It’s officially summer now and the change in the seasons is reflected by the scorching hot temperatures outside. While humans have the benefit of dipping into their air conditioned buildings, animals aren’t so lucky and have to look for creative ways to keep cool during the day. As a result, summer poses some unique logistical issues when it comes to dealing with potential pests and animals. Here are three potential issues which could arise and how to deal with them this summer.
For raccoons, summer is an important season as they seek out food to fatten up for the colder fall and winter months ahead. While they do most of their scavenging at night, often knocking over trash cans and wreaking havoc, they still need somewhere to stay during the day.
In more wooded areas, raccoons will stay in logs, caves and anywhere shielded from the sun, but the resourceful creatures have another favorite place to stay- the underside of porches.
Temperatures drop massively in the fully shaded crawl area under a porch, but it’s important to keep the raccoons out as they could cause major issues to your trash, garden and porch.
Make sure you have a solid fence which is fully shut at all times and regularly inspect the undersides of the porch to ensure no creatures have snuck under there.
During the summer there can also be an uptick in snakes. Snakes struggle to regulate their internal body temperature when they’re out in the sun too long, which is why they are commonly found in tall grasses, under logs and rocks, and hidden beside trees and plants.
Keeping your grass short and plants well trimmed is the most effective way to avoid snakes, and that step is important because once they are there, they may require expert removal.
Additionally, bats also take up a special interest during the summer. They typically migrate between their roosts and hibernation spots and need to find new places to stay.
In order to avoid bats taking up shop in your home, look for any potential holes or spots of entry both along the exterior of the house and near the attic or roof.
Closing up holes will help keep bats out, along with other pests such as mice or snakes as well.
Have Animals or Pest Problems? Call Shumaker!
If you need help dealing with a raccoon, snake or bat problem on your property, call the experts at Shumaker Animal Control to deal with the problem for you. Our experienced team will take care of the problem in a timely manner, ensuring that you, your home and pets are not in any danger.
At Shumaker Animal Control, we are a family-owned business who cares about the safety of you and your family but also about the well-being of the animals themselves. All of our trapping and control methods are humane, as we never try to hurt the angry or scared animal.