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Homeowners typically work to prevent smaller pests – notably rodents– from seeking shelter indoors during colder temperatures. Yet the unwelcome presence of other wildlife such as birds, bats, squirrels, skunks and raccoons often goes unaddressed despite the similar health and property risks these animals pose.
Birds frequently harbor diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus and histoplasmosis, a respiratory disease spread through infected bird droppings. Bats, raccoons and skunks are frequent carriers of rabies, which is potentially fatal if left untreated. In fact, as many as 40,000 people each year in the United States are exposed to animals that might have rabies, and must seek treatment as a result.
The best way to prevent pest animals from taking shelter in or around your home involve exclusion techniques. Keep trash in fully sealed containers, be proactive in fencing off open areas, such as under a deck or capping chimneys, and trim overgrown shrubs and tree branches that can provide highways into your home.
Wildlife populations are increasing, even in urban areas. Although these animals play a critical role in nature, they also present many public health and safety concerns. Homeowners should not attempt to remove an intruding critter on their own. Although they might appear cute and cuddly, these pests can display erratic behavior and will bite, peck or claw if they feel threatened. Instead, remove your family and pets from the home and contact Schendel for assistance.
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