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When there is a familiar nip in the air, and the leaves start to turn beautiful, we know that winter is on the way here in Missouri. But we aren't the only ones who know. All those wild creatures that live outside also know it, and they begin scrambling to make preparations. Some dig deeper burrows. Some begin "squirreling away" nuts for the winter. Others eat to put on a fat layer in preparation for the long winter sleep they will undergo. But some, when food supplies are low and temperatures are severe, will find their way onto properties, into outbuildings, and even into our homes.

Some Animals Damage Lawns And Gardens

Squirrels and chipmunks love to bury nuts in flower gardens and other spots. Groundhogs and moles will burrow and dig in lawns, causing unsightly damage.

Animals Get Into Outbuildings

If you have outbuildings, animals may decide they make a nice shelter for the winter. Skunks and rodents often use outbuildings as places to build their nests. And once they are established, they will continue to multiply, leaving droppings and urine and, in the case of skunks, the potential for a disaster with a pet or family member.

Some Animals Get Into Trash Receptacles

If you have trash stored outside, and there are wild animals on your property, you could be in for an ongoing battle. Raccoons are famous for opening trash cans and dropping trash onto the ground, where other animals are happy to help out in strewing it all over the place.

Some Animals Chew Holes In Homes

Squirrels, rats, and mice are all rodents that love to chew on moist wood. If there are any holes in the outside of your home, from moist or rotting wood, these creatures may decide to chew those holes larger to get into where there is warmth and shelter for the winter.

Some Animals Make Your Home Their Home

When bats, squirrels, or other wildlife take up residence inside attics and wall voids, problems will follow. Bats leave droppings everywhere, squirrels thump around in the daytime, chew on things, destroy insulation and let heat escape through the holes they chew in roof areas.

Tips For Excluding Wildlife From Your Property

There are a number of things a homeowner can do to try to exclude wildlife from invading. Remove water sources from your property and from around the outside of your home. Clean up any unnecessary clutter. Animals are not only drawn to water and food but also places of harborage. Secure your trash. And, seal up any gaps and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls.

If you are already dealing with wildlife invading your property, consider partnering with the experts in the wildlife removal department here at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Keep in mind that wild animals can become dangerous if threatened or cornered, especially if they have young or are sick. Reach out to us today if you have questions or would like to schedule service.

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