Protecting Your Home Against Nuisance Wildlife
The change of seasons in many areas brings with it cooler temperatures, increased precipitation, rodents and nuisance wildlife seeking refuge. They can end up finding shelter in your home if there are access points that make it easy for them to find their way in. If sharing your home with various wild animals is not appealing to you, then now is the time to begin taking steps to ensure that the only ones staying warm and dry in your home this winter is your family.
Rodents and other unwanted pests in your home are more than just annoying. They can wreak havoc, damaging your property and even posing significant health risks.
Rodents like rats and squirrels can gnaw through wires which can cause fires, destroying insulation. They can also carry diseases like hantavirus and salmonella. Rodents that invade your home can also introduce infestations into your homes such as mites, fleas, or ticks, not to mention the rodent droppings and urine stains and the smells associated with them both.
A good plan of action to protect your home involves securing it inside and out. Take these steps to keep your home free of unwanted pests.
Keep areas that are normally damp, like crawl spaces, attics, and basements, dry and well ventilated. Many types of pests are drawn to moist environments.
Keep your gutters clean, well maintained, and working properly.
Find all cracks and crevices both inside and outside of your home. Seal them with caulk so pests can’t get through. Look closely at areas where pipes enter your home and seal even the tiniest of spaces. Mice are great jumpers and can squeeze through impossibly tiny openings. They can fit through a dime-sized hole so seal them all.
Place screens over chimney openings, attic vents, and other areas in your home that provide open access to the outdoors.
Keep plants, ivy, and grasses that may be against your home well weeded and sparse. Do the same for shrubbery and trees. Heavy foliage that is near your home provides a hiding place for pests, giving them plenty of covers to search for access to your home.
Any loose weather stripping or loose mortar should be replaced as soon as possible.
We can help you by doing an inspection of your home and assist you in securing any access points. Because we know our pests, we can look for areas of entry that you may not think to check, make suggestions of removing harborage areas, and help you set up long-term solutions to keep your home and property rodent and wildlife free. This is the best way to protect your home and property against a pest infestation. At FullScope Pest Control, we are trained to identify areas that could pose a problem and help you keep the pests out. In the event that you do have an infestation, we are here to help and will take care of the problem and so that you can return to living a rodent free life.
The experts at FullScope Pest Control are experienced and fully certified in nuisance wildlife removal. Our specialized service targets vermin like squirrels, bats, and raccoons, removing them from your home and taking steps to ensure they don’t return. We stand behind our work with a removal guarantee.
We will rid your home of unwanted wildlife, including:
- Nuisance birds
- Mice & Rats
We will begin by inspecting your home inside and out to find every possible point of access, including the crawlspace, attic, and roof. Then we will assess the impact that the animals have on your home and property, including the level of infestation if there is one. From there, we will create a customized service plan that addresses removal and secures your home from unwanted access by the animals.
Our customized treatment plan may include baiting, live traps and relocation, traditional traps, and other wildlife removal tools to make sure that nuisance animals are evicted – and stay that way. Trust your Nuisance Animal Control to FullScope Pest Control.
How Some Cities have found Creative ways to Manage Nuisance Wildlife
Nuisance wildlife and rodents are a problem everywhere. It seems no area is immune. However, some cities, like these three, are taking creative approaches to manage their rodent and wildlife problems.
Beavers are quite troublesome to landowners in this town and the surrounding areas. They are usually trapped or killed in an effort by property owners to protect their land. However, a recent article in the Miami Herald tells a different story. The Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group has started a project in Washington State as well as other areas in the west that actually uses beavers to help restore rivers. They are channeling the power that many consider destructive and directing it to something that is beneficial.
Tampa Bay, FL
Feral cats are a problem in many areas. As laws are getting tougher on animals being allowed to run free and prohibiting people from feeding wild animals, nothing is being done to reduce the feral cat population – until now. Programs are popping up throughout the nation, including this one in Tampa Bay. According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, animal welfare groups and county commissioners are working together to find a better way to control the feral cat communities in the area. What is being proposed is a program that would trap the cats, sterilize them so they cannot reproduce, vaccinate them, and return them to their colony. It is a humane way of culling the population.
Atlantic City, NJ
Canadian geese are a real problem in several counties in New Jersey. They have become a real nuisance; the local schools, golf clubs, shopping centers, and other areas are overrun with the unwelcome critters. An article in Press of Atlantic City, though, shows how one company is humanely ridding the areas of the geese – without harming a single feather. Geese Chasers South Jersey employs border collies to chase and generally harass the geese until they leave the area in search of a quieter, dog-free spot.
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article2543340.html, https://www.tampabay.com/news/localgovernment/feral-cat-problem-to-be-targeted-by-pinellas-pilot-program/2201418, https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/news/breaking/have-a-canada-geese-problem-border-collies-could-be-answer/article_4c5938f0-4047-11e4-82d4-2b914f9e6bd1.html