Do you like it when wildlife comes onto your property? It probably depends on what it is, right? You're not likely to have an issue with something small, cute, and adorable. But if you stepped outside and came face to face with a bear, that would be another thing altogether. But the truth is all wild animals can cause problems when they leave nature and come onto our properties. Here are some common wild animals in Missouri, and some of the problems they can cause when they don't stay in the wild.
Raccoons: Now you may be thinking, "How can a cute little raccoon possibly be a problem?" Well, looks can be deceiving. Since raccoons are scavengers, they get into some of the nastiest places; and because of this, they are connected to the spread of many diseases including rabies, distemper, tuberculosis, and mange. Not only this, but they spread ticks, fleas, ringworm, tapeworms, and lice. Raccoons are harmful to gardens, and they can attack animals. They dig up yards, knock over trash, and can get into homes.
Squirrels: While some people think squirrels are also just cute little critters, these also can become a large problem if they decide to move into your home. Squirrels in an attic not only make a lot of noise, but they also destroy property and pose potential dangers. They tear up insulation, leave urine and feces everywhere, and damage items by chewing. Since they are rodents, they need to chew to keep their teeth from growing too long. This is especially dangerous if they chew on wiring, which has been known to cause house fires.
Birds: Birds in the attic, wouldn't that be kind of fun? In a word, No! If left to their own devices, birds in the attic will multiply and the potential for them to spread diseases will multiply with them. Some of the diseases birds carry are histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, encephalitis, toxoplasmosis and salmonellosis. They can also contaminate water sources and cause flu-like symptoms in humans, as well as being carriers of mites, ticks, fleas and lice.
Bats: While you probably would agree that bats are definitely not cute, and they are definitely not fun to have living in your attic, do you know how they can be dangerous? Bats carry parasites like the other animals on this list, but they are also known to harbor something else called bat bugs. These are like bed bugs for bats. They feed on the blood of bats, but if these bugs make their way into your wall voids and into your living spaces, they will feed on human blood as well.
What can you do about wildlife living in or around your home?
Here at Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, we know a few things about wildlife. After all, we've been in the pest control business for 70 years. If you call Rottler for wildlife removal services, we will send a specialist to conduct a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, identify any problem animals, humanely remove them, seal up all entry points, and even repair damage and disinfect areas of harborage.
You don't have to put up with damaging animals on your property. Let that wildlife live a wild life somewhere else, with help from Rottler.