Nuisance Wildlife

Some of the most common nuisance wildlife problems involve squirrels, mice, rats, and stinging insects.

Squirrels. Seeking warm, safe, nesting locations, squirrels sometimes invade unprotected attics. They may enter through a small, existing hole or chew through wood to gain access. Solving the problem usually involves trapping the offending squirrel(s), relocating the squirrel(s) more than five miles away, sanitizing the nest area, and repairing or closing entryways to the attic.

Mice and rats. Mice and rats commonly live in groups. If you see one, you probably have many, many more. Solving the problem usually involves trapping them, removing them from the property, and then preventing reentry. Mice and rats are aggressive gnawers, and their tendency to chew on electrical wires causes a fire hazard. Exclusion requires that all gaps larger than one-half inch must be eliminated. Avoid using poisons inside the home, as decaying, poisoned rodents in inaccessible areas may produce unpleasant odors for days or even weeks.

Stinging insects. Due to their painful bites and stings, yellow jackets, hornets, bees, wasps, and similar creatures are a considerable problem for many homeowners. To eliminate the nuisance, the pest control technician usually treats the nest or infested area to get rid of the workers and queen. After the workers and queen are gone, the nest or honeycomb is usually removed.