Wasp Nest FAQ

Wasp Nest FAQ

In this post, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about wasp nests.

The site of a wasp nest on the overhang of your home or garage never results in a happy response.

People are rightfully scared of getting in the way of wasps and suffering a sting. They have a very painful sting that no one wants to experience.

The wasps don’t really care what you think though. If the queen decides the eves of your home right outside your porch entrance is a good spot for a nest, then that’s where they will build it.

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How do wasps build their nests?

Wasps build their nests by taking wood scraps they find outdoors and chewing it the wood into a pulp they mix with saliva. This creates a mouthful of soft paper pulp that the wasp will take to their chosen nesting site to begin constructing the nest.

Worker wasps form the paper pulp into hexagonal shaped cells. The pulp will dry to form a sturdy nest, often build on the underhang off a roof or garage.

Paper wasp building a nest

What are wasp nests built with?

Paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets all build their nests with paper. The paper is created by female wasps chewing up raw wood they find (usually sticks, logs, bark, scraps of cardboard) and mixing it with saliva to create a wood paper pulp. They use this as the building material, which will dry and harden.

 

Where do wasps build nests?

Yellow JAcketWasps build their nests below gutters and overhangs of homes, in spaces between bricks and siding, cracks in foundations, in garages, sheds, in tree stumps, under openings in the bark of trees, in bushes and in holes in the ground.

 

Do wasps stay in their nest in winter?

When winter weather arrives, the wasps will die off because of the lack of food. The queen wasp will find a safe location to hibernate for the winter and the nest will be abandoned.

 

What happens to wasps in winter?

Wasp colonies die will die off during the winter months. They cannot survive winter because a lack of food will cause starvation.

Only the mated queens will hibernate over the winter and survive into the spring. Queens find crevices and other shelters for the winter. Most hibernating queen wasps will not actually survive the winter. Ones who do survive will start a new colony in the spring.

 

Do wasps return to their nests? Do wasps reuse nests?

Wasp nestWasps do not return to nests or reuse old nests. Once freezing temperatures arrive, a wasp colony will die off. Before this happens, the queen will abandon the colony to find a place to hibernate over the winter and then start a new nest in the spring.

Because wasps do not reuse old nests, they are perfectly safe to remove after cold weather has killed off the colony. They will not come back to the same nest in the spring.

 

Is it safe to remove a wasp nest yourself?

After the wasp nest has been abandoned for the winter, there will be no danger in removing the wasp nest yourself.

When the nest is active, you should not remove the nest until you are sure you have managed to kill all the wasps using a wasp spray that can safely shoot from several feet away.

Use the spray very carefully during late evening or very early morning when the wasps should be inactive. Make a plan of attack ahead of time and have your escape route planned so you can get away quickly after you’ve sprayed the nest.

Related post: Identification of Bees, Wasps and Hornets in Illinois

 

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Zombie Raccoons in Illinois

Zombie Raccoons Illinois

Have you been hearing the stories about Zombie Raccoons in Illinois?

It sure makes for an interesting headline. You can imagine the walking dead raccoons strolling through the Chicago suburbs screaming “Brains… more brains!”

That’s not what the “zombie raccoon” phenomenon is really about, despite the headlines or stories you may have seen on WGN, NBC7 or Fox News.

The zombie raccoons stories actually have to do with a disease that has been affecting raccoons in the Midwest for years: Raccoon Distemper.

It’s just that “raccoon distemper” doesn’t have the same ring to it as ZOMBIE RACCOONS does, so that phrase has taken over the headlines because it gets people’s attention.

 

What are Zombie Raccoons?

Aggressive Raccoon“Zombie raccoons” are wild raccoons displaying unusual behaviors such as being active in the daytime, walking on their hind legs, bearing their teeth, and falling over backward and going “into almost a comatose condition” before later arising again.

That unusual behavior of appearing to “go comatose” is what has given them the nickname of “zombie raccoons”.

They are not actually walking dead raccoons who wander the earth in search of human or animal victims.

The true cause of these zombie-like behaviors is actually a disease known as “raccoon distemper”.

