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Are Trail Cams Good for Animal Control?

If you live in Milwaukee then chances are you’ve dealt with or are about to deal with wildlife animal intrusion in your home. It can be difficult to pin down exactly what is taking place inside or outside your door. That’s when trail cams are ready to use as tools that address your animal control needs.

Traditional Use of Trail Cams

Trail cams have traditionally been used in forests to capture the behavior of animals in the wild. But they are also quite useful in the domestic setting. These cameras are often used by wildlife experts to capture footage of animal behavior wherever they are. They are ideal for this purpose because they capture motion as well as still images that help to detect the details of wildlife presence on your property. Trail cameras come equipped with weatherproof cases so damage from the elements doesn’t need to be a concern.

How Wildlife Technicians Use Trail Cams

When they are installed in the right spots, these cameras can provide information about the type of wildlife animals that frequent the space and the behavior of these animals. Since strategic placement is crucial to the capturing of useful data, it is a good idea to consult a trained wildlife expert to get input on the ideal locations for installation.

Since many animals (such as mice, raccoons, and bats) that invade human dwellings are nocturnal by nature, watching out for their entry points and nesting areas can prove quite challenging. The cameras provide extensive details that wildlife experts can use to inform the way they approach the animal removal process. Additionally, they provide information about other wildlife animals that may be frequenting your property.

After observing the data captured by the cameras, wildlife technicians can determine the exact nature of your wildlife intrusion issues. They will, therefore, be in a better position to craft and implement animal control measures that work. They are also ideal for post removal assessment. Through the videos, wildlife technicians can confirm that wildlife animals are no longer in the space or are no longer able to get in.

Features of a Good Trail camera For Wildlife Monitoring in Your  Home

Trail cameras are relatively easy to acquire since they are relatively inexpensive. You can get one to buy at a typical retail or sports store. Try to ensure that the camera you purchase has infrared capabilities or night vision. This should be coupled with the high-quality output (in both audio and visual footage)and will ensure that you get clear images.

The camera you choose should also be difficult to detect by animals. If the camera has flash functions it may spook the animals who will subsequently stay away from the area being surveilled. This means you won’t get the footage you need and the cameras will be ineffective. You should then look for a camera that operates without flash and is easily camouflaged.

Since you will likely leave your trail camera up for long periods of time, you will need to select a camera that has the ability to stay powered for long stretches of time. There are trail cameras that fit multiple batteries allowing for power to get to the camera continuously. A great option for prolonged use is a camera that comes equipped with a solar powered battery. This battery will be recharged automatically making it ideal for those cameras that are installed outdoors.

A trail cam is one of those handy tools that your wildlife technician may suggest as a step in the direction of solving your wildlife intrusion issues. With these cameras, animal control is an easier task in your Milwaukee home.

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About the author:Marcus is the owner and operator of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control – Milwaukee. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Marcus combines the academic training (M.S. Wildlife Biology, UW Madison) with the field training and skills to be successful in resolving wildlife conflict for home and business owners.

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