CRITTER CONTROL 101
Here’s an incredible statistic: Rodents invade more than 21 million homes every winter. Talk about a high number! Are you looking for critter control near you? Look no further!
We put together a list of the top rodents and wildlife to look for in or around your home and how Clark’s can safely remove these critters and keep them from returning.
- According to PestWorld, house mice breed very quickly and can adapt easily to changing conditions. They tell us that a female house mouse can give birth to HALF A DOZEN babies EVERY THREE WEEKS and can produce up to 35 young per year.
- Mice can also drop up to 25,000 fecal pellets each year, or 70 times each day.
Diet & Habits
- Mice prefer to eat cereal and seeds but can eat insects, nuts and fruits. ONCE INSIDE, mice will almost eat any human food they can find.
- House mice have “territories” that can range from 4-5 feet. If they have food and water, their territory is complete, and they have a home.
- They are excellent climbers and can jump up to a foot high!
- They typically feed at dusk and before dawn.
How To Prevent House Mice
- Inspect for any torn wires, insulation, and walls for signs of an infestation.
- Store boxes and containers off the floor to prevent mice from taking over any undisturbed areas.
- Seal any cracks or crevices.
- Keep tree branches and other shrubberies well-trimmed.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
- They are known for their continuous gnawing, which is their way to cause damage to structures.
- They reproduce quickly and give birth to roughly 3-6 liters per year.
- Norway rats are drawn to piles of wood and can bring in various diseases and bring in fleas to a home.
Diet & Habits
- Norway rats will eat almost anything but prefer meat, fish and cereal.
- When outdoors, they typically thrive in fields, farmlands, and structures, as well as riverbanks, garbage, woodpiles, and underneath concrete slabs.
- Norway rats can fit through holes the size of a QUARTER and occasionally reside in attics or roofs.
How To Prevent Norway Rats
- Keep firewood stored away from the structure.
- Remove debris piles.
- Seal ANY holes with steel wool to help block any points of entry.
- Store food properly in airtight containers.
- Keep garbage and trash cans tightly closed.
- Raccoons are commonly found in forested areas close to a water source, but they also can scurry around in fields, preferably near livestock watering areas.
- They can build “dens” in hollow trees, ground burrows, brush piles, barns, etc.
- FACT: Raccoons are one of the MAJOR hosts of RABIES across the U.S.
- They are known to raid garages and garbage cans left by the street, always searching for food.
Diet & Habits
- Racoons are omnivores and will eat both plants and other animals, like fruits, berries, nuts, fish, and frogs (to name a few!).
- They can live as long as 12 years in the wild.
- Raccoons are not as active in the winter but can come out occasionally seeking shelter.
How To Prevent Raccoon Infestations
- Inspect your home for any broken vents, holes, and uncapped chimneys as they can easily sneak in this way.
- Store trash in sealed areas, like a locked shed or outhouse.
- Use tight, animal-proof lids if your trash can is out in the open.
- Rid your yard of any woodpiles.
- Store firewood at least 20 feet from your house.
- Squirrels love to make their nest in the attic of your home, and although they may look adorable, they will wreak havoc in your attic.
- They are known to chew through wires which is a significant fire hazard.
- Squirrels can also damage your insulation by constantly excreting their feces to mark their territory.
- They are known to invade in the cooler months as they seek warmer shelter.
Diet & Habits
- Besides eating nuts, squirrels are omnivores and eat meat and plants.
- They will bury food to save it for colder months.
- Squirrels are typically found in tree nests they built from leaves, twigs, and bark.
- In the cooler months, it’s possible to find squirrels residing in your attic as they attempt to seek shelter during the cold winter months!
How To Prevent a Squirrel Infestations
- Screen vents and chimney openings
- Inspect for any cracks and crevices and seal them if you find any openings.
- Keep tree limbs cut back by 6-8 feet from the roofline.
- Use airtight containers for food and take out the trash regularly.