Understanding Wildlife Pest Control in Pennsylvania
One of the most enjoyable parts about living in Eastern Pennsylvania is watching the wildlife. Nature, at a safe distance, is captivating, refreshing, and just fun to observe. It’s so nice to enjoy a peaceful afternoon in the woods, go inside, and feel safe and protected!
When that wildlife comes home with you, however, is when things start to change. The Pennsylvania Game Commission recommends hiring a wildlife pest control agent to keep the outdoors out of your doors.
The first step in proper wildlife pest control is the identification of the animal. This article serves to help you get an idea of which wildlife creature is disturbing you and your family and provides a professional treatment option for a fix that lasts.
Are There Wildlife Pests On My Property?
There are likely wildlife pests on your property if you notice any of the following: strange sounds coming from your attic or basement, damaged insulation, gnawed on wooden beams, rafters, and electrical wires, or damage to other items stored in your basement or attic.
Why Are There Wildlife Pests On My Property?
You’re likely not at fault for any glaringly obvious pest-attracter, unless you’re feeding the wildlife that comes onto your property. The answer is almost always that your home coincidentally meets animals’ basic needs: food, water, and shelter.
Some attracting factors are merely relative to your neighbors, or lack of. For example, if your house is unique in your area due to its wooden siding and location in a wooded area, with a pool, and no chimney-cap, this can attract wildlife. Reduced human activity, as well as warping, loose siding and skirting, and open and unscreened attic windows can also draw unwanted animals to your residence.
Basic house maintenance like improperly stored garbage and pet dishes with uneaten food can also keep unwanted animals around. Feeding your pets indoors is one way to take away a wildlife animal attracting factor.
Common Wildlife Pest Control Issues in Pennsylvania
PCT will safely remove the following type of wildlife animals and more!
- Pigeons and Other Birds: Birds in your home do more damage than just make distracting noises — they can transmit fatal diseases. Bird droppings and fallen feathers can create fire hazards.
- Squirrels: Before the start of winter, squirrels seek shelter anywhere they can find it. This may include your house’s attic — leaving large chewed-through holes as entrances to their nests and damage to wires and air condition ducting.
- Opossums: Opossums generally enter through a pre-existing opening. They’re somewhat nomadic, they go where they can find food. They mark your property with urine and feces.
- Moles: One or two moles can cause grave damage, leading homeowners to think they are under infestation by a whole colony. Moles dig tunnels in the soil, killing your lawn and plants.
- Voles: Voles are lawn-dwellers that leave quarter-sized holes in the ground. They are rodents, so they multiply quickly. As they feed on your plants, they can infect them with diseases.
- Snakes: Many snakes move indoors to avoid the cold months. They enter homes through existing openings to give birth. This is especially common in homes with rodent infestations. Please contact an expert before approaching snakes, as many people who have been bitten by a snake were trying to handle it.
- Chipmunks: Chipmunk burrowing holes are often found around patios, foundations, garages, and sheds. They also tear up yards and destroy gardens. It’s important to remove these deceptively cute creatures from your property because they can carry fleas and ticks, spreading Lyme disease.
Rabies Vector Species
Attempting to remove the following wildlife animals without an expert can cause substantial harm. These also fall under PCT’s proficiencies.
- Bats: Bat removal in Pennsylvania should only be performed by a wildlife expert, as this is an important and dangerous process.
- Raccoons: The Pennsylvania Department of Health describes the viral spread of rabies among raccoons as rapid and almost always fatal. Be advised to handle accordingly.
- Skunks: It’s common to think that getting sprayed by the skunk is one of the greater dangers of attempting skunk removal, but these animals also bite and scratch, subjecting people to their contagious diseases.
- Groundhogs: One of the most common wildlife problems in Pennsylvania is garden raiding, and groundhogs are a prime suspect.
PCT Offers Safe and Humane Wildlife Pest Control
PCT uses Integrated Pest Management to remove wildlife humanely. We will repair any damage caused by the animal, so that animals can not reenter through the same crevices and holes. To safely remove wildlife, we use trapping and release, one-way doors, screen repair, and bird spike installation methods.
Protecting Pennsylvania From Wildlife Nuisances Since 1976
Our team is made up of experts with over four decades of experience providing pest management services in and around the Philadelphia Metro Area. Our wildlife experts will help identify where the animals are gaining entry (if applicable) and your proper treatment method.
We proudly serve Philadelphia and Norristown, PA with same-day service. Leave it to the experts to handle dangerous, wild animals, so you can rest assured that your family will be safe. If you resonate with any of the previous descriptions of wildlife pest control issues, get a free quote today or call us at 610-275-7378.
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