Wildlife nuisances are essential to the ecosystems that they live in Wildlife, particularly found in urban and suburban areas, can be seen as unwanted nuisances, however they are an important element of the ecosystems that they strive to live in and should not necessarily be harmed. Preventative measures can be taken to help avoid wildlife visitors. Determining the reason that wildlife has already appeared in a certain area is a great way to start minimizing repeat conflicts.
Getting rid of food sources is the most effective way of discouraging wildlife visits. Wild animals are attracted to things like garbage, birdseed, compost and pet food. In addition, if wildlife is not looking for something to eat, they are likely to be looking for a place to stay. Preventative measures such as blocking off chimneys, crawl spaces, and garden sheds are effective ways of avoiding uninvited guests. Wildlife can be scared off with measures like lights or noises, however often times it is just a temporary fix. Animals are smart enough with time to figure out whether or not there is a real threat. Wildlife visits can be frustrating, scary and aggravating but it is important to remember that all species of animals play an important role in every ecosystem. As there natural habitats are becoming fewer and fewer these animals have to become more resourceful in order to survive.
Squirrels, responsible for the planting and renewal of many tree species, sometimes travel power lines and short out transformers. They gnaw on wires,enter buildings, and build nests in attics. A number of traps can be effective in dealing with squirrels including cage traps, which do not harm the animal. Also calling the experts at Chicago squirrel control can assist if your squirrels are becoming pest.
Coyotes are a common “nuisance” animal and possess a unique ability to rapidly acclimate to a variety of habitats. They are timid and shy by nature and pose little threat to humans. They do however, keep wildlife numbers in balance and help prevent such diseases as wasting disease in deer and rabies in raccoons and foxes.
Bats are rarely known to be aggressive and typically only bite in self-defense when they are being handled. They feed on a large number of insects, including insects that are known to damage crops.
Raccoons help to maintain healthy populations within an ecosystem and help spread seeds from the forage that they find. They, unfortunately, have been known to dig up freshly laid sod while searching for earth worms and grubs.