Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Audrey Simmons
So you have uninvited wildlife guests in your home...
Whether you live in a house, apartment, condo, trailer, or treehouse, wildlife can come into your dwelling - and most likely will at some point. Uninvited wildlife visitors can cause damage to your home, contaminate your food, and even make you and your pets sick.
The high season for this is the spring and summer when most animals are searching for safe places to nest and raise their babies. Many of these animals are only active at night, so it’s usually the noise and damage they cause that is the most obvious. They can chew holes in your walls, damage electrical wiring, destroy insulation, cause mold due to urine, carry diseases like rabies, and bring fleas and ticks into your home.
How will I know if I have an unwanted visitor?
There are clear signs that an animal is planning on sharing a living space with you or already is. Look for these clues:
I want to be humane - should I have wildlife relocated?
NO. Many people who trap and relocate animals from their property think they have found a humane solution to their problems. Relocating wildlife from their ever shrinking backyard habitat to a beautiful piece of forest may seem like a dream come true for both animal and homeowner; but unfortunately there’s no happy ending there for the animal.
Wildlife relocation is a problem, not a solution.
Just imagine… one minute you’re going about your business, trying to survive, and the next minute, without warning, you’re taken away from the only home you’ve ever known and left in a strange place you’ve never been. When you relocate an animal, it’s like taking them to a completely different world. Unfortunately, a relocated animal will most likely die in its new location. Here’s what can happen:
***If you absolutely need to relocate animals, they should be humanely removed from your home and brought to familiar territory, close by - with their families!
Contact your state wildlife office and speak with someone who can help you come up with a strategy.
Ok, I get it. How do I remove wildlife humanely then?
In a perfect universe, you should wait until the animal has moved on. Most likely they are just there to have their young and be on their way. If you can’t wait, encouraging them to leave is your second best option. They will only stay there if they are comfortable and feel safe, so it’s pretty easy to make them uncomfortable and gently harass them right out of your home.
Although these techniques may work, here’s the kicker. Removing wildlife from your home leaves a vacant spot for other animals to move in. Unless you solve the problem of how and why they got in there, your problem will persist.
How can I stop wildlife from moving in, in the first place?
In order to stop wildlife from wanting to move into your home, you have to do two things:
1. Seal up your house!
2. Make the environment undesirable for them to stay.
A drafty house with a sink full of dishes and a bowl of dog food on the floor is exactly what these guys are looking for. If this sounds like your house, they may think you’re inviting them in. There is an endless list of things you can do to keep unwanted wildlife out of your home and yard. Here are some of the best ones:
What wildlife will you mostly come in contact with in Florida?
We have a lot of wildlife here in Florida and with the large amounts of people moving and building houses here, unwanted guests are becoming more and more common. Some of the most common “nuisance animals” are listed below. Click on each animal to get more details about how to control and remove them, courtesy of Florida Wildlife Control.
Don’t forget that before your house was built, your property was home to many animals. You moved into their territory which is why they have now moved into yours. These animals are not here to invade your home, take over your property, or attack your children. They are trying to feed their babies, avoid danger, and stay warm. Be safe and take the proper, humane steps to keep wildlife out of your home and stay invader free!
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