Second in number of pest control requests only to Lakewood itself, Rocky River relies on our exterminating team extensively for its pest control needs. Because it’s on the North coast, Rocky River gets a significant amount of orb-weaving spiders, as well as sporadic invasions from Norway rats. Keep reading to find out about what we uncover most often during our pest control missions in Rocky River, Ohio.
Common Pests in Rocky River, OH
Sewer rats frequently make themselves at home inside residences of Rocky River. While we primarily drag them out of homes in the Beachcliff neighborhood, we’ve also done plenty of rat removal in Rocky River. The neighborhood surrounding the library and middle school is particularly susceptible to rat infestations.
The annual onslaught of spiders easily consumes the exterior of many Rocky River homes. Due to the fact that it’s close to the lake, the Beachcliff neighborhood gets hit the hardest. These spiders devour all of the flying insects that come off Lake Erie. The further inland you travel, the lower the population density of spiders becomes.
Every year, mud daubers swarm parts of Rocky River. Peak mud dauber season usually comes between May and June. Mud daubers are wasps that go around gathering mud and spiders. In order to reproduce, they find a spider, paralyze it, and build a mud nest around it. Next, they lay eggs in the nest with the paralyzed spider. As soon as the egg hatches, the larvae feeds on the spider. Although mud daubers can sting, they are not aggressive towards humans. Surprisingly, mud daubers are solitary creatures. Most people assume otherwise because they often appear as if they are swarming homes. The neighborhoods between Detroit Road and Hilliard Boulevard get hit really hard by this stinging insect.
Rocky River is home to several housing communities that are all maintained by the same landscape contractor. Similarly, these housing communities were also all built by the same builder. Therefore, they all have the same susceptibility to rodents.
Nearly all landscape maintenance contracts require that mulch be applied annually at a depth of 1″-2″. The problem is that mulch is applied to all exterior areas whether it’s needed or not. As a result, a thick layer of mulch accumulates around the base of everyone’s homes. This thick mulch creates a great habitat for mice and other rodents.
Add to that ample mulch a handful of people with bird feeders, and you have an absolute mouse haven. Now, in the spring and summer, that’s not a huge issue. Mice have to live somewhere, right? But what happens in autumn and winter, when it’s time to hibernate? All those mice stop at nothing to find a way inside. Unfortunately, a lot of the homes surrounded by this mulch have vinyl siding. At each corner of these homes, you’ll usually find hollow tubes in the siding that the mice use to find their way inside. Every year, we do thousands of dollars in repairs and remediation each year on homes with these features.
For the most part, Rocky River deals with skunks more than raccoons. Skunks love to burrow underneath decks. They also have a knack for burrowing underneath those weird areas of kitchens that protrude out a few feet from the foundation walls.
By summertime, the neighborhood skunk family becomes quite well-known by their human neighbors — especially to those who have gaps underneath their back deck. We dig out around quite a few decks each year. After digging (and evicting the skunks), we install wildlife barriers to keep skunks and other wildlife out.