Are you dealing with a wildlife problem? Are squirrels getting into your attic? Are skunks living under your deck? Has a raccoon taken up residence in your shed? If you're having trouble with a wildlife pest, we have some bad news for you: That pest animal may not go away on its own. Animals often stay as long as you let them—and sometimes long after you've had it with them. That is one of the reasons it is a good idea to get a wildlife professional involved. Here are a few things you should know about wildlife in Springfield.
Why Wildlife Love Your Home
It is hard in the wild. It's a critter-eat-critter world out there. If an animal can find a safe place to hide on your property, they are likely to stay. A void under a shed, deck, patio, or stairs, can be like a resort for a wild animal. And a void of an external structure that has a dryer vent pushing warm air into it will be even more enticing. Winter cold is a strong incentive for animals to get into or under your home.
Animals that can get into your attic spaces are even more likely to stay. When temperatures warm up outside, they won't roam away like a skunk is inclined to do. They'll go in and out of your home just like they would a tree hollow, a hollow log, or rocky cavern.
It is even worse if you have a mouse or rat problem. Mice and rats love living with people. They can find places to nest from your basement to the tip of your attic rafters and they can find a bite to eat right inside your home.
Why Wildlife Love Your Yard
Whether an animal gets into your home or not, they can find many reasons to stay on your property. Your yard can provide many sources of food for animals. They can get food from your trash if you let them. They can eat food that is left outside for pets or livestock. They can eat vegetables in your garden. They can eat berries and fruits. Some animals even feed on bark or grass. But one food source of particular interest to animals is bugs. This food source can be managed along with wildlife to reduce animals in your yard and all the problems those animals bring with them.
What problems do animals bring with them?
- Damage lawns and leave mounds of dirt everywhere.
- Kill small trees and eat landscaping.
- Tip trash cans over and spread the trash around.
- Chew and scratch holes in your home. The holes are not only unsightly, they can allow rainwater and secondary pests into your home.
- Bring fleas, ticks, mites, lice and other parasites into your yard and into your home.
- Bite you and inflict serious wounds.
- Spread rabies. This is a life-threatening disease spread by mammals. Raccoons and bats are the highest threat for the spread of rabies.
- Attack your pets.
- Attack your children.
- Spray you with a foul-smelling spray.
- Contaminate areas with feces and urine.
- Rip up insulation in your attic spaces and destroy building materials.
If you're dealing with a wildlife problem or you would like to never have to deal with a wildlife problem, American Pest Solutions has the solution. We offer wildlife removal and control and residential pest control programs that work year-round to identify pest pressures in your yard and work to prevent infestations from occurring. Year-round pest control also works to reduce bugs in your yard, which are food for wild animals. While you're protecting your family and your pets from Lyme disease and other dangerous pest-borne diseases, you'll be making your yard less interesting to wildlife. It is a win-win.
Pest control doesn't just make life nicer. It is essential protection that every homeowner should have. It can give you protection from wood-destroying pests like termites. It can safeguard your family from bacteria-spreading pests like rodents and cockroaches. It can reduce harmful pests on your property like yellow jackets. It can work to prevent ticks, fleas, and other parasites from being brought into your home. And it can reduce mosquitoes, ticks, and other harmful disease-spreading pests.
If you're ready to get your pest protection in place, connect with us. At American Pest Solutions, we provide real solutions for Massachusetts and Connecticut residents.