You can help promote a healthy environment by protecting natural wildlife in your area. However, humane treatment of wildlife doesn’t mean turning your home into a wildlife refuge. If you have wild animals living near your home or are concerned with the activities of local animals, follow these tips for humane wildlife control in Milwaukee.
Call a Local Expert
Your first step should always be to contact a professional. Wild animals, even the cute ones, can carry diseases and can attack you if they feel threatened. Attempting to remove a squirrel, raccoon, bat or another animal from your home or property could harm the animal and yourself.
Professional wildlife experts can not only safely remove an animal, but also recommend personalized prevention strategies. These furry intruders make their way into your home in surprising ways, so you may not immediately be aware of their entry point. Removal without prevention isn’t effective at keeping your home safe.
Keep up on Lawn Maintenance
An overgrown lawn and landscaping is a welcome sign for wildlife. Local animals love the protection and cover of overgrown shrubs, low-hanging limbs and tall grass. If you’ve been neglecting your lawn maintenance, it’s time to get out the lawnmower and trimmers and get to work.
Once you trim up your flower beds, shrubs and other landscaping, you may be surprised to find a wildlife entrance to your home. Animals often dig behind bushes or in other concealed areas, so if you have evidence of an animal in your basement or crawl space then there may be a secret entrance hiding in your overgrown landscaping.
Take Out the Trash
Raccoons, squirrels and other wildlife in the Milwaukee area love your garbage. Food scraps are a buffet for these animals, so keep your garbage area neat and tidy. Be sure your trash can is securely closed and not accessible by raccoons. These crafty animals can open many standard garbage cans, so find one that has handles to secure it.
Pet food is another common item that attracts wild animals. Don’t leave pet food out overnight for your pets, or they may have to share their meals with a raccoon or other wildlife.
Store Wood and Leaves Away From Your Home
Mice and other small intruders love wood and leaf piles near your home. These cozy areas are protected from predators and allow the smallest wildlife in your area to find easy access to your home.
Store these items away from your home. Consider stacking firewood up off the ground to discourage wildlife and insects from calling it home. This not only prevents wildlife from finding a way into your home, but it also allows you to pick up your firewood in peace without worrying about a mouse, rats or skunks hiding behind the pieces.
Seal Off Your House
Is your home secure from raccoons and bats? Take some time to walk around your property and seal common wildlife entry points. This task is usually best left to the professionals, who have experience spotting even the most hidden wildlife entry areas. Bats can enter a hole smaller than an inch in diameter, and raccoons only need about four inches to squeeze into your basement or attic.
Our technicians can inspect your roof, foundation, windows and other common areas for signs of entry or for future entry points. Work with a local professional who understands the wildlife in your area and the common areas animals search for when looking for a way into your building.
Get Started With Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control
Keep your home to yourself and protect the local wildlife by contacting us. We’ll work with you to establish a game plan that keeps local animals safe and prevents them from damaging your home or spreading diseases among your family.