Related post: Raccoon FAQ

 

What is Raccoon Distemper?

raccoons carrying disease into your homeDistemper is a viral disease which can affect the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems of infected raccoons. It may cause twitching, seizures, and paralysis in raccoons, which is the reason they have been said to display zombie-like behavior.

In the wild, distemper most commonly affects raccoons, skunks, and foxes. It can also be transmitted to domesticated dogs and cats.

Related post: Do raccoons attack humans, dogs, and cats?

You should always keep your pets away from raccoons because they can carry rabies. It should go without saying that if you see a “zombie raccoon” that you should definitely keep your dogs and cats away from them.

There is no cure for raccoon distemper. Your dog can be vaccinated to help protect it. Humans are safe from distemper because it cannot be transferred to humans.

Related post: Common raccoon diseases

 

What should I do if I see a zombie raccoon?

RUN!!! Or at least don’t go near them.

Seriously, you should always stay away from wild raccoons because they can carry diseases, including rabies or distemper. Raccoons rarely attack a human, but it does happen. A raccoon displaying unusual behaviors is likely to be diseased.

 

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Related Zombie Raccoon Stories and Sources:

Wildlife officials explain why raccoons in Illinois, Ohio are acting like ‘zombies’ – WGN9

Police Investigate Reports of ‘Zombie’ Raccoons – NBC Chicago

Fearless ‘Zombie Raccoons’ Can Be Fatal To Pets – Chicago Patch

‘Zombie raccoons’ are freaking out residents with bizarre behavior, Ohio police say – Sacramento Bee

‘Zombie raccoons’ terrorizing town – Fox News

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR ZOMBIE RACCOONS IN ROCKFORD – 97ZOK

Canine Distemper – Wikipedia


How Common is Rabies in Raccoons?

Rabies in Raccoons

Most cases of rabies occur in the wild. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), wild animals account for over 92% percent of reported rabies cases.

The disease is much rarer in domestic animals. Rabies is usually only transferred to a dog or cat through the bite of an infected animal.

We’re often asked about raccoons and whether there is a danger to pets from raccoons giving them rabies.

Related: Raccoon Behavior FAQ

 

How common is rabies in raccoons?

Aggressive RaccoonThere has not been a reliable study to show the percentage of raccoons with rabies. The majority of raccoons DO NOT have rabies. However, as far as reported cases of rabies are concerned, raccoons are one of the most likely wild animals to carry rabies.

Raccoons are the second most common wild species in reported cases of rabies. According to the CDC, raccoons account for 29.4 percent of all reported rabies cases. This is second only to bats, which account for 30.9 percent of rabies cases, and more than skunks, which account for 24.8 percent of rabies cases.

Raccoons, bats, and skunks are the most common “Rabies Vector Species”, along with foxes and groundhogs. These are the types of animals that when infected pose the greatest threat to pass it to others.

Related: Identification of Rabies and How to Protect Yourself and Your Pets

 

How to tell if a raccoon has rabies

The only way to be certain a raccoon has rabies is for it to be tested. However, a rabid raccoon will often show telltale signs, symptoms, and behaviors.

Signs of rabies in raccoons

  • Appear disoriented
  • Walking unsteadily
  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Makes unusual noises
  • Weepy, goopy eyes
  • Aggressive behavior

Related: Top 6 Signs That a Raccoon is Rabid

 

Raccoon with rabies memeContracting rabies

Rabies is a virus and you or your pet can only contract rabies through direct contact with an infected animal and transmission of its saliva into the body.

This happens usually through a bite from a rabies-infected animal or through its saliva coming in contact with a cut or wound. You cannot catch rabies be being near an infected animal, or simply by touching it.

Related: Common raccoon diseases

 

Rabies treatment

If you believe there is a chance you may have caught rabies from a wild animal, you should visit your doctor immediately. If treated quickly, rabies in humans is curable.

The CDC recommends washing any wounds immediately with soap and water. Even doing this can decrease your chances of rabies.

See your doctor for attention for any trauma due to an animal attack before considering the need for rabies vaccination.

Your doctor, possibly in consultation with your state or local health department, will decide if you need a rabies vaccination.

