Fall Wildlife Invaders to Watch for In North Carolina
November 29, 2018
What comes to mind when you hear the word wildlife? For most people, it probably conjures up images of various animals, whether those that live in your area or on other continents. However, there is most likely one thing the images all have in common - these animals are pictured in outdoor habitats. Embedded into the meaning of the word 'wildlife' is the assumption that those animals live outside.
But what about when they don’t? What happens when wildlife comes inside?
Fall in North Carolina is one time of year when animals that are typically quite content outdoors might decide to try finding a new living situation. The weather is getting cooler and food is becoming more scarce, which makes wildlife eager to find a warm place to live that also provides a food and water source. Unfortunately, your home fits the bill almost perfectly.
Certain animals are more likely than others to try getting inside. Three of the biggest offenders are raccoons, bats, and squirrels.
Raccoons are not small animals, so you can imagine the damage they may cause if they manage to get inside your home. They can also be dangerous. They may look cute from a distance but, if cornered, raccoons will not hold back in order to protect themselves. Raccoons can also carry diseases, including rabies, so they are definitely not suitable houseguests.
Bats are much smaller than raccoons, but the 'creepy' factor is a bit higher with these intrusive animals, especially since they can fly. Bats will often make their way into attic spaces or between walls, causing damage and leaving waste products behind. While not known to be aggressive creatures, bats will bite if they feel threatened.
Squirrels are rodents, which means they must constantly chew in order to keep their incisors to a manageable length. If they gain entry to your home, they will cause damage to your walls, as well as potential structural damage by chewing on beams. Furthermore, they may chew through wiring, which can create a dangerous fire hazard.
All of these wildlife invaders also have the potential to bring other pests into your home. They are often carriers of fleas, ticks, and other parasites that can end up growing in population in your home and infecting your family with a number of diseases and illnesses.
It is possible to prevent raccoons, bats, and squirrels from entering your house. These prevention tips will help:
- Check the outside of your home for cracks, gaps, and holes in the foundation, walls, and around windows and doors. Fill or repair any that you find.
- Cap your chimney and cover all vents.
- Keep outdoor food sources away from your house, including pet food, bird feeders, and trash.
Eliminate outdoor water sources. Standing water on your lawn, bird baths, clogged gutters, and pet water dishes are all attractive to critters that are seeking food sources.
Keep vegetation trimmed. Don’t allow tree branches to grow close to your house. Shrubs and bushes should be neatly manicured, as well.
By following these tips, you’ll go a long way in making your home uninviting to potential fall wildlife invaders. However, if you want further peace of mind, or if you already find yourself with a problem, give us a call at A-1 Pest Control. We possess the expertise necessary to help you fix problem areas around your property that may be attractive to wildlife. Our professionals also have the experience, knowledge, and tools needed to eliminate any current problems you may be experiencing with wildlife in your home.
Raccoons, bats, and squirrels can be dangerous when approached and their elimination from your home is best left to trained professionals. A-1 is here to help.