Are you hearing things that go bump in the night inside your attic or wall voids? Have you brought trash out to your garbage cans only to find that something has gotten there before you and strewed garbage all over your lawn? Is there a lingering bad smell hanging around your back deck? There are many ways that unwanted wildlife in or around your house can make themselves known. This article will reveal some of the things that draw wildlife to your Duluth, Georgia property, some issues they can cause, and things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Why Is Wildlife Drawn To Your Property?
There are several things that tend to draw wildlife and other pests into a yard and in close to a home, the top three being food, water, and shelter.
- Food sources – Food that will draw in wildlife can come in many forms. Pet food dishes, leftover bbq, bird feeders, open or unsecured trash cans are just a few.
- Water sources – If your yard has water, wildlife will feel right at home. Birdbaths, leaky spigots, clogged gutters and items in your yard that hold water are not only attractants for wildlife, but also provide mosquitoes a place to multiply.
- Shelter – A yard that is cluttered with items, or overgrown grass or weeds is preferable over a yard that is neatly trimmed and free of clutter as far as wildlife is concerned.
Problems Wildlife Bring
Some problems with wildlife are obvious, such as a dog sprayed by a skunk, garbage cans tipped over by raccoons, or squirrels making nests in your attic. But there are other things that are not so obvious. Wildlife can carry the rabies virus and other diseases. If they get into your home they can be destructive to your belongings. And they can be vectors for parasites such as mites, ticks and fleas. All of which come with their own set of problems.
Wildlife Prevention Tips
Doing a few things around your yard could go a long way in keeping wildlife at bay.
- Remove excess clutter from your property and away from your foundation. If wild animals have nowhere to hide, they are less likely to choose your home to live near, or in.
- Keep your property free of overgrowth and make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed.
- Remove water sources. Dry up wet areas and repair any leaky spigots, clogged or damaged gutters, and other sources of water.
- Remove food sources. Only put pet food down at feeding times, clean up after picnics, and make sure your garbage cans are tightly sealed.
While preventing wildlife from invading your property is possible, if you find that wildlife has invaded, it is not wise to try to remove them on your own without professional help. Wild animals are unpredictable and will defend themselves if cornered or threatened. And if they have the rabies virus, which does not always make itself obvious, then there is even more danger to be mindful of.
If you need assistance in safely removing wildlife from your Duluth property, reach out to the professionals here at Active Pest Control.
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