Wild animals are so adorable! They have interesting personalities, cute faces, unique behaviors, and much more. But you know what else they all have in common?
Wild animals belong outside – in the wild!
Unfortunately, some of them will try to make their homes in your home, especially in hot summer weather. The good news is that there are a variety of ways to keep them out, and pest control services can help.
Here’s what you need to know!
Limit Access Holes
Animals can find their way into your home in a variety of ways. Whether you’re dealing with raccoons, opossums, squirrels, birds, bats, or any other wild animal, they enjoy having places that they feel safe, comfortable, and can find easy food.
To keep your home from becoming that kind of hotel, you first need to know where these animals get in and limit their access. Start with your roofline. Put screens over vents and chimneys so they can still work appropriately but won’t provide access to your home.
You can also check for other openings along your roofline and foundation. If you can’t determine the source of the pests in your home, a pest control services company can help.
Cover Trash and Debris
We all know raccoons love trash, but they aren’t the only ones. Mice, rats, opossums, and a variety of other animals like it too. You can also attract pests by leaving debris from a renovation or yardwork laying around for a period of time.
To avoid giving animals an open invitation to live near your home – which will quickly translate to living in your home – cover trash and remove debris as soon as possible. The animals will have to find somewhere else to grab a bite to eat.
If you’ve secured your trash but you’re still having trouble, call for pest control services today.
Bird Feeder Keep Away
Anyone who has tried to feed birds knows how difficult it is to keep squirrels off the feeders. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth the effort. Also, did you know that birdseed can attract raccoons, opossums, and even bears? You’ll have a lot of reasons to call for pest control services if you’re not careful.
Work hard to place feeders where only birds can get to them, or keep them far away from your home. Do the same with birdbaths or fountains. Sometimes a feeder that attaches directly to your viewing window with suction cups is the only way to feed birds, watch them, and keep away the other animals.
Don’t Feed the Cute Things
Yes, squirrels and other furry creatures that beg for food are adorable, but don’t get them started. If you feed them, they will lose their fear of humans and that could be fatal in the future. Also, they will grow accustomed to your handouts instead of hunting for food themselves. Finally, what you’re giving them probably isn’t their idea natural diet!
If you feed one squirrel you will quickly find yourself feeding 50. Not only that, they will realize that inside your home is even more yummy food, and will work to find a way in. Yes, they’re cute – but wild animals belong in the wild.
Contact Pest Control Services for Additional Help
If you’ve already taken these steps and you’re still struggling with wild animals, it’s time to call in the pros. Contact a pest control services company and have them come in and help.
At West Termite, Pest & Lawn, we know what it takes to find and remove wild animals. We can also help you discover the entry points and close them to future visitors.
Wild animals are wonderful – as long as they stay in the wild!