 

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Satisfaction guaranteed!

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More resources about rabies

Raccoons and Public Health – The Humane Society

Rabies – Centers for Disease Control

Rabies – Wikipedia

Wild animals with rabies – Centers for Disease Control

When should I seek medical attention? – Centers for Disease Control


 

What is Attic Restoration?

What is Attic Restoration

What is attic restoration?

In terms of wildlife removal, attic restoration is the process of returning the attic to its previous safe condition through the removal of animal droppings, disinfection of the space, repair to the attic of damages the wildlife caused and taking steps to ensure any entrances to the attic are closed.

Related post: Why attic restoration and cleanup is important

 

Four steps of attic restoration and animal cleanup

  • Cleanup of animal urine and droppings
  • Disinfecting the attic space
  • Inspect for and close all animal entrances
  • Repair damages (holes, burrows, chewed wires, etc.)

 

Cleanup of animal droppings

raccoon feces in atticNo matter what animals you’ve had in the attic, whether raccoons, squirrels, bats, or others, they will have left behind droppings in the attic. Wild animals just don’t seem to want to use the toilet or go outside to poop. They are poor houseguests.

Animal feces in your attic is unpleasant, unsightly and it can stink. Even worse though is that animal feces can carry disease and parasites with it. Raccoons in the attic can bring many diseases with them, some of which can threaten the health of your family and your pets.

The proper cleanup of animal droppings is critical to returning your attic to a safe place again. The germs could spread through inadvertent contact and some diseases can even become airborne. It’s best to leave the cleanup to a professional with the protective gear and experience to do the cleanup properly.

Related post: The dangers of raccoon feces in the attic

 

Disinfection of the attic

House Mice Carry Disease

Photo by Max Pixel

Disinfection is the second step of attic restoration after an animal infestation. Even after the animal droppings have been cleaned up, stains, oils, and pheromones can be left behind which may attract other wildlife. There may also be fleas and ticks that hitched a ride on your unwanted critter invader.

By using special cleaners and foggers, a professional wildlife cleanup specialist can safely remove the germs and parasites left behind so your family and home are safe again.

Related post: Diseases in bat feces

 

Inspect for and close all animal entrances

Squirrel in the AtticThe animal removal and cleanup is all a waste if another animal moves back into the attic again. You have to make sure that all entrances into the attic are properly sealed so that animals aren’t invading your home again.

Sometimes the entrances can be easy to find, and other times they can be less obvious. Sometimes there is more than one entrance, so when you find one, you can’t assume it’s the only way in.

Related post: Common animal entry points

 

Repair damages

Attic restorationIf you’re lucky, the only damage to the home will be the entrance the animal used to get into the attic. Often there will be other damages that need to be repaired, which could include repairs to roofing, fascia, soffit, and siding.

Rodents such as squirrels, mice, and rats will chew constantly because their teeth never stop growing.  There could be wires that have been chewed by squirrels or mice. Sometimes they will damage drywall and support beams. You may also have insulation that has been stained with urine and feces that needs to be replaced.

Related post: How Dangerous Are Mice to People and Homes?

 

Repairing and restoring your attic from the damages caused by wildlife can take awhile, requires safety precautions and is often better left to professionals.

 

For animal removal and attic restoration services in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and southern Wisconsin, contact us online or phone (847) 464-1861

With our attic restoration services, we will restore your home to its original condition and evaluate your home for possible entry points to avoid further animal intrusions.

Are House Mice Dangerous to People

How Dangerous Are Mice to People and Homes?

In this post, we review the dangers of mice and the reasons you don’t want them in your home.

It’s pretty much a given that we don’t want mice in our homes. I’ve never met someone who had mice in there home that didn’t want to get rid of them.

But are mice dangerous? How can such a tiny little rodent hurt people?


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Are mice dangerous to humans?

House Mice Carry Diseases

Photo by Max Pixel

A mouse isn’t dangerous to a human the same way that a predator, a grizzly bear is, or poisonous like a black widow spider. A mouse won’t attack and kill you.

 

They will, however, bring diseases into your home, create an unhealthy environment create threats that can be dangerous.

