Wildlife is supposed to live in the wild; it's in their name. Unfortunately, no-one exists that speaks raccoon or squirrel. It would make it a lot easier to explain this simple fact to woodland creatures if there were. Because this isn't the case, wild animals regularly find themselves wandering onto and causing trouble around Columbus properties. If you have had experience with unwelcome and unfriendly guests around your yard, here is what we recommend you do.

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Why Wildlife Like Properties

Wild animals are drawn to properties by many factors. The three main things that attract these pests are food, water, and shelter. Have you ever had trouble with a skunk living under your house, porch, or deck? They were drawn in by the shelter your home provides. Do squirrels regularly frequent your property and dig holes around your yard and garden? They might be in your yard because of a nut tree that drops acorns. Pests, in general, love properties that provide them with water to drink. If you have an ornate pool, birdbath, or pools of rainwater around your yard, wilderness creatures will stop by frequently to take a drink. If they find food and shelter to go with that drink, they might stick around longer.

The Dangers & Destruction That Come With Wildlife

Sometimes the problems wilderness creatures cause are obvious, such as when a skunk lives within a quarter-mile of your property. Other times, issues are not as apparent. For instance, at first glance, squirrels do not seem that bad. Sure, they dig holes on occasion and look like they are up to no good, but nothing about them screams danger. The truth is, squirrels, like many other wildlife creatures, carry and spread diseases. Now, we aren't just talking about rabies. We are talking about salmonellosis, hantavirus, histoplasmosis, and a range of other dangerous and sometimes life-changing sicknesses.

Another way wildlife get people sick is with the fleas and ticks they often carry. These smaller blood-feeding pests are also vectors for disease and regularly find their way into homes either on pets or through cracks and gaps. Some of the most common diseases fleas and ticks transmit to humans include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and the bubonic plague.

For most homeowners, the first problem they notice with wildlife is the destruction of their property. Pests like moles, voles, and gophers dig unsightly holes around yards. Rats and squirrels chew on wood, vinyl siding, and other materials. Larger pests like raccoons will even tear up decks, fencing, and siding to find shelter around your home and property.

Ways To Deter Wildlife From Your Property

Your goal with preventing wildlife should be to eliminate the reasons they want to come onto or spend time around your property. To do this effectively, try these simple methods.

  • Install a fence around your yard and garden.

  • Eliminate sources of water buildup around your property.

  • Repair damage to your home's gutter system.

  • Clean up trash, clutter, and debris from your yard.

  • Store firewood and building materials at least 30 feet from your home's exterior.

  • Avoid feeding your pets outdoors.

  • Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.

The Best Way To Deal With Wildlife

If wildlife creatures regularly cause trouble around your property, do not hesitate to get the experts at Pestmaster® Service's Columbus, OH involved. Our pest technicians are highly trained in wildlife management and have the industrial-grade tools needed to remove these pests from your property.

Call us today to learn more about our wildlife control process or to schedule your home and property for a pest inspection.

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