Reasons Why Animals Have Spring Babies and What You Can Do About It

Baby opossums on mother's back

As trees start to bud out and the days grow warmer, you may start to notice an increase in animals on your property, more deer, coyotes, skunks, groundhogs, and racoons begin to wander into your yard. They can destroy your gardens, root through your trash, and endanger your family. In today’s blog from Animal Remover, we will explain why babies are born in the spring and how we safely remove nuisance animals. 

It’s Survival of the Species 

In areas of the world where there are defined seasons, animals will mate during months when they know that the new offspring will be most likely to survive. This includes deer, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and birds. Mammals may mate in the fall or winter so they can give birth in the Spring. Spring offers everything the new babies will need – warmer weather, foliage for cover and a greater availability of food. It also means longer days to forage and higher amounts of rainfall for drinking. 

Some species undergo “delayed fertilization” meaning they may mate in early or late winter or even summer, but the embryo doesn’t attach itself to the uterine wall for several months. Once it does, the gestation period begins. Animals such as the weasel, river otter, black bear and armadillo are among those who have this type of fertilization. These births can still result in a spring arrival. 

Smaller mammals may start breeding in spring and then have babies by the middle of the summer. Mice, rabbits, skunks, squirrels, and birds usually mate in the spring once they know there is enough food for their babies to eat.

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Great for Them, But You? 

While these spring babies mean the species get to continue populating the Earth, it can translate into trouble for you and your property. If you’ve ever planted a vegetable or herb garden and had it trampled and eaten by deer, you know the frustration.  If you have trash containers that do not have secured lids, you may find bear or racoons digging through them in the middle of the night. 

How to Keep Nuisance Animals Away 

There are some basic ways to keep the nuisance animal population down in your yard. Here are a few examples.  

Deer. If deer have made a feast off your flowers and bedding plants, check with your local plant specialist to choose plants they won’t eat. Any plants that are furry or prickly like lamb’s ear and globe thistle are a sure bet they won’t get eaten.  Install a tall fence or border your gardens with large rocks. 

Bears. Eliminate odors that would attract a hungry bear. These can reside in your trash cans, compost piles, barbecue grills and smokers and bird feeders. If you have pet food outside, bring it in. Purchase bear-proof trash cans. 

Raccoons. Like bears, raccoons seem to be always on the hunt for food. There are several ways to prevent these little bandits. Mesh and wire fencing is a good way to keep them out of your trash bins and other areas you want to guard, like a vegetable garden. There are also recipes to make taste or odor repellents that are safe for animals, humans and the environment. Because they do not like water, there are also motion activated sprinklers that are set off when a sensor indicates a small creature on the nearby ground. 

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If you have employed these tactics and are still having trouble, call an experienced nuisance animal removal specialist. Because some of these animals can be aggressive or carry potentially deadly diseases like rabies, you should always call an animal removal specialist to handle them. 

Nuisance Animal Management by Animal Remover

There are reasons why different species of animals exist. It’s all part of the delicate balance of nature. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with their damaging effects on your property. We can exclude several kinds of nuisance animals, repair any damage to your home, and install prevention measures if you want to keep these beneficial creatures nearby. Contact Animal Remover or call (513) 324-9453 for more details on our animal removal services!