Sewer rats come into homes of Rocky River. While we drag them out of homes primarily in the Beachcliff neighborhood, We have done plenty of rat removal in Rocky River in the neighborhood surrounding the library and middle school.
The annual onslaught of spiders easily consumes the exterior of many area homes. Being 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 population density of spiders tends to decrease.
Every year mud daubers swarm parts of Rocky River. Usually between May and June they are at their peak. Mud daubers are wasps that go around gathering mud and spiders. They lay eggs in a mud nest with a paralyzed spider. When the egg hatches, the larvae feeds on the spider. Although they can sting, they are not aggressive towards humans. Although they are solitary creatures, their activity appears as if they are swarming homes. The neighborhoods between Detroit Road and Hilliard Blvd. get hit really hard by this stinging insect.
One common theme in Rocky River are housing communities that are all maintained by the same landscape contractor. These housing communities were all built by the same builder. And they all have the same susceptibility to rodents. Nearly all landscape maintenance contracts will call for an annual mulch application at a depth of 1″-2″. The problem is that the mulch is applied whether it needs it or not. As a result, a thick layer of mulch accumulates around the base of everyone’s homes. This creates a great habitat for mice and other rodents. You add on a handful of people with bird feeders, and you have a mouse haven. What happens when it comes time to hibernate? Mice find a way inside. A lot of these homes have vinyl siding. At each corner of the home are hollow tubes that mice use to find their way inside. We do thousands of dollars in repairs and remediation each year as a result of this.
Rocky River deals with skunks more than raccoons for the most part. They love to burrow underneath decks, and underneath those weird areas of kitchens that protrude out from the foundation walls a few feet.
The neighborhood skunk family becomes well known by summertime. At least to those who have gaps underneath their back deck. We dig out around quite a few decks annually, and install wildlife barriers to keep skunks and other wildlife out.