With the cooler temperatures of fall fast approaching, a lot of us will be relying on 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. Many species of wildlife find refuge from the elements in our homes as well. Partially as a result of continual loss of habitat caused by Urban Sprawl, wild animals are forced to find new places to live. What better place than our warm, dry, climate controlled homes.
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 demands of people in the Richmond area. The wildlife that lived in these areas face a dilemma, they could move, adapt, or perish. The vast majority of wild animals choose one of the first two choices. Many species such as squirrels, bats, raccoons, foxes, and opossums have become masters at adapting to life in the city and suburbs. Bird feeders, garbage cans, and pet food supply constant food sources and our homes provide the best possible shelter.
Wildlife sharing our homes may cause several issues. Chewing holes through siding and vents can result in future problems with water damage. Chewing on electric wiring and creation of leaf nests in attics may cause increased fire hazards. Destruction of insulation leads to higher power costs. These are only some of the risks. Other problems include risks of disease such as Rabies and Histoplasmosis.
It’s important to take steps to prevent wildlife from taking up residence in your dwelling. You should inspect your attic and crawl space for evidence of entry. Ensure that your crawl space door seals properly. Start looking for evidence of digging round the house. Make sure your trash cans are sealed tightly. Feed pets inside, or remove pet food after meal time. Finally, if you enjoy feeding birds and bird watching, consider scattering the seed across the tree lines and bushes around your lawn rather than focusing the seed in feeders. Consider contacting a professional wildlife control operator to inspect your home and perform any exclusion work needed. They can also provide removal and waste remediation when you have wildlife living in your house already. Make sure anyone that you hire has Liability insurance for working with wildlife and has the appropriate licensing or licenses required by your state.