Tips To Control Nusiance Animals
We all have heard that prevention is worth a pound of cure. I am a firm believer in this when it comes to Nuisance Animals in and around your home. Many factors have contributed to the increase of nuisance wildlife in our neighborhood communities. More and more communities are moving out to traditional wildlife habitat areas and contact is becoming more prevalent. As a professional in the pest control industry I have seen a huge increase in nuisance animal activity in valley communities, so much so that we had a need to open a Nuisance Animal Division in our pest control department to provide animal trapping.
I’d like to add some general information and techniques for property owners when wildlife becomes an issue.
SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
- Dug-up areas of your lawn. Skunks and raccoons “grub” tearing up sections of your lawn looking for grubs.
- Vents torn open
- Noises coming from above or below your home
- Visual sightings
- Change in behavior of your indoor pets (their hearing and smelling ability is far more sensitive)
- Stop feeding wildlife! They will lose their fear of humans and have lots of reason to set up house on or in your property.
- Keep trash properly contained. Some trash containers are no match for these animals, so keep tight lids or latches on the lids.
- Pets and pet food should be brought indoors and keep these areas clean.
- Clear fallen fruit from around trees
- Keep tree limbs and branches away from structures so these animals don’t have easy access to your roof.
- Close all openings around the structure that would allow access to your subarea. Animals such as raccoons can pull off just about any vent cover if they so desire, so inspect your grounds regularly.
- It is illegal to trap and relocate an animal to another area
- Soak a rag in ammonia and place the rag in or on the trash can(s) or building(s) that are having problems. The smell will discourage future visits.
- Moth balls placed inside of trash cans also help and achieve the same results. Moth balls will evaporate and will need to be replaced weekly.
- Remove bird feeders from around your property. This is a huge attraction to all rodents and animals.
- Pass on this information to your neighbors. It’s likely that they also are having issues or at the very least, sightings.
- Install chimney caps on your fireplace.
Nuisance animals have no problem invading houses and trashcans. They easily adapt to our environment and are nocturnal, meaning that most of their activity is at night. These animals are also seen during the day because food may be available and they may no longer have a fear of humans, especially if you haven’t stopped feeding them. Some of these species, like skunks and raccoons will dig under your foundation and establish a den where they will nest and raise young. Typically you will smell skunks, but may not detect raccoons.
A WORD ABOUT RABIES:
Rabies is a deadly disease that can be contracted by any mammal. It’s most common in bats, raccoons, foxes, and skunks, and is passed along to others through nervous tissue saliva. Testing of the brain tissue or spinal fluid of the animal is necessary to confirm the presence of rabies if a person or pet has had contact with the animal.
- Signs of an animal infected with rabies: MAY behave unusual aggressiveness or tameness.
- Excessive drooling, “foaming at the mouth.”
- Dragging the hind legs, mobility problems
If you hire someone to handle the problem for you, make sure they have the proper trapping licenses and NEVER handle or move any trap that may be placed out.