Start with identifying the type of wild animal. Household pests will differ based on your current location. Pitter patter, vocal noises, scratching sounds or the dreaded and scary noises in the attic, no it's not Casper or Slimer having a party, its some animal living rent free and damaging your belongings. Solve your pest problems with animal control officer if our quick guide below doesn't help.
1. Bats - All the bats get excluded alive, which is the only practical and useful way to remove a colony from home. The seal-up job must be perfect. I would highly recommend an expert at bat removal.
2. Bear - Hide your garbage with bear-proof trash cans, remove bird feeders from your yard during summer months, and avoid leaving a pet or human food outside, particularly at night.
3. Deer - Spray them with a motion-activated sprinkler, if you have a dog, let it spend plenty of time in the yard. Keep deer-attracting plants closer to your home.
4. Groundhogs - burrow everywhere, you can bet every shed has one living under it, and the best option is cage trapping and removal. Like armadillos in the south.
5. Opossums - live under houses, in attics, or just outside. They are reasonably easy to catch in cage traps. Remove and release in a wooded area far from your home.
6. Raccoons - can get inside an attic through a small opening, the young must get removed by hand, and the adult trapped and removed.
7. Rats - or mice are the most common pest; removal requires you to seal all entry holes leading inside the house or building, THEN trap all the rats with snap traps.
8. Skunks - can be cage caught and removed for these outdoor animals. If under a porch or shed, removal will be difficult. Try covering the cage before attempting to move it.
9. Snakes - that are non-venomous can be removed by hand or with snake tongs. If lost inside a house, a trap works well. Never attempt to move a snake that you are not familiar; this can cause injury to yourself and the snake.
10. Squirrels - are pesky and smart, the best bet is either a one-way exclusion door or a repeater trap mounted directly on their primary entry & exit hole into a house.
Animal and Critter Control
Wildlife control starts with your knowledge of your immediate location, time of year and your experience with wildlife removal. Critters like bed bugs or animals such as baby raccoons or flying squirrels may need an expert, but if you do some simple home updates, you can help eliminate the expense of removals.
Cleanliness - The cleaner your home, the less attractive it will be for pests, the less chance a pest will have to live and breed — and the less likely it will be that you would need to go on the defense and pull out a can of bug spray or call a pest control professional.
Cracks and Gaps - Inspect the entire exterior of your home for other breaks, crevices, and gaps through which pests could enter.
Doors and Windows - Because pests can wiggle through tiny cracks and gaps, inspect and repair any warped or broken doors and windows, and those that just don't fit well; repair rips or tears in screens.
Drains - Sink, and the floor drain often accumulates gunk and debris which can attract pests and provide an ideal breeding site, especially for small flies.
Lights - To reduce flying insects around doors and windows, replace standard mercury vapor lights with high-pressure sodium vapor or halogen lights. Bulbs that have pink, yellow or orange tints will be least attractive to the flying insects.
Mulch - Such as wood chips and pine straw, provide ideal shelter for pests. Instead of using these in areas that touch your foundation, place less pest-attractive ground cover, such as rock or stone.
Plants - Trim back any tree branches or shrubbery that touch your home to eliminate pest “bridges” to the house.
Trash and Litter - Keep yards, patios, decks, and garages free of litter, weeds, and standing water. Ensure trash cans have tight-fitting lids and clean the containers and area regularly to remove debris and spills, on which pests can feed.
Animals In Your Walls
If you’ve heard scratching and other noises in your wall at night, the good news is that your house probably still isn’t haunted. Hearing scratching or sounds in the walls is one of the many signs of having a pest problem, or worse an animal stuck in the walls that could soon die. Mice and rats are nocturnal, so you’ll most likely hear them when you are just getting ready for a good night sleep.
If the animal is small and fast, like a rat or squirrel, you need to mount a trap on the hole right after you cut it. Don't let the animal jump out and into your bedroom! If the animal in your wall is dead, then you have to follow the smell and cut a hole in the wall and remove it.
Animals In Your Attic
Use steel mesh to seal the entry holes, but leave the central entry/exit hole open. Install a one-way squirrel exclusion door at the opening so squirrels can move but not return. The squirrels should go within a couple of days. When you no longer hear scurrying noises in your attic, you'll know they've left.
Animal offenders, such as raccoons, bats, and birds, will find shelter and nesting places where they can. That might be your home, mainly living in your attic and these take a bit more to solve the problem of removal. I would advise calling your local pest removal services in town or local company.
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