In spring, it is easy to worry about the arrival of insects, forgetting about the multitude of wild animals that are born in the same season. From shrews to squirrels to raccoons, many different types of creatures make their first appearance from March to June. Although a chipmunk is definitely cuter than a termite, it can still cause a host of problems for homeowners. Follow the directions for three very common wild animals, as well as helpful information on what Black Diamond’s licensed pest control professionals can do to relocate them.
Three wild animals that you can find near or in your home
Raccoons are a common nocturnal mammal, particularly attracted to populated areas. With their whitish gray skin and recognizable black “bandit mask” around their eyes, these pesky omnivores will invade your trash cans, your backyard, and sometimes even your home!
Evidence of a raccoon infestation can often be seen, smelled, and heard. If you try to build a nest on your property, you may notice damage or scratches on the walls, tiles, gutters, shutters, and other external features. You may hear scratching sounds at night, when raccoons are most likely to be active. If you have cameras, it may be a good idea to point them to the area of suspicious activity as evidence.
Great climbers, raccoons can scale tree limbs and walls to reach crevices or closed spaces, such as your attic or garage. Once inside, they will build a nest to raise a litter, which usually ranges from one to eight cubs. With so many raccoons, you may even start to smell the accumulation of feces or urine. Or, if you don’t, your dog certainly will! If you notice that your dog is acting particularly strange, sniffing out certain areas, it could be due to a raccoon infestation.
If you suspect you may be dealing with a raccoon infestation, feel free to contact Black Diamond, a licensed pest control professional, for safe relocation options.
Like raccoons, squirrels have adapted to reside in densely populated areas, sometimes occupying attics or homes. They can chew on all kinds of building materials, digging between walls and insulation to make a nest to raise their young. What’s more, squirrels give birth to one to eight “kits” during the year, resulting in steady population growth.
Common signs of a squirrel infestation can include strange sounds on the walls and ceiling, such as running or chewing noises. There may be visible damage to the insulation and walls, such as tooth marks or piles of wood chips. Like raccoons, there can also be bad odors for both you and your dog. Over time, squirrels can cause serious damage to your home and should only be treated by a licensed pest control professional.
Known for “playing opossum,” these omnivorous marsupials have no qualms about eating your trash, disturbing your pets, or even living on your porch or attic. Like squirrels and raccoons, possums often seek shelter in warm buildings, leaving large droppings and odors. They can also cause significant damage to exteriors and interiors, from insulation to siding. You can often hear them, especially when they are in groups, whistling or yelling at each other. Active year-round possums can give birth to up to 20 “joeys” per litter, rapidly increasing their population. If you think you have a possum infestation, don’t wait, call Black Diamond as soon as possible.
At Black Diamond, we provide a variety of wildlife control services. Whether through prevention or addressing an infestation, our experienced team will work with you every step of the way to safely and humanely eliminate unwanted wildlife. Since many wild animals are carriers of harmful bacteria and diseases, we also prioritize cleaning and disinfection, so you and your family are safe.