Mice can be dangerous because they can bring diseases into your home, they bring unsanitary conditions into your home that can cause illness, they can chew on wires and start fires, and they can even cause problems with allergies.

 

Dangers of mice

  • Carry diseases such as Hantavirus, Salmonella, Leptospirosis and even the Plague.
  • Mice have no bladder control and will leave a trail of urine wherever they travel.
  • Will create 50-75 droppings each day.
  • Can contaminate foods and food preparation areas with urine, droppings, and hair.
  • Cause structural damage through gnawing and nest-building.
  • Mice can chew wires and cause electrical fires.
  • A single female can produce a litter of six babies up to ten times a year.
  • Can damage electronics and machinery by chewing wires.
  • Mice droppings may cause allergy issues.
  • Mice can carry fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.

 

Diseases carried by mice

House mice can carry many diseases and transmit them to both humans and pets through their droppings and by contaminating food.

Related post: Diseases in House Mice

Dangers of mouse droppings

Mice in House May Carry DiseaseMice can transmit diseases through their droppings and urine. Because they have no bladder control, they will leave a trail of urine and feces wherever they travel. If these droppings end up in food or food preparation areas, they can cause sickness and disease.

Contaminating food

Mice are naturally drawn to areas where they can get crumbs and food. This will bring them into your kitchen, cupboards, and pantry in search of things to eat. As they search for food, their droppings will contaminate everything they come into contact with.

Related: Differences between rats and mice

Damages by nest building

Mice can chew through insulation, wallboards, cardboard, and even wood. To make a nest they may rip up newspapers, clothing or fabric. Besides destroying items in your home, they will spread their disease filled droppings in all these areas.

Chewing electrical wires

Mice, much like squirrels, will chew electrical wires because their teeth constantly grow and need to be gnawed down. It’s estimated that rodents chewing wires cause almost 10% of home electrical fires.

Related: Squirrels causing electrical fires is a serious issue

Reproduce quickly

Mouse ReproductionA single female mouse can produce as many of 10 litters in a year of up to 6 young. These 60 offspring can mate and reproduce in as little as six weeks. A mouse infestation in the home can escalate quickly.

Allergies

Many people are allergic to mouse droppings. If left for long enough in the home, mouse droppings can become airborne in the home and cause allergy issues.

Related: Reducing the risk of mice and rats in your home

Biting insects

When mice enter your home, they can bring fleas, lice, mites, and ticks with them. These biting insects can cause issues for both you and your pets.

 

If you need professional mouse and rate removal services in the Chicagoland area, please contact us online or call (847) 464-1861.

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

If you’ve just found this blog post by doing a Google search, then we bet you’re in a hurry!

We better just get to the point and give you our expert-approved skunk spray removal recipe. You can use this to get skunk smell off of your dog.

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Skunk Smell Removal Recipe

The most effective skunk smell recipe requires only three ingredients:

  • 1-quart hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap (for example Dawn dish soap)

Skunk smell removal recipe ingredients

How to use the skunk smell removal mixture

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible, the sooner the better to get the smell out.
  • Mix these three ingredients together in a bowl or bucket
  • Use the mixture and thoroughly rub it into your pet’s fur.
  • Let sit for five minutes and rinse with tap water afterward.
  • Don’t leave it on your pet for more than five minutes because it can cause bleaching.
  • You may need to repeat the process more than once to get rid of the odor.
  • For spray in the eyes, flush with water as soon as possible.

NOTE: Do not mix ahead of time and save it for when you need it. The mixture is unstable and ineffective when stored. You should store ingredients separately and save them for when needed.

Related: How to get rid of skunk smell on pets, on you and in your home

How to Get Skunk Smell Off Your Dog Video

Learn how to make and use this skunk removal recipe in just two minutes.

Skunk smell removal recipe tips

  • Clean your dog as soon as possible – The longer the skunk spray is on your dog without cleaning, the harder it will be to remove.
  • Make a skunk spray removal kit – If there’s a chance your dog could encounter a skunk in your area, you should keep the spray removal ingredients on hand at all times, as well as a bucket or tub for cleaning. Have your ingredients and plan of action ready. DO NOT, however, mix the ingredients ahead of time and store for later. It will lose its potency.
  • Clean your dog outside if possible – Bringing the dog inside the home means bringing the smell inside the home. Dog owners have regretted bringing their dog inside and then seeing her roll around on the carpet or jump on the couch.
  • Rinse with shampoo afterwords – After you have used your skunk removal recipe, wash your pet with pet shampoo and conditioner and rinse clean.

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Related Posts:

Skunk FAQ Facts

What to do when you dog gets skunked

How to get rid of skunk smell

Fat Squirrels in Chicago

Fat Squirrels in Chicago
Do the squirrels in your yard look a little plump to you this year? Maybe even fat?

If you have noticed the squirrels in Chicago are getting bigger then it’s not just your imagination. In fact, the squirrel population in Chicago has increased because of two straight mild winters and fewer squirrels freezing to death.

November was very mild, giving squirrels plenty of time to feast and stock up on food. Most of December was very mild as well, with no significant snowfall or cold weather until the last week of the month.

These factors have given the squirrels plenty of time to gorge themselves.

Late December and early January is peak fat squirrel season.
Tree Squirrel, SquirrelsIt’s their natural instinct to eat as much as possible in late fall. It’s natural to think that squirrels would be skinnier in winter, and they will be by spring, but in early winter they are fattened up.

Squirrels are fatter than ever right now. They don’t have a Tom Skilling to talk to them about the weather; they need to get ready for winter, and the best way to store calories is on themselves.” – – Squirrel expert and founder of Project Squirrel Steve Sullivan.

Squirrel diets consist of high-fat nuts such as acorns and walnuts, as well as berries, fruits, worms, and insects. In fall they will also eat unpicked garden vegetables and plenty of corn, gourds, and punkins from homeowners fall displays.

You may have seen them eating from bird feeders and been frustrated with squirrels digging up and eating your flower bulbs.

Squirrel eating pumpkinThey will basically try almost anything, especially when other food is not easily available. Squirrels have been known to put down whole hamburgers, potato chips, slices of pizza and other fatty human foods.

Some Chicago squirrels have been known to run right up to people and eat food out of their hands. It is rare, but they have even been known to attack their human enemies.

There are over 265 species of squirrel worldwide. The two common squirrels in Chicago are gray squirrels, which have gray fur, white bellies and tails, and the fox squirrel, which are brownish with an orange rust-colored belly and a black-fringed tail.

Both speeches have rarely lived next to one another in the Chicago metropolitan area. While gray squirrels resided in wealthier neighborhoods, fox squirrels preferred less affluent areas.

Squirrel in atticThey build their nests high up in trees to keep away from predators and in areas that they find to be warmer than the outdoors, for example, your attic. Squirrels have been known to cause thousands of dollars in damages to roofs and attics and even start fires by chewing on electrical wires.

Related: Protect your home from animals in winter

You don’t want those fatties in your home

If you find out that you have squirrels in your attic, then you’re going to have to remove them from your home. It’s cold outside, but wild animals belong in the wild. Squirrels are wild animals, not pets, even if you are one of those people who find them cute.

If squirrels are in your attic, then they are also likely to raise a family there, and then you’ll have anywhere from 4-8 squirrels in your attic causing mayhem. It’s not something you want to deal with and they can be a threat to your health and safety.

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How to Get Rid of Squirrels in Attic

How to remove squirrels from your attic

Squirrels are one of the most common nuisance animals that enter the home during winter.

During the spring and summer, they may enter the attic to find a safe place to raise a litter of babies. Squirrels can have two litters of 2-4 babies every year.

Like all other animals that will enter the home during fall and winter, they’re looking for a nice warm place to get shelter from the cold and snow. Squirrels also want a safe space to raise their young. They do not hibernate but they do want a warm place where that can sleep and remain mostly inactive until the weather changes and they leave in search of food.

You don’t want these little visitors living in your attic. Though they may not be as likely to carry diseases like raccoons do, they can be destructive.

