Summer is a busy season for people who enjoy being outdoors. Unfortunately, we share nature with creatures who don’t have any manners. Whether you have an outdoor patio for guests who want to dine al fresco or just need to manage your dumpster area, you need a robust pest management strategy that keeps up with all the unwanted visitors who may come to your business. Here’s a look at some of the most persistent pests that may come to invade your business and interrupt your summer fun. If you need raccoon or skunk removal, make sure to call in the professionals.
Animals Are Active Through the Summer Months
Many animals have their litter in the spring, which means their young will be growing up over the summer. They’ll be foraging for food and learning how to make their home. You may not see them directly, but you may see signs that they’ve been active in your attic or basement. Here are a few of the most notorious summer pests.
Raccoons – Nature’s Bandit
Raccoons typically have a litter of babies in late spring or early summer. These babies will spend two to three months in the nest before setting out on their own. Mother raccoons can be extremely protective of their babies. Removing a raccoon family is very hard. It can also be dangerous to everyone around. These pests may look cute, but they can cause a lot of damage when they’re mad.
Bats – Rats With Wings?
Bats are often thought of as rodents, but they aren’t remotely related to mice or rats. Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera. In the past, it’s thought that bats were related to primates, more recently, scientists classify them as pangolins (anteaters) or whales. Contrary to popular opinion, bats themselves aren’t dangerous to humans.
Normally, they don’t bite. In fact, bats are great mosquito predators. The problem with bats is the droppings, known as guano. Guano can contain Ebola or E. Coli, causing humans to get sick. Pest management can help you safely capture and remove bats so that they don’t cause problems. It’s illegal to kill bats under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, so you need to handle them appropriately.
Squirrels – Opportunists That Can Cause Big Problems
Squirrels might be cute, but they can be obnoxious. They chew everything to keep their front teeth from getting too big. Their four front teeth can grow up to six inches every year. Squirrels have chewed through power lines and shut down the NASDAQ market. If a squirrel has set up a nest in your business in the spring, you may not only have one litter to deal with but another one in late summer when the first babies have left the next. You’ll want a qualified professional to help you take action to get squirrels away from your business.
Skunks – Nature’s Perfume
There’s no mistaking a skunk’s distinctive aroma. Momma skunks are like raccoons, very protective of their young. You can’t just remove a mother skunk and hope you don’t get hurt. The babies won’t be able to fend for themselves, so you’ll have to deal with that problem, too. A professional pest management team can devise a plan to remove the skunks and keep them from coming back and offending your customers. Controlling these outdoor pests is critical because skunks will return to the same nests each year when left unchecked.
Wildlife Removal Isn’t a DIY Project
No matter how much you want to save money, you shouldn’t attempt to remove wildlife on your own. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control offers wildlife control in Newmarket to handle the situation humanely and safely for you, your customers and staff.