Wildlife animals are beautiful and relaxing to watch but can become pests when they enter your yard and cause problems or worse yet your home. Wildlife control is a process of removing individual or populations of specific species of wildlife. Wildlife pests become accustomed to the presence of humans and will cause property damage or can transmit disease to humans and pets. These pests commonly found in Worcester County, MA include skunks, foxes, squirrels, rats, mice, woodchucks, beavers, opossums, raccoons, bats and moles.

Preventing Wildlife Pests

Sometimes humans will do things that they don’t realize that invite wildlife pets. When piles off scrap wood are lying around, it can be an invitation for rodents to nest. When food is left outside for pets is also inviting to some wildlife pests. When possible, try to control these pests in a practical, humane way that is environmentally acceptable. When methods of control are matched to nuisance species, the control will be more effective and will cause little or no damage to the environment, people and animals.

Steps to Successful Nuisance Wildlife Control

The first thing is to make a positive identification. You will need to determine which pest is causing the damage by examining the damaged area. Many species of wildlife have similar feeding habits. Some other things to look for are droppings, burrows, tracks, nests or food caches. Wildlife control methods can be chosen when the troublemaker is identified. If the wrong control method is used, it may harm the animal but not kill it making it more cautious of those methods in the future. Wildlife control methods also need to be appropriate for the location and the time of year. Wildlife exclusion is the fastest and most permanent way to keep these pests away. Preventing them from coming onto your property is the most permanent solution. Long-lasting control can be made from modifying an animal’s habitat. It will limit access to one or more of the things it needs to live – food, water and shelter. Repellents will change the behavior of the animal and can lead to the reduction or the elimination of damage. These can keep animals away from your plants for example. Some wildlife will figure out that these will not actually harm them and will become accustomed, making them ineffective. Glue traps and boards can trap small mammals and live trapping can be effective but some animals cannot be trapped without a permit and relocation can be illegal. You will need to know animal behavior, trapping techniques, and baits to have success. Regularly checking for re-infestation to determine other control methods also needs to be undertaken diligently.

Wildlife Pest Control

Wildlife control can pose risks to people and property from possible injury and/or zoonotic diseases. Hire the professionals at Dave’s Pest Control to do it the right way and prevent them from coming back! Our knowledgeable and experienced pest control technicians area familiar with the local nuisance wildlife and best ways to handle them.