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.

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