 

Squirrel in attic

Photo by Tammra M – Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution

Besides digging, scratching and damaging items in your attic, squirrels chewing on electrical wires is a serious issue that causes hundreds of home fires every year.

 

The sooner you get rid of a squirrel, the sooner you can stop the damage they cause and the smell they leave behind. You don’t want them sticking around long enough to give birth to a litter and end up with even more squirrels living there.

In this post, we list four DIY ideas to try for removing squirrels from the attic before you call a professional removal service.

Sometimes the best option is to contact a professional animal removal service. In Chicagoland, contact Attic Solutions for fast, safe and affordable squirrel removal.

Steps to get rid of squirrels in the attic

First, you need to find out how squirrels are getting into your home.

Squirrels can squeeze through small openings to enter the home. They may also enter through chimneys or vents. Squirrels may also chew their way inside through a worn area in the siding or soffit.

Finding out where they get in may take some work. It’s likely they’re entering through a place that is not easily accessible to people.

Related: Common animal entry points

You want to find out how they’re getting in to help determine your strategy for getting rid of the squirrels. You may not actually close the entrance right away. If there is only one way in, then you risk trapping them inside your home, which can make them cause even more damage while trying to escape.

If there is more than one entrance, then close all of the exits except for the main one. Leave the most easily accessible entry intact for now.

Once you have found their entry points and closed all of them except for one, give the squirrel some incentive to leave the attic.

Related: Can I keep a squirrel for a pet in Illinois?

How can you get squirrels to leave the attic?

There are several DIY methods that people will try to get rid of squirrels in the attic. 

  • Light
  • Sound
  • Chemical Repellents
  • Trapping (permit required)

This squirrel wants to eat your electrical wiresPeople report varying levels of success using these DIY methods. What works against one squirrel will not always work with another because individual squirrels have different levels of tolerance to human activity.

Related: How to identify kind of animal in attic

Light

Some people have had success in repelling squirrels by placing bright lights and strobes in the attic. These can work because they disrupt the dark peaceful home the squirrel has tried to make for herself.

Sound

Sounds may also disrupt the environment of some squirrels and scare them away. Some people have said that simply placing a radio at a high volume in the attic is enough to get rid of them. Others have used ultrasonic animal repellers that make a high pitched ultrasonic noise that scares animals away.

Chemical Repellents

There are many chemical sprays and granular repellents available at your local hardware store. People report varying levels of success. Some people have complained that many animals develop a tolerance to repellents and eventually return. If you can get them out of your attic long enough to cover their entryway, it could be worth it.

Trapping

Some people opt to try and trap the squirrels in their attic. You should be aware though that squirrels are a protected species and require a nuisance animal permit in Illinois in order to trap and remove.

Don’t use poison to get rid of squirrels in attic

We never recommend using poison to remove squirrels from your attic, or any other animal. Most importantly, it is illegal to poison squirrels and other animals in Illinois. Most wildlife in Illinois are considered protected species and require animal removal permits to remove.

To trap and remove a squirrel in Illinois requires a Nuisance Animal Removal Permit (PDF) from the Illinois Department of National Resources. You may NOT poison squirrels or other nuisance animals.

Even if you did, you would face the likely outcome that the squirrel will crawl into a remote location in your attic, perhaps in the walls to die. You might not be able to get to them. You would also risk unintentionally poisoning household pets and other family members.

The Illinois DNR recommends highering a licensed animal removal specialist.

Related: Reasons not to use rat poison

Once you have chased the squirrels out of your home, it will be safe to perform attic restoration and repairs.

Make sure you’ve closed off their entrance for good and periodically inspect your home exterior, at least every spring and fall.

Attic restorationDo you need help removing a squirrel from your home?

Attic Solutions can provide you humane squirrel removal services in the Chicagoland suburbs. 

We can also safely restore and sanitize your attic to remove dangerous contaminants.

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What Do Raccoons Do in Winter?

What Raccoons Do in Winter

When the cold weather and snow arrive, you may be wondering if raccoons come out in the winter.

In this post, we discuss the winter habits of raccoons so you can better understand their behavior.

Do raccoons migrate or hibernate in winter?

