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Autumn: When Critters Come in from the Cold

Autumn is known for many things. It is football season and sweater season. It is time for raking leaves and turning your HVAC from the A/C setting to heat. For animals, it is also time to find enough food to hibernate or fatten up for the winter and a warm, dry home in which to spend the winter months. In the wild, this would often be a hollowed out tree. In a suburb, it’s more likely to be your attic, outbuilding, or crawl space.

Here is a look at some of the creatures that you may see in the fall and some fixes with each.

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers are cavity nesters, but they’re more likely to use your home as a food source than they are to find holes in which to nest. Instead, they will be searching the wooden parts of your home for grubs and other insects. This helps them gain a fat layer to protect them from cooler temperatures. They can cause annoying pecking sounds in search of this meal.
The best way to deal with woodpeckers is to identify any insect problems in your home and replace the wood. Wildlife removal companies can help you to find these spots.

Rodents

Rodents search for someplace warm to make it through the winter. If you have an attic or crawl space with access to the outside, you can be sure that they will find their way in and make a home. This can cause damage to wood, insulation, and electrical wiring. The best protection against this is a secure home. Work with your local professional to identify and seal areas of risk before the weather turns cold.

Stinging Insects

Colony insects like wasps will begin to look for a warm place to overwinter as the nighttime temperatures drop. They are likely to look in your home, attic, garage, or outbuilding if there is a way in. As with rodents, identifying these access points is the best way to prevent their access.

There is a lot to look forward to as the weather begins to turn cool. A little bit of planning that includes a late summer inspection with a local wildlife removal professional can keep your warm winter home from becoming a wildlife shelter.

And You Think Your Kids are Messy? Squirrels, Attics, and Best Practices

If you’re struggling with early morning rodent noises coming from your attic, there is a good chance that a gray squirrel family may have moved in. These fuzzy creatures may look cute, but they can do a lot of damage to a home when they take up residence.

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Squirrel families in an attic are heard most commonly at dawn and dusk; usually around 6 or 7 in the morning, quiet for the day, and again in the evening for a few hours. Mothers will build a nest by shredding what they can find to make a soft, warm surface for their babies. In a tree, this will be leaves and bark. In the attic, this will most likely be the insulation that you rely on to keep your home efficiently heated and cooled. As the babies grow, they will begin to explore the attic and to chew as well. This will include not only the attic insulation but also wood and wiring.

When performing squirrel removal attic structure and whether you have a family or a solo squirrel must both be taken into account. Professionals will seek to trap the mother and identify whether she looks to have had a recent litter before taking additional steps. Sealing an attic and creating a one-way door will separate babies from their mother. She will become frantic and can cause additional damage to shingles, pipe boots, gutters and more in order to find a way back into the area. The best squirrel removal attic or outbuilding process will remove all the animals from the area and relocate them somewhere that they’re not tempted to return.

To learn more, work with a qualified wildlife removal professional to make a plan for your own squirrel family in the attic.

Copperheads: What are the Risks?

Copperheads are some of the most feared snakes in the South. Luckily, they are also one of the most misidentified, as they look a lot like northern water snakes. These pit vipers are venomous and one of the most likely snakes to bite you. This is because their natural instincts when they see someone coming is to freeze up, which makes them easy to step on. Since they are venomous, these snakes are risky neighbors. Copperhead snake removal can be tricky. Working with a professional is one of the best ways to make sure that you stay safe.

Copperheads get their name from the reddish, diamond-shaped head they have. It is a different shade than the brown, patterned back. The heat-seeking pits that they and other pit vipers have are located under their eyes. Copperhead snakes are voracious rodent eaters. If you have a lot of rats or mice, they are a tasty temptation for these snakes.
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Copperhead like damp, marshy areas and hide under debris. You can find them by rivers or marshes under wood and leaves. In your yard, this can be under a porch or crawl space, in a woodpile, or in sheds and outbuildings. They don’t breed every year, but when they do it is in litters of 10-20. Bites are painful but rarely have a full dose of venom. Hospitalization is common with bites.

Copperhead snake removal is best left to professionals for several reasons. Professionals will use a combination of trapping and exclusionary techniques. They can help find evidence of how many snakes are in the area, what might be drawing them, and how to prevent future infestations.

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The Risks of Removing Hornet Nests

While stinging insect nests can be pretty scary to deal with, hornets may pose the most danger of all. Hornet nests, known for their large size and their football-like shape, often attach to trees and shrubs. Here is a look at these creatures, how to tell them apart, and what to do about hornet nest removal.

Two main kinds of hornets live in the area; the bald faced hornet and the European hornet. Bald faced hornets have the well-known football nests that hang prominently from branches. These nests last one season. Biologically, they are not considered true hornets but are wasps. Like wasps, they defend their nests fiercely. They can chase you for long distances, stinging over and over again. The European hornet is shier. It is a true hornet, building nests further from homes; they like nesting around rocks and trees but will use cavities of outbuildings sometimes. Though they are nicknamed gentle giants, they will defend their nest with similar fierceness.

When approaching a hornet’s nest, professionals rely on a lot of gear to protect themselves from these fierce creatures. This will include ladders and climbing gear to get to high nests. Because there is a high likelihood of attack, you should be well-secured when going high to prevent falls. The pros also wear protective equipment similar to what beekeepers wear to prevent stings. Since hornets can sting through clothing, it is important to be well-prepared.

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If you have hornets, the safest method of hornet nest removal is to call a professional. The risk of stings, as well as the risk of falling from a high place while dealing with them, is very high.