Spring Wildlife Invaders
Protecting Your Home From Pests, Critters And Wildlife
During the recent cold months it’s likely that pest and wildlife may have taken up shelter in your home. With spring upon us it’s a great time to start checking around your property for areas that may have been an entry point for wildlife. Raccoons and squirrels are some of the worst wildlife invaders into your home in the spring as they establish nesting sites.
Here are some steps you can take to deter wildlife from getting into your home.
- Bring pet food and water indoors and keep in a tightly sealed container.
- Trim trees back from the roof line.
- Although they are fun to watch and enjoy, bird feeders can attract rats and mice to your home. Suspend feeding if you see evidence of these pests.
- Clean out gutters.
- Keep outdoor trash in a tightly sealed container.
- Caulk & seal entrances around the home. Common areas are around AC and gas lines, garage doors, and gable vents.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has very specific regulations for the removal of nuisance wildlife. Eco-Care is properly licensed by DNR to handle wildlife complaints. You can always call us and we can help to remove wildlife invaders from your home.
Nuisance Wildlife Facts
Raccoons are a major wildlife host of rabies. They can tear off shingles or fascia boards to gain access to an attic or wall void for nesting. Pet food left outside and unsecured trash will attract them to your home.
These expert excavators are actually a member of the squirrel family. They often burrow under decks, porches, and outbuildings. Groundhogs like to forge in gardens and fruit trees.
Squirrels often nest in attics and cause damage by gnawing on wires. They will raise 2 litters between February and September. Accumulation of droppings can result in a a carpet beetle infestation..
Science-Based Pest Control
Some simple prevention tips can help keep wildlife invaders out of your home. If you find yourself overrun and in need of assistance, don’t hesitate to call. Eco Care owner Erich Grove, a board-certified entomologist, uses science to get insects and other pests under control in Howard County and surrounding areas of Maryland. Erich is only 1 of 6 board-certified urban/structural entomologists in Maryland and that means you’ve have science on your side.