Atlanta. Home of the Braves, Falcons, Hawks…and a growing population of Raccoon. While many wildlife species decline as human development spreads, the opposite is true of the wily and intelligent Raccoon. Opportunistic by nature, these masked bandits thrive alongside human habitation. Our life style provides ample food, water, and shelter. Imagine the nightly routine of the urban Raccoon. It begins just after dark as they emerge from your home’s cozy attics and crawl spaces. Remember, these areas are great harborage sites and to a critter, seem very similar to the tree-hollow their country relatives inhabit. Then its time for food. The Raccoon begins by knocking over your trash can and feasting on leftovers from your dinner table. Then they are off to find your pets food on the back porch or beside the garage. Then its time for a little fun…a dip in your Koi pond and some fishing. Mmmmm…goldfish taste good! If you’re lucky, your neighborhood Racoon may even walk across your car leaving their tell-tale footprints behind. Finally, after a night of feasting and fun, the Racoon family returns home – to your attic.
As you can see, we have created the ideal habitat for the Raccoon. It should be no surprise these adaptive creatures have managed to thrive in the human environment. That’s great for the Racoon…but not so good for you. Don’t let wildlife make your home, their home. Call Peachtree Pest Control today for a free inspection. You may not realize you have a problem until scat and urine have destroyed your home’s insulation! 855-PEACHTREE
Corey Arnold ~President
Wildlife season is typically something we associate with cooler temps. As the evening chill of fall settles over Atlanta animals such as squirrels, raccoon, and skunks look for cozy places to refuge. But we’re not there yet! Nope…its still hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk. So, what does that mean for wildlife control here in metro Atlanta? It means HORNETS! That’s right, tis the season for dangerous Hornet colonies to reach their annual maximum size of up to 700 individuals. And, as food resources dwindle and populations peak inside the hive, Hornet aggression also peaks. This can be a very dangerous situation with kids playing outdoors and homeowners trimming bushes where nests can be commonly found.
In Georgia there are two species of Hornets, the Bald Faced Hornet (Indicated by its black body and white markings on the head) and the less common European Hornet (indicated by the reddish brown body with yellow markings on the tail area). Both species are quite large in comparison to their smaller cousins wasps and yellow jackets. Both varieties build large ball shaped nests comprised of a paper-pulp mixture of hornet saliva, dirt, and chewed plant matter. In areas with concentrations of red clay the nests will demonstrate a similar coloration.
Anyone who has experienced a sting from a Hornet can attest to the intense pain. In some cases involving multiple stings, serious injury and even death may occur. Professional control of these pests is critical to prevent harm to yourself and others. Treatment of a hornet colony begins with a assessment of its location. No matter the product of choice, physical removal of the nest is required.
Remember, Hornets are a very dangerous pest that require specialized tools and training to address safely. If you think you may have a Hornet problem consider giving Peachtree Pest Control a call. Let our pros handle your issues without putting yourself or your family at risk.
Corey Arnold; President