Spring brings increasing hours of daylight, warming temperatures and unfortunately it also brings out many of St. Louis’ pests, including wildlife. You may be inviting these pests to your property in many ways you never even realized and having wildlife on your property can be a serious problem. Not only can wildlife, like raccoons, be dangerous to your family and to your pets, they can spread diseases, cause structural damage to your home and make a mess of your property. Here are some helpful pest prevention tips from the St. Louis pest control professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions to keep wildlife from being attracted to your property this spring. To prevent attracting wildlife, follow these tips:
Make sure that outdoor trash cans have tight fitting lids. Sometimes it is also necessary to use bungee cords to secure lids to keep wildlife from accessing the contents. Keep trash cans stored a safe distance from the home, in a secure area like a shed or garage if available.
Don’t leave food or water meant for pets outdoors. Other animals will eat any pet food left outdoors. Wherever you store your pet food, make sure that it is in a tightly sealed container.
Bird feeders should also be removed. Although enjoyable to watch, they can attract squirrels and other wildlife to your home.
Trim back tree branches from around your home. Branches can easily act as a bridge for wildlife looking to get into your attic.
If there are any openings around the exterior of your home, make sure these are blocked up.
Wildlife will be looking to get into your attic, basement, crawl space and areas under decking. Raccoons may even try to get into your garage or shed. Make sure these areas offer no entry points for raccoons and other wildlife.
Following these pest prevention tips can be helpful, but we will admit that they aren’t always foolproof. The most insistent wildlife will make their way onto your property and do whatever they please, no matter what kind of preventative measures you have in place. If you do find that wildlife have invaded your property, please contact a wildlife control professional immediately. A professional knows how to get rid of raccoons and other wildlife safely, so that no one gets hurt in the process.
The professionals at Rottler can offer wildlife removal services in St. Louis and throughout our service area. Contact us today with any questions you may have or wildlife problems you are experiencing. We will be happy to help you get rid of whatever wildlife pests are bothering you!