After a long, cold winter, spring has officially arrived!
The snow has melted away and the classic chirping of spring has sprung. Squirrels are prancing from tree to tree, and migratory birds have returned from their summer vacations. Most importantly of all, baby season has begun. For those of us in the wildlife industry, this is the most exciting and busy time of the year.
Most urban wildlife will begin breeding in very early spring, birthing their litters from late February all the way to the end of summer. Their search for a comfortable, warm, and secluded den site often ends with them breaking into attics, sheds, chimneys and other structures.
There are a few ways you can combat these intrusions and protect your property:
- Every spring, thoroughly inspect your home for any signs of wear and tear, small gaps, or damaged roofing material. Snow, wind, and cold temperatures can be particularly damaging to your home, so it’s important to regularly check for weak areas.
- Be sure to inspect your garage, gutters, porches and decks, as these provide shelter for wandering wildlife.
- Clean up any fallen tree material, trim back branches, and eliminate any bedding material wildlife can collect in your yard.
- Remove all food sources from your property that may attract wildlife:
- Discarded food/waste bins should be cleaned regularly.
- Utilize wildlife-proof trash containers, and avoid storing them outside where animals have immediate access.
- Remove fruit/vegetables from your garden on a regular basis.
- Use squirrel proof bird feeders, and clean fallen seeds regularly.
- Treat your lawn for grubs to discourage foraging by skunks and raccoons.
- Invest in motion sensored lights and/or sprinkler systems to startle wildlife and prevent them from being too comfortable roaming your lawn and property.
Urban wildlife have adapted extremely well to our modern day habits, and even with the best attempt to direct them elsewhere, they may still manage to infiltrate your home. In this event, trust the experts at Skedaddle to protect the biggest investment of your life, and the wellbeing of your family. It’s best to act quickly at the first signs of wildlife entry, to avoid as much damage as possible.
Learn more about how Skedaddle humanely removes wildlife babies and how we keep family units safe, or give us a call at 1-888-592-0387!