What You Should Know About Wildlife in the Spring
During the winter, we often forget about wildlife control to focus on weather-related concerns. However, when the weather gets warmer, the animals start popping their heads out, leaving many homeowners wondering how to keep these animals out of their homes. If you’re concerned about wildlife this spring and are looking for tips on keeping them out of your home or removing them once they’re inside, check out our post below.
What’s Different About the Spring?
After a long winter, many animals are poking their heads out for the first time, creating the illusion that there are suddenly more animals in your area. Even animals who did not hibernate will begin to be more active during the springtime, leading them to your property. Spring is also baby booming season for animals. All of the animals are producing babies, creating more animals to worry about. Additionally, these animals will be looking for warm safe spots to protect their babies, making your home an attractive option.
Types of Animals in Your Home
Squirrels can be cute but it’s a lot easier to see them as adorable creatures when they aren’t in your home. Squirrels typically seek shelter in your home’s attic and use the insulation to build a nest. Here they’ll leave droppings and gnaw on several elements in the area such as foundation or electrical wires. Feces can compromise the safety of your health and these damages can be costly to repair.
Skunks like to burrow under porches or under buildings with any opening they can find that will lead them there. They are not very nimble creatures and can’t fit into small holes like other animals. They are attracted to a property if trash or any type of food for them is left outdoors.
Raccoons can be a little more difficult to spot, as they don’t have a specific spot they regularly seem to take shelter in around your property. They seek out the emptiest places they can hide in and immediately set up shop.
People seem to be very intimidated by bats but they offer just as many benefits as they do trouble. It’s understandable you don’t’ want them in your property but learning more about bats may help you be less afraid. You will typically find bats creating homes in attics and garages.
Birds are beautiful song makers and but can cause severe damages to property. They will lurk around your home for anything they can use to build a nest, which can tear several components around your home apart. Their droppings are also commonly known to hold parasites, bacteria and viruses that can be extremely harmful to humans.
How to Keep Wildlife Out of Your Home
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep wildlife out of your home. Removing things that attract wildlife to your property as well as removing all potential entry points can help. Try the following methods to keep wildlife out of your home:
- Keep containers securely sealed
- Clean up food scraps and trash in your yard
- Store firewood away from your home
- Seal cracks and holes in your home
- Keep doors closed at all times
- Keep storage areas well organized
- Don’t leave pet food outside
- Maintain your garden regularly
- Clean the outside BBQ or grill
- Keep the attic dry
If the DIY tactics aren’t sufficient to keep wildlife out of your home in the spring, you can call in the professionals. Professional wildlife prevention involves installing items that will block animals’ paths into your home. Some of these methods include:
- Chimney caps
- Underground fencing
- Roof vent covers
Removing Wildlife From Your Home
Despite your best efforts, sometimes you might end up with an animal in your home. When this occurs, do not attempt to remove the animal yourself. If you’re not properly trained, you can contract diseases from the animal, allow the animal to hurt you, or hurt the animal. This danger is heightened in the spring when animals are determined to protect their new babies. Instead, call professional wildlife control services who can remove the animal quickly and efficiently with safety in mind. They will be expertly trained and have the right equipment to prevent any harm to people or animals as well as damage to your property.
For more information on wildlife prevention and removal, contact Wildlife Control Services at 860-236-2683