Hot Spots For Winter Wildlife Activity Around New England Homes

A raccoon resting on the ground surrounded by snow

Homes and properties around New England tend to be susceptible to wildlife in the winter. Wildlife problems usually involve raccoons, skunks, and squirrels. The cold temperatures and sometimes brutal weather conditions tend to make these animals seek a sheltered space to hunker down for the winter months.

Points of Entry for Wildlife

Raccoons and squirrels see roof vents, roof edges, roof-soffit intersections, gable vents, wall vents, plumbing mats, and chimney caps as an invitation to gain entry into your home. They look for loose edges to begin gnawing on to try and gain entry.

Once inside, these animals can cause a lot of damage. They leave feces and urine wherever they go, and cause general destruction as they explore areas of your home, including your basement, attic, and crawl spaces. Both raccoons and squirrels can become aggressive if cornered, and both will bite when they feel threatened. Raccoons can carry rabies, a dangerous viral disease that can be transmitted by a bite or a scratch.

Skunks, on the other hand, tend to burrow out dens beneath porches and outbuildings, potentially causing damage to support beams and foundations. Skunks are well known for “spraying” if they feel threatened. This defense mechanism causes a terribly strong odor that can stay on the skin, pet fur, and other items for months. They are also known to carry and transmit rabies similarly to raccoons.

How to Eliminate Wildlife Pests

All of these wildlife pests can be difficult to prevent, eradicate, and stop from causing serious damage to your home. Even if they are only invading your yard and getting into your garbage at night, this can become quite frustrating for homeowners. it is important to call on professionals immediately if you think one of these pests is invading your home and property.

Call on specialists who can effectively remove raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and other nuisance wildlife, like the experts at American Pest Solutions. You can expect comprehensive wildlife control services, to include conflict resolution between humans and wildlife using humane methods of removal.

Don’t let wildlife put you and your family at risk for health issues and costly damage. Get peace of mind by letting our professional wildlife technicians take control of your wildlife problems, and keep them from gaining entry to your home ever again. Give us a call today to learn more.