Wildlife Safety and Prevention
There are some very important things to remember when it comes to wildlife safety for you and your family.
Treat all wildlife as though it is infected. Never touch or approach wildlife. Do not touch nests, dens or feces. Keep your distance and call an area wildlife professional.
Treat all snakes as if they are venomous. If you are bitten or scratched by wildlife, keep the animal if you can. Do not injure the head and contact your local health department immediately. The animal in question must be checked for diseases.
Wildlife safety applies to pets too. Keep your pet’s vaccination up to date. If wildlife enters your home, your pets will often approach it before you do and can be harmed.
Do not feed the birds, or wildlife in general. You are inviting more wildlife than you think. Never feed hummingbirds; the sweet smelling nectar attracts raccoons, skunks and opossum. Norway rats cannot live in a residential area without an easy, free food source. I repeat, feeding birds, and wildlife in general attracts much more wildlife than you can possibly comprehend. If we had no scruples, we would mail a free bird feeder to everybody in the U.S. with our logo and phone number printed on it. If you or your neighbors feed wildlife, we guarantee that you will eventually have wild animal problems and conflicts.
Install one or more bat houses. Only .5% of bats carry rabies. Mosquitoes carry more diseases than bats. Allow the bats to make your back yard more enjoyable – bats eat massive numbers of Mosquitoes.
Do not keep wildlife as pets. Exotic and native wildlife species do not make good pets. Having a squirrel, raccoon or wild animal as a pet may seem fun at first, but in the long run, it is a horrible idea that you will regret. It is also against the law. A “human imprint” on any wild animal is very dangerous and very wrong.
Additional Information: The importance and recognition of wildlife as a reservoir of zoonoses are increasing. The CDC has an article on zoonotic infections and prevention that you may find helpful to read.
Easy To Do Wild Animal Prevention And Safety Measures
The best way to prevent and manage nuisance wild animal problems is through preventative maintenance. You can save thousands of dollars in wildlife control services later if you simply adjust a few things now. When applicable, these are some helpful things you can do to reduce your chances of wildlife problems:
Asking people to trim their trees is the most difficult task we have – nobody wants to do it, but we know what works – there is no reason to have a highway allowing wildlife to travel onto your most important investment – your house.
Trim or remove trees so that they are 17-20′ from your house and outbuildings; do so with a budget in mind. Trees grow up to 3′ a year. Trim vines, bushes and trees 17-20′ from all fences.
Home and Roofing Repairs
A majority of the calls we get are due to roofing construction gaps and rotten or damaged siding. Installing a cap on your chimney and covers on your vents will prevent unwanted wildlife entry. Block access to the underside of buildings, porches and decks.
General Wildlife Prevention Around The House
Tightly cover all garbage cans, do not feed your pets outdoors, do not feed any wildlife, including the birds- especially humming birds. Cut and remove thick underbrush, eliminate brush and garbage piles. Mow your lawn frequently. Encourage neighbors to do the same, remind them it can be beneficial to them as well.