There is a reason why wildlife is called wildlife, and it isn't because these animals live life on the wild side. It is because they live in the wild--or at least they are supposed to. The truth is, sometimes wild animals decide they no longer want to live in the wild, and they move into houses or barns, under sheds, or any other spot nearby. If this happens on your Missouri property, there are a few things you should be concerned about.
Anyone who has been bitten by a dog can attest to the fact that it is extremely painful. But if you have a wild animal on your property, not only would a bite from that animal be painful, bacteria found in the mouths of some wildlife can cause greater infection than would occur in a normal wound.
Many diseases and health issues can be caused or transmitted by wildlife, with rabies being the most well known. This disease can be passed from animal to human by way of a scratch or bite. Raccoons and skunks are among the most common carriers. Some of the symptoms that can be expected from a rabies infection include: fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, and confusion.
If rodents get into your attic or wall voids, one of the biggest dangers they pose is the fact that they chew. They will chew on just about anything, but the most concerning thing they chew on are wires. If this goes on undetected, wires can spark and cause a fire in your walls. At best this will be a headache to find and repair. At worst the house could burn down. Neither option is anything any of us want to be forced to deal with.
Often wildlife will chew holes in structures in order to gain access. Groundhogs, for example, can dig large holes under foundations that will cause a building to sink. If this is not found and repaired quickly, serious damage can occur over time. Other animals such as raccoons and opossums will sometimes get into duct work and will chew holes. Hot or cool air then escapes, which will drive up heating and cooling costs.
Odors from feces and urine
When wild animals get into your home, they use your attic or wall voids (not to mention your kitchen and any other room they invade) as a latrine. They will defecate and urinate wherever they please, leaving a bad smell and contamination. This can result in having to replace insulation, or worse.
Do it yourself, or get a professional?
There are several reasons why it is not a good idea to try to remove wild animals from your home or property on your own. First, trapping a wild animal carries with it the very real risk of injury, since animals may attack if cornered or threatened. Second, most homeowners do not have the proper equipment to safely remove a wild animal.
The experts here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions have the knowledge and proper equipment to humanely remove any and all wildlife that has infiltrated your property. Don't take unnecessary chances with your family's health and safety, let Rottler's wildlife control specialists handle that problem and properly take care of contaminated areas, you will be glad you did.