Did you know that some rodents hibernate during the winter? People who deal with rodent problems often wonder why these pests are so quick to come back during the warmer months, and that is most likely due to their hibernation schedules.
Here are a few facts about rodent hibernation.
1. There are several different kinds of rodents that hibernate
Chipmunks, squirrels, prairie dogs, and certain kinds of mice hibernate. You might be wondering why you see some of these rodents running around your yard during the winter, and that's because they do emerge on warmer days to find food.
They cannot hibernate for six months without an energy source because they are such small animals. They come out of hibernation to eat a few meals and then go right back down to their burrow.
2. Rodents can hibernate in your yard
There are several places in your yard that may be perfect for rodent hibernation. Under your porch, behind your shed, in your garden...it all depends on the setup of your yard.
Rodents burrow themselves deep into the ground in hidden places. Soil under decks and porches is usually pretty soft because the area is untouched, so rodents love making their hibernation homes in those spots.
3. Rodents can hibernate throughout the entire winter
Rodents have the ability to hibernate for five to eight months. They do come up to eat, but they can remain burrowed in the ground for quite a long time. Some rodents wait until April or May to come back out permanently.
4. Hibernating rodents can harm lawns
If rodents burrow themselves below plants, those plants might die. Rodents tear up plant roots and even eat the plants they find while hibernating. If you're wondering why some of your plants mysteriously die during the winter, this could be the reason. If this becomes a problem, you should call a pest control company.
5. Your pets may sense that rodents are hibernating in your yard
If rodents are hibernating in your yard, your pets will notice. They will smell them and may even try to dig them up. Keep this in mind during the winter months.
Do you have any questions about rodent hibernation? Contact Pest Control Services today!
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