Animals to Watch Out for During Spring 

Animals to Watch Out for During Spring 

After a long winter, it’s wonderful to see the warmth returning and, with it, all of nature’s treasures. Leaves, green grass, flowers, and all the critters who have been holed up for the season. Spring means warmth and more daylight, and this plays a big role in the movement of animals. As you’re spending more time outside, what do you need to know about the wildlife around you?

 

Animals Get Spring Fever Too! 

After spending months in various states of hibernation, several species of animals are now on the move, migrating, foraging for more abundant food, and, in some cases, breeding. You’ll see species large and small: squirrels and chipmunks, for example, are much more active, and -  according to the circle of life - the bears start feeding on these small prey. 

You will also likely see the following animals on the move during spring;

  • Raccoons
  • Rodents
  • Rats and mice 
  • Bats
  • Snakes
  • Opossums 
  • Skunks 
  • Hedgehogs
  • Groundhogs

These are not necessarily “pests” and many of our native wildlife species pose no problems for us. However, if they start moving onto your property or into your outbuildings, garage, home, or business, they can create messes, interfere with the structure, increase fire risks (e.g. mice and rats chewing through electrical wires is a major cause of house fires). In these cases, it is best to give Rid-a-Bug a call. Our technicians are trained in humane wildlife management and will safely, and effectively, remove unwanted animals from your property. 

You can also take steps to make your property less appealing to them! These include:

  • Trimming back wooded areas 
  • Removing firewood and other organic debris
  • Putting pet food inside or in an animal-resistant container
  • Making sure trash is secured in an animal-resistant receptacle 
  • Using caution with bird feeders (these can attract squirrels and chipmunks, which can attract bears)

Bugging Out

Perhaps a larger concern for many of us is the return of winged, stinging, biting insects, such as:

  • Wasps
  • Mosquitos 
  • Termites
  • Ticks 
  • Spiders
  • Flies
  • Ants
  • Carpenter ants 
  • Bees*

*We don’t see bees as “pests” because they are critical pollinators. In fact, many people purposefully plant certain species and maintain a more natural lawn to attract bees. If you have a hive, though, that is too close to your home and are worried, please call us for safe, humane removal.

When they nest and reproduce in or near your home, it can cause a host of problems. These include itchy, painful bites, the risk of disease transmission to both humans and pets, damage to your structure (e.g. termites, carpenter ants), messes, and other hassles. 

To reduce issues related to insects:

  • Remove piles of organic debris
  • Remove any areas of standing water (this is a breeding ground for many insects; if you have an outdoor water feature, make sure it has a pump or component that moves the water)
  • Trim back wooded areas
  • Trim hedges, trees, bushes, etc., from around your home’s foundation
  • Secure your trash and pet food

If you are seeing signs of infestations, do not hesitate to contact us. We offer same-day or within 24 hours service, as well as evening and weekend service. Time is of the essence when you are coping with pest problems, so we strive to deliver the most responsive service - and most effective solutions - to our Western North Carolina customers. 

Spring has sprung! While we are enjoying the warm weather and longer days, our animal friends are as well. Typically there is not an issue as long as you give them space. However, when they start moving into your space, get in touch with Rid-a-Bug!