Heat brings more critters and homeowners face to face - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Heat brings more critters and homeowners face to face

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

  

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Humans aren't the only ones trying to escape the extreme summer heat. High temperatures and extreme humidity are bringing homeowners and critters face to face indoors.

When that happens, there's only one person to call: animal trapper companies. Right now, workers say business is hot.

Mike Goldschmidt suited up to catch critters on Wednesday afternoon.

For the last month, his crew has gone out on eight to ten calls a day. He said the reason why is simple. Just as humans are looking to beat the heat, so are the animals.

"I think a lot of these animals are looking for refuge of any type," Goldschmidt said. "Brush that's stacked up in a yard. Anywhere they can get out of the elements is what they're going to do because they're survivors."

We're talking about raccoons, possums, snakes, skunks and bats.

"People aren't use to seeing that in their homes," said Goldschmidt. "Thank God there's a phone book!"

And locals have definitely been using it. In July, Critter Control caught 150 animals.

Crews first inspect the property. Goldschmidt said that's because most people have no idea what's really bugging them.

"We get a call," said Goldschmidt. "'I think I've got mice.' Well, you might have mice, but now you've got something else."

Something else that can live just about anywhere.

"That could be a wasp hole," Goldschmidt said while digging in the ground. "Along foundations. We would have cracks in foundations, things like that. It's just an excellent place for an animal to harbor. Or you could get field mice, Norway rats, skunks will burrow along foundations. this shot of debris here. That could harbor a lot of different type animals"

For today's job, Goldschmidt is looking for a raccoon. After installing the bait and the cage on the roof, Goldschmidt climbed back down the ladder and waited on the ground. The critter doesn't show up so Goldschmidt leaves, but he will return a few hours later to catch his culprit.

Critter Control crews are on call 24 hours a day. Goldschmidt said that means he gets a lot of his calls late at night.

 Copyright 2010 FOX19. All Rights Reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Shark boy: Loveland kid raises, donates money to Newport Aquarium

    Shark boy: Loveland kid raises, donates money to Newport Aquarium

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:45 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:45:22 GMT
    Ryan Brubaker, 5, raised more than $200 for shark conservation at the Newport Aquarium (Newport Aquarium)Ryan Brubaker, 5, raised more than $200 for shark conservation at the Newport Aquarium (Newport Aquarium)
    Ryan Brubaker, 5, raised more than $200 for shark conservation at the Newport Aquarium (Newport Aquarium)Ryan Brubaker, 5, raised more than $200 for shark conservation at the Newport Aquarium (Newport Aquarium)

    He's not Shark Boy but this Greater Cincinnati boy loves sharks! 

    Full Story >

    He's not Shark Boy but this Greater Cincinnati boy loves sharks! 

    Full Story >
  • Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

    Ebola vaccinations begin in rural Congo on Monday: Ministry

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:03 AM EDT2018-05-26 10:03:13 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:37 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:37:03 GMT
    A vaccination campaign continues in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. (Source: (Louise Annaud/Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)A vaccination campaign continues in Mbandaka, the city of 1.2 million where four Ebola cases have been confirmed. (Source: (Louise Annaud/Medecins Sans Frontieres via AP)

    Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths, as vaccinations continue.

    Full Story >

    Congo says confirmed Ebola cases rise to 35, with 10 deaths, as vaccinations continue.

    Full Story >
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

    Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:23 AM EDT2018-05-26 09:23:12 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:35:05 GMT
    A gradual strengthening is expected through the weekend as Alberto moves north. (Source: NOAA/CIRA/RAMMB/CNN)A gradual strengthening is expected through the weekend as Alberto moves north. (Source: NOAA/CIRA/RAMMB/CNN)

    A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

    Full Story >

    A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly