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How to Avoid Wildlife Property Invasion

Have you ever had bats or squirrels living in your attic? Have you noticed more Canada geese than usual on parks or golf courses? Have you ever wondered why they are intruding human properties?

Wildlife animals are a natural part of the environment, but they are considered nuisance when they leave their natural habitats, occupy residential homes and commercial establishments and cause damages.

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Wildlife animals are after for these four basic essentials —food, water, shelter, and a predator-free environment, hence their likelihood of residing in your property as there are abundant sources of food and water, a shelter during extreme weather and a safe place without predators.

The question is, how can you prevent wildlife invasion? Well, read on.

How do they get in?

The means of access for wild animals to get inside your property depends on the type of animal, however, there a number of common access points that makes any home susceptible to wildlife animal invasion.

  • Holes in joints, construction holes, rooflines and broken fences can serve as entry points
  • Cracks or holes caused by heavy snow, expansion, and contraction can be used as access points
  • Unattended broken windows can provide easy entry route too
  • Animals often make their dens and nests on unkempt patios, porches, and decks and they’ll eventually make their way inside your home

If you notice wildlife animals in the neighborhood, reduce the possibilities of them getting into your property by following these tips:

  1. First and foremost, research and be educated about wildlife animals’ habits, the food they like, and habitat. From this information, you will have an idea on the preventive measures to take.
  2. Next, perform a regular checkup of your house and yard to see any gaps, cracks, holes, and broken windows and fence. If you observe such issues, seal or have them repaired straightaway.
  3. Apart from possible holes and openings, wild animals can also get in through the roof of your house. So make sure that overhanging tree branches are trimmed and block off roof hole or roofline.
  4. Place lids on your garbage bins so animals cannot easily scour food or garbage.
  5. If you have pets, keep pet food inside your house or any sources of food out of sight so animals won’t get attracted to it.
  6. Prevent them from entering your home through the chimney by using special caps to block it. Don’t forget to inspect the ventilation systems as well.
  7. You can also set animal traps but it’s a tough task and not even legal in some states, so better leave it to the experts.
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If you don’t have the luxury of time to accomplish the aforementioned procedures or don’t want to do it yourself, you may hire a professional wildlife removal company to do the work. They are well-informed of the state laws, latest methods and innovative tools to keep wildlife animals away from your property.

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Hire a Wildlife Removal Professional or Do It Yourself?

As a homeowner or business owner, there will come a time in your life that you’ll have to face trouble with wildlife. If you have been experiencing an influx of uninvited critters in your property lately, there are two options to shoo them away. First is to hire a company that specializes in wildlife removal. This option is widely preferred by the majority as the methods used in the removal are safe, legal, humane and most importantly, effective. Hiring wildlife removal professionals to do the job is the most humane option since they’ll both remove the critters from your property and return them to their right environment. Relocation is a wildlife removal company’s top objective.

Next option in getting rid of the critters is to do it by yourself. DIY methods give you a strong sense of accomplishment and may even save you money. Although your determination in solving the problem by yourself is a good thing, depending on the problem and your knowledge and skills, there some things best left to experts. If you are faced with a wildlife control problem, here are some factors to contemplate about before climbing to your attic and hunting the culprit.

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Root cause: If you’ll try to eliminate bothersome raccoons, squirrels, or bats, you might find another in your property soon after.  This reason alone shows that you don’t have the ability to find the root cause of the problem. But professionals have the capability to identify their roots and remove them effectively. 

Knowledge and experience: Wildlife removal experts have sufficient knowledge in identifying different wildlife. Knowing what wildlife is in your home is as crucial as knowing how and why are they residing in your home. Even though you can identify them, you may be ill-informed about their extent of the infestation and how to prevent them from coming back. 

Definite results: If you decide to do it by yourself, there’s no guarantee that what you’ll do is the proper approach. By hiring professionals, you are rest assured that they know extensively about animal behaviors and therefore, have a strong awareness of not only how to eradicate the critters but of how to avoid the issue from turning into a periodic one.  These professionals will work fast in resolving such problems. 

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Health hazards:  Certain wildlife, including raccoons, squirrels, bats, skunks, birds, beavers, and moles are known carriers of diseases, bacteria, and parasites. Dead or alive, the health risks among these animals are always present. Knowing the right way to handle them is important when it comes to controlling infection risk. Another critical thing to consider when handling these animals is rabies, which one might get if they are relocated wrongly.

Safety: Climbing in your attic and crawlspace can be risky. It is best to allow professionals, armed with the right equipment, enter and examine these unsafe spaces on your behalf. Moreover, some wildlife cause damage to the wood frames and wiring in homes, which can be a huge threat for those untrained and unaccustomed.

Effective products and equipment: Some DIY products sold in the market aren’t as potent as the ones that the professionals use. Aside from these products, professionals also use advanced tools and equipment that homeowners don’t have access to as well as treatment options that are safe for family members and pets. 

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Time and money:  When you think of doing something yourself, you assume of saving a great deal of money since you won’t hire and pay somebody to do the work. However, consider the fact that if the job isn’t done right the first time, it will end up costing you more time and money. If you come to think of it, the money and time you’ve spent don’t actually save you much at all when you compare it to the services of a professional wildlife removal company.

Although it’s a good idea to take preventive measures in keeping nuisance animals out of your property, there are certain situations that require professional aid. If the risk of infestation can result in serious damages to your property or health risks are involved in wildlife removal – you should always call the professionals at Illiana Wildlife Services.

When you suspect any kind of wildlife animal in your home or hear a strange noise coming from the attic, call a removal specialist as soon as possible. With experts, you will be confident that the problem will be handled according to high standards and regulations.

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