Your Home Makes A Good Nest

As the weather warms up, the bugs come out, the little brown bats migrate back to Wisconsin, and wild animals look for a place to nurse their babies.

You’d think the warm weather would draw critters outside and away from your home, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you enjoy a roof over your head, so do the critters.

Tricia Werner owns and operates Werner Pest and Odor Control out of Seymour with her family. She says the bugs that have been hiding in your siding all winter are now making themselves known. Customers report seeing box elder bugs and Asian beetles earlier than normal due to the mild winter and early spring.

Werner advises an insecticide treatment on the house. Regular treatment is best in the fall before insects take shelter, but if you have a problem now, do it this spring.

When it comes to four-legged friends, she explains raccoons, skunks, squirrels, and others are looking to nest and have babies in your home, barn, or shed. Mom AND babies can be frustrating, but sometimes they just need time to move on. You can trap them if you can’t tolerate them.

After mom and babies move on, you’ll want to stop them from returning. Look around for areas where animals can squeeze in, and button everything up so they can’t come back.

Werner says bats are another issue in the spring. The common little brown bat is migrating back to Wisconsin, and they typically return to their old homes. Be mindful of that as you pest-proof your house, too.