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Listed below are tips homeowners can use to limit wildlife conflicts.:

  1. Keep your home and the surrounding area clean and clear of clutter and garbage. This will help eliminate easy food and shelter sources for wildlife.
  2. Make sure regular maintenance is performed on your home. Wildlife most often enters into the house through openings that already exist. Make sure all trees are trimmed and not in close proximity to your home.
  3. Install chimney caps!  Birds, bats, and raccoons often use chimneys as an ideal shelter and nesting site.
  4. Primary entrance points on a structure are attic vents, attic fans, and gable vents. Screens can be installed to prevent birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other animals from entering through these points into your home.
  5. Do not feed the wildlife. This encourages wildlife to actively search for food around homes. Birdfeeders are one of the biggest causes of wildlife conflicts.
  6. There are state and local laws regarding the handling, trapping, and relocating of wildlife. Many of these laws apply to homeowners as well as to the wildlife professional.
  7. It is a violation of Federal law to use moth balls, moth flakes, bleach, and many other household products as wildlife repellants! In reality, these remedies rarely work and are not the answer to a wildlife conflict.

*Animals require two things, a food source and shelter. By following the above suggestions, you can enjoy the surrounding wildlife without having it become a nuisance.

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