Preparing Your Home Against Fall Wildlife Problems
We’re finally getting to the time of year when it’s pleasant to be outside again. Summer was hot, humid, and sometimes unbearable, but now the temperature has dropped just enough to make the outdoors enjoyable once more.
Unfortunately, not everyone thinks this way. Some wildlife pests take this change in temperature as a sign that they need to find lodging in an indoor environment that’s warm, dry, and offers a steady food source. Your home might be just the kind of place these pests are seeking.
There are several types of wildlife in Florida that are a bigger threat in the fall than during other seasons. Raccoons, squirrels, possums, and armadillos are all animals that may try to gain entry to your home. Once they do, they can cause considerable damage and present dangers to your family’s health and well-being.
The Damage Wildlife Causes
It’s not hard to imagine the damage that these animals can do if left to invade your attic, basement, or wall voids. These are all good sized animals that will destroy insulation, walls, pipes, AC ductwork, and wiring. This damage causes leaks, mold, and fire hazards.
The waste produced by wildlife and left behind can contaminate your food, countertops, and even the air if it is blown through your home’s ductwork.
Wildlife also bring secondary pests into your home. They can be carriers of parasites, such as fleas, ticks, and tapeworms.
Beyond all of those dangers, if any of these animals manage to get into your living space, they will be aggressive toward anyone who tries to remove them. You could receive bites or scratches, leaving you vulnerable to the possibility of pain and infection. While rare, these animals do sometimes have rabies, and you want to avoid this dangerous disease being passed along to you or your family members.
How to Prevent Wildlife From Getting Inside
Here are a few steps you can take to keep wildlife out of your home this fall.
Inspect the outside of your house for gaps and holes. Even large animals can fit through surprisingly small spaces, so make sure to repair or fill any that you find.
- Repair torn screens.
- Cover vents and cap chimneys.
- Place garbage in tightly sealed containers away from your house.
- Don’t leave pet food or water outside.
- Remove bird feeders and bird baths.
- Inside, keep food stored in the refrigerator or in airtight containers.
- Clean countertops and dishes regularly.
- Clean up spills and messes as soon as they happen.
What to Do if Wildlife Gets Inside
If you discover that wildlife has already found their way into your home, you must take action immediately. The faster you can remove the problem, the better chance you have of mitigating damage.
However, you should not consider trying to eliminate the problem on your own. Wildlife can be very dangerous and there’s a likelihood of you getting hurt if you do it yourself. Furthermore, animals are skilled at hiding deep in areas of your home that you cannot easily access, so DIY elimination methods are often unsuccessful.
Your best course of action is to call the wildlife control experts at Keller’s Pest Control. We have the equipment, skill, and experience necessary to safely and effectively eradicate your wildlife problem. We can also help you to prevent the occurrence of future problems.
Wildlife infestations are no joke. Give us a call today to learn more about our wildlife control options.