It’s easy to get a little stir-crazy in the middle of a long winter. That’s why the minute it gets warmer than usual, everybody (and everything) starts moving around – including a long list of critters. Even though the weather might seem better outside, pests are still likely to find their way into your house. We’ve assembled a quick list of pests you should keep an eye out for as the ice begins to thaw.
Just like humans layer up with coats and sweaters, squirrels bulk up to stay warm outside, but with food. Even though their instincts help them stay heated, they’re always going to be curious. If they smell food and find any sort of small entry point into your house, they’ll explore it. If you see a squirrel, remember that they’re just as afraid of you as you are of them. The best response is to stay calm, try to lead them back outside, and definitely give Mick’s Exterminating a call.
Small in stature, mice know how to cause a lot of damage. Mice can be a problem any time of the year, but warmer winter weather can make them more active than ever. If you notice any missing or damaged food, look for additional signs of rodents, such as chew marks and dark droppings. The presence of mice is more serious than a few missing crackers, as these pests are a major carrier of contaminates.
These masked critters spend most of the winter burrowed in trees. Even if their accommodations are cozy, they’re ready to stretch out and start looking for food when the temperature rises. But food for them usually means trouble for you. Stay prepared by keeping your trash inaccessible or only putting it outside right before it’s about to be picked up.
Because they don’t usually hibernate, possums have the toughest winter out of any of these animals. Instead of holing up underground or taking residence in a tree, possums build a new nest of leaves and twigs every few days. Since they’re already active when it’s cold, it’s no surprise that they are even more interested in finding their way inside for some comfort and a snack when it starts to warm.
No matter who starts to stir as spring gets closer, you don’t have to face them alone. At Mick’s Exterminating we have the tools and experience to help you manage any pest problem that you encounter, no matter how harmless they may seem at the time. For more information on our services, fill out our online form or call (636) 978-5700.