Orlando, Fla.— As temperatures begin to rise consistently, homeowners in Central Florida have to deal with alligators in mating season which brings them to our areas searching for “friends,” also snakes running away from water accumulated in their shelter which could be underground burrows or under rocks.
Squirrels can be real pests in urban areas as they have a tendency to destroy gardens and try to nest in attics and other spaces indoors. Your home is especially at risk if undergoing home improvements that may make it easier for animals to sneak in during construction. If you hear gnawing or running sounds during the day, there is a good chance that you have squirrels in your home. Once they get inside, they can cause serious damage to wiring and insulation.
Armadillos are diggers with sharp claws. They dig to make dens and to find food. Although they will eat vegetables and destroy your vegetable garden, their main source of food is worms and grubs. They will undermine concrete foundations, water and sewer lines, and even telephone lines. Also, they are known for being leprosy carriers. So, if you notice an armadillo in your yard, it's imperative to get rid of it immediately.
Who doesn’t love Bambi? And we are so lucky to see them around all the time. Our most beloved deer can cause damage to gardens and ornamental plants in addition to carrying ticks that could be transferred to pets. The best way of keeping deer off your property is to install fencing. If it is not possible to fence the entire property, crops and garden areas can be fenced. Home gardeners also have the option of using one of several deer repellent products that can be purchased.
Raccoons can cause serious headaches for homeowners as they are known for trying to take refuge in places like attics and chimneys. Since they are also constantly looking for food, garbage cans are quite attractive to them. Raccoons can be deterred by keeping garbage, pet food, and any other edible materials in places they cannot get to. Raccoons are good climbers so regular fences will not deter them but electric fences can.
Opossums do not generally cause much trouble for humans but they will occasionally get into attics, basements, garages, and sheds. They are not aggressive animals and if pursued will probably just flee. Homeowners want to keep them off their property as they are known to spread bacterial, fungal, and viral diseases and can also carry lice, mites, fleas, ticks, and roundworms. Opossums are fairly easy to trap with cage traps and bait such as cat food, or fruit.
We must be especially careful with young children and pets when we allow them to wander around in the outdoors.
Some Basic Tips For Getting Rid of Problem Wildlife
- In order to rid your yard and home of problem animals, you must first identify them. Once you have properly identified the species, you will be able to figure out the best strategies for control.
- Keep all garbage in containers with secure lids, so they cannot be opened by animals.
- Bird baths and bird feeders have a tendency to attract wildlife other than birds. If using bird baths or bird feeders, they should be kept away from the home to discourage wild animals from getting close.
- Installing fencing, especially around gardens, can keep pests from coming into your yard and destroying plants and other property. The cost to install a fence averages around $1,500 to $4,000 depending on the material & style you choose.
- Wildlife repellents can be effective but it is important to make sure they are safe for any pets and kids that might be playing in the yard.
- Pesticides can also be useful, but as with wildlife repellents, should be used with caution and only as directed.
Basic Tips Source: https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/wildlife-control-tips/#ixzz5D2yr7fMN
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