Disturbing wildlife experts warn homeowners of the devastation caused by the creatures

Bats in your attic? A mouse in your house? With the spread of human development in wilderness areas, creatures of all shapes and sizes find their way into homes and can cause serious problems.

While the state Department of Natural Resources will remove some animals, there are also several pesky animal removal services operating throughout Greenville County to catch anything from rodents and snakes to wild boars. Plus Wildlife Control, All About Wildlife Control, and All Things Wild are just a few examples, and experts from each agree that people often don’t realize how vulnerable their homes are to an animal invasion.

“On a normal day, we crawl under houses, crawl through attics and over the house,” said wildlife biologist Rudy Cooper of All About Wildlife Control.

Each Cooper call begins with a check to find signs of the animal and potential entry points.

Jeremiah Gilbert of All Things Wild agreed that the sources of most animal invasions are small openings in the structure of the house.

“When people build houses, they don’t think about animals,” he said.

Surprisingly, these companies receive most of their calls from urban and suburban areas, some of which occupy formerly wild environments.

“As people build in wooded areas, there is more human-animal interaction,” Cooper said.

Wildlife technicians with these companies deal with a variety of animals, but in the summer months, most of their calls are for bats and snakes. Bats often nest in attics, can carry rabies and parasites, and their droppings can cause damage to a home if allowed to build up. As protected animals, bats must be handled through a process Cooper calls “passive evacuation,” in which all entry points are closed and a device is placed at a designated exit so that the bats can fly at night but cannot reach them. back in .

According to business owners, burrowing animals such as groundhogs and armadillos are also a problem in this area.

“I only saw an armadillo [begin to appear] “In the past five or six years,” said Keith Murphy, owner of A Plus Wildlife Control, adding that the animals are gradually moving out of Georgia. These animals can make burrows in yards, break into small buildings and threaten the foundations of homes by digging tunnels. They are usually removed by baiting.

“A lot of people don’t realize the complexities of issues that animals can cause,” Cooper said.

Gilbert agreed that indoor rodents such as mice and squirrels can damage ductwork and nest in insulation, and outdoor beavers can cause puddles to flood that can seep into homes and cause costly damage.

“As soon as you notice the signs of the animals, start dealing with the problem,” he said.

Gilbert and other experts suggested preventive measures such as closing potential entry points to prevent infection.

“We live with the wildlife even though we try to isolate it from it,” he said.

Some things you may not know about annoying wildlife

  • While rabies is a concern for bats, they also carry parasites called bat bugs, which are cousins ​​to bed bugs and can similarly infect your home if you have a bat problem.
  • The smallest openings in your home can become entry points for animals. Insects such as bees can enter through a quarter-inch opening and form hives, while other animals can enter through a half-inch opening.
  • While raccoons are carriers of rabies, they can also carry a disease called tuberculosis that causes lethargy, seizures, and aggressive behavior if the animal is trapped. This disease does not affect humans, but it can infect unvaccinated dogs.
  • State regulations do not allow the transportation of certain pesky animals. Entrepreneurs who remove bothersome wildlife are advised to kill fur-bearing animals such as beavers, groundhogs, raccoons, and squirrels as well as wild boars and armadillos.

For more information on dealing with pesky wildlife, visit https://www.dnr.sc.gov/wildlife/nuisance.html

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