Richmond Wildlife in Winter: Wreaking Havoc Around Your Home

By:

Eddie Connor

January 1, 2018

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Many of us picture rats, mice, and moles when we think of wildlife pests. But cute, cuddly-looking animals often do just as much damage as their less genetically blessed friends. If your Richmond, VA home or business has become a playground for the area's wild animals, the wildlife control experts at Connor’s Pest Control can help.

Your Attic Is Alluring to Wild Animals

Raccoons are good at climbing and are most often found in cities or suburbs. They're smart and highly capable of breaking into your home as they seek food and warmth. Attics in particular are hot spots for raccoons, squirrels, and bats. Bats are one of the most worrisome invaders, since they're known to spread rabies and a potentially fatal disease called Histoplasmosis. Their waste can also damage insulation. Rodents spread disease as well, and their habit of chewing electrical wires creates a fire hazard.

Hole-Digging Wild Animals in Richmond, VA

Groundhogs are notorious for digging. They don't just dig holes in yards; they also create large burrows and even dig mazes for use as underground shelters. Moles are equally crafty, building subterranean tunnel systems complete with chambers supported by dirt mounds. Raccoons and skunks are more likely to dig into your trash than your yard. Besides leaving trails of garbage wherever they go, these animals sometimes bite when cornered.

What to Do About Wildlife Pests

You may enjoy watching deer graze and birds flit around, but some animals' habits and biological makeup can endanger your household. The good news is that you're not helpless when it comes to defending your family and property from wildlife. Try these preventive measures: 

  • Seal all gaps around your home's exterior.

  • Consider installing new or more effective fencing.

  • Store trash in cans or bins with tight-fitting, latching lids.

  • Use hanging bird feeders designed to keep squirrels out.

  • Don't leave pet food or water outside for extended periods of time.

  • Research which plants attract and repel different kinds of wildlife, and landscape accordingly.

  • Keep bushes and trees trimmed away from your home to discourage animals from climbing onto your house.

  • Never attempt to remove an animal yourself; call wildlife control specialists trained in safe procedures.

The Wildlife Removal Experts

Certain simple housekeeping and landscaping tricks can help keep wildlife pests at bay. However, resist the temptation to physically remove them on your own. Enlist the aid of the wildlife control professionals at Connor’s Pest Control, serving residential and commercial customers in Richmond, VA and other East Coast communities.