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5 Common Wildlife Pests Found in Wichita

5 Common Wildlife Pests Found in Wichita

Wichita, Kansas, has a wide range of wildlife ranging from smaller rats and mice to larger animals, like beavers and raccoons. Given Kansas’s flat layout and hot and dry climate, these wildlife creatures have grown accustomed to relatively harsh conditions and are persistent when it comes to finding food and shelter. These adaptations have transformed a number of these animals into pests that can cause damage to your property. 

Though there are many wildlife pests you are likely to see around Wichita, here are five of the most common:

Armadillos

Armadillos are highly territorial creatures that have a layer of protective sort of “armor” around them. The armadillo species native to North America tend to be on the larger end, around 2 to 3 feet long and almost a foot tall.

They are prolific diggers - armadillos will burrow through your garden and lawn in search of grub and bugs to eat. They are likely to leave behind rather large holes that can be difficult to cover up. Because of this, it’s important to remove armadillos on your property as soon as you notice them. Visit armadillocontrol.com to learn more.

Moles

Another common pest, the eastern mole is specific to the Kansas area. They are smaller creatures that may look like a rat or mouse at first glance. Moles are distinguishable by their feet, however, with thicker claws and flat palms.

Similar to armadillos, they dig into yards and gardens in search of something to eat. They are rather difficult animals to catch in the act, however, as they spend much of their day underground in the burrows they have created. 

Opossums

Particularly invasive creatures, opossums are relatively skittish marsupials that can grow to be up to 20 pounds. Rather than digging their own spaces, opossums are likely to take up residence in established holes and closed-in areas of homes. It is especially common to find opossums in attics or chimneys when they are preparing to give birth, as they are looking for somewhere safe and away from potential predators.

If undetected for a long period of time, opossums can make semi-permanent homes in your property and lead to long-term damage to your home’s structure.

Woodrats

There are two species of woodrats common to the Wichita area - the eastern woodrat, and the grey woodrat. Nearly indistinguishable from rats at first glance, the woodrat poses a more significant threat to your property - they are known to burrow in attics and cars and commonly gnaw away at the plastic covering of wires.

Over time, they can cause major damage to your home or car’s electrical wiring and render appliances and other power sources useless as a result.

Coyotes

Most dangerous on the list, coyotes are a common predator in the Wichita area. Large and carnivorous, coyotes will eat virtually any meat source they can get to. They are known to go after farm animals, other wildlife in the area, and - in rare cases - humans if provoked.

If you are experiencing coyotes on your property, it is best to call a professional to take care of the issue safely

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