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Wildlife Removal

The Dangers of Nuisance Wildlife

A pest invasion of any type is not ideal, but large rodents pose a more present threat to your health and the health of your family members than a line of ants marching down a windowsill. When rodents invade a home, they can damage wiring and insulation, and they leave behind urine, feces, fleas, and mites. All of these undesirable byproducts of wildlife infestation can carry dangerous, sometimes fatal, diseases that can be passed on to humans through contaminated food or beverages.

If you find nuisance wildlife in or around your home, it is imperative that you do not try to trap, handle, or otherwise come into contact with the animal. There are a host of animal diseases, including rabies and hantavirus, that can be transmitted directly from animal to human through bites. Animal removal specialists are trained in how to safely remove nuisance wildlife without putting themselves or others at risk.

Common Hiding Places

Just like any other type of household pest, rodents and other animals enter the home from the outside through almost any opening—even those that seem too small to admit an animal. Wildlife infestations are common during the colder months of the year because animals are looking for a warm space away from the harsh outdoor elements. As a result, raccoons, opossums, and other rodents as well as birds and bats often make their way into chimneys, roof spaces, and vents.

An animal removal professional will be able to assess your home for possible critter entry points and then block off those spots to prevent reentry. Oftentimes, this exclusion work will include installing a cap on top of the chimney, sealing any gaps between the home’s roof and fascia, or securely patching holes in siding. To truly prevent recurring pest problems, however, it is also important to consider any landscaping or trees that may be contributing to the problem. The nuisance animal removal company you hire should remove or trim any tree limbs overhanging the roof or shrubbery growing too close to the home.

Removal Techniques

Reputable animal and wildlife removal companies will use humane methods of animal control. In most cases, nuisance wildlife is captured using humane live traps. Once the animal is captured, state regulations largely dictate the next steps in the process. Different states have different laws and licensing requirements for animal and wildlife removal. In some cases, the animal must be released in the same area in which it was captured, but in others, the animal may be relocated. Exclusion work and repair of any damage caused by the animal can only begin once the pest has been removed. Before hiring a nuisance animal removal company, be sure that they have a clear plan for how to remove the pest, prevent another infestation, and repair any existing damage.