Urban wildlife can be entertaining when you’re watching them from afar. Once they move into your home, they become much more of a nuisance. Sometimes, homeowners try to save money carrying out their own wildlife removal and control, but this can be extremely dangerous, and most times ineffective. Trying to do the job yourself can lead to even more problems and expenses in the future. Allow the experts at Skedaddle to take care of your wildlife invasions professionally to keep you and your family safe, and keep your home pest free.
Wildlife Removal on Your Own Can Harm You, Your Family or Your Pets
DIY wildlife removal isn’t safe for you, your children, or your pets. Animal bites are a serious danger in trying to eliminate wildlife when you don’t know what you’re doing. It’s not just a wound that could need stitches – wild animals carry diseases and parasites that can make people extremely ill. Raccoons carry rabies. Squirrels can carry ringworm or plague. Mice and rats carry bacteria that can make humans sick as well.
Animal waste also poses a threat when handled incorrectly. Both urine-soaked materials and fecal waste can carry bacteria that could make you, your family and your pets very sick. This waste can also be damaging to your home, ruining insulation and causing structural damage over time. Professionals know how to use the correct equipment to clean up the mess and decontaminate the area.
One other problem with DIY wildlife removal or control is using poisons to kill wildlife. When animals die inside your home, you could be left with an awful smell and mess. Further, you could put your own health or your pet’s health at risk, leading to even more problems. Not to mention, killing wildlife may be illegal in your area, and is inhumane towards the animals. Although it’s best to remove wildlife from your home humanely and release them into the neighbourhood where they belong, trapping wildlife can be dangerous for non-professionals.
DIY Wildlife Removal Can Damage Your Property Even More
Chris Grabas, Regional Manager Skedaddle Montreal tells a story about a former client, “we (Skedaddle technicians) had been at her property in 2017 for a mouse exclusion job, so she knew who to call when this recent issue arose. She had her roof done a month ago, and the roofers seemed to have left a gap between the soffit and chimney. She called the roofing company, who returned and sealed the gap without checking the attic for signs of wildlife entry, or if any animals were currently inside.”
“There was, in fact, a squirrel in the attic, which was trapped in there by the roofer’s DIY seal. Due to scheduling, our team couldn’t tend to the issue for almost 4 days, leaving the squirrel to trample the insulation, attempt to chew its way out and cause a lot of damage. This could have been avoided if no shortcuts were taken.”
DIY wildlife removal could leave small babies in your home, threatening their survival. They could die and leave a mess, or they could live and cause a lot of damage in their wake. If the mother is removed and relocated, she may return with a vengeance to find her babies. Once wildlife is out of your home, it’s important to make sure that they don’t return. If the nest isn’t cleaned up and the entry-points aren’t sealed up correctly, other wildlife may find a great home. Professional technicians know how to prevent another infestation once the wildlife is removed.
You Could Face Legal Issues
DIY wildlife removal can also involve you in legal problems. You can’t always simply trap animals and release them into the wild without a permit. Bats are a protected species, which means you can’t intentionally kill them, even though they might be freeloaders in your home. Specific laws that regulate wildlife trapping vary by location, which is another good reason to leave humane wildlife removal to the professionals.
Let the Experts Remove Wildlife From Your Home
The technicians at Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control know how to remove wildlife without causing injuries or property damage. They have safety equipment and training to protect your home and your family. DIY animal control is dangerous, stressful, and ineffective. Figuring out how to eliminate and exclude wildlife from your home isn’t always easy. You need to know how to identify problem areas and resolve them effectively.