rodents - from seeking shelter indoors from colder temperatures. Yet, other wildlife such as birds, bats, squirrels, skunks and raccoons often go unaddressed despite the fact that they can pose similar, if not more, serious health and property risks. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) encourages homeowners to take necessary steps to prevent nuisance wildlife from accessing their home during the colder months.
As wildlife is not
viewed in terms of traditional pest control, homeowners rarely
consider the health threats associated with wildlife, which are
numerous. Birds often harbor
diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus and histoplasmosis,
a respiratory disease often spread through 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 receive preventive treatments.
"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," says Missy
Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. "Homeowners
should not attempt to remove an intruding critter on their own.
Although appearing cute and cuddly, these pests can display erratic
behavior and can bite, peck or claw if they feel threatened.
Instead, remove your family and pets from the home and contact your
local wildlife or pest
NPMA focuses upon exclusion in preventing wildlife from
accessing properties. Homeowners are advised to keep trash in fully
sealed containers, be proactive in fencing off open areas, such as
under a deck or capping chimneys, as well as trimming overgrown
shrubs and tree branches that can provide highways into the
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Source: Pestworld.org- NPMA Staff