Furry, Fuzzy Foes: Wildlife Management 101

By:

Robin Mountjoy

August 8, 2015

It’s one thing to wake up like Cinderella with her assortment of furry and feathered friends helping her dress and prepare for the day. It’s quite another thing to wake up with something scurrying around in your attic, chewing through wiring, and damaging insulation. While often cute, nuisance animals can potentially harm buildings and the people who live in them.

At Connor’s, we provide an array of humane wildlife management services that protect your home and prevent future invasions. From live traps and one-way doors to exclusion methods blocking entryways, the pest experts at Connor’s know how to treat the problem at its source and make sure that it won’t happen again.

If you have a wildlife problem on your property, you’re not alone. Wild houseguests such as bats, squirrels, raccoons, and snakes regularly pay visits to unsuspecting homeowners in the DC metropolitan area. Besides the obvious ick factor, there are health reasons to get these creatures out of your home. Below are some of the main ones.

Bats cause serious disease

Bats are a vital part of the area’s ecosystem, keeping the mosquito population at bay, but when they roost inside of buildings, they pose serious health risks. Bat droppings – called guano – can be harmful in large quantities. Simply breathing in the fungal spores from guano can cause histoplasmosis, a severe respiratory illness.

Since bats are nocturnal, it’s not always obvious where they’re sleeping. Bats are attracted to porch lights, and can sometimes enter homes accidentally as a result. Noises and scratching coming from within the walls are obvious signs of a bat infestation. Guano also releases a strong, unmistakable odor.

Removing bats yourself is unsafe, and can even be illegal. Three federally protected species of bats live in the DC metropolitan area, and Maryland even has a law against using bat exclusion techniques without prior state approval. With that in mind, it’s best to leave your bat problems to the experts.

Squirrels chew through wiring

Although they appear cute and playful, squirrels can cause extensive damage to homes. They chew their way through siding to nest in buildings, and they will even create safety hazards by chewing through electrical wiring and insulation.

If you hear something moving around in your chimney or attic, it could very well be a squirrel infestation. Squirrels are active year round and seek warmth and shelter in the colder months. They are also especially active during their mating seasons, which occur in February and March, and again in July and August.

Live traps are an effective way to deal with squirrels, but to completely remove them, you need to get to the root of the problem. Trust our pest experts to not only remove squirrels but to restore the area and block entryways – coercing these intruders to move on.

Raccoons are aggressive and can be rabid

Very smart scavengers, raccoons can cause serious damage to people, pets, and homes with their sharp teeth and hind claws. They seek shelter under porches and in garages, trying to remain close to food sources – including garbage and pet food.

Some obvious signs of a raccoon problem – aside from seeing one on your property – are ransacked trash cans, stains from urine and droppings, chewed insulation, bite marks on pipes and wiring, and tunnels in your yard.

Raccoons are incredibly aggressive and run the risk of carrying rabies. You should never get too close to a wild raccoon or attempt to capture one on your own, as they bite and scratch, especially during mating season.

Trust the Connor’s experts

Connor’s employs licensed and trained pest control experts. We have years of experience dealing with the wildlife issues described above, not to mention problems with birds, opossums, moles, skunks, snakes, and more. At Connor’s, we pride ourselves on treating the environment and wildlife with respect, which is why all of our wildlife methods focus on the humane removal of the animals.

If you think you have a wildlife issue on your property, give us a call today.