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Why Wildlife Exclusion is Important For Protecting Your Home

When most homeowners think of household pests, they usually envision insects such as termites, carpenter ants, spiders and cockroaches. However, even urban dwellers who want to keep their homes pest free should give serious thought to taking wildlife exclusion measures to keep their homes free of pesky wildlife.

Raccoon Roof DamageMost homes are naturally wildlife free during the warm summer months, but when the evening air of early autumn begins to take on a chill, homeowners need to begin giving some thought to wildlife control. Wildlife looking for cozy cold-weather living accommodations frequently attempt to set up house in human habitats and often have success if effective wildlife exclusion techniques are not properly employed.

Wildlife control is especially important for those who live in suburban or rural environments. The closer that we live to wooded areas the more likely we are to encounter wildlife trying to move in with us. Even though people living in cities often have to learn wildlife exclusion methods, they are usually only dealing with urban rodents such as rats and mice.

Raccoon House DamageProfessional wildlife control companies will often employ a live trap to rid a home of unwanted wildlife such as opossums, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and chipmunks. This is only part of the solution, as once the invading animal has been removed, another may try to take its place inside your home, attic, or garage. Permanent exclusion is necessary to prevent this type of wildlife re-infestation. Such measure include sealing small holes with steel or bronze wool to prevent small animal entry, or using heavy duty screens or hardware cloth to cover large openings until such time as the siding or roofing material can be professionally repaired with matching materials. Vents are another common entry point for animals to gain access to attic spaces of homes. Look for the louvers of the vents to be even slightly pushed apart, or it may requires looking inside the attic to see if there is a screen or hardware cloth baking that is in place to prevent smaller animals such as squirrels and bats.

Raccoon Vent DamageWildlife exclusion is not the only thing which can or should be done to prevent invading wildlife. Raccoons and other scavengers are mainly attracted to human habitations because of the availability of food. One of the basics of wildlife control principles is to not create any type of food source for unwanted nuisance wildlife. Garbage cans, for instance, should have tightly secured lids so that animals cannot easily gain access to their contents. Animal control experts routinely state that animals can’t be expected to know the difference between a household trash can and a legitimate food source. In some states, such as Alaska, citizens can be fined if they are caught leaving household food waste outdoors in locations that can be easily accessed by bears.

Wildlife exclusion and wildlife control may sound like the same thing, but a few differences apply. Wildlife exclusion involving circumventing wildlife infestations by using preventative measures. Wildlife control involves taking action after the infestation has occurred. Animal control has been practiced in some form by human societies since the Stone Age, when animal control tactics were frequently necessary for human survival.

Wildlife Removal in St. Louis

Raccoons

Raccoons St. LouisRaccoons forage for food at night. They have excellent night vision and hearing to locate any meal near them. Nimble hand-like forelimbs mean the common raccoon can open trash cans and spill trash in search of a meal. While searching for food raccoons can damage your lawn, shingles, air vents and trash containers. Beware of raccoons because they are also known to be a major carrier of Rabies, fleas and ticks.

Skunks

Skunks Removal in St. LouisSkunks is another animal you may encounter in and around your home. They have incredibly sharp teeth and will defend themselves appropriately. A skunk is more dangerous than the odiferous spray; they are the largest carrier of rabies in the state.

Squirrels

Squirrel Control in St. LouisThere are a few reasons why squirrels living in your home can cause problems. Squirrels can damage wiring inside the home, siding and air vents outside your home and more. Squirrels, like some of the other animals can introduce fleas into your home. As with any wild animal, fleas thrive on numerous hosts, squirrels included. Once a squirrel has found a nesting site, that area will also become infested with fleas. So once a squirrel has been removed from the home, the fleas may find their way into your home looking for a new host.

Opossum

Opossum Control in St. LouisOpossums that find their way into your home also can create a fire danger inside your home by chewing on wires. These pests have caused numerous home fires in the past, and there is a good chance that they may be the cause of a fire in your home. If you suspect that you may have a pest or rodent problem around your home, it is strongly advised that you seek out the assistance of an experienced and professional pest control company; do not attempt to rid your home or property of rodents on your own.

Moles

Mole Control St. LouisMoles will actively dig new surface runs looking for good feeding areas. If they dig a new run that does not produce a lot of worms (and such) they may not return. However, moles are extremely territorial and do not work together. In fact, they don’t even share ones tunnels. With Spring right around the corner, moles will start to forage closer to the surface of your yard in search of there favorite food, a tasty earthworm.

Voles

Vole Control in St. LouisVoles stay active all year long; in fact, sometimes they will make surface tracks in snow that become visible once the snow cover has melted.Voles can cause a lot of damage to lawns and plants. In the lawn area they will eat away the grass in a path that will lead them to and from their nest and food sites. Voles will eat a variety of things: insects, nuts, berries and plants. While eating all the creepy crawly things in your yard can be a good thing, the plant eating can severely damage or kill your plants.

 

Blue Chip has all of the tools and knowledge to deal with these pests and can create a program to take care of your specific problems. For more information please visit http://www.bluechipexterminating.com/wildlife

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