If you watch baseball, you've witnessed someone trying to steal a base. The man on first base is a body's length away just in case he has to jump back, but at the same time, he is ready to run to second base. The pitcher winds up, and the player runs full steam toward the second base digging his cleats into the infield dirt as he struggles to outwit the pitcher. The pitcher senses the steal and throws the ball to the second baseman, but the player is faster; he slides into second base, and the umpire yells, "Safe!". You leap from your chair in glee because your team is closer to scoring a point.
One feeling we all like to feel in life is one of being safe. We want to be secure from danger and threats. Thus, we take precautions to keep our family safe by locking doors, installing security systems, etc. In the same way, we want our property to be unassailable against wildlife. We don't want to spend hard-earned money repairing damage, nor do we desire to put our family at risk from uninvited invaders.
If wildlife is wreaking havoc on your property or threatening your pets and children, you need pest control in Rochester from RodentX Wildlife Control. For over a decade, we have removed wildlife from homes and businesses so that family members, employees, and customers feel safe. We know that feeling secure from a wildlife invasion is more than removing the offending animals but also involves repairing damage, sanitation, and prevention, and we can do it all.
We wrote this article to help you understand wildlife, the problems they cause, and why wildlife removal is necessary to protect your family. Please continue reading to learn more so you will know the steps you need to take to keep your family safe.
Common Types Of Wildlife That Invade Rochester Properties
Most wild animals do not feel comfortable sharing space with humans, with a couple of exceptions. Animals classified as wildlife in the Rochester area include:
In the pharmaceutical industry, researchers create a safety profile for each drug that describes how it works and interacts with the body. So we can better understand wildlife in the Rochester area, here is a brief safety profile of each creature.
Bats are nocturnal mammals that fly at night and catch mosquitoes, beetles, flies, and other insects for food. Although they often live in caves, tree hollows, and underneath rock ledges, they occasionally reside in attics.
Nuisance birds in Rochester include pigeons, woodpeckers, European starlings, and other nesting species. These warm-blooded avians have feathers and beaks and lay eggs. They nest in eaves, ledges, trees, gutters, attics, and in other areas around the home.
Several animals on our list are rodents. Some rodents, known as commensal rodents, feel comfortable around and often depend upon people. Commensal rodents include rats and mice, but the other rodents, woodchucks, groundhogs, and squirrels, are not comfy around humans. (Although some people intentionally domesticate these animals) The main characteristic of rodents is a pair of ever-growing incisor teeth.
Groundhogs and woodchucks are rodents that live in the ground. They use their incisor teeth to create tunnels by removing dirt and chewing through roots. These earth-dwelling rodents destroy gardens, yards, and vegetation.
Rats and mice can live outside but prefer the warmth, shelter, and food availability in many Rochester homes. Norway and roof rats are common in our areas. Norway rats tend to live on the ground level of homes, but roof rats invade attics. Mice can live on the ground and upper levels of houses.
The final group, opossums, raccoons, and skunks, are not rodents but are warm-blooded mammals. Like kangaroos, opossums are marsupials that develop within their mother's pouch. These creatures will eat anything and are especially fond of ticks. Known for the black rings around their eyes, raccoons are omnivores that invade properties searching for food in open garbage cans. They will also enter into attics seeking shelter. Skunks enter properties to feed on exposed pet food, berries, grubs, fruit, mice, and bugs. These creatures often create dens underneath porches, crawl spaces and barns, sheds, and other structures separate from the house.
When these animals infest your property, you need professional wildlife removal from RodentX Wildlife Control. As we will discover in the next section, wildlife can be dangerous to people.
The Dangers Nuisance Wildlife Brings
The dangers these animals pose vary as much as the animal. So, we will briefly examine each animal, how they are problematic for homeowners, and why you need a wildlife control company like RodentX Wildlife Control to keep your family safe.
An infestation of birds is not only a nuisance, but their droppings can be dangerous. For example, pigeon droppings spread histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, salmonellosis, and other diseases. Their acidic feces accelerates the deterioration of structures and create a slipping hazard. Like pigeons, European starlings spread encephalitis, Newcastle disease, and many other diseases through their droppings. Woodpeckers damage wooden and metal structures such as gutters, roof vents, chimney caps, and siding.
