As urban sprawl claims more animals’ natural habitat, the need for humane wildlife control services continues to grow. Many animal species seek warmth, shelter, and safety in people’s attics and crawl spaces. These make great locations for raccoons or squirrels to hunker down for the winter, or to bear and raise their young.
Unfortunately, these unwelcomed guests make noise, create messes, and can cause thousands of dollars in damages to structures they invade. Here are the three main steps to practicing humane wildlife control in your home.
The first step in humane wildlife control is to identify the animals taking up residence in your attic or crawl space. Excluder or one way cages allow the intruding creatures to exit the infested structure, alive and unharmed, but do not allow the animals to gain re-entry to the structure from which they were excluded. Most people would prefer that raccoons, squirrels, chipmunks, opossums, and the like not be killed if it isn’t necessary. Humane wildlife companies, when possible, incorporate the use of these humane excluder traps or one way doors.
The second step of humane wildlife control is to take exclusionary measures to ensure that more wild animals cannot gain access into your home. This involves finding and sealing any openings around your home that are big enough to allow wildlife in. Remember that small rodents can squeeze through extremely small holes. Even fully-grown raccoons can get through holes as small as four inches in diameter! Cracks should also be sealed at this time to prevent insect intruders from entering the home.
The final step in conducting humane wildlife control is to assess the damages the removed creatures have inflicted upon your home and determine what cleanup and repairs are required. Wildlife almost always leave urine and feces behind, but they can also chew wires, destroy insulation, shred wood and wallpaper, and leave behind nesting material and food remnants, such as nut shells. The wild animals could also have accessed your air ducts, where they can leave behind more urine and feces.
The humane wildlife control specialists at North Fulton Pest Solutions are licensed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and undergo continuous training in order to ensure all trapping, removal, and exclusion services are performed within the guidelines set forth by the Georgia DNR.
If you think wildlife has taken up residence in your home, a member of our wildlife control division will provide a complimentary comprehensive inspection and provide you with a written report of your home or business. Contact us for more information about our humane wildlife control services.