The arrival of Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to protect your property against unwanted guests. The experts at The Wildlife Center of Texas would like to remind everyone that this is the optimal time of year to wildlife proof your house. Over 85% of baby raccoons they received last year were made orphans unnecessarily. Following these simple guidelines from The Wildlife Center of Texas and 911Wildlife can save you time, money, and keep wildlife families together.
- Don’t put out a welcome mat: Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for squirrels and other wildlife. Loose shingles are the equivalent of a flashing “Vacancy” sign for wildlife. Carefully inspect your roof and eaves. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding and damaged shingles. Cover attic openings with heavy gauge, rustproof wire mesh (not chicken wire). If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to raccoons looking for "hollow trees" in which to give birth and raise their young.
- Avoid providing a buffet: Don’t encourage nesting by providing food like accessible garbage, pet food, bird seed, and standing water.
- Don’t forget your friends in low places: If you have a pier-and-beam foundation, cover vent openings with heavy gauge, rustproof wire mesh. If you have a deck, install an L-shaped barrier around it.
- Don’t waste time and money: If you’re hearing strange noises from your attic and you suspect that furry guests already have moved in, call 911Wildlife at 713-287-1911 or visit their website at www.911wildlife.com today to humanely evict and permanently exclude them. Don't waste time and money on traps or home remedies that can make the problem worse.
By adhering to these guidelines, you can protect your property and live in peaceful coexistence with our native Texas wildlife.
SOURCE and LINK:
The Wildlife Center of Texas