With the fluctuation in weather, it is likely that you will see more wildlife lurking outside your homes. Wild animals apt to wander closer to human environments for shelter. Nuisance wildlife pose a very unique set of health and property threats, especially if they can find a way inside your home!
Here are some of the most common wild animals that may attempt to access your homes:
Bats – There are about 40 different bat species found in the Unites States, most of which are active during the warmer months and hibernate for the winter season. Bats commonly roost in attics, belfries and behind shutters or loose boards. Like other nuisance wildlife, bats can carry rabies and spread disease.
Opossums – The opossum is the only marsupial found in North America. Opossums occasionally den in attics and garages where they may make a messy nest. They are also known to bare their sharp teeth and hiss when threatened, and in rare cases may bite.
Raccoons – Raccoons are rarely seen during the day due to their nocturnal habits. They can cause significant damage to roofs and chimneys while searching for places to build their dens in preparation for the winter months. Raccoons are one of the major hosts of rabies in the United States.
Squirrels – During the colder months, squirrels are known for invading homes in search of a place to keep warm. Fortunately, squirrels rarely pose a threat to homeowners, but they can damage electrical wires and telephone lines outdoors.
It is important to keep trash in fully sealed containers, cut back tree limbs from roof line, and also be proactive in fencing off openings to the home preventing wildlife from accessing properties.
We encourage anyone who encounters a wild animal on their property to contact Pestech for assistance instead of trying to trap on their own.
Pestech proudly practices live trap and release, and boasts over twenty years of experience dealing with nuisance wildlife. The Pestechnologists in our nuisance wildlife division are fully trained and licensed to practice both trapping and exclusionary methods of nuisance wildlife control. In addition, Pestech has one of the highest catch-rates in the Tri-State and Hudson Valley regions.
When a Pestechnologist visits your home or business to deal with nuisance wildlife the first thing that will be done is a thorough inspection of the area. After this information has been collected, traps will be set according to the type of wildlife and the location of activity. Sometimes, exclusionary methods are necessary to correct an issue with nuisance wildlife. Exclusion work includes both trapping and removal of the wildlife from the building, as well as sealing up any means of re-entry for the animal.