The sight of a fox or Canadian goose is always exciting when you are enjoying the North Carolina wilderness. However, it becomes a serious problem when wild animals begin to take up residence on your property.

Wildlife problems often start out small, such as a raccoon rummaging through your garbage, but they can quickly escalate to a health risk if the animal decides to build a nest on your property.

Since dealing with wild animals is much different from handling an insect infestation, every property owner should be aware of these best practices for addressing a wildlife infestation.

Identify the Type of Wildlife

Wild animals are adept at avoiding humans, but they typically leave signs in their wake. Watch out for common signs of a wild animal problem such as finding droppings or discarded food particles. You may also hear strange noises at night or discover animal prints in your yard in the morning.

Once you suspect an animal is living on your property, you must find out what type of wild critter you are dealing with so that you can use the proper control methods. When in doubt, have a professional pest inspection conducted to determine the true culprit for problems around your house.

Determine the Extent of the Problem

Just the sight of a raccoon or mouse on your property lets you know that you have a pest issue. However, you may be unaware of just how bad it is. For instance, a rat infestation can cause structural damage to your house that requires repairs.

Alternatively, you may think that you have just one raccoon in your backyard when there is an entire nest. Do some detective work by checking the entire property to find out how big the issue is so that you can arrange for the proper measures to get the problem under control.

Understand Removal and Trapping Regulations 

No one bats an eye if you exterminate cockroaches or remove a mouse nest from your house. However, federal and state laws that regulate trapping and hunting protect certain types of wildlife, and you must comply with these rules even when you are dealing with residential pests.

For example, in North Carolina, wild animals such as foxes can only be trapped during their specified trapping season, unless you have obtained a special permit. Trapped animals must also be released in specific areas to protect the environment and public safety.

Additionally, federal laws protect migratory birds such as the blackbird and chimney swift species, and it is illegal to relocate or destroy nests without a permit. Always check the laws when dealing with wildlife on your property, or work with a professional pest control service that knows how to comply.

Avoid Handling Wild Animals

Wild animals are known for harboring dangerous diseases that can be transmitted to humans. For instance, both rats and raccoons carry leptospirosis, and you can pick up the germs from handling the animal itself or their feces.

Avoid the temptation to handle wild animals yourself since all it takes is a bite to make you seriously ill or cause a major injury. Instead, arrange for professional removal services that protect you and your family from harm.

Keep Wild Animals Off Your Property

Once you have successfully cleared your property of wild animals, you want to make sure that they do not return. Start by removing attractants such as food and water sources. Then, arrange for regular inspections to identify potential entry points so that they can be repaired.

Canady & Son Exterminating, Inc. has the equipment and experience to handle wild animal invasions safely while following all state and federal regulations. Contact us today to reclaim the safety of your home.