It is Warm Inside Especially for Cold Wildlife

The Georgia cold winter weather is here, especially at nighttime. Most of our homes are nice and toasty warm for the humans living inside. Unfortunately, the wildlife outside are starting to get cold and will figure out a way to get inside where it is warm for them.

We have lots of rodents / wildlife in Georgia. Here is a little bit of information about them and what happens if they take up residence in your warm home.


Chipmunks can also chew through wires and take up residence in your home and they can carry diseases that can be spread to humans and other animals as well. Chipmunks also block pipes around your home due to their fur balls. They eat chips, bread and other types of human food inside your home. Chipmunks are small striped squirrels native to North America and Asia. The common name originally may have been spelled “chitmunk”, meaning “red squirrel”.


Opossum come out at night time, perhaps rummaging through your garbage. This opportunistic animal will take your pet’s food or live under your porch or get in your attic. The opossum is about the size of a house cat with adult males weighing an average of 5.5 pounds and adult females an average of 4.0 pounds. They have long, dense body fur that is usually a grayish white color, although some opossums in the southeastern U.S. are darker. An opossums face is white with a pointed snout and whiskers. An adult opossum has 50 teeth, quite a lot, and is not afraid to bare them when scared or angry (hence the phrase “grinning like an opossum”). Its tail is about a foot long and has very little hair on it.


Raccoons frequently raid trash cans and steal pet food. They also often choose to live in the attic or chimney of your home. The raccoon is a stocky mammal up to three feet in length and weighing between 8-20 pounds. Distinctive markings include a black mask over the eyes and heavily furred tail with black rings. Its fur is grizzled in appearance and coloration can vary from gray to black, although individuals with a somewhat yellow, “tawny” color are common in some areas. Raccoons have pointy, triangular ears and hand-like front paws. Breeding peaks in February and March, but can occur at any time from December to June.


Simply hearing the word snake sends shivers up some folk’s spine. However, snakes are an important component of our ecosystem in Georgia because of their major role as both a predator and prey. Snakes are economically beneficially because they eat rats, mice, and other animals deemed to be pests. Some snakes have been used as bioindicators to assess pollutants in terrestrial or aquatic ecosystems. Unfortunately, many species of snakes are declining as a result of human activities. Thankfully, of the 41 snake species that occur in Georgia, only one is considered legally threatened, the eastern indigo snake.


  • Copperhead
  • Pigmy Rattlesnake
  • Canebrake or Timber Rattlesnake
  • Cottonmouth
  • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
  • Eastern Coral Snake


Squirrels love to live in a warm attic, and will chew on electrical wires or wood. Squirrels belong to a large family of small or medium-sized rodents called the Sciuridae. The family includes tree squirrels, ground squirrels, chipmunks, marmots (including woodchucks), flying squirrels, and prairie dogs.

Other Wildlife

Houseman Services handles all of the wildlife described above and controls Armadillos, Rats, Mice, Skunks, Beavers, Canine, Feral, Bats, and Birds.

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