Wildlife is unpredictable, it is destructive, and it can cause significant health problems for you and your family. When you spot a wild animal or suspect you have one nearby, your first instinct is to post a photo online and your second action is looking for DIY solutions to get rid of it. Your plans won’t work. DIY ideas to get rid of animals are no match for the common problems caused by wildlife in Jacksonville.
Wildlife in Jacksonville
Suburban and urban areas in Jacksonville are loaded with wildlife. You just don’t see it as often because they hide and lurk at night. Most wildlife calls we get at McCall Service are about these offenders:
Pigeons and other birds
Damage Caused by Wildlife
When wildlife enters your home and property, not only is your home or business at risk, but your health is at risk as well. Animals can tear up your lawn and your garden, and once they get comfortable, they can become territorial or they will reproduce, which becomes a much larger problem.
Sometimes animals head indoors to escape the elements or just to have a cozy place to live that is next to an endless food source. They hide in attics, in walls, and in crawlspaces. When they are active, they will gnaw on building materials, papers, wires and insulation. Not only does this cause significant damage to your property, but it creates a dangerous fire hazard. Exposed wires and cable are hot and anything can set them off. All the materials nearby, water, a short and a spark can send your house aglow. If animals nest in your chimney, the materials can cause a fire as well.
Animals in or near your home can also make you ill or inflict damage on you or your family members. When wildlife is near your home, they can bite. When you are dealing with raccoons, skunks, and bats, the risk for rabies is dangerous and cannot be controlled or avoided with DIY solutions. Possums carry bacteria, fungi, and viral diseases, and all the rodents and mammals carry lice and ticks. You can’t get rid of them on your own. The risk is too great. You need professionals.
Tips for Deterring Wildlife
Here are a few ways to keep wildlife away from your home:
Put a gate around your garden
Don’t feed the animals
Make sure garbage cans are closed and stored away from your home
Place a screen on your chimney
Encourage your dog and kids to play outside often, but ALWAYS make sure kids avoid animals
Call our wildlife management department
McCall Service has a team of experts that know how animals operate and why they do what they do. This is a skill that can’t be taught with DIY solutions. Wildlife removal in Jacksonville requires exclusion services, human trapping, relocation, damage control and wildlife removal techniques. Call now to keep you and your property safe again.