Forbes Living warns that boats and other fun summer toys that have been stored for several months may have been used as a refuge for unexpected visitors. Along with the ubiquitous mosquitoes that can breed in the smallest space containing standing water left over from the melting snow, a host of unexpected creatures may be using an overturned boat, car cover, children's swimming pool or other storage space as a winter home. The unintended guest list may include mice, rats, stray cats, squirrels, birds, raccoons, skunks and opossums.
Forbes Living says: be careful when hauling your summer gear out of winter storage.
The Forbes Living TV show reminds viewers to take it slow when pulling these items out of a long winter's storage. As well as critters that may still be residing therein, other hazards include a winter's worth of droppings and damage to a vehicle's upholstery. Also, spring is birthing season, so one might encounter a whole family of animals, and a mother who will fiercely defend her young from any intruder, even if that intruder happens to be the home owner whose hospitality she has been enjoying all winter. If this is the case, do not try to evict the family by yourself, call a licensed professional who can remove them safely and humanely.