Nuisance Wildlife Around Your Home

Colder temperatures add stress to wildlife and can bring woodland creatures closer to your home. The attraction for nuisance wildlife can be as simple as a free meal on your shrubbery for deer, to making a home in protected areas for the coming years’ brood. Normal harborages include heavy undergrowth and shrubbery (to protect animals from winter wind, rain and snow), decks adjacent to homes for security from predators and most alarmingly, attic spaces for warmth, security and possibly nesting areas.

Many forms of wildlife bear young in late winter or very early in the spring. Although this seems self-defeating, it affords the creatures the opportunity to rear their young in relative security until they can fend for themselves. Then it allows the juveniles a full spring and summer season to mature and build their own homes. This also causes problems, since young reared in and around homes will likely look for the same type of harborage they are familiar with.

In the winter months, squirrels and raccoons tend to be the most common nuisance wildlife we encounter. Although not as active as in warmer months, they make their presence known in attics with their feeding and general housekeeping. Unfortunately, once the cold weather hits, they have become comfortable in these surroundings, are preparing to have their young, and are a real challenge to remove.

Deer and the Red Fox are, for the most part, transient creatures; however, they have rather regimented habits, following the same paths to feeding and harborage areas. If they find a plentiful food supply, you can guarantee they will return until it is depleted. In the case of Red Fox, they are omnivores and have been known to make a meal of outdoor pets, such as barn cats, chickens and other barnyard animals.

The laws for control of Nuisance Wildlife are strict and under the direct control of Pennsylvania Fish & Game. There are stringent rules, and it requires a special license to conduct nuisance control operations. In some cases, animals that are RVS (Rabies Vector Species) may not be released and must be euthanized in the proper fashion.

If this type of service is needed at your home, it is imperative that you first determine whether the contractor is licensed for that activity. Nuisance deer management requires yet another license and is even more difficult to obtain. Tri-County Pest Control is fully licensed to perform these tasks, so if you have questions or problems arise, feel free to contact us, 610-558-3234.

We are local to Delaware County and service Delaware, PA and NJ.

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