The other flying creatures in our list, bats, also spread disease through their droppings. Like pigeons, bat droppings expose people to histoplasmosis, a fungal infection that causes fever, chills, chest pains, dry cough, and other respiratory symptoms. Although bats are almost synonymous with rabies, only about 10% have the disease, but either way, you don't want to put your family at risk.
Due to their tendency to feed in unsanitary locations, rats and mice spread leptospirosis, rat-bite fever, tularemia, salmonellosis, and other bacterial diseases. They also transmit cowpox, hantavirus, and other viruses to humans. Rats may expose people to parasitic worms that cause trichinosis. In addition to disease spread by rodents, fleas, and ticks, which often hitchhike on the animals, transmit similar and different diseases and parasitic worms to humans and pets.
Besides the various diseases, wildlife triggers asthma and allergy attacks. Airborne particles from feces cause reactions in many people.
Other dangers from wildlife include damage to your home. Rats, mice, and other rodents chew holes in flooring and walls. Due to their need to trim their teeth, rodents gnaw on wood, siding, plastic, and glass and damage storage containers, furniture, and wiring. Rodents sometimes cause house fires.
If you have been searching for "wildlife pest control near me," you innately understand that these animals threaten your family's safety and well-being. RodentX Wildlife Control is your answer. We remove the animals from your Rochester property, sanitize, and repair damage from a wildlife invasion.
Naturally Effective Tips To Prevent Nuisance Wildlife
RodentX Wildlife Control cares about our community's safety, and we are also concerned about the safety and preservation of the wildlife in our area. The following list is several things you can do to deter a future wildlife invasion once our wildlife control services remove the problematic animals from your property:
- Remove fallen fruit, animal feces, and pet foods from the yard
- Clear all junk and overgrown vegetation from the property
- Elevate firewood piles and move them 20 feet from the house
- Eliminate containers that hold standing water
- Prune away shrubs and trees from touching the house
- Cover the attic and crawl space vents with 1/4-inch wire mesh
- Install spark arrestors on the chimneys
- Seal holes in the foundation and roofline with steel wool or impenetrable mortar
- Close gaps between incoming pipes and wires with steel wool
- Install a fence around the property
- Keep outdoor garbage containers closed.
Applying these wildlife prevention tips will stop a future invasion once our trained technicians from RodentX Wildlife Control clear your property. When you schedule your free inspection, our technicians may provide additional exclusion suggestions for your location.
The Most Effective Wildlife Management For Your Property
Nuisance wildlife removal from RodentX Wildlife Control begins with a request for a free inspection. We will investigate your property to determine entry points, attractants, hot spots, and the species causing you problems. Because of the damage, infestation locations, and removal methods between various wildlife, we will create a strategic plan addressing those concerns.
We share the concern for effective and humane wildlife removal. Other than rats and mice, we trap the offending species and relocate them offsite to locations where they can freely roam. If you need a wildlife control company involving a dead deer or similar wildlife, we will remove and dispose of the animal from your property.
In some cases, we may need only to address entry points, attractants, and removal of the problematic pest; in other situations, we may have to deal with sanitation and repair issues. We use hospital-grade products if we need to sanitize attics due to bat, squirrel, or bird droppings in the attic. We also clean the whole house when the infestation has made the structure unsafe.
Unfortunately, some wildlife destroys attic insulation when creating dens or nests; others decimate insulation and drywall due to scratching and droppings. Our wildlife pest control provides insulation remediation and other repairs.
Protect your family from diseases spread by wildlife and safeguard your home from further damage by contacting RodentX Wildlife Control to schedule a free inspection and to learn more about our wildlife removal services. Call us today.
What Our Customers Are Saying
"Professional service from the first call to the finished job and inspections. They were always on time, and respected us and our property as they replaced all insulation in the attic and some in the basement. They filled all the entry points and we have no more unwanted pests."
"They were professional right from the start. They removed contaminated insulation and replaced all the insulation in the attic. They sealed up all entry points, so no more bats/squirrels can get in. I would certainly recommend RodentX!"
"My wife and I were very happy with the service from RodentX Wildlife Control. From the beginning to the end of the project they were prompt, professional, courteous and effective with what they had to do. The Team Leader kept the whole job organized and completed on time. I would highly recommend this company."