Wildlife Information & Control
No matter where you live in the country, your home could be under assault from pests beyond run-of-the-mill insects and spiders. Larger forms of wildlife including mammals, birds, and reptiles will be drawn to the warmth and security a human dwelling can provide. Depending on your region, you could be faced with mammals like rats, squirrels, skunks, and armadillos, as well as birds like pigeons, sparrows and startlings, not to mention reptiles like lizards. With these creatures and many more trying to get into your home, it is critical that you take action to protect what’s yours. There are a variety of ways in which such wildlife can infiltrate your home, but common entry points are as follows:
- Gaps between exterior walls & roofing fascia
- Roof returns and plumbing vents
- Attic turbine and gable vents
- Dryer and oven vents
- Foundation grates and pipe openings
- Garage door openings
Make sure to check all the above areas for signs of intrustion, as well as any other potential points of entry in and around your home. If you see evidence indicating wildlife may have attempted entering your home, contact a wildlife removal professional quickly.
Mammals of all kinds are found throughout North America, and can be incredibly dangerous pests if not dealt with properly. They can chew through wires, eat drywall, tear insulation, and leave behind fecal matter containing dangerous bacteria. They also can carry harmful diseases transmittable to humans. Most homeowners have a story about a time they were disgusted by a rat, or spooked by an armadillo, or even sprayed by a skunk.
One of the most common rodents plaguing homeowners is the squirrel. Squirrels of all kinds must be kept out of the house as they are quite capable of taking over entire attics, making the rafters and walls into their homes. These agile and creative mammals are incredibly challenging to remove, and typically require the experience and know-how of a trained professional. Deterring mammals from coming near your property, and denying them access to your home is as much about prevention as it is eradication. Consult an expert to help protect your home ahead of time, and you’ll be able to rest easy.
Pigeons, sparrows, and startlings can gain access to your home and wreak havoc. In addition to all the noise they can create, birds will scatter their droppings all over your home, jeopardize the integrity of your home’s interior structures, and ruin the appearance of your home from the outside. Chimneys, attics, garages, and any smaller structures like sheds and treehouses provide safe areas for birds to build their nests. If no measures are taken to address and prevent these unwelcome inhabitants, birds can do costly amounts of damage. As homeowners can imagine, birds are troublesome to capture and eradicate, so the most effective solution is always to call a wildlife removal expert.
Most common in hotter climates due to their warm-blooded nature, reptiles like snakes and lizards can pose serious risks to homeowners. Certain reptiles like garter snakes and geckos are relatively harmless to humans, they certainly still make some homeowners uncomfortable. A few preventative measures to take against these creatures are easy, like keeping grass short, clearing outdoor property of all clutter, and securing all points of entry to your home. More advanced methods of prevention (and removal) are best left to professionals, and if you live in an area that’s home to poisonous snakes like Copperheads, you should call a wildlife removal service immediately upon seeing one.
Unlike with insects, homeowners are often more willing to capture and release wildlife rather than killing them on the spot. This more gentle treatment is humane, but it also makes solving the problem a more difficult endeavor. Since these animals are so difficult to capture for homeowners with no experience and training, the surest and safest option is almost always to consult a wildlife animal removal company. Wild animals can be a threat to your property, your health and your sense of security. Don’t let them take over what’s yours.