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Date Posted: December 30, 2021
Category: Wildlife

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As Southern Maine homeowners are settling into their winter routines of stacking firewood, shoveling snow, and winterizing their homes, wildlife around them could be lurking around the corner. Many pests in the wild rely on humans to provide food and shelter for the cold months in Maine.

These animals and insects can often go unnoticed until it’s too late and an infestation has already occurred. Homeowners should be aware of what critters live in their neighborhood and how to prevent these pests from invading their property.

  • Squirrels: Squirrels are small to medium-sized rodents with slender bodies and bushy tails. They have very sharp teeth that are constantly growing; therefore, squirrels are always chewing and can cause a great deal of damage to your home. Squirrels are drawn to places that will provide food and shelter during the winter months. 

  • Bats & Birds: Bats and birds are winged creatures that are difficult to catch if they find their way into your home. They come to your property when there is a significant source of food and water available. Bats and birds can get into the attic and cause damage from their scratching, urine, and feces. They both carry a variety of diseases harmful to humans.

  • Raccoons: Raccoons are known for their distinct “masks,” or dark circles around their eyes. Raccoons have become quite reliant on homeowners as a source of food. They are most commonly known to be trash lovers and are carriers of rabies.

  • Skunks: Skunks are much like raccoons in the way that they also have a distinct feature. Skunks are black with a white stripe down their back and are notorious for the foul odor they release when threatened. Like raccoons, skunks come for the available food and water sources. Be careful; they also carry rabies.

  • Mice & Rats: Mice and rats are rodents who look to your home as a place to find shelter for the winter months. Mice and rats can cause a great deal of damage to your home as well as to your health. They are known carriers of many diseases, including salmonellosis.

Is Wildlife In Southern Maine A Threat To Your Health & Property?

Many of the critters lurking in and around your property are known carriers of diseases that may be harmful to your health. In addition to the illnesses these pests can cause, they all can damage your home and property, creating a potential financial and health hazard. Keeping your property clear of clutter and food and water sources can be one way to reduce the likelihood of a pest infestation. 

The Best Defense Against Protecting Your Family & Home From Wildlife In Southern Maine

In most cases, it is highly recommended to contact our professionals at Big Blue Bug Solutions immediately if you suspect any of these critters are lurking around your property. In some instances, it can be downright dangerous to try to corner an animal from the wild so it’s always best to call the experts who know how to handle the situation best.  

Big Blue Bug Solutions Has The Solution To Your Wildlife Problem

At Big Blue Solutions, we have expansive knowledge and can assess each situation to determine the best course of action. From live trapping to habitat modification, we can find the best solution to your wildlife problem. Call us today for a free inspection!

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