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Protecting Your Deck from Wildlife in Winter

When winter time comes, we all like to enjoy everything that comes with it – making a snowman, snowball fights, sledding, etc. At the same time, various issues may occur that can ruin your fun and pastime, like discovering that certain wildlife has found shelter underneath your deck. This happens quite often in Milwaukee, so it is advisable to protect against it on time. If you do find that an infestation of your deck is well underway, professional animal control services in Milwaukee is what you need to be thinking about. Keep reading to know more about the issue and what you can do to solve it.

Animals That Will Try to Hide Under Your Deck

As cold days become more and more frequent, wild animals will try to find shelter, and to be more precise, that shelter can very likely be under your deck. The animals you can expect to see are skunks, raccoons, opossums, and even foxes. This is an ideal place for them to move in, since the deck is, sort of, a roof to them. Raccoons and opossums usually curl up in there, as far from the edge as possible. On the other hand, foxes and skunks dig a burrow under the deck and huddle there.

The more snow and ice build up in your yard, the harder it is to access and remove wildlife.

What NOT to do if There are Pests Under the Deck

In case pests have already invaded your home, there are some things you should not do under any circumstances. First of all, you should never leave food out in the yard, and this includes food for your pet. Second, when throwing away garbage, make sure the containers are well-secured as wildlife can easily find it; this also goes for compost. Third, you should pick fruit and vegetables from your garden as soon as they become ripe. Fourth, in order to prevent wildlife from digging through your lawn, have it treated against white grubs.

Removal Methods

Discovering unwanted wildlife in your garden goes hand in hand with wanting it to go away as soon as possible. At the same time, this should not be a reason for you to treat the animals badly or to be cruel since there are many humane ways to get them to leave. For example, you can use the hazing technique. This means that you should turn your deck into a bright, smelly and noisy area. Set up a light and point it towards the animal’s sleeping area. Then, turn a radio on and place it near the den. In addition to this, you should also place rags under the edge of the deck that is drenched in household ammonia.

Prevention is Always Better than Removal

When your home is invaded by pests, the removal process is not just time-consuming but also requires a lot of energy to be invested. Of course, it is much better to prevent this from happening altogether, and there are many things that you can do. Check your home regularly for openings and signs of deterioration, since this is a way for wildlife to get in. Also, you can dig and bury heavy gauge wire mesh in the ground. So, when the ground freezes, it will be more than difficult for the animals to dig it, and they will simply give up and walk away.

Long Lasting Wildlife Prevention from Skedaddle

One of the most important things to do before winter comes is to prevent wildlife from invading your yard. If you do so, you will save yourself the effort of finding ways to move the pests out. Instead of going about doing this by yourself, the simplest and recommended solution would be to get in touch with an animal control specialist in Milwaukee. When it comes to both expert prevention and removal services, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is a perfect choice. We have been in business for nearly three decades and have pioneered a number of different techniques that focus on humane removal and exclusion, as well as prevention methods. Skedaddle is definitely the way to go, so get in touch with our experts today and ensure yourself a cozy, pleasant and stress-free winter.

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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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