Wildlife

What is wildlife?

Wildlife are those animals that are more than capable of living outside without the help of humans. However, some species of wild animals have learned to rely on people for some of their basic needs. They believe they should be able to live and feed freely in our yards and shelter in our homes. 

Some of the most problematic wild animals to invade our Milwaukee yards include:

  • Bats

  • Coyotes

  • Skunks

  • Snakes

  • Squirrels

  • Raccoons

squirrel in the snow

Is wildlife dangerous?

Wild animals are dangerous because they are not domesticated; they are not our pets, and their wild nature means that they are unpredictable. If a wild animal feels threatened, it will protect itself by biting, scratching, hissing, or spitting. Listed below are other problems associated with wild animals that make them dangerous to have on our properties.

  • Wild animals carry and spread many pathogens that cause diseases that can make people quite ill, including rabies.

  • Coyotes are fierce predators and are dangerous to have around smaller animals like small dogs, cats, and chickens. 

  • Skunks and raccoons are also a danger to chickens and will feed on chicken eggs.

  • Wild animals dig through and destroy gardens and lawns.

  • Some snakes contain venom in their fangs strong enough to affect the health of people and pets.

  • When nesting inside our homes, wild animals will cause structural damage and leave behind large amounts of excrement and shed fur.

Why do I have a wildlife problem?

Wild animals have become a problem on your property because they have identified sources of food and water. Wild animals want to make their life as easy as possible, and if our yards provide them with easy access to their basic needs, they will utilize them. 

Our yards can provide them with food sources from trash cans, compost piles, gardens, pet food, bird feeders, chicken coops. They will drink from puddles that form in our yards, driveways, birdbaths, and containers like buckets or flowerpots. 

Once wild animals feel comfortable on your property, they will generally stay and sometimes become even more problematic by moving into our homes to nest.

Where will I find wildlife?

Wild animals live outside in various places. Properties near riverbeds, lakes, wooded areas, fields, and meadows will most likely experience wildlife problems. It is important to note that as our habitats have merged, wild animals can become a problem on almost any property, no matter if in a rural or more urban area!

In our yards, some of the most common places where wild animals will nest or burrow include trees, woodpiles, overgrown landscaping, under decks or sheds, tall grass, ground cover, or in ground holes. 

Those that move into our homes are often found in wall voids, attics, basements, crawl spaces, and roof eaves.

How do I get rid of wildlife?

Get rid of unwelcome wildlife from your Milwaukee area home or business with the help of Ewert Pest Control. We are leaders in the pest control industry, supplying our customers with effective pest control services, exceptional customer service, and the satisfaction of knowing your pest issues will be gone quickly and completely!

After contacting us, our certified technicians will come to your property and identify the source of the issue and the problem animal. We will then humanely trap and relocate the unwanted animals from your property. Our wildlife control services are always customized to meet the needs of your unique situation! For more information about our wildlife control solutions, reach out and speak with one of our friendly professionals today!

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from pesky and dangerous wildlife with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Place screens over chimneys and vents to help keep wild animals out.

  • Bury fencing around the bottom of sheds and other structures on your property to stop wild animals from burrowing underneath them. 

  • Fix holes along the roofline, at roof intersections, and gaps in the foundation that will allow wild animals to move into your home. 

  • Cut back tree branches, shrubs, and bushes from your house. Wildlife can use branches as a bridge to your home. 

  • Keep your yards free of woodpiles, brush piles, and debris where wild animals could live. 

  • Remove bird feeders from your property and pick up uneaten pet food.

  • Always keep lids on trash cans and compost bins to limit a wild animal’s access to the food scrap found inside.

  • If you own chickens, make sure their coop is secure.

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