Wildlife Control

Falling Temperatures Draw Wild Animals In And Around Homes

Squirrels, raccoons, skunks and opossums are more apt to wander closer to human environments in search of food, water and shelter during the colder months. As these and other wild animals pose various health and property risks, Sureguard Termite and Pest Services encourages homeowners to take steps to prevent an intrusion this fall.


We typically receive an increased amount of calls this time of year in regards to woodland critters cavorting in and around our customers’ homes, especially those located near parks, golf courses, creeks and heavily forested area. The presence of wild animals can be quite problematic for homeowners, as they are known to damage plants and greenery in yards, spread diseases like rabies and carry other dangerous pests, including fleas and ticks, into the home.


Sureguard Termite and Pest Services offer the following prevention tips for homeowners to ensure wildlife stays in the wild as the season changes:


  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens.
  • Install a mesh cover or cap over chimneys.
  • Cover exhaust fan openings, soffit and attic vents, and tops of window wells.
  • Replace loose mortar and weather stripping around the basement foundation and windows.
  • Keep tree limbs cut back 6 to 8 feet from the roofline and store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house.
  • Keep garbage in a secure container that cannot be opened by raccoons.
  • Place birdbaths where wildlife cannot reach them or provide birds with water away from the home. Birdbaths, fountains or pet water dishes may draw wildlife pests, especially where water is scarce.
  • Do not leave brush, leaf piles or other debris to accumulate.


Some wildlife may be seen as cute and cuddly, but the public should not attempt to remove any wild animals on their own. It’s best to contact your local pest control professional for assistance.

Can Rats Climb

rat-climbingWe often get asked Can Rats Climb? The answer is yes! As you can see in this rare photo how a rat can climb right up the brick of a building. Lucky for this building owner there are no entry points near this corner of the building. Rats will look for holes about the size of a quarter or larger to enter buildings. As they go in and out of the holes there body leaves a grease mark often called swing marks. So if you are seeing any holes around your property those need to be fixed. Sometimes these are things you can fix using such products as steel wool. However there are also holes or entry points that you will need to have professionally repaired. We do offer rodent exclusion services. Free estimates are always available. Just do not let the rodents or animals continue to live in your property. They can carry diseases and can damage lots of stuff by urinating, chewing on things, this can also create a fire hazard.  Let us know if we can be of assistance.