raccoon in the snow

Many pests invade Morris County homes during the winter. One of the main reasons several warm-blooded pests break-in is because of the shelter and warmth that homes provide for them. Another reason these pests might invade is to find food; as the warmth outside retreats, so do many food sources that these creatures depend on. Raccoons, bats, squirrels, and chipmunks are only a few of the many pests that could try to enter your attic or storage space this year, and they can cause serious problems within your beautiful Chatham or Madison home.

Wildlife is supposed to stay in the wild, but sometimes it can be hard to convince the wildlife critters here in Morris County of that. Raccoons, bats, squirrels, and chipmunks commonly invade lawns and homes as they seek out food and shelter for the approaching winter chill. These winter pests can invade homes through cracks in your exterior walls, small gaps in your foundation, loose or dislodged shingles, and even through ventilation systems.

Squirrels and chipmunks are members of the rodent family and they pose a lot of the same threats that mice and rats do. Diseases, bacteria, and other parasites such as ticks are often brought in on the fur of these wildlife creatures. Insulation may be used as nesting material for chipmunks and squirrels that choose to stay the winter in your home, and these pests can damage piping, wiring, and other structural components of your home as they chew.

Bats are the only mammal with the ability to fly, and that makes bats even more problematic sometimes. Like many other warm-blooded animals, bats will seek out shelter when the environment becomes less suitable around them. And bats can be carriers of diseases such as rabies, making them very dangerous. Additionally, bat feces contains fungal spores that may cause an infection in the lungs if they are breathed in. This infection is called histoplasmosis, which can be fatal if left untreated for an extended period of time.

Raccoons are another pest commonly associated with transmitting rabies and are extremely dangerous to handle without professional help. When cornered, raccoons may bite or scratch, which is why you should never try dealing with raccoons on your own. These large vermin are capable of destroying Morris County residents’ homes in a matter of a few weeks by ripping up insulation, tearing open holes in your roof or walls, and damaging wiring and piping systems. Raccoons also have opposable thumbs, allowing them to rip open larger holes in areas where a small gap was originally present.

Any winter pest in your home is a reason for concern, so it is very important to know what preventative steps you can take to try and keep them out before they get in.

  • Repair loose shingles and damaged roofing
  • Keep brush and wood piles away from the exterior of your home
  • Never leave out pet food overnight
  • Always seal your trash bins
  • Make sure chimneys are covered with tight-fitting caps
  • Fix gaps in your foundation
  • Cut back trees from your home
  • Get rid of bird feeders, or at least move them a good distance away from your home
  • Cover vents that lead outside, even in attic spaces
  • Keep the interior and exterior of your home free of clutter and debris

Help from professional pest control is by far the best method of removing these invaders from your home and keeping them out. ChemTec Pest Control has been keeping homes safe from winter pests for many years. With our home pest control programs, you won’t have to worry about wildlife critters invading your Morris County home ever again. Contact ChemTec today for more information on all our residential pest control solutions.