Mice Do Not HibernateMice can find the tiniest openings to sneak into your home. Although most mice are pretty small, they can create huge problems. Their waste stains your floors and furniture. Mice carry disease. You may not see mice, but you might hear them in your walls or see the evidence: little black pellets in your cupboards or near your pet’s food bowls. Sometimes, you may smell a musty odour if you have mice. To prevent mice from getting in, you should look for gaps around the utility lines into your home. Cover vents to prevent mice from following a heat source.
Squirrels Are Very Busy Creatures During WinterGround squirrels hibernate during the winter, but tree squirrels do not. Tree squirrels fatten up to make sure they have the energy to get through winter when food is more difficult to find. If squirrels nest in your attic, they can cause a lot of damage by gnawing at your wiring, siding and insulation. Some squirrels even mate over the winter. They may also stash their food indoors, creating more damage. As with mice, you may hear squirrels in your walls or attic. Keep birdseed and other food sources away from your home. Cover all small openings and repair any damage quickly. Make sure to contact a professional wildlife removal service if you find evidence of rodents making a home. Here are some typical behaviours skunks exhibit throughout the winter months.
- Skunks enter a torpor state and awaken occasionally through winter
- Skunks fatten up before winter to go into a state of torpor, which is kind of like hibernation.
- Skunks hunker down over the winter, but they can awaken when the weather is nice enough to go forage for food and water.
- Skunks who have recently awakened from torpor may spray if they feel threatened.
- If you see holes in your yard you may have visitors as skunks are more likely to dig a hole to burrow.
- A skunk may also look for a place in your shed to shelter for the winter.