Keeping critters out of your home


Spring means that more animals will be active across the region, with some wanting to move in to your home.

The warmer temperatures have some animals looking for a new place to stay. This includes, but isn’t limited to squirrels, birds, raccoons, rabbits, raccoons, and burrowing animals.

“The primary animal that’s going to be digging in most people’s outbuildings and sheds would be the groundhog. They hibernate pretty much all winter, but in the springtime they come out of hibernation. Their little ones come out and start to explore and they expand their territory,” says Frank Loncarich.

These animals are trying to find safe areas where they can live with their offspring without the threat of predators and stay close to a food source.

“Not having exposed dog and cat food and, perhaps if you have chickens around, exposed chicken feed. Things exposed that are easy to get to for these critters,” says Loncarich.

And if one of these animals happen to get in your home they can cause damage.

“You get a squirrel in the attic and they can ruin your electrical work up in there. They can ruin your heat ducts. They can chew into your duct and then have access to the house,” says John Henkle.

Homeowners can live trap the animal and set it free back in the wild or use harassment techniques to force the varmints out. 

“Putting lights up in the attic radios, things so they can’t sleep or they’re not comfortable, or creating an exit where they can go out, but they can’t go back in,” says Henkle.

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