How To Keep Nuisance Wildlife Away From Your Savannah Property

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Due to its beautiful weather and biodiversity, when homeowners arrange for pest control in Savannah, they must also plan for wildlife management. Prestige Pest Control can help keep your property safe and protected from local wildlife.

Common Types Of Wildlife That Invade Savannah Properties

The Savannah wildlife is beautiful; however, there are several animals that leave their outdoor habitats to create a shelter in or near your home. Wildlife looks to man-made shelters when their habitats are threatened or their food supply is low. When wildlife moves from outside to inside, they go from a beautiful part of the environment to a homeowner's nightmare. Three animals that commonly invade Savannah homes include raccoons, squirrels, and opossums. 

Squirrels are mammals that belong to the rodent family. The gray squirrel is the most abundant squirrel species throughout the state. They grow up to two pounds and, as their name suggests, are covered in gray fur. These squirrels prefer woodland environments, although they can be found in suburban and urban areas as well. Squirrels thrive off of a diet of seeds, nuts, and insects. 

Raccoons are the largest of three animals, weighing up to 20 pounds and standing at up to three feet tall. These mammals are typically gray with black mask markings over their eyes. Their hand-like paws make them excellent thieves. Although raccoons are highly adaptable, they prefer to live next to a water source, such as a stream or marsh. Despite their nocturnal nature, they will take any opportunity to forage for food, which can range from animal feed to human food to insects.

Opossums are marsupials, mammals that birth premature young that finish developing within an external pouch. Like raccoons, opossums can live just about anywhere as long as their food and water needs are met. They prefer to eat fruit, insects, and grains, but will also eat animal feed and from trash bins.

All The Problems Wildlife Can Create Around Your Property

Despite their cute and furry appearance, wildlife can cause a lot of problems on your Savannah property. Wildlife, such as squirrels, raccoons, and opossums are common culprits for stealing pet food and disturbing farm animals. If they get inside, these animals may make a den in wall voids, crawl spaces, or attics. There, they can damage insulation and electrical wiring, causing thousands of dollars in property damage. Additionally, small wild mammals tend to carry diseases that can harm people and pets. For example, raccoons have been known to carry rabies and ringworm.

Natural Ways To Make Your Property Less Inviting To Wildlife

The best way to avoid wildlife invading your Savannah home is to prevent attracting them in the first place. This cannot always be helped, but there are a few things homeowners can do, such as:

  • Avoid leaving food outside.
  • Do not feed your pets outside. If this is unavoidable, store leftovers immediately.
  • Store garbage in trash cans with properly-fitted lids.
  • Do not install bird feeders or bird baths on your property.

These preventive measures will go a long way toward keeping wildlife at bay. Additionally, homeowners should ensure that their home is properly sealed; silicone-based caulk in gaps and screens over chimneys are great places to start. If your home is not accessible and hospitable, wildlife interest will not be piqued.

The Most Effective Wildlife Control For Your Property

If you are already dealing with an active wildlife issue on your Savannah property, then professional intervention is a must. Prestige Pest Control is a great solution, as we offer professional wildlife removal and quality pest control. Prestige Pest Control can safely and efficiently remove wildlife from your property so that you and your loved ones can get back to enjoying your space in peace. We offer free inspections and estimates, use EPA-approved products, and can guarantee prompt service. With more than 30 years of experience, we are the wildlife management team you can trust. For reliable service, reach out to Prestige Pest Control today!