Raccoons, opossums, mice, bats, and birds can all be adorable and fun to watch, but some folks just don’t understand the possible dangers that these kinds of wildlife may pose to their loved ones and pets. An encounter with even a small and seemingly harmless wild animal that finds their way on your house could lead to serious consequences for you, your kids and your luxury dogs and cats.
Wild birds and mammals can damage your property, upset trash receptacles and set up nests in your yard, in your shed or even in accessible areas of your dwelling. Certain kinds of wildlife carry fleas, lice and ticks and may bring the threat of potentially fatal diseases like rabies.
Easy Steps to Protect Your Loved Ones and Pets
Even if you live in a place where wildlife sightings are very common, it does not automatically mean that there needs to be an imminent danger to your kids, dogs, and cats. Actually, there are some very easy steps that you can take to minimize the potential threat of an unwanted wildlife encounter:
Keep Trash Bins Securely Covered
Squirrels, rats, raccoons, opossums and crazy cats all love to rummage through the garbage which has scraps of food. By keeping trash in closely tied bags and in cans with secure lids, you eliminate a significant source of attraction for wildlife.
Make Sure That Your Fence is in Good Condition
Fixing holes or replacing missing planks in the fence around your property keeps rabbits, raccoons, and many other mammals from your property. A safe border really minimizes the chances for a potentially dangerous encounter between a wild creature and your pets or kids.
Don’t leave Pets Outside Unattended
Even with a good fence, some animals will still make their way into your yard. If your dogs are out roaming for prolonged periods they have a higher chance of coming across a wild animal that has made its way onto your property. If the animal has a nest or a food source nearby they may become aggressive and look to protect rather than escape. This can result in serious injury to both your pet and the wild creature.
Cats are natural hunters and aren’t necessarily deterred by your fence. If there’s a bird or rabbit in a neighbor’s yard, they will probably give chase. A cat who exits the boundaries of your property is in a much greater risk of injury because of wild animal attack, but to other dangers (such as traffic, poison or traps left out by others for wild animals, etc..)
Ultrasonic Pest Protection
Ultrasonic pest repellents use high-frequency sound waves to push away a variety of pests, rodents, and insects. For homeowners who want to get a hands off and clutter free way of keeping unwanted pests out of their house, this may be a safe and efficient solution.
Ultrasonic repellents are safe for humans and household pets (you can not hear the sounds, neither can your pets, there are no poisons and no threat of pets or children suffering the injuries that may occur from snap traps). After the fast and easy initial setup, there is nothing to do but allow the device to operate driving away unwanted pests.
Don’t leave food out for wild animals, don’t intentionally engage together and never encourage your pets to interact with wildlife.
Even people who have the best of intentions and people who have taken the proactive measures mentioned above can still find themselves in a situation where a wild animal has entered their home or garage and is posing a possible threat. In these instances, it’s necessary that the situation is managed properly to minimize the risk.
It’s never a great idea to attempt to poison a wild animal on your property. Poison baits have elements that attract wildlife (they look and smell like food), which may also attract your family pets.
Cornering a wild animal is also not advisable. Raccoons, opossums, and birds can all become very territorial, especially if they have a nest nearby. Cornering them may insight an attack, which can result in serious injury for any pets or people in the region.
If a wild animal has set up residence in your home, garage or lawn or is posing a threat to your family it makes sense to enlist the help of a professional. A pest control specialist can quickly examine the wildlife threat on your premises and take the best steps toward elimination in a way that ensures the safety of your family and your pets and with minimal risk to the wild creature.
A trained wildlife control expert may also indicate the best methods for cleaning and sanitize the area after removal and help put up protective measures to lessen the odds of future unwanted encounters.