Wildlife Control in Atlanta becomes a major issue as the seasons change. With the winter months upon us, and even colder temps ahead, many wildlife species look for areas to shelter themselves. Normally rats, squirrels, raccoon, feral animals and other critters seek burrows in the ground, tree hollows, or other naturally occurring den sites to spend the winter. Unfortunately, as suburban sprawl has changed the native environment, the need for wildlife control in Atlanta has increased dramatically.
Most of the wildlife species are very adaptable and are equally at home in the hollow of a tree as they are inside your attic or crawl space. Once indoors, these animals can be very destructive and in some cases, even dangerous. Gnawing on electrical wiring can cause house fires. Additionally, scat and urine from these animals can create unsanitary conditions leading to foul odors and potentially dangerous diseases such as histoplasmosis, and toxoplasmosis. For these reasons it’s important to take preventative steps to avoid animal intrusion or removal and exclusion if you already have unwanted guests. So, as a homeowner, what can you do? Here are a few tips to help identify a potential Atlanta Wildlife problem and even prevent one from happening to you.
Identifying a Current Wildlife Control Problem
1. Noises in your walls or ceiling are good indicators a problem exists. These may be thumping (squirrels) or scratching (rats) sounds heard anytime of day or night.
2. Blown insulation in your attic has “trails” indicating a travel route.
Gnawed entry holes at your roof-line, foundation, or siding.
3. Physically seeing an animal enter your attic or crawl space.
Preventing a Future Wildlife Control Problem
1. Prevent access to your roof by trimming tree limbs close to your home.
2. Ensure all door sweeps are in proper condition and seal tightly when closed.
3. Check foundation vents for cracks and holes.
4. Seal around utility pipe entrances. Copper wool is a good choice as it will not rust.
5. Limit bird feeders close to your home. This will attract rats and squirrels.
I hope you find these tips helpful in identifying or preventing an Atlanta Wildlife Control problem. If you would like to speak with our highly trained & DNR licensed wildlife control experts just give us a call. We offer FREE no obligation inspections at all of the Metro Atlanta area. Call us today at 855 PEACHTREE.
Corey Arnold President