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 spring, 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 don’t usually prove to be a problem for everyone, but if you own a farm or a garden they can certainly get on your nerves. Like racoons 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. What is more is that this is the season that you will see the most weasel activity, as many of the females begin to give birth around this time, meaning that they will be more aggressive in looking for a food source for their young.
So, why care about the weasel? In addition to the fact that they can give diseases to humans (like rabies), they are just a general nuisance on your property. Typically, they won’t venture into your home, but there is always a chance—it is always better to be proactive instead of reactive when it comes to pests.
Now comes the golden question: how do you keep these critters at bay? Well, one of the easiest ways that we recommend 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. If you do 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 preparer if not handled correctly.
Instead, give the experts at Tri-County Pest Control a call if you find a weasel on your property. In no time, we’ll be there 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!