Critter Living in the Attic – Do Animals Hibernate in Attics?
Critter Living in the Attic is a commonly thought that homeowners face when hearing noises above the ceiling, especially bedrooms. Bedrooms are the most common areas that people complain about noises in the attic as the majority of nuisance wildlife are nocturnal (most active during the night, rest during the day) and unless you’re working 3rd shift, you are trying to sleep during the night (diurnal characteristics) when these animal pests are most active. If you are hearing sounds from above, greater than 90% of the time it is a Critter Living in the Attic. The other 10% of the time it is due to normal house sounds such as siding expanding and contracting or the house settling. Sometimes it can even be a loose cable wire hitting the roof or the side of the home during windy conditions. Here at Barnes Wildlife Control we have seen or heard almost all scenarios, and that knowledge is key when investing complaints of a Critter Living in the Attic.
Do Animals Hibernate in Attics?
During the winter months, many critters such as bats, raccoons, and squirrels start to slow down their activity and prepare for a long drawn out period of cold weather and lack of food and water. Some of the animals go into a state of Torpor, a form of hibernation, and other semi-hibernate where they rest without moving for several weeks at a time. Full hibernation is when an animal slows its heart rate, breathing, lowers its body temperature, and sleeps for the entire winter season. Living off of its fat reserves that were built up all spring and summer. Some of Ohio’s animals that fully hibernate are groundhogs and bats. Semi- hibernation is when an animal, on particularly cold spells, will slow down its heart rate, breathing, lower body temperature and sleep for a few days at a time. Awaking just long enough to eat any food they have have stored, get a drink and relieve themselves before going back to sleep until the weather breaks. Animals in Ohio that semi-hibernate include raccoons, skunks, and chipmunks. Many native animals hibernate, or semi-hibernate during Ohio’s winter season including groundhogs, chipmunks, raccoons, and bats.
There are 2 major animal behaviors to expect when animals come out of hibernation in Southwest Ohio. The 1st is feeding heavily to restore their energy levels and weight and the 2nd is mating to start the next batch of animal varmints to terrorize your home and become another Critter Living in the Attic.
Ohio Wildlife Are Getting Into Full Swing Of The Breeding Season
Pretty soon we will be seeing a lot of animals with their offspring out and about. Although the young ones are extremely cute, they can cause a laundry list of problems for homeowners. Many homeowners attempt to deal with these animals themselves, which if done incorrectly can only compound the problems. If you suspect animals have taken residence in or around your home, call a reputable, licensed wildlife control company to humanely and effectively remove the animals and any offspring.
Raccoons are one of the most common species of wildlife that we deal with, especially during the breeding season. Centerville, Ohio is one of the most infested cities in the Miami Valley for raccoons in the attic. More information to remove raccoons from the attic in Centerville (Zip Codes 45458 & 45459) can be found by visiting our Centerville, OH raccoon page. The sows (females) will take residence in attics, or old open buildings to rear their young. The females will have litters of young that range from 2-6 kits per litter. These females will defend their young at all costs and can become quite vicious. The females can also sit with, caring for their young for many days on end without leaving to feed and water herself. So do not ignore any “occasional” sounds you may hear. Have them checked out by a professional wildlife technician. Although raccoons may be one of the most common animals we deal with, there are many more animals that can and will enter a home or structure to raise young such as…
- Rodents (mice, rats, etc)
- And many many more of Ohio’s animal species
Dealing with nuisance animals and their offspring as a homeowner
As a homeowner, you may be inclined to “save a few bucks” and deal with nuisance animals yourself. And while many projects around a home can often time be completed by a homeowner, this may not be a project you want to tackle yourself, and it may be time to call in a professional. Not only can wild animals be dangerous if mishandled, but there are also a number of other concerns when dealing with the trapping, removal, clean up, and repairs that come along with animal issues that many homeowners may not be aware of.
Here is a list of things you may want to consider before taking on a nuisance animal problem
- Are you aware of all of your state, local, and depending on species, federal laws concerning the trapping of animals?
- Once the animal is trapped do you have a plan to remove it? (Again while conforming to all state, local, and federal laws)
- Do you have the proper equipment to safely, and humanely trap the problem animal?
- After the animal is removed what is your plan to keep them out and to clean up the mess left behind?
- Do you know how to check to see if the animal has offspring, and how to locate them?
- Are you aware of how to properly protect yourself and the animal from any harm? Including the transmission of diseases.
This is just a small list of things that every technician at Barnes Wildlife Control is trained and properly educated to deal with. There are many more factors in the nuisance animal removal process than many homeowners think, especially this time of year when you add offspring into the mix.
The ground is thawing out, the temperatures are rising, and all of Ohio’s hibernating, and semi-hibernating, animals are waking up and shaking off the winter dust. Although they may be a little ahead of schedule this year due to our mild winter.
What to look for as a homeowner if you have a Critter Living in the Attic
As a homeowner, there are a few signs you can look out to see if you had any animals hibernating over the winter on your property.
- Freshly dug out borrows
- Plants and flowers being eaten
- Sod dug up in the yard
- Birdseed stole from feeders
- Bats flying around, roosting on or entering home
- Seeing animals foraging on property
These are just a few signs you may notice as the wildlife in the area begins to wake up from their winter sleep. Another important fact to remember is that the end of hibernation marks the beginning of breeding season. So don’t ignore the signs until it’s too late and there are offspring and adult animals that need to be removed. If you do find yourself with a Critter Living in the Attic you now know who to call, the trusted professionals at Barnes Wildlife Control (937) 340-1867 .