Expect the unexpected. It’s sure worth trying to, especially when it comes to living in harmony with your local wildlife. Naturally enough, animals look for food and shelter, and if you’re inadvertently providing it, you’re more likely to encounter conflicts with them. Check out ways to “expect the unexpected” with practical prevention tips once your current problem is solved. Meanwhile, here’s what you need to know about wildlife control to get help with the mayhem of the moment!
Sometimes, you may be able to solve an animal control problem yourself. Perhaps you have an animal denning under your porch or deck. Although it’s usually better to let them be, a little gentle harassment may be all that’s needed if for some reason you do need them to move on. Before attempting to get animals to leave, though, check with your state wildlife agency for applicable laws and timing. Dependent young may be present or animals may be hibernating. Once you know what’s permissible and appropriate (based on the animals present) follow the guidelines you’re given, but also make sure to test for animals still using the space before you do any repairs or sealing up that may entrap them. The easiest way to do that with burrow openings or entry points into a home is to lightly stuff them with newspaper or paper towels and watch. If they aren’t disturbed for 48 hours, it’s pretty safe to assume the burrow or entry points aren’t currently active.
For times when you need help with animal removal, try searching online for either “animal control” or “humane society” along with your city and state. Or, you may find the animal control number you need by looking online or in your phonebook for your city or county health department or police department.
While your local public animal control provider or humane society may be unable to help, they may be able to recommend a commercial wildlife control company that uses humane and effective approaches. In addition to their recommendation, follow these guidelines to be sure that the company you hire will do the job properly.
With animal control issues, taking action without following precautions can make matters worse, for you and the animals. Give the situation the forethought it deserves and you’ll get the rewards you deserve… problem solved, future problems prevented. Remember to still keep an eye on your home’s exterior each spring and fall, though, during cleanup and maintenance, so you can nip any unanticipated wildlife control troubles in the bud.