With the cooler temperatures of fall fast approaching, a lot of us will be relying on the comfort of our homes to keep us warm, but we are not the only ones taking advantage of the warmth and shelter offered by our homes. Many species of wildlife find refuge from the elements in our homes also. Partially due to the continual loss of habitat caused by Urban Sprawl, wild animals are forced to find new places to live. What better place than our hot, dry, climate controlled homes.
Urban Sprawl is the term coined for the ongoing development of wild habitat for the development of our human population. New subdivisions and shopping centers are popping up all over the place to meet the demands of people in the Richmond area. The wildlife that lived in these areas face a dilemma, they can move, adapt, or perish. The huge majority of wild creatures choose among the first two options. Many species such as squirrels, bats, raccoons, foxes, and opossums have become masters at adapting to life in the city and suburbs. Bird feeders, garbage cans, and pet food provide constant food resources and our houses offer the best possible shelter.
Wildlife sharing our homes may cause several problems. They could cause thousands of dollars worth of damage. Chewing holes through siding and vents can lead to future issues with water damage. Chewing on electrical wiring and production of leaf nests in attics may lead to increased fire hazards. Destruction of insulation contributes to higher energy costs. These are only some of the risks. Other problems include risks of disease such as Rabies and Histoplasmosis. Histoplasmosis is caused by a fungus associated with bird and bat feces.
It is important to take steps to prevent wildlife from taking up residence in your home. 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 around the home. Ensure that your trash cans are sealed tightly. Feed pets inside, or remove pet food after meal time. Finally, if you enjoy feeding birds and bird watching, think about scattering the seed across the tree lines and bushes around your lawn instead of concentrating the seed in feeders. Consider contacting a professional pest control operator to inspect your house and carry out any exception work needed. They can also provide removal and waste remediation if you have wildlife residing in your home already. Make certain anyone that you hire has Liability insurance for working with wildlife and has the appropriate licensing or licenses required by your state.