When it comes to pest control and killing any animal, whether an insect or a mammal, everyone draws a line in the sand. Some people will help a spider out of their house, while others will not mind an exterminator killing a wild animal that has been terrorizing their backyard dog. It can be difficult to balance pest control and wildlife pest control. Make sure to remove any dead trees and brush piles from your property. Inspect your home regularly and install an insecticide barrier. Wildlife can also carry various kinds of parasites. In addition, many types of wildlife are carriers of nasty illnesses. For example, birds and other animals may nest in your electrical boxes and wires. All of these creatures may cause damage to your property. Besides that, they may also carry disease-causing parasites.
Remove Dead Trees
If a tree has been infected with bark beetles, you should remove it from your property. The bark beetles will eventually kill the tree. Store it away from healthy trees to reduce the risk of further damage. Firewood contains insects and diseases, so you should store it separately. In addition, don’t transport it. You might spread pests when you move it to another location.
Remove Brush Piles
You can use various natural materials to create a brush pile that can help keep wildlife away from your property. These materials include tree trunks, branches, and natural rocks. Just be sure to choose a location away from buildings and with good drainage. Be aware that toxic materials in brush piles can cause harm to wildlife. In addition to harming your property, toxic materials can leach into groundwater and eventually reach your drinking water.
Inspect your Home Frequently
Inspecting your home for wildlife pests is necessary if you want to prevent further damage to your property. Many critters may check your property for various reasons, so take an in-depth look at the structure of your home and its surroundings. You may find signs of a rodent or other animals living inside the home, such as droppings, damaged materials, or disturbed areas. Also, wildlife can leave evidence behind above ceiling tiles or near water or heat sources. You can also use a cage trap to detect the presence of wildlife. You can get a variety of species with this kind of trap.
Install an Insecticide Barrier
Cultural barriers are also effective ways to prevent fall insect migration. These measures include caulking and sealing cracks, replacing worn weatherstripping, and checking the concrete walls around basement windows. In addition, double-checking screens to ensure they fit tightly around the window openings will help prevent fall pests from entering your home. Follow label instructions if you use chemical or cultural barriers to protect your home.
Inspect Your Home for Easy Openings
Animals like to enter homes through gaps or holes, so you must check for these easily accessible points. Mice, for example, need only a quarter-inch-wide opening to gain access. Pay special attention to seams and transitions between siding and masonry, and seal gaps with silicone caulk, steel wool, or expandable foam sealant. Once you’ve sealed these areas, it’s time to inspect your home for other easy-to-access points.
In the short term, cayenne pepper flakes can deter unwanted animals from entering your home. But these flakes can irritate your pets’ noses, eyes, and genitals, so use caution when using this pepper repellent. Cayenne pepper flakes are the easiest to use and do not require a special plant or spray to work. Instead, sprinkle the cayenne pepper flakes around your garden, flower beds, and potted plants to keep pests at bay.
Remove Dead Grass
You can keep many wildlife pests away from your home by regularly removing dead grass. These pests include grubs, microscopic roundworms, and favorite food of black-legged ticks. This method is safe for humans, pets, and the environment. The next step in eliminating these pests is to use follow-up insecticides.