Raccoons, opossums, mice, bats, and birds can be cute and fun to watch, but some people just don’t know the possible dangers that these animal removal service forms of wildlife can pose to their loved ones and pets. An encounter with even a small and seemingly harmless wild animal that finds their way on your property could lead to severe consequences for you, your kids and your luxury cats and dogs.
Wild birds and mammals can damage your property, mad trash receptacles and set up nests in your yard, on your shed or even in accessible areas of your home. Certain forms of wildlife carry fleas, lice and ticks and may bring the threat of potentially deadly diseases like rabies.
Simple Measures to Protect Your Family and Pets
Even if you live in a place where wildlife sightings are very common, it does not necessarily mean that there has to be an imminent threat to your children, dogs, and cats. In fact, there are some very simple steps that you can take to minimize the potential risk of an unwanted wildlife experience:
Maintain Trash Bins Securely Covered
By keeping trash in tightly tied bags and in cans with secure lids, you remove a major source of attraction for wildlife.
Ensure That Your Fence is in Good Condition
Don’t leave Pets Outside Unattended
Even with a good fence, some animals will still find their way to your yard. This can result in serious injury to both your pet and the wild animal.
Keep Cats Indoors
Cats are natural hunters and are not necessarily deterred by your fence. A cat who exits the boundaries of your property is at a much greater risk of injury because of wild animal attack, but to other dangers (like traffic, poison or traps left out by others for wild animals, etc.)
Ultrasonic Pest Protection
For homeowners who want to get a hands off and mess free way of keeping unwanted pests from their home, this can be a safe and effective solution.
Ultrasonic repellents are safe for people and family pets (you can not hear the noises, neither can your pets, there are no toxins and no threat of pets or kids suffering the injuries that can occur from snap traps). After the fast and easy initial setup, there is nothing to do but allow the device to operate driving away unwanted pests.
In addition to the steps above, simply avoiding contact with wildlife is also a major factor in keeping pets and family members safe. Don’t leave out food for wild animals, don’t intentionally engage with them and never encourage your pets to interact with wildlife.
Even those with the best of intentions and those who have taken the proactive steps mentioned above can still find themselves in a position where a wild animal has entered their home or garage and is posing a possible threat. In these instances, it is important that the situation is handled properly to minimize the risk.
It’s never a good idea to attempt to poison a wild animal on your property. Poison baits have components that attract wildlife (they look and smell like food), which might also attract your family pets.
Cornering a wild animal is also not wise. Raccoons, opossums, and birds could all become very territorial, especially if they have a nest nearby. Cornering them can insight an attack, which may lead to serious injury for any people or pets in the region.
If a wild animal has set up residence in your home, garage or lawn or is posing a risk to your family it makes sense to enlist the help of a professional. A wildlife control expert can quickly analyze the wildlife threat in your property and take the best steps toward elimination in a way that ensures the safety of your family and your pets and with minimal risk to the wild creature.
A trained wildlife control expert can also indicate the best methods for cleaning and sanitize the area after elimination and help set up protective measures to minimize the odds of future unwanted experiences.