One of the realities of living in a rural or mountain area is the periodic need for wildlife removal. Human intrusion into wilderness areas forces animals from their homes and sends them in search of new sources of food and water.
If you find yourself in the need of assistance with unfamiliar wildlife, then it is always a good idea to leave the job to a professional pest control company. Their technicians will use their tools and knowledge to rid your property of even the most dangerous or elusive pests.
However, if you have a DIY spirit and want to try and solve the problem yourself before throwing in the towel and hiring a pro, then these time-tested tips will help get you started:
Tip: Start Your Wildlife Removal Project Online
Every state and county has laws and regulations regarding how you can and cannot deal with unwanted wildlife invading your private property. For example, you may want to live trap a raccoon and release it in the local park, but this may very well be illegal. In many instances, releasing wildlife in an alternate location simply passes along the problem or results in the unintentional death of the relocated animal.
Before trapping or killing wildlife on your property, make sure to do a quick search online and read the applicable rules. If your area requires a permit or reporting of your pest control actions, then make sure you comply.
Tip: Avoid Feeding Any Birds or Animals Outdoors
While bird and squirrel feeders provide hours of entertainment for your family and some snacks for the wildlife, these feeders will also bring in larger pests and rodents. Pack rats and other wild rodents will come in at night and eat all of the seeds or nuts on the ground below the feeders. Coyotes and other wildlife that feed on rodents will then come in to hunt the plump rodents living on your property.
To avoid providing a home for pests, skip the outdoor feeders and, if you have pets, feed them indoors.
Tip: Be Proactive About Exclusion
Finally, it's important to mention that wildlife removal services are only necessary if wildlife gets onto your property. If you do what you can to exclude them from access, then you won't have to deal with them at all. This is better for you and better for the wildlife.
To exclude pests, look around your yard and the perimeter of your home from the perspective of rodents, raccoons, or whatever wildlife is most common in your area. For example, if you live in an area with rattlesnakes, then avoid providing them with the brush, rocks, and firewood piles to make their dens.
By proactively excluding wildlife from your property, you will save yourself a lot of frustration and keep the wildlife safely elsewhere.
Contact a local wildlife removal service, such as Dynamic Pest Control LLC, to learn more.