Raccoons, opossums, mice, bats, and birds may be cute and fun to watch, but some folks just don’t know the potential dangers that these forms of wildlife may pose to their family and pets. An encounter with even a small and seemingly harmless wild creature that finds their way onto your property could 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, in your shed or even in accessible areas of your dwelling. Certain forms of wildlife carry lice, fleas and ticks and may bring the threat of potentially fatal diseases like rabies.
Easy Steps to Protect Your Family and Pets
Even if you live in an area where wildlife sightings are extremely common, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there needs to be an imminent threat to your children, dogs, and cats. In fact, there are some very simple steps that you can take to minimize the potential risk of an unwanted wildlife encounter:
Keep Trash Bins Securely Covered
Squirrels, rats, raccoons, opossums and wild cats all love to rummage through the garbage which contains scraps of food. By keeping trash in tightly tied bags and in cans with secure lids, you eliminate a major source of fascination for wildlife.
Make sure your Fence is in Good Shape
Repairing holes or replacing missing boards in the fence around your property keeps rabbits, raccoons, and many other mammals from your property. A safe border really reduces the chances for a potentially dangerous encounter between a wild animal and your pets or kids.
In spite of a solid fence, some animals will still make their way to your yard. If your dogs are outside roaming for extended periods they have a greater chance of coming across a wild animal that has made its way onto your house. If the creature has a nest or a food source nearby they may become aggressive and look to protect instead of escape. This can lead to serious harm to both your pet and the wild animal.
Keep Cats Indoors
Cats are natural hunters and aren’t necessarily discouraged by your fence. A cat who exits the confines of your property is at a significantly greater risk of injury due to a wild animal attack, but to other dangers (like traffic, poison or traps left out by others for wild animals, etc..)
Ultrasonic pest repellents use high-frequency sound waves to drive away a variety of pests, rodents, and insects. For homeowners who are looking for a hands off and mess free method of keeping unwanted pests from their home, this can be a safe and efficient solution.
Ultrasonic repellents are safe for people and household pets (you can’t hear the noises, neither is your pets, there are no toxins and no threat of pets or children suffering the injuries that may occur from snap cubes ). After the fast and simple initial setup, there is nothing to do but allow the device to work driving away unwanted pests.
Do not leave out food for wild animals, don’t intentionally engage together and never encourage your pets to interact with wildlife.
Even people who have the best of intentions and those who have taken the proactive measures mentioned previously can still find themselves in a position in which a wild animal has entered their home or garage and is posing a potential threat. In these instances, it’s important that the situation is managed properly to minimize the threat.
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 attack, which can lead to serious injury for any people or pets in the region.
If a wild animal has set up residence in your house, garage or lawn or is posing a threat to your family it makes sense to enlist the help of a professional. A wildlife control expert can quickly analyze the wildlife threat on your premises and take the best steps toward removal in a way that ensures the protection of your family and your pets and with minimal risk to the wild creature.
A trained pest control expert may 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 encounters.