One of the most common signs of a wildlife infestation inside of a home is noise. Homeowners often call us after hearing noises at night around their home, especially in the attic. There are many different kinds of nuisance wildlife, and sometimes it can hard to determine just what type of pest is going bump in the night.
Georgia is home to many different species of potential nuisance wildlife. Snakes, raccoons, chipmunks, squirrels, and many other pests are common all across the state. This is especially true in the northern parts of the state, where the increase in tree coverage near residential areas leads to more interaction between wildlife and humans.
To discover what type of pest has found its way inside of your home, the best indicator is the signs of damage outside of the home. If you hear sounds inside of your attic, checking around the exterior of the home for holes or damage can give you a sign of just what type of pest has made it’s way inside. The attic is not the only home for nuisance wildlife. Other common areas for infestation include underneath porches, in and around basements, and inside of garages and sheds.
Once you have identified the area that the pest is living in, it is important to remember to never repair exterior damage to the home until the wildlife has been removed. While it might be tempting to seal the entrance that allowed them access in the first place, many pests such as squirrels can simply chew their way back out again. In most cases, sealing the entrance with the wildlife still inside can either result in more damage or cause them to move deeper inside of the home. In either scenario, you will have a bigger problem on your hands than the original.
Dealing with wildlife can be particularly challenging for the untrained. It can be very dangerous to handle wildlife such as squirrels, raccoons, or snakes as they can and will attack pets and humans when threatened. Some also carry dangerous bacteria and diseases that can be easily transmitted to humans. It is also important to remember that some species, such as bats, are protected by federal laws and it is a crime to interact with them in any way without a license.
If you are dealing with a nuisance wildlife problem in your home, it is almost always best to call in a professional. Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, our wildlife division has years of experience dealing with every type of wildlife pest in every type of home. Our technicians are trained to deal with your wildlife problem using methods that are safe, humane, and effective. We also offer exclusion services to protect your home from any future pests!
So if you are having problems with nuisance wildlife, call us today at 770-479-1598! We will be happy to help you in any way that we can!
Here’s to YOU living pest free!
Bats and Wildlife removing
If you’ve ever been outside as night falls, then you’ve probably seen the dark shape of a bat flying above you as it begins its nightly hunt. Bats are the second largest group of mammals, and they make up about a fifth of all mammals in the world. .
Georgia alone is home to 16 species of bats. Since there are so many species, bats inhabit every part in the world, including your backyard. Bats inhabit every part of North America and assist in pollination and insect population control in their respective habitats.
Unfortunately bats are known to sometimes carry rabies, which has a high mortality rate in humans if not treated. Despite their bad reputation, bats are very beneficial due to their assistance in the control of disease carrying insects.
Bats require a roosting area where they can rest during the day. Unfortunately, as urban areas have grown, bat populations near to residential areas have had increased contact with humans. They seek out dark places to build their roosts, and are known for living in attics, barns, and other dark, enclosed spaces.
Often homeowners discover bats when they find guano either near to vents or on the floor of attics. The guano itself can carry many pathogens and should be handled with care.
If you find a bat in your home, remember to be cautious around them, as they can carry rabies and can injure themselves if they panic. They have fragile, easily damaged wings and are almost impossible to catch while in flight. Bats cannot be dealt with through extermination methods. In fact, bats are protected by federal conservation laws, making it a crime to improperly handle a bat.
Bats are very important to the ecosystem, and as a result all methods for dealing with bats are humane and focus on the safety of the animal. The only time is it necessary to remove bats is when bats are found inside of commercial or domestic buildings. During the winter, most bats enter hibernation, and will die if they are awoken prematurely. However a bat infestation can be a health hazard for anyone living near to them and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Removing bats and Wildlife is not a job for the untrained. It is difficult, sometimes dangerous work that should be left to professionals. At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have done hundreds of bat removal jobs, and we are the most efficient and skilled team for solving your bat problems. Our first priority is the safety of you and your family, as well as the bats. We work to remove the bats from domestic areas and relocate them to safe environments. We then will seal problem areas around your home to prevent bats from getting into your house again.
Don’t forget that even if you do not currently have a bat problem, your house could become infested if it is not sealed properly. Fortunately we have experience in sealing houses from bats, and we can take care of the problem before any bats get in.
Do you have a bat problem in your home? We can take care of that for you! Just give us a call or text us at 770-479-1598! Any other pest problems? Check out our primary website at CantonTermite.com.
Want more info on bats? check out these resources!
Georgia DNR: DNR
Bat Conservation Trust: CDC