Wildlife Identification

What are wildlife?

Wild animals are fascinating to look at, and more often than not, are cute as a button! But wild animals often lose their charm after deciding to make themselves comfortable in our homes or when they dig and tear through our lawns and gardens while feeding or nesting.

In theory, wild animals do not rely on people for their basic needs, but as our habitats have merged, wildlife have adapted to living near people. While wild animals benefit from living with people, we do not benefit from living with them. Protecting our Portsmouth property and family from dangerous, destructive, and annoying wildlife is always important.

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Are wildlife dangerous?

Wild animals have not been domesticated and can be dangerous. Their natural insect is to protect themselves and their nest. If they feel threatened or are cornered, wildlife will lash out by hissing, spitting, scratching, or biting. Wild animals are also well-known carriers of many serious diseases and disease-spreading parasites they can transmit to people and our pets.

Wild animals aren't just a threat to our health, but a threat to our property as well. They dig holes in our yards, tear through gardens, make a mess of our stored trash, and create entry and exit points in and out of our homes. They may also damage wires, pipes, drywall, and cables with their teeth and claws. If a wild animal has set its sights on your property to live and feed, contact a professional as quickly as possible to minimize the problems they can cause.

Why do I have a wildlife problem?

Most wild animals are on a constant hunt for food. One whiff of garbage in an open trash can or food cooking on the grill is enough to draw hungry wild animals to your property. Once they discover a consistent food source, it won't be long until they look for somewhere to nest in your yard.

Wild animals like to move inside our temperature-controlled homes when the temperatures outside become extreme, either too hot and dry or too cold and wet. They move inside through chimneys, holes along the roofline, gaps around windows and doors, or through torn screens or open vents. Open garage or basement doors also offer a way for these animals to move inside.

Where will I find wildlife?

Whether living outside or inside a home or garage, wild animals will choose a sheltered spot to nest or burrow that offers them protection from predators. If they are in your home, there is a good chance you will know they are present because you will hear running or scratching sounds behind walls or above ceilings.

Typical spots to find wildlife in your yard:

  • Brush piles
  • Fallen trees
  • Woodpiles
  • Tree hollows and tree stumps
  • Areas of overgrown vegetation and gardens
  • Space under decks, porches, and foundations

Typical spots to find wildlife in your home:

  • Attics
  • Crawlspaces
  • Basements
  • Chimneys

How do I get rid of wildlife?

Solve your wildlife problems with the assistance of a professional. At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., we will provide the services needed to protect your property from wild animals. Our family owned and operated company will solve your family's pest problems! Our professionals understand the unique behaviors of wild animals living in our area; we will work with you to humanely remove them from your property and keep them from returning. To learn more about our wildlife control options, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today!

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your yard and home against wild animals:

  • Clear construction debris, brush piles, and other debris from your yard where wild animals can hide.
  • Do not stack firewood right next to the outside walls of your home. Remove excess woodpiles from your yard.
  • Keep grills free of grease and food debris. Maintain outdoor eating areas.
  • Place all trash in bins with locking lids.
  • Place screens over vents and fans that lead into your home.
  • Keep a tight-fitting cap on the chimney and repair damaged flashing.
  • Repair any torn screens and any openings around doors, windows, or in your home's exterior walls.
  • Fill in ground holes on your property.
  • Prune overgrown shrubs and bushes to provide fewer hiding spots for wild animals on your property.

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