do, you're partly right. Most of the time, these two aren't interested in getting into your home. But, if conditions outside are unfavorable, or access to your home is easy, they will. That is why it is important to keep trees trimmed back from your roof.

  • They don't think it would be a big deal if they were to get in. These creatures are mostly harmless in nature. It is rare for a squirrel or a chipmunk to attack a human. But, inside a home, they can attack when they are cornered or protecting young. They can also do other harmful things inside your home like leave feces and urine everywhere, chew on wires inside your walls and bring ticks, fleas, and other harmful secondary pests in with them.

If you have squirrels or chipmunks in your yard, it is a good idea to discourage them from coming near your exterior walls. This can be done by removing locations of harborage and getting rid of food sources.

It is also important to make your exterior walls and roof hard to breach. Seal any holes, gaps, or cracks, and trim tree limbs and bushes to prevent these creatures from using them as bridges.

If wildlife ever finds its way into your home, call a professional like Adam's Pest Control. A wildlife specialist will not only remove the invading creature(s) in a humane way, they will also completely address secondary pest issues and help you to prevent future infestations from occurring.

Don't take chances with wildlife, even if they seem harmless. It is always best to hire an educated professional to properly deal with wildlife--even squirrels and chipmunks.