Here in the Atlanta area, we are sharing our space with quite a few different types of animals—mice, rats, snakes, squirrels, bats, raccoon, skunks, etc. Most of the time, this urban wildlife keeps a safe distance from humans and poses no threat, but when they find their way into our indoor properties, they can be a nuisance at best, and a danger at worst. If one or more of these creatures invades your space, here are a few common-sense tips to follow.
Avoid Direct Contact with the Animal
Urban wildlife is still wild. Even though you see those squirrels running around in the neighborhood all the time, you don’t want to corner one. Wildlife of any kind is liable to bite, and in many cases these creatures carry diseases. If you encounter an urban wildlife invader, don’t try to handle it yourself.
Don’t Try to Trap the Animal
Setting mousetraps is one thing, but attempting to live-trap an animal like an opossum, raccoon or squirrel is another. Often these creatures have entered your home to create a nest, and you might be separating a mother from her children by trapping her. This could cause the babies in an unknown part of the home to starve and die, and you won’t know it until you smell the carcasses rotting.
Leave Removal to the Professionals
A professional pest control company specializing in urban wildlife removal will be able to identify the animal(s) that are invading your property and implement a specific strategy to remove it/them safely. They will also be able to help you identify possible points of entry so these can be blocked off, hopefully preventing other wildlife from entering.
Take Steps to Prevent Future Infestations
Once the invaders are removed, the last thing you want is to have them invade again. If the urban wildlife is being attracted by garbage, for example, you might want to invest in covered garbage cans. If the wildlife is seeking warmth in the walls or attic, you should locate any openings and seal them off. Your pest control professionals should be able to advise you on specific steps you can take to keep urban wildlife away from your property and yard.