Wildlife Tips

Always remember that 75% of wildlife nuisance problems can be eliminated if we don‛t provide food and lodging opportunities.

Here are solutions to reduce wildlife nuisance problems:

Raccoons

Raccoons

Prefer living in attics, chimneys, under low decks. Food Source: garbage, lawn grubs and pet food.

Solution

  • Animal proof decks.
  • Treat lawn for grubs.
  • Eliminate access to food.
  • Check eaves, louvers, ridge vents, roof line joints for openings.
  • Cap all chimneys.
  • Control garbage availability.
  • Trim all trees away from structures.
Groundhogs & Woodchucks

Groundhogs & Woodchucks

Prefers low decks, storage sheds, detached garages. Food Source: your garden and flower beds, not your neighbors.

Solution

  • Animal proof decks.
  • Eliminate groundhog/wood chuck from property.
Skunks

Skunks

Prefers low decks, storage sheds, detached garages. Food Source: your garden and flower beds, not your neighbors.

Solution

  • Animal proof decks.
  • Treat lawn for grubs.
  • Eliminate access to food.
  • Control garbage availability.
  • Eliminate groundhog/wood chuck from property.
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Moles

Main diet is earthworms in lawns. Digging causes lawn damage.

Solution

  • Animal proof decks.
  • All major universities recommend trapping as the only sure damage control measure.
Mice

Mice

Live in walls, ceilings and attics, also in living quarters. Able to enter an opening the size of a pencil head.

Solution

  • Check eaves, louvers, ridge vents, roof line joints for openings.
  • Move bird feeders away from dwellings and control spillage.
  • Caulk all holes in foundations, around faucets and dryer vents.
  • Consider an ERC Program (External Rodent Control)
Squirrels

Squirrels

Prefer lodging in walls, ceilings and attics. Food Source: bird feeders.

Solution

  • Check eaves, louvers, ridge vents, roof line joints for openings.
  • Move bird feeders away from dwellings and control spillage.
  • Trim all trees away from structures.
Bats

Bats

Prefer dwelling in attics, ceilings and walls. Can enter a 3/8 inch opening.

Solution

  • Check eaves, louvers, ridge vents, roof line joints for openings.
  • Caulk screen with ¼” mesh on any possible entry points.