Is similar to a giant rat. They have a habit of rooting hrough trash cans and debris around homes. They have a protruding mouth with a lot of teeth. They are very thin haired, large ears and a long tail. They are 8 times more likely to carry rabies then other varmints. They climb trees and make their way in to the attics of homes and businesses.
Varmints & Snakes
The armadillo is most easily identified by its shell on its back. This shell is made out of bone. The armadillo is a mammal. They have a long tail that is protected by segmented shields. They have short strong front legs used for digging. These mammals feed on small insects, plants, roots and crops. They can damage lawns and flower beds looking for insects and grubs.
Raccoons are large mammals that feed mainly at night. They are grey, black and white in color. They are known for their black bask around their eyes and the 4 to 6 black strips around their tail. These mammals feed on almost everything from fish, trash cans, berries, nuts, insects, eggs, and dead animals. They become a nuisance when they find ways in our attics or raid our trash cans.
The skunk is from the weasel family. They are a silky black and white in color. With a white stripe that runs down their tails. Skunks are about the size of cats 13 to 18 inches in length. Their tail is approx. 10 inches long. They have short legs and move and feed mainly at night. They are most know for their protective smell/musk that they put off when protecting itself. The skunk feeds on insects and grubs like the armadillo. They cause damage to flower beds and yards. They are a carrier of rabies. They need to kept away from pets.
Squirrels are rodents like mice and rats. They are brown, grey, or black with a fluffy tail. They have 4 chewing teeth two above and two below with their chewing teeth in the back. They live in trees and feed on nuts acorns and eggs. It is not uncommon to find squirrels climbing trees and running across roof tops. Squirrels will damage wood trim under eaves trying to get into attics. Once inside they will nest through the winter and produce their young.
Can range in size from 5 to 14 inches long. They range in color from light brown to black to white. They are from the rodent family. They have small ears and eyes, with large pocket cheeks that allow them to carry food and nuts. They burrow in the ground causing dirt mounds in yards and fields.
Range in size from 6 to 8 inches in length. They range in color from a grey to dirty brown. They live almost their entire life underground. They tunnel just below ground level and leave mounds of dirt throughout the yard and fields. They do not tunnel as deep as the gopher.
Range in size from 20 to 40 inches. It has a copper like tone on the dorsal side of its head. The copperhead has a chestnut color with bands of dark brown. The bands of dark brown are in the shape of an hour glass. These snakes are venomous. Bark mulch, rock areas, under wood piles, leaf piles, firewood, storage boxes, under rocks, and heavy foliage are just some of the areas these snakes like to hide.
Is a small snake around 20 inches long. It is a pretty snake with bright colors. Red with a small yellow stripe then a black stripe, yellow stripe, then red again, etc. Its head is black and yellow striped. These snakes are venomous. They are mainly nocturnal feeding at night on small snakes, lizards and small reptiles. It spends most of its time in cracks and crevices underground.
Can up to 6 ft. long. They range in color from a brown, olive darkish dark body with a yellowish lighter underside with dark bands. Their mouths are white giving them the cottonmouth nickname. These snakes are poisonous. They can be aggressive but spend most of their time around water and lying in the sun on logs, rocks, or limbs.
Trapping and relocating is the best way to get rid of varmints and snakes around the home. Exclusion is the process of sealing up access points around structures in order to keep them out.