When we talk about pests in the home, the most common that we tend to deal with are the creepy-crawlies that find their way in. Ants, termites, and spiders, for instance. Occasionally though, you have a real chance of getting a much bigger, fuzzier unwanted guest in the home. What do you do about the fact your home is at risk of becoming a wildlife sanctuary for some truly unhealthy and even dangerous beasts?
Know the signs
It doesn’t matter if you’re in a suburban home, a country cottage, or a fourth-floor apartment. Some animals can find their way just about anywhere. It’s worth knowing the signs of pest infestation so you can confirm it and act on it immediately. Spotting droppings, keeping an ear out for scratching, and looking for signs of nesting like shredded paper, scrunched leaves, and grass clippings around the home without explanation can help you start fighting back.
Cleanliness is key
If there’s one thing that animals like, it’s natural mess. Keep your outdoors and garage free of standing water, open garbage cans, litter, and weeds. If you have trees or bushes in the garden, keep them pruned and clean up any debris that falls close to the home. Pests of all sizes use these for nesting materials and rodents will even use your dog’s leavings for food, so keep them clean and make it clear your home isn’t a good place for them to live.
Don’t give them a way in
The fewer opportunities they have to get inside the home from the outdoors, the less likely they are to do just that. Of course, all homes have some sorts of openings through pipes and the like, but the more gaps like holes around pipes or exhaust fans you have, the more opportunities for pests. You can keep more pests out of the garden with tighter fences, too.
Stop them in their tracks
If you’re dealing with an ongoing animal problem, then trapping them is one of the best ways to be rid of them. There are a lot of pest control traps, with most of them aimed at the “big three”: mice, rats, and squirrels. There are plenty of traps built with safety in mind, too, whether you want to make sure your pet doesn’t set any off or if you want to get rid of mice and squirrels without killing them.
Know when you need an expert
Some animals you can get rid of yourself. Other times it’s seriously worth considering whether you are qualified to get rid of them. If you’re not trained to remove potentially harmful animals like bats, which can spread rabies and other diseases, then let bat removal professionals deal with them. Foxes, alligators, snakes, bears; if it’s a serious risk, don’t try and deal with it yourself.
Even if you don’t think your area is likely to have any of these not-so-friendly fuzzies, you should always be aware of the risk and be mindful about prevention. It’s better to be prepared for something that might not happen than to be oblivious to something as it happens to you.