Being able to live in harmony with wildlife in rural areas is a pertinent aspect of living in a balanced ecosystem. Although, it still is not very easy to be open to sharing a home with a skunk or a family of opossums, even if you are a very welcoming host.
Many people nowadays are turning to crates and live traps to capture and relocate small scavengers from their yards, garages, and sheds. The hard truth about getting rid of wildlife in this way is that it presumably will not solve the problem. If it is a safe, sustainable environment for one woodchuck or squirrel, it is the same for another. Wildlife is becoming increasingly more prevalent in our cities as they grow larger and wildlife reserves become smaller and smaller.
When families of raccoons, skunks, or opossums relocate and find safety in suburb areas, they learn to thrive best in that environment. A study done by the Humane Society showed that over 75% of wildlife that was relocated from rural areas back to the woods either left immediately and found their way back to the neighborhood home, or died shortly thereafter. In other words, wildlife near big cities is becoming acclimated to city and suburb living. Can you blame them? No predators, ample food, and shelter found in garbage cans, sheds, and basements.
What does this mean for you? Let's talk prevention. The number one reason wildlife stays in your home and on your property is that they know they are taken care of. Certain measures have to be taken to keep them away. First, keep garbage can lids closed tightly and minimalize any compost you place in your garden. Second, keep pet food in sealed bins and containers if not kept inside. Lastly, if you have any doors or hatches that lead to basements, crawlspaces, sheds, garages, etc., keep them shut at all times. Being aware of what will attract wildlife is huge in keeping your house off their list of places to build dens and homes.
We understand that this does not always do the trick, nor does it keep out all types of wildlife. Birds and bats can maneuver into attics by way of ventilators and dormer windows. Snakes can find their way into a home through a cracked door or window. Not all events can be prevented, but all can be treated. A breach by wildlife can feel overwhelming. When bugs and insects infest an area, they are (literally speaking) a small problem. When you find a snake in your basement or hear bats screeching in your attic, it’s a whole new level of stress. The biggest factor to take into consideration when dealing with wildlife is that they can be aggressive, and they carry diseases more often than not. Keep this in mind and do not attempt to capture or shoo them away yourself.
If and when you have an invasion by wildlife in your home or yard, contact our team and leave it up to us to figure out the best way to remove the animal(s) and treat your home with repellants to prevent further invasions. The permanent solution lies in the proofing of your home to repel the animals. We will help you understand why wildlife is choosing your house and teach you and your family techniques for ongoing protection.