Summer Invaders: Oversized Rodents!


It’s officially summer…somewhere!

Watch out for these oversized summer invaders: raccoons, voles and opossums!

These pests can be found digging under your fence, deck, porch and shed!

Raccoons -these rodents are rarely seen during the day. However, the damage they cause is very visible. Signs of invasion include over-turned garbage cans, damage to homes insulation, wood and stoop areas. Proper prevention includes -regularly checking for voids or openings in or around your home. Places include the roof, chimney, loose siding, broken vents and holes around porch or deck.

Voles -also known as field mice, are active all day and do not hibernate! Voles create tunnels in lawns and may contain several adults and their babies. Proper prevention includes: low-cut lawn, spraying, weed removal, and keeping mulch at least 3 feet away from base of trees.

Opossums -did you know they are related to kangaroos? But much slower and smaller! These invaders can grow to the size of a house cat. They are generally white and gray with long faces with hairless eyes. Females have a pouch on their stomach for caring newborns. Proper prevention includes: storing trash cans inside shed or garage, taking dog or cat food inside at night, and properly sealing home.

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