Georgia’s hot and humid summers can leave residents feeling lethargic and drenched in sweat, but at least the winter season is usually free of snow, icy roads and frigid temperatures. Given Georgia’s relatively temperate fall and winter climate, the state is an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts, but unfortunately, this also means that residents can experience year round nuisance wildlife issues on their property. The subtropical state’s short winters and long summers provide a diverse array of wild animals with an ideal habitat, and many of these animals, such as opossums and raccoons, have adapted to surviving within residential and urban areas. Wild animals can certainly be intimidating, but homeowners do not necessarily need to make contact with the nuisance wildlife in order to remove them from a property. Since animals obviously require food, water and shelter in order to thrive in a particular location, nuisance wildlife can often be removed from a property by simply depriving them of one of these survival conditions.
It is common for residents to assume that practicing trapping and/or baiting techniques are required in order to remove nuisance wild animals from a property. Opossums, skunks, raccoons and many other animals sometimes dwell within sheds or garages where sustenance, like dog food and water, are available. In these cases, it is not always necessary to trap the animal invader; instead, remove or seal the source of sustenance and block the infested structure’s openings. Doing this will likely be enough to make the nuisance animal find shelter elsewhere. It is also important to know that many animals feed on insects that may be abundant on properties. For example, it is common for Georgia homeowners to find moles digging holes within their yard, but few know that moles do this in order to feed on earthworms and insects, such as grubs. Lawn irrigation causes earthworms and grubs to rise to the ground surface where they are sometimes eaten by moles. Therefore, reducing lawn irrigation is a surprisingly effective method of preventing moles from invading and damaging residential lawns. Of course, in cases where multiple wild animals have established a presence on a property, and/or when the animals are inflicting costly destruction, the service of a qualified pest controller becomes necessary.
Have you ever had a persistent nuisance wildlife infestation within your home?