As a matter of course, we advise our clients to keep themselves up to speed, and educated on the different threats to their property. We’ll often arrive at a house where the homeowner doesn’t even know what animal has made its way into his home. Or how to handle the situation correctly. This is why it’s important to ask what type of wild animals can enter your home, how, and how dangerous are they?
This is what we’re aiming to answer in this article – today, let’s take a look at the five most common nuisance wildlife to enter your home.
You’ll know the raccoon by the black bandit-like markings around his eyes (which actually serves a practical purpose, and makes it easier for the animal to see in the dark). Raccoons are nocturnal creatures that are very curious by default, and also very resourceful. That makes them a dangerous combination for homeowners, as they will find a way to get into your home if they feel it might be worth their while. Like most nuisance wildlife, raccoons are just looking for food, water, and shelter, and since they’re not picky eaters, finding a home that appeals is a fairly easy feat.
Raccoons are non-aggressive, and will typically avoid conflict, at all costs. However, they do pose a risk for your health and safety, as they will leave trash, urine, and feces lying around, which may expose you to other wildlife, not to diseases.
While the beaver is very important for our environment (since they establish and maintain wetlands), they can become quite a bother for homeowners if they take a shine to your home. A beaver will typically be found outdoors, around trees, streams, and other waters near your home.
The problem with beavers, as with raccoons, is that they carry a serious range of diseases, which they’ll expose you to if left unchecked. If you like, you can learn more about the varied palate of wildlife diseases at allstaranimaltrapping.com.
Skunks, for some reason, get an unwarranted bad rep. People hate them because of the awful stench they spray, but fail to understand that these occurrences are fairly rare. Skunks don’t like spraying that nasty stench, since it leaves them undefended, while their reserves replenish. In other words, a skunk is much more likely to flee, than to fight, if that option is available. So our advice would be to keep away from the skunk on your property as much as possible and focus on preventing access, rather than hurting the skunk.
Trust us, trying to harm the skunk will leave you with a bad stink, and possibly with burning in your eyes – you don’t want that.
There’s something primal about our inane terror of snakes. Understandably so, since venomous snakes can pose quite a threat (non-venomous ones are pretty bad, too, since their bite can still expose you to some bad viruses and bacteria). And yet, snakes inside the house, or at least, in your yard, are pretty common, as they seek out food and shelter (or may have just been washed in by the elements).
The thing to do, if you encounter a snake, is to leave it well alone and reach out to a professional wildlife removal expert. Don’t try to identify it, or figure out if it’s venomous. Getting too close might make the snake think you’re looking for a fight, and needless to say, snakes get dangerous when they think you’re threatening them,
Last but not least, one of the most common intruders is the bat. Bats are probably the most likely animals in the attic, especially if you’re hearing chirping noises late at night. It’s worth remembering, though, that bats are non-threatening, and will leave you alone if you do the same.
And you might just have to since bats are actually protected by the law in many states of the US. That’s because the bat feeds on a host of harmful insects, and is thus beneficial for the environment. So if you’ve got bats in your home, we don’t recommend trying to handle them alone. Instead, hire a wildlife removal professional, they’ll know what to do.