Warm weather has pests coming out of hiding early
Photo courtesy of Gregg Nelson
With the warm weather, the animal world has gotten off to an early start. The signs started in early February.
Many homeowners have started to report skunk activity. The females are starting to come in heat a month earlier than expected because of the warm temperatures.
The males are following the females in hopes that they can mate. The smells you have been finding now are the females telling them that they are not ready yet.
We have been seeing a lot of males trying for the same female even though the female has been taken from the property. It is not uncommon for us to trap up to five males who are after one female.
Raccoons have also started to find new homes to have their litter in. Because of this, our visits to soffits and vents have increased during the past few weeks. The momma raccoon hasn’t yet pushed out last year’s cubs, but it will be soon.
Should you encounter a skunk or a raccoon, do not try to handle it yourself, as your safety could be at risk. Call a highly rated pest control specialist in your area.
Big Bear Wildlife Control is located in East Haven, Conn. As of March 28, 2011, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.