Ithaca Property Owners' Complete Guide To Wildlife Control

October 15, 2020

Beyond your pets and the occasional squirrel or bird that you see around your yard, nature is home to many critters. You will see most creatures, such as bears, coyotes, and wild cats only a few times in your life, depending on where you live. We won't be talking about those animals today. Instead, we will be addressing some of the most common wildlife problems found around Ithaca homes.

a skunk in a back yard

Common Wildlife Around Ithaca

Ithaca is known for its sprawling nature and beautiful seasons. Summers are usually warm and inviting, and winters are typically snowy and brisk. This drastic change in environment is what pushes most wildlife to invade and cause trouble around homes. As we head towards winter, more and more creatures will be looking for a place to shelter through the cold. Some woodland creatures you might expect to find around your Ithaca home include rodents, bats, birds, skunks, squirrels, and raccoons. Due to these pests' small size, invading homes is usually simple. If bears were much smaller, they might try to get inside as well.

We should mention that wildlife pest problems are not exclusive to the fall and winter. Wildlife can cause trouble around homes regardless of what time of year it is. Raccoons will always look for trash cans to invade, skunks are continually looking for new areas to hunker down, and birds, well birds just like being where they don't belong.

The Problems Wildlife Cause

Not every wild creature is the same, but the trouble they all cause can be broken down into three categories: nuisance, destructive, and dangerous. You might already know this, but every wild creature is capable of being a nuisance. It is only destructive and dangerous that applies to certain pests. Birds and bats are dangerous because they invade homes and can spread diseases. Raccoons and skunks are destructive with the way they push through fencing, raid trash cans, and generally leave a mess. Rodents fall under all three and are annoying, dangerous, and destructive. Out of all the wildlife problems you could have around your home this winter, rodents should be on the top of your unwanted list.

Wildlife pests can carry parasites onto your property. Disease-ridden pests like fleas and ticks will use furry and feathered creatures to get close to homes. If your pets don't have the proper protection, these small parasitic insects might try to use your furry friends to get inside. They might also use rodents, birds, bats, or even raccoons to Trojan horse their way into your home. Once inside, you will find that these pests, in particular, are tough to eliminate.

How To Discourage Wildlife From Your Yard

Nature is always looking for ways and reasons to invade your property. The question is, will they find what they are looking for when they come across yours. We hope that after this is all said and done, your yard will be as unattractive to wildlife as melted ice cream in the sand.

Here is how to practically make your home less attractive and accessible to woodland pests:

  • Install a fence around your property, or at least around gardens and flower beds.

  • Fill in any holes around your property, first making sure that there is nothing dangerous inside.

  • Keep your grass cut short and your landscaping well-maintained.

  • Address moisture issues around your home by fixing leaky pipes and repairing broken gutters.

  • Eliminate debris and clutter from your property.

  • Clean up thoroughly after outdoor meals.

  • Pick up fruit that has fallen around your yard.

If you are dealing with wildlife problems around your Ithaca property, Sweeney Pest is here to help with our wildlife control service. Give our team a call today to have nature's creatures returned to where they belong, and let us get your property back to being safe and protected through the coming winter months.

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