Spring is nearly here. Birds return from their winter migrations, and most animals in the area emerge from either hibernation or dormancy. The plants begin to grow, and new generations are born.
With the arrival of new young, and times of more activity in animals, your home may offer better shelter for them. Attics, sheds, and basements are the most probable home invasion spots from pests. Piles of wood, debris, or vines may be housing them as well. Gardens can feed the animals living nearby. If an animal finds a decent source of food in the area, it is very likely that it will return. Netting and fences should be placed around gardens. Clearing debris, wood, or vines from the areas around your home can reduce the risk of having animals live nearby. Sheds should be locked and closed properly. Keep garbage cans covered and stand upright. Pet food should not be left outside as it can attract animals like raccoons, chipmunks, and opossums. Fallen seeds from bird feeders can feed ground and tree-dwelling pests such as chipmunks and squirrels. Basements and attics should be inspected for evidence of pests, such as droppings, openings, tracks, or noises.