Animal Pest Control - Wildlife Tips and Tactics

Wild animals are attracted to areas that have easy access to food sources such as vegetable gardens, bird feeders, or unprotected domestic animal feeds. They tend to look for areas that provide a warm shelter that will protect them from the elements such as attics, basements, walls and chimneys. If there are easy access points such as loose siding, broken windows or missing foundation vents, animals will be more likely to set up residence.

Conducting animal pest control on your own is usually not a good idea. A cute critter becomes defensive when cornered or provoked to attack. Nets and traps are not a safe means of elimination. You run the risk of being bitten or scratched by a diseased animal. A wild animal is unpredictable and dangerous no matter how small or innocuous looking. If you attempt wildlife removal using baits or poison, you run the risk of having the animal die inside the walls of your house--or worse, potentially abandoning a nest of offspring that will perish in a different part of your home. Your wildlife exterminators will have to send a technician to search for and locate the dead animal, and most likely cut through an interior wall of your home to remove it. The tech will have to sanitize the area and remove the terrible odor that alerted you to the dead animal in your home.

Outdoors, remove food and water sources that tempt invading animals. Feed your pet inside. Do not feed wild animals. The will return and often attract more undesirable animals to the area. Feeding ducks and geese can draw them into the populated area where they may be struck by cars. Tighten trash can lids. Maintain the exterior of your home by sealing cracks and crevices, tightening doors and repairing broken screening. Pay special attention to potential entryways to your attic and basement.

Professional wildlife control services can determine the most appropriate and effective methods to best solve the problem at hand. They can prevent wildlife damage using repellant or other deterrents like netting and fencing, exclusion and habitat modification. These companies employ highly skilled, humane personnel who have the experience at providing such services and the equipment and knowledge necessary to safely remove the animal from your property without injuring it or themselves. Wildlife control technicians are also up to date on regulations involving species that may be protected by law and require special handling.

The best thing you can do to protect your home from nuisance animals is to prevent them from setting up residence in the first place. But, if despite your best efforts to thwart a determined pest, you find that one has moved in, do not hesitate to contact a professional wildlife exterminator. The sooner you get rid of your unwanted guest, the less chance it will have to cause extensive damage to your home or your health.

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