Raccoons, opossums, mice, bats, and birds may all be cute and fun to watch, but some folks just don’t understand the potential dangers that these forms of wildlife can pose to their loved ones and pets. An encounter with a small and seemingly harmless wild animal that finds their way on your house can lead to serious consequences for you, your kids and your luxury cats and dogs.
Wild birds and mammals can damage your property, upset trash receptacles and set up nests in your yard, on your shed or perhaps in accessible areas of your dwelling. Certain kinds of wildlife carry fleas, lice and ticks and may bring the danger of potentially fatal diseases like rabies.
Easy Steps to Protect Your Family and Pets
Even if you reside in an area where wildlife sightings are extremely common, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there has to be an imminent threat to your kids, dogs, and cats. In fact, there are some very simple steps that you can take to minimize the potential threat of an unwanted wildlife encounter:
Maintain Trash Bins Securely Covered
Squirrels, rats, raccoons, opossums and crazy cats all love to rummage through the garbage which contains scraps of food. By keeping trash in closely tied bags and in cans with secure lids, you eliminate a significant source of fascination for wildlife.
Make sure your Fence is in Good Shape
Repairing holes or replacing missing planks in the fence around your property keeps rabbits, raccoons, and many other mammals off of your property. A secure boundary 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 greater probability of coming across a wild animal that has made its way onto your property. If the creature has a nest or a food source nearby they may become aggressive and seem to protect instead of escape. This can lead to serious harm to both your pet and the wild creature.
Keep Cats Indoors
Cats are natural hunters and aren’t necessarily discouraged by your fence. If there is a bird or rabbit in a neighbor’s yard, they will likely give chase. A cat who exits the boundaries of your property is in a much greater risk of injury due to a wild animal attack, but to other dangers (such as traffic, poison or traps left out by other people for wild creatures, etc..)
Ultrasonic Pest Protection
Ultrasonic pest repellents use high-frequency sound waves to push away a variety of pests, rodents, and insects. For homeowners that want to get a hands off and mess free method of keeping unwanted pests from their house, this may be a safe and efficient solution.
Ultrasonic repellents are safe for people and family pets (you can’t hear the noises, neither is your pets, there are no poisons and no threat of pets or kids 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.
In addition to the steps above, simply avoiding contact with wildlife is also a major element in keeping pets and family members safe. Don’t leave out food for wild animals, do not intentionally engage with them rather than encourage your pets to interact with wildlife.
Even people who have the best of intentions and people who have taken the proactive measures mentioned previously can still find themselves in a situation where a wild animal has entered their home or garage and is posing a potential threat. In these instances, it is important that the situation is managed properly to minimize the risk.
It’s never a good idea to attempt to poison a wild animal on your property.
Cornering a wild creature is also not wise. Cornering them may insight an assault, which can lead to serious injury for any people or pets in the area.
If a wild animal has set up residence in your home, garage or yard or is posing a threat to your family it is sensible to enlist the support of a professional. A wildlife control expert can quickly examine the wildlife threat in your property and take the best steps toward elimination in a manner that ensures the safety of your family and your pets and with minimal risk to the wild animal.
A trained wildlife control expert can also indicate the best methods for cleaning and sanitize the area after removal and help set up protective measures to minimize the chances of future unwanted experiences.