As winter’s last puddle melts and the sun finally comes out of hibernation, so do the many critters and rodents that have been lying low all winter long. With warmer temperatures comes an influx of these nuisances, and while they are furry and can sometimes be cute—emphasis on sometimes—these rascals can wreak some serious havoc on your garden, your yard, and your home. As you see more and more of these critters roaming the streets or if they start to disturb your home, or if you just want to be proactive about keeping them away, here are some tips to try to prevent them from becoming a problem.
Eradicate their Food Source
Small animals and rodents like opossums, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, and rats are often looking for a snack when they start infiltrating your garbage, your garage, and sometimes even get into your home. They like to feed on any leftover food they can find. So, your first line of defense is to remove their food source. Keep trash cans in your garage and the garage door down, or if they mesh be kept outside, place something heavy on top of the lid so that no little animals can find their way in.
Seal off Any Openings
Small rodents, like mice and rats, but even flying animals like birds, have a way of getting into homes through small openings. These might be cracks near the foundation, or they can be an open chimney. Having these openings into your harm can lead to a serious infestation and additional damage once the critters have made their way in. Seal up any holes you can, and if you need help, call in a professional.
For smaller rodents, setting a trap can be an effective way to capture them, then release them out into the wild. Look for traps that are humane and do not harm the animal, and do as much research as possible when it comes to what traps are the most effective.
How to Get Rid of Pests with Help
If these methods aren’t working at preventing or getting rid of rodents and small animals and you need to call in the big guns, look for a professional service with the expertise and knowledge to help eradicate and set up prevention methods for the future. A team of professionals like SWAT Wildlife can come to your home and help assess the problem, the utilize various proven methods to get rid of the pesky critters that are threatening your home. They’ll ensure they are helping to end the problem for good, offering methods for prevention and explaining why the situation got so bad so that you can avoid this in the future.
If you’re facing some annoying spring visitors, or just want to ensure that you’re doing everything you can to prevent them, contact SWAT Wildlife for all of your small animal and rodent removal needs!