Thursday, March 30, 2017 / by Joseph Pfeffer
Warmer Weather Means More Critter ActivityHampton Roads is a wonderful mix of urban and green places. We can all appreciate our wildlife refuges and habitats, which many of us can view from our own backyards. The hummingbirds feeding from your spring flowers are captivating; the five foot long black snake you find living under your front porch, not so much, even though the black snake will help keep other pest populations (like mice) out of your crawlspace. If you find unwelcome critters have taken up residence in your home or yard:
- Stay calm! Try not to frighten or corner an animal that is already wary of you. Keep children and pets away from the animal(s).- Contact the right organization for help with removal, if necessary. Some local resources may be found at www.pestworld.org, local humane societies (for animals such as raccoons or possum), or https://www.vbgov.com/residents/animals-pets/Pages/animal-control.aspx.
- Plan ahead! Ten or fifteen minutes of online research before you begin your yard work can help you identify beneficial creatures that will leave you alone if you leave them alone, and those you should call a pro to remove and relocate the animal. Raccoons are cute, but family of them living in your attic can cause a lot of damage.Prevention is the best way to keep unwanted critters out of your home. Potential exterior entry points (like roof, crawl space, and dryer vents) should be screened and checked periodically to make sure nobody has chewed through and moved in. If you are in the market to buy a home, ask about preventative measures taken; if you are getting ready to sell, be sure to inspect your home for signs of pest damage or infestation. Most importantly, call a professional if you need help!