Wildlife Identification

What is wildlife?

Wildlife is a word used to describe wild animals or those animals that are not domesticated. While most people enjoy wildlife from afar, when wild animals decide to invade our yards, gardens, and homes, they become unwanted intruders. Common species of wildlife living in North Carolina include raccoons, skunks, squirrels, bats, and chipmunks. As our habitats have merged with the habitats of wild animals, they have become more and more comfortable invading our properties, homes, and businesses in search of food, water, and shelter.

squirrel sitting on a fence post

Is wildlife dangerous?

All wild animals are dangerous because they are wild! Wild animals are unpredictable, and if they feel threatened or cornered, they’ll defend themselves by growling, spitting, spraying, or scratching. In addition to the physical dangers they pose, wildlife can carry and transmit bacteria and diseases that make people and our pets ill. Wild animals also cause damage to our homes and properties as they forage for food and create places to nest. They will dig through and cause damage to gardens, lawns, and foundations.

Why do I have a wildlife problem?

Most yards and properties have trash cans, compost areas, pet food, bird feeders, gardens, and outdoor eating areas where wild animals can forage for food. Easy access to food is what attracts most wildlife to a property. Once on your property, wildlife may nest in your yard or under or inside your home.

Where will I find wildlife?

Where wildlife build their nests depends on their species. Below are some common nesting sites for many types of wild animals.

  • Trees, shrubs, and bushes

  • Near streams and riverbeds

  • Gardens

  • Under decks

  • On top of roofs and under roof eaves

  • In garages, sheds, and other outbuildings

If a wild animal moves into your home, they will usually choose a quiet, dark area to inhabit. Wall voids, attics, and chimneys are popular indoor nesting spots.

How do I get rid of wildlife?

Eliminate wildlife from your property with the help of the professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. Trying to tackle pest problems on your own is difficult, time-consuming, and ineffective.

For over two decades, Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators has solved pest problems for home and business owners throughout Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover counties in North Carolina. Our qualified and dedicated staff solve local pest problems using the latest products, techniques, and pest control services. To start maintaining a wildlife-free home or business, reach out to Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators today!

How can I prevent wildlife in the future?

Keep wildlife out of your Wilmington, NC home with the help of Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators and the following wildlife prevention tips.

  • Trim back tree branches from the exterior of your house.

  • Get rid of excess woodpiles, fallen trees, and piles of debris from your property.

  • Install wire mesh around decks, sheds, and similar structures to stop wild animals from getting underneath them.

  • Repair loose window screens and install chimney caps.

  • Fix holes along the roofline and at roof intersections.

  • Regularly harvest fruits and vegetables from garden areas.

  • Pick up uneaten pet food between feedings.

  • Place trash in outdoor garbage cans and compost bins with tight lids.

  • Remove bird and wild animal feeders from your property.

 

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