Small furry animals like squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks are cute in cartoons and zoos, but they can pose severe hazards to homes and homeowners. Long Island residents are accustomed to living harmoniously with these critters, but sometimes they get too close for safety. When wildlife destroys your yard or invades your home, it’s time to talk to a wildlife removal expert who can humanely trap and remove them.
Can Pest Control Get Rid Of Squirrels?
Squirrels may be adorable in the wild, but they cease being cute when they come into your home. If they can’t find a hole to squeeze through to enter your house, they can chew through siding, wood, metal, shingles, soffits, and fascia to gain entry. Once inside, they chew through insulation, electrical wires, drywall, and sometimes even water pipes to find a comfortable nesting spot in your attic.
Some indications of a possible squirrel infestation include scrabbling noises in your attic or walls, a foul smell of decay or feces, or signs of water damage on your walls or ceiling.
Many homeowners attempt to trap and remove squirrels, but it’s always wise to let a trained professional handle the situation. Squirrels can bite when cornered and carry dangerous diseases like typhus, plague, ringworm, and tularemia.
Can Pest Control Get Rid Of Raccoons?
Raccoons are known for mischief, tearing up gardens, and pillaging trash cans. They also cause extensive property damage, using their sharp claws to rip through your home’s shingles, roof decking, fascia, soffits, and vents. Like squirrels, they can damage your home’s electrical wiring, creating a fire hazard.
If you have a raccoon problem, you almost certainly will know it. Raccoons aren’t subtle, and neither are the signs of their presence. Overturned trash cans, garbage scattered around your yard, scratch marks on tree bark and wood structures, and piles of droppings are clues that you have to deal with a raccoon situation.
Raccoons can and should be removed by an expert in wildlife removal. Raccoons carry rabies, parvovirus, and distemper and become aggressive when provoked. A raccoon bite constitutes a medical emergency.
Can Pest Control Get Rid Of Chipmunks?
Chipmunks may be small, but they cause significant problems. Not only can they destroy your garden, but their tunnels can also undermine your sidewalks, patio, and your home’s foundation. Like other rodents, they carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans and pets.
Because they are speedy and don’t make much noise, you may not realize you have a chipmunk problem until the damage has been done. Some telltale signs of chipmunks are tiny four-and-five-toed footprints in your yard; chewed leaves on plants; burrows in your garden; faint, high-pitched “chip chip” noises; cracked or buckling sidewalks, or cracks in your house’s foundation.
As with other wildlife pests, contacting a professional pest control company is advisable to get rid of a chipmunk problem. They are trained to locate and remove these pests and advise you on how to discourage chipmunks from re-infesting your property.
How Do I Get Rid Of Animals Under My House?
If you find evidence of animals underneath your house, deck, or in your attic, the first step is to identify what pest you have. You can determine the safest, most effective course of action.
The next step is to trap the pests and remove them. It is ill-advised to attempt to poison pests in or under your house, and they may die and decompose there, attracting insects and causing foul odors to enter your home. If you have pets, they may come into contact with the poison or the deceased animal, which can cause illness or death.
Unless you are experienced with wildlife removal, trapping and relocating pests like squirrels, raccoons, and chipmunks are best left to a professional. They may be cute, but all these pests can become vicious when cornered, and their bites can transmit serious diseases.
Finally, you will need to pest-proof your home to prevent the problem from returning. Some steps you can take are:
- Trim trees and shrubs that harbor pests or give them access to your roof.
- Clear debris and fallen leaves from your yard.
- Move your woodpile away from your house.
- Remove bird feeders or relocate them onto high, pest-proof poles.
- Use trash cans with raccoon-proof lids.
- Keep your yard clear of food sources, including pet dishes.
- Add fencing or L-shaped footing to keep animals from getting under your house.
- Deploy pest-repellent products, including natural repellents like vinegar, ammonia, or predator urine.
- If you have raccoons, install bright, motion-sensor lights.
Twin Forks Pest Control® Is Your Wildlife Removal Expert
Living on the East End of Long Island means abundant wildlife, and many invade residential and commercial properties throughout the year. If you have an infestation problem, Twin Forks Pest Control®
is your wildlife removal expert. Contact us using our form, or call for a free estimate. Southampton residents can call (631) 287-9020, Easthampton residents can call (631) 324-9020, and Southold residents can call (631) 298-0500.