Wacky Pest Wednesday: Weasels
Happy Wednesday, Tri-County Pest Control fans! We’re here with another edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday, and today we invite you to join us as we cover a wildlife pest that you may encounter this season, especially if you live near the water: the weasel!
Weasels, minks, and pests—all of these can be synonyms of the same critter. Small and, well, weaselly, weasels are particularly sneaky and crafty—there are more ways than one that they can grab a quick meal. If you own a farm or a garden, they can certainly get on your nerves. Like raccoons and other rodents, these fellas love trash, and if you leave your trash cans open at night, you may be greeted to a few of them trying to make off with a quick meal. During this season, expect to see a higher weasel presence than usual, as this is the time where the baby weasels come out, and you better believe that mamma weasel will be very protective.
So, why care about weasels? Well, not only are they just a nuisance on your property, they can also be the vector of diseases such as rabies. We don’t need to talk about how bad rabies is, but the turned-over trash cans should be reason enough to take care of them. Typically, they won’t venture into your home, but you never know.
Now comes the golden question: how do you keep these critters at bay? Well, one of the easiest ways to do it is to limit their potential food source. Make sure that all trash is taken out in tied bags and that your trash cans always have a lid on them. Furthermore, if you own a garden, keep a fence around it—even one made of chicken coop wire. Should you find a weasel on your property, we encourage you not to lay out a trap for it—more often than not, these traps are not properly set up, and they can cause harm to the animal or the trap setter if not handled correctly.
Instead, give the experts at Tri-County Pest Control a call if you find a weasel on your property. We’ll be there in no time to remove the problem safely and humanely, and release the critter back into the wild (in a different area, of course) when we’re done.
Keep your eyes out for weasels on this lovely Wednesday!