It is not uncommon for Oklahoma to experience highly diverse weather throughout the winter and fall months. In just a week, temperatures can range from 72°F and sunny to 10°F and icy. With so much variation possible, many homeowners might be asking themselves, “What rodents hibernate, and which will be active in the winter?” Unfortunately, not all rodents hibernate. In fact, many of them might be staying warm in your home or garage right now without your knowledge.
Many Larger Outdoor Rodent Species Will Hibernate
Although most people view rodents as tiny household pests that occasionally require traps, many different species qualify under this classification. For instance, groundhogs, or woodchucks, can be a common nuisance for homeowners as they create tunnels throughout their yard. Fortunately, they halt this process and hibernate the entire winter, sleeping underground to retain as much warmth as possible.
Other common rodents will hibernate as well, including prairie dogs, meadow jumping mice, ground squirrels, and chipmunks. However, of these species, chipmunks will wake up for a few days to eat some of their reserved and buried seeds to sustain themselves throughout the colder months. In most cases, you can expect all these rodent species to seemingly disappear for 5-8 months if the conditions are cold enough to warrant it for their survival.
Raccoons are often another common nuisance for homeowners during the winter months, although they are not rodents at all. However, many Oklahomans think of them as rodents because of their eating and nesting habits. Like squirrels, raccoons will stay active if the weather is not highly unforgiving. While they will often burrow in a den until the weather passes, any trashcans near the garage or home could lure them into staying nearby.
At Emtec Pest Control, we are committed to safe and responsible pest control. We understand that your family’s safety is your number one priority, so we make it our priority, too.
If you have any other questions about any of these pests or pest control for your home or business, contact your Oklahoma pest control experts at Emtec Pest Control by calling us or by filling out our online contact form.