With the cooler temperatures of autumn fast approaching, a lot of us will be relying upon the comfort of our homes to keep us warm, but we aren’t the only ones benefiting from the heat and shelter provided by our homes. Many species of wildlife find refuge from the elements in our homes as well. Partially as a result of continual loss of habitat due to Urban Sprawl, wild animals must find new places to live. What better place than our hot, dry, climate controlled houses.
Urban Sprawl is the term coined for the ongoing development of wild habitat for the growth of our population. New subdivisions and shopping centers are popping up all over the place to meet the requirements of people in the Richmond area. The wildlife that lived in these regions face a problem, they can move, adapt, or die. The huge majority of wild creatures choose among the first two choices. Bird feeders, trash cans, and pet food supply constant food resources and our homes provide the best possible shelter.
Wildlife sharing our houses may cause several issues. Chewing holes through vents and siding may result in future issues with water damage. Chewing on electrical wiring and creation of leaf nests in attics may lead to increased fire hazards. Destruction of insulation leads to higher energy costs. These are only some of the risks. Other problems include risks of disease like Rabies and Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus associated with bird and bat feces.
It’s important to take steps to prevent wildlife from taking up residence in your dwelling and Bee Hive Removal . You should inspect your attic and crawl space for evidence of entry. Make sure your crawl space door seals properly. Look for evidence of digging round the home. Make sure your trash cans are sealed tightly. Feed pets inside, or eliminate pet food after meal time. Finally, if you enjoy feeding birds and bird watching, consider scattering the seed across the tree lines and bushes around your yard instead of concentrating the seed in feeders. Consider contacting a professional pest control operator to inspect your house and perform any exception work needed. They can also supply removal and waste remediation when you have wildlife living in your home already. Make certain that anyone that you hire has liability insurance for working with wildlife and has the proper licensing or licenses required by your state.