As a property owner, few things can be more disconcerting than discovering wildlife on your property.
While spotting a squirrel in the park may be cute, discovering one in your attic is a completely different story. Unfortunately, even the fluffiest, most adorable critters can generate a large amount of damage within a short period of time, and attempting to handle a wild animal control yourself can end in serious injury.
Take a look at the following wild animal control tips below if you have discovered wildlife on your property.
It is always better to avoid having a wildlife encounter by practicing preventative strategies around your property.
Taking the time to make sure your property is secure and does not have rotting wood or other types of damage that gives animals easy access will reduce your chances of dealing with an infestation.
A few of the best animal prevention practices include trimming your tree branches back at least three feet from the roof of your property, repairing water damage and storing trash in animal-proof containers or inside an enclosed yard or garage.
For outdoor wildlife, keep your yard free of trash and debris that might represent potential food to animals such as leftover dog food.
When preventative strategies fail, early intervention is essential to protect your property from damage and prevent animal-borne illnesses from harming the people who visit or live on your property.
For this reason, seasonal inspections can help you notice the signs of a wildlife invasion such as a nest near your backyard shed or holes located low on the exterior of your house. If rodents have invaded your property, you may hear scratches in your walls or roof, or you may have strange electrical outages if they chew through wires.
Trash strewn across the lawn in the morning, animal droppings, or tufts of fur left near a hole are a few more signs of a wildlife issue.
Once you suspect a wildlife problem, you will want to try to identify the culprit. Sometimes, this is simple, such as if you spot a rat.
However, it can get a little more challenging when your wildlife problem occurs outside. Snakes, possums and gophers can all quickly tear up your yard, but they may leave little evidence behind other than holes and torn up fauna.
When an animal is elusive, you may check for clues such as droppings or food preferences that may help your wildlife removal expert prepare for visiting your property. However, it is best to avoid going to extreme lengths to identify the animal without professional assistance since entering an animal’s territory can end in a nasty bite or other type of injury.
At the first sighting of an animal on their property, people tend to either run for cover or take matters into their own hands.
In some instances, you may even be curious about the critter you have discovered since seeing pests such as birds up close can be interesting. Whatever your initial response may be, it is important to avoid getting to close since dealing with wildlife can be unpredictable.
For example, that adorable litter of baby possums may have a protective mother lurking just around the corner.
Rodent droppings can carry dangerous viruses, and poisonous snakes can often mimic garden varieties. Animals are often surprisingly fast, and an angry mother may be willing to risk her life to protect her litter, even if it means chasing you down. Therefore, quickly note any information that might be helpful about the wildlife you have encountered and quickly get away from the scene until a professional arrives.
In most communities, there are laws that are established regarding wildlife hunting and trapping that also apply to residential and commercial properties.
While you likely already know that shooting an animal in your backyard will be illegal in most areas, you may be surprised at some of the other laws that exist regarding wildlife removal. For example, many communities have defined rules regarding how an animal may be trapped and released.
These rules are not only meant to make sure trapping methods are humane, but they are also designed to ensure that wild animals are not released in areas that will pose another problem. Potential laws may protect pregnant or nursing animals and stipulate how deceased wildlife is disposed of in a community.
To avoid running afoul of your community’s laws, it is always best to consult a professional wildlife removal service that is familiar with how and where to remove wildlife from a property.
When confronted, wild animals are often vicious since their instincts are geared for survival. A rat may be small, but their jaws are strong enough to bite off a finger tip, and rabies is always a huge concern with wild animals.
Even a trapped animal may get out of their cage or bite through the holes in the trap. In addition to the risk for injury, different types of wild animals require specialized removal methods. For example, using rodenticides will eliminate a rat infestation, but you will then need to have the deceased rat carcasses removed from your property.
For this reason, it is important to talk to prospective wildlife removal specialists about how they handle the entire removal process. Making sure that no trace of the wildlife problem is left behind should always be their main concern.
Whether you run into a three-foot snake or a tiny little mouse, discovering a wild animal on your property is sure to be a shock.
Remember to keep your wits about you so that you do not create a bigger problem by harassing or scaring the wild animal in your vicinity to feel the need to protect themselves or their young. By knowing how to quickly identify an issue and keep your distance until help arrives, you will be able to successfully handle your wildlife problem while protecting your property and personal safety.