Raccoons do not hibernate in winter, contrary to what many believe. They do not migrate to warmer places either.

raccoon in tree in winterRaccoons are not true hibernators. They may, however, go into an extended period of rest and sleep called “torpor”. It is not hibernation because their heart rate will not slow and their metabolism and body temperature does not change.

Related: Do raccoons hibernate?

They will have fattened up during summer so they have a reserve of fat for the cold winter months.

Raccoon torpor

raccoon in homeAs the weather begins getting colder, raccoons will seek out a good den for the winter months. During the first major snowfall or when temperatures dip below 25 degrees, raccoons will go to sleep in their den until the coldest and snowiest periods’ end.

Since they are not actually hibernating, raccoons will rise from their dens anytime the weather gets warmer. They will go in search of food to help them through the remainder of the winter.

The problem for you is when these raccoons decide that living under your deck, inside your chimney or moving into your attic is the best place to spend the winter.

Related: Keep animals out of your chimney with a chimney cap

Raccoons in your attic

You might be able to tolerate them temporarily under your deck, but you definitely don’t want them in your attic. Raccoons may carry diseases and so can the feces they leave behind. They may also chew wires and tear up other things they find.

It’s worth taking preventive measures for keeping raccoons away from your home.

There’s also another thing you probably want to avoid: Raccoons having babies in your home.

Because raccoons do not hibernate, they have found another way to occupy themselves during winter: mating.

Raccoon mating season takes place in late winter, sometime between January and February.

Finding a nice place to have babies is actually the most likely reason raccoons will move into your home.

Summary

 

What do raccoons do in winter? They will search for a place to make a good winter den. They will not hibernate but they do go into torpor, a state of extended rest in their den.

 

Raccoons will come out though as soon as it’s warm enough for them to go in search of food. They will also mate during the winter months and give birth do a litter in early spring.

 

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Diseases in House Mice

Diseases in House Mice

Have you seen mice in your house? These rodents are common animal invaders to homes during the fall when the weather starts getting cold.

Once mice are in the house, you have to get rid of them. Nobody wants an uninvited guest in the house that poops everywhere!

That’s a good enough reason to get rid of mice in the house. But are there others?

Mice in House May Carry DiseaseDo mice in the house carry disease?

Yes, house mice can carry diseases. They can transmit diseases to humans and pets through droppings, bites, fleas, lice, mites, and ticks.

What diseases do mice carry?

  • Salmonella
  • Hantavirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rat-bite fever
  • The plague

Mice Disease Symptoms

SalmonellaSalmonella

Salmonella symptoms include gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Salmonella is most commonly spread through with mice droppings that have come in contact with food or water.

Hantavirus

Earliest symptoms of the hantavirus include chills, muscle aches, and fever. Advanced symptoms of hantavirus include a dry cough, headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.  Hantavirus is spread by breathing dust contaminated by the droppings or urine of an infected mouse.

Related: How to tell what kind of animal is in attic

Leptospirosis

House Mice carry disease

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Leptospirosis is a bacteria that is spread through mouse urine. Symptoms of leptospirosis include high fever, head and muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of skin color).

Related: Leprostoisis disease spread by rodents

Rat bite fever

This disease is spread by the bite of a mouse or a rat. Rat bite fever can also be spread through the handling of an infected mouse or through food or water that has come in contact with a diseased mouse. The symptoms include fever, body aches, vomiting and a red rash with small bumps.

Related: Reasons why you shouldn’t use rat and mouse poison

The Plague

Nobody wants any of these, but if you end up with the plague, people are going to wonder if you’re some kind of holdout from medieval times. Symptoms depend on which type of the plague is contracted: bubonic, septicemic and pneumonic.

Early symptoms for any type of the plague are high fevers and extreme weakness. Bubonic plague symptoms also include swollen and painful lymph nodes. Septicemic plague symptoms include abdominal pain, shock, and bleeding into the skin and other organs. Pneumonic plague is characterized by respiratory failure and shock. It can be spread through handling an infected mouse or from flea bites from an infected mouse. Once contracted by a human, it can be spread from human to human.

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