With the cooler temperatures of autumn fast approaching, a lot people will be relying upon the comfort of our homes to keep us warm, but we aren’t the only ones benefiting from the heat and shelter offered by our homes. Partially as a result of continual loss of habitat due to Urban Sprawl, wild animals must find new places to live. What better place than our hot, dry, climate controlled houses.
Urban Sprawl is the term coined for the ongoing development of wild habitat for the development of our population. New subdivisions and shopping centers are popping up all over the area to meet the requirements of people in the Richmond region. The wildlife that lived in these regions face a problem, they could move, adapt, or perish. The huge majority of wild creatures choose among the first two choices. Bird feeders, garbage cans, and pet food supply constant food resources and our houses offer the best possible shelter.
Wildlife sharing our houses may cause several issues. Chewing holes through vents and siding may result in future issues with water damage. Chewing on electric wiring and production of leaf nests in attics may cause increased fire hazards. Destruction of insulation contributes to higher power costs. These are only some of the risks. Other issues include risks of disease like Rabies and Histoplasmosis.
It’s necessary to take steps to prevent wildlife from taking up residence in your dwelling. Ensure that your crawl space door seals properly. Start looking for evidence of digging round the house. Ensure that your trash cans are sealed tightly. Feed pets indoors, or eliminate pet food after meal time. Finally, if you enjoy feeding birds and bird watching, think about scattering the seed across the tree lines and bushes around your lawn rather than focusing the seed in feeders. Consider contacting a professional pest control operator to inspect your house and carry out any exception work needed. They are also able to supply removal and waste remediation when you have wildlife residing in your house already. Be certain anyone that you hire has liability insurance for working with wildlife and has the appropriate licensing or licenses required by your condition.