Why The Welcome Mat Shouldn’t Always Be Out For Wild Animals
One of the delights of living in one of Canada’s many communities, be it urban, suburban, or rural, is the close and constant proximity to wildlife. We have gone from a 19th century philosophy that there simply isn’t room for humans and wild animals to exist in the same area, too often inviting them to joining us. More than ever before, people are putting up bird and butterfly feeders and creating “wildlife gardens” in their neighbourhoods. And provided that some thought and control goes into these efforts beforehand, offering limited food and shelter to certain kinds of wild animals is perfectly acceptable. These animals seasonally feed or shelter with these offerings and then move on without impacting on humans, domestic animals, or property. But wild animals in their struggle to survive are opportunistic, not considerate. Once they’ve found a patch of land that contains the food, water, and shelter that they crave, they won’t willingly depart, despite the wishes of their human hosts. And wild “nuisance animals” do more than just gobble birdseed or dot your car with droppings. They can seriously damage properties with burrowing and chewing, and both injure and spread disease to humans and their domestic animals.
Why Are Raccoons Considered “Nuisance” Animals?
They’re tough and able to prevail in fights with larger animals, like dogs. They’re adaptable, living in environments ranging from the forest to downtown Toronto. And just look at them! So cute! But raccoons on human property can also kill poultry, raid fishponds for expensive goldfish, damage lawns and gardens, and tip over garbage cans. They have also been known to tear siding off buildings to create dens. And raccoons can pass along a number of diseases and parasites to humans and domestic pets, including rabies, canine distemper, and roundworm.
How To Show Wild Tenants The Door
There’s no such thing as “bad” animals. But for the safety of both humans and wild animals (and this includes skunks, squirrels, groundhogs and more) they should not live in close proximity, including sharing structures. There are actions property owners can take to make their homes unattractive to wild neighbors. These include:
- Mowing lawns regularly, removing excessive vegetation, pruning and plugging holes in trees
- Inspecting and filling holes and gaps in buildings
- Bringing trash cans in promptly
- Don’t feed domestic pets out of doors
- Limit bird feeding
But if these methods don’t work, and mammals like raccoons or squirrels or birds like starlings or pigeons establish residency, then a professional animal removal companies should be called in. Toronto area companies like Liddle Rascals, Tarzan Wildlife, Inc. and AAA Wildlife Control have the expertise, equipment and techniques to safely and effectively resolve “property disputes” for all parties.