Why Are Nuisance Wildlife Issues Increasing Within Residential Areas Of Pennsylvania?
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Wildlife nuisance issues are not rare within Pennsylvania’s suburban neighborhoods, as many wildlife species in the state are protected from indiscriminate hunting and trapping activities, and housing developments have been expanding into animal habitats at a rapid pace for the past two decades. However, many residents may not be aware that furbearer populations have grown as the market price of animal pelts has dropped, which has caused wildlife populations to increase in residential areas of Pennsylvania.
In recent years, opossums, skunks and raccoons have been reported as causing nuisance issues on residential properties at unprecedented high rates. This increase is not solely due to changing trends in the fur trade, as experts claim that multiple factors are responsible for the increased rate of wildlife-inflicted property damage incidents within residential areas of Pennsylvania. In fact, some Pennsylvania residents are believed to be contributing to these nuisance pest issues, as many homeowners lure wildlife into residential areas with feeders. It is also quite common for residents to leave improperly stored garbage on their properties, providing raccoons and opossums with an incentive to invade lawns. The increasing rate of wildlife nuisance issues in residential areas could be slowed if more Pennsylvania residents took measures to discourage animals from encroaching on properties.
Garden raiding is one of the most reported types of property damage reported to state officials by homeowners. Raccoons, squirrels, moles, chipmunks and rabbits are just a few animals that are well known for causing damage to gardens and lawns, and preventing this damage is often as easy as hanging pie tins, setting up scarecrows or spraying plants with pepper repellents. Having a fence installed around a property can be effective as well, but of course, wild animals often adapt to environmental modifications and will eventually find a way around common lawn barriers. It is not uncommon for residents to find holes dug beneath their fence line, and animals like opossums, raccoons and chipmunks commonly nest below patios where they may cause damage to the structure or find access into basements or cellars. In these cases, contacting a pest control professional may be necessary to prevent further costly damage to lawn grass, garden plants, and/or landscaping ornaments.
Have you ever witnessed a wild animals inflicting lawn or garden damage on your property during the late night or early morning hours?
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