Did you read our post on "What You Don't Know About Squirrels?" If you did, you already know Squirrels mate twice a year - in the Spring and in the Fall. We want you to know that this natural phenomenon is great for the squirrels, but may cause you some problems in your home.
Squirrels naturally prefer the comforts of the woods and nature's tree houses, but they have been known to take residence in attics, barns and sheds. Giving birth between two and eight young, squirrels can cause a problem if they get adventurous. They cause electrical problems by gnawing on electrical wires, and that alone can become a fire hazard.
If you think you may have a run in with a squirrel, it is best to make sure your attic is sealed properly so that you don't unknowingly invite a pregnant squirrel into your home. If you have a squirrel nest in your home or another building on your property, we offer wildlife removal and exclusion services to help. We can trap the squirrels for you and then make sure they get back to the wild where they belong without harming them.
For more information on squirrels and other wildlife, check out our Wildlife Information page HERE.
The answer is...YES! Mice, like other rodents, are great at squeezing themselves through small spaces. This is a major reason why they are such great intruders. Exclusion services help keep them out, but the trick is knowing all of their favorite entry points. Ask us about it! Be sure to check us out next week for another fun post.
Have you ever noticed that rodents and bats always seem to be a problem when the weather cools? Wildlife is more like us humans than you may think. They love to be warm in the winter time, too. And our cozy homes look inviting. Common wildlife problems to look out for this fall/winter season are rodents and bats.
Rodents begin seeking warmth in the fall while you're outside watching the leaves change. Experts at getting into tight spaces, they have hardly any trouble at all finding their way into crawl spaces, basements and even the inside of walls. Rats have teeth strong enough to chew through metal, but they aren't as common as mice. Mice like to travel in families and they tend to eat constantly. Setting up camp around sources of food, your kitchen, pantry and other areas you may store food will be the first places mice will look for. With all rodents, they could possibly spread diseases. It is best to clean and disinfect any area you find them.
Bats, although less common, are a growing problem that we tend to see. They love the coziness of attics; they're isolated, hardly disturbed and dark at all hours of the day. Attics are upscale caves to them and you won't notice them until you notice the urine smell or hear them scurrying. Consider yourself lucky, if you see them on the eaves of your home before they find their way inside.
Although removing wildlife is easy for our Wildlife division, exclusion is optimal to keep you from having a problem at all. We offer exclusion services to keep wildlife in the wild and out of your home, barn or garage. For more information on what our wildlife service entails, visit our Wildlife page or Contact Us!
Have you noticed an increase in spiders lately? Maybe you've seen them crawling around your house or you've run into their webs outside. Many people hope for fall so the spiders can semmingly go into hiding; however, spiders actually become more active in the fall. Want to know why?
Spiders typically mate in the fall after the males become mature. It's not long before they die or go back into hiding before winter hits. If you don't see a lot of spiders, that's a sign that you don't have a lot of bugs where you are. Like other pests, and animals, spiders go where the food is. They'll leave to find a new home and leave you the hassle of cleaning up their cobwebs.
You know those furry little creatures that scurry around trees with their cute fluffy tails? Squirrels are common all around the world, but that doesn't mean the world knows all about the squirrel.
We're going to give you some facts that you may not have known about squirrels:
Some squirrels will eat meat.
When food sources are low, they'll result to insect, lizards, mice and even snakes.
Squirrels plant a lot of trees.
Know the saying, "Nothing can come between a squirrel and his nuts?" Well sometimes not even the same squirrel can get to his own nuts. Squirrels are hoarders and like to bury the nuts that they find. When Spring comes, they may return to claim their buried treasure and find a tree sprout instead.
Squirrel can't digest cellulose.
You don't have to worry about them doing any termite-like damage. Since they can't digest it, they have a diet that consists of protein, carbohydrates and fats. They tend to eat most nuts and seeds but will also eat some fruits and vegetation.
Squirrels can mate twice a year--in the spring and the fall.
This is thanks to their short pregnancies. A mother squirrel will carry her young for around 6 weeks and then raise them for around 10 weeks.
Squirrels' behaviors may be different based on where they live.
Ground-dwelling squirrels tend to be more social, living in communities. Tree-dwelling squirrels tend to be more solitary.
Do you know any interesting squirrel facts? We'd love to hear them!
...But you don't have to welcome them to your home.
Mosquitoes are seasonal insects, typically in their prime from June to September. They are natural survivors and stay away from anything that will put their life in jeopardy. They avoid wind, go out in the evening to feed on less active prey and know the best times to mate.
With extra rain in the past months, mosquitoes have been in overdrive. We want you to keep a leg up on these pest because, quite frankly, mosquitoes suck:
If you have an outdoor fountain, keep it flowing as much as possible. The standing water is the perfect place for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
Keep your gutters cleaned. Water could pool in pockets and mosquitoes could breed right over your head without you knowing.
Have a tire swing in the back yard for the young ones and the kids-at-heart? Drill a hole in the bottom of the tire so any water will drain out.
Several animals, such as frog, tadpoles, drangonflies, fish and birds, are natural predators to mosquitoes. Although they can help you get rid of some mosquitoes, none of them are effective enough to truly control the mosquito population. The only ways to truly help rid of mosquitoes is to eliminate the water sources they use to survive or an effective mosquito control program like our No-Squito service.
Mosquitoes suck, but you don't have to let them suck the fun out of your outdoor activities.
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