Have you ever had a raccoon in the attic? You can usually hear their paws scratching along the ceiling. Or maybe you’ve had squirrels in the house? You might hear their chatter inside the walls or in the attic. Having these animals inside your home is less than ideal; wildlife should remain just that: wild. But unfortunately, wild animals sometimes find themselves on our properties, looking for food, water and shelter. This is a bad situation for us, because wildlife pose many dangers to our health and that of our family and pets and to the structures we live in. The wildlife that we most often encounter in St. Louis includes raccoons, opossums, snakes and squirrels. Each of these animals comes with their own set of dangers. 

Raccoons: They will rip up siding and damage roofs in order to enter our properties. Once inside, they will damage walls, siding and personal belongings to make their attic nests hospitable. They carry rabies and raccoon roundworm and are hosts to ecto-parasites, including ticks, mites and fleas. 

Opossums: They are messy animals that will harass your family pets, leave smelly droppings on your property and go through your garbage cans. They also carry ticks, mites and fleas

Snakes: Can be venomous, which is a danger to the health of you and your family. They are also a source of stress to anyone with a fear of snakes, especially when they find their way indoors. 

Squirrels: They can damage the structure of your home with their gnawing and nest making.  They can chew through wiring as well, which is a serious fire hazard. They can carry rabies as well as ticks, mites and fleas. 

There are a few things that you can do both inside and outside of your home or business to prevent wildlife from moving in. These prevention tips will minimize the possibility that you will play host to wildlife in your St. Louis home or business anytime soon. 

Indoor Prevention Tips

Inside the house, look around for any situations that may invite wildlife inside.

  • Keep food stored up off the ground and away from the wall for easier inspection and sanitation.

  • Install tight-fitting weather stripping on both the bottom and top of doors.

  • Cover any gaps or cracks in the exterior of the home to keep pests from entering through these areas.

  • Install a chimney cap over your chimney.

  • Install hardwire mesh over vents. 

Outdoor Prevention Tips

Outside of the house, look for areas that may be allowing wildlife pests to happily thrive on your property.

  • Keep wood piles tidy.

  • Remove clutter from around your property.

  • Don’t leave pet food or water bowls outside.

  • Secure trash can lids tightly.

  • Attach trash cans to a structure (though not your home preferably) so that they may not be easily overturned.

  • Clean up fruit, nuts and bird seeds in your yard. 

Following all of these pest prevention techniques can help deter wildlife pests from finding your home and property a hospitable environment, but they aren’t fool-proof. If you find you are in need of wildlife removal in St. Louis at your home, you need to contact wildlife control specialists to take care of the problem. Getting rid of raccoons, squirrels, opossums and other wildlife is not safe to do on your own. Because of the health dangers that they pests pose, you don’t want to get anywhere near them without the training that professional wildlife control experts have. For St. Louis wildlife removal that you can trust, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. The wildlife removal specialists at Rottler have been specially trained to evict wildlife including raccoon, opossums, snakes, squirrels and birds and offer wildlife control solutions for the home.  If you have a wildlife problem in St. Louis and anywhere in Mid-Missouri, contact Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions today!

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