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Wildlife Identification

What are wildlife?

Wildlife describes animals that are able to live and survive outside without the help of people. Wild animals are an important part of the eco-system. Wildlife that are prey species act as a food source for predators, and predators help to control the populations of other animals. Wild animals living outside are a joy to watch and experience, but when they decided to live or feed in our yards, they have the potential to become dangerous pests.

a skunk in the grass

Wild animals that often become a problem for Georgia property owners include:

  • Armadillos
  • Snakes
  • Opossums
  • Foxes
  • Squirrels
  • Bird
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks

Are wildlife dangerous?

Wild animals will do whatever they can, such as spray, bite, and scratch, to defend themselves from threats when they feel cornered. Another problem with wild animals on your property is, they carry parasites on their bodies that they will introduce into your yard. Wildlife activity on your property increases the chance of you, your kids, or your pets coming into contact with fleas, ticks, and other disease-carrying parasites. Wild animals, themselves, carry on their bodies, and in their excrement, a variety of diseases, pathogens, and viruses that can make people ill; skunks, raccoons, and foxes are well-known carriers of rabies.

Additionally, when wild animals move into our homes to live and nest, they contaminate surfaces and food sources with their excrement and saliva, and damage structural elements like wires, pipes, and drywall.

Why do I have a wildlife problem?

As urban areas have expanded, wild animals have learned to live near people, and many have discovered that our properties – and, sometimes, our homes – provide them with their basic needs. One of the biggest attractants for wildlife to a property is food. Wild animals will dig through our lawns to eat bugs, worms, and vegetation from our gardens, or dig through our trash cans to forage for food.

Once you have wild animals living comfortably on your property, there is a very high chance that, at some point, they will find their way intof your home – usually to escape weather conditions that have become too hot, cold, or rainy.

Where will I find wildlife?

When wild animals decide to take up residence in our yard or homes they will live and nest in a variety of places.

Outside, wildlife nest in the following:

  • Brush
  • Under shrubs and bushes
  • Tree hollows
  • Woodpiles

Under decks, sheds, and foundations

Indoors, wildlife nest in the following:

  • Attics
  • Basements
  • Wall voids
  • Chimneys

How do I get rid of wildlife?

To protect your property from wildlife, it is essential to maintain an effective wildlife prevention and control program. For the complete removal of wildlife from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City wildlife control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of wildlife and other pests.

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with wild animals on your property:

  • Regularly pick vegetables from garden areas, and do not let fallen vegetables lay on the ground for long periods of time.
  • Harvest fruit on a regular basis.
  • Keep animals out of trash cans by using locking lids.
  • Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.
  • Remove bird and animal feeders from your property.
  • Cut trees and shrubs away from your home’s foundation.
  • Remove piles of brush from your yard that wild animals could hide in.
  • Store woodpiles at least 20 feet from your home’s exterior walls.
  • Fill in ground holes in your yard.
  • Cover window wells, vents, and chimneys to stop wild animals from being able to gain access to your home.
  • Repair holes in the foundation or exterior walls of your home.
  • Make sure window screens are secure.
  • Place fencing around the bottom of sheds and other outbuildings to stop wild animals from burrowing under them.
 

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