What do they look like?
Due to the urbanization of former wildlife habitats, humans and undomesticated animals share the same environment. This close proximity to each other can become problematic when animals form a large uncontrolled population, have a feral or aggressive nature, or carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans. When birds and other wildlife pose a safety hazard they become pests. They are collectively a very large group and include animals, such as starlings, pigeons, seagulls, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, skunks, moles and bats.
Where do they come from?
Nuisance birds and other wildlife are found in close proximity to human activity, such as parks, residences or commercial property. These animals may enter a residence to forage for food or to seek out areas to nest. Entry points into buildings vary depending on the size and ability of the animal, as well as the number of openings present in a structure extending from the outside. For example, birds and other wildlife can enter through the roof, chimney, garage, crawl space and basement. Some animals, such as skunks and raccoons, have been known to create their own openings by burrowing, chewing or tearing through building material to gain entry.
Will they cause any damage to my home or business?
Birds and other wildlife are known to cause significant damage to property. Their foraging activities might cause damage to garbage containers, composts, sheds and storage bins. A large number of animals (e.g. skunks, raccoons, opossums, rabbits) are attracted to and feed on fruit and vegetable crops or pet food left outdoors. They might cause cosmetic or structural damage to buildings in the process of seeking out a food source or a place to reside indoors. Bird droppings can erode the surface of structures or vehicles, and create permanent stains. Not surprisingly, skunks and their odour become a concern when near or within property.
Will they cause me or my family to become sick?
Wildlife control is needed to protect yourself from the numerous diseases that can be transmitted to humans directly through contact or indirectly through contaminated items or food. Commonly known diseases wildlife carry are rabies typically transferred from a bite of a rabid animal, histoplasmosis from bat or bird droppings, and psittacosis from infected birds or their droppings, all of which are associated with moderate to severe health conditions. Raccoons carry roundworms that may spread to humans through the ingestion of contaminated food.
Where will I generally find them in my home or business?
Birds and other wildlife can be found in various locations on a property. Some live outdoors and are located in areas such as burrows (e.g. squirrels, rabbits, moles), or in trees (e.g. birds, squirrels, raccoons). Skunks, squirrels and raccoons have been found nesting under decks and building structures, as well as in attics, basements, crawlspaces and garages. Birds tend to nest in hollowed out or flat areas of a building, including inside or under roof tiles, gutters, vents, eaves, insulation and windowsills.
Why do I have to get rid of them?
Birds and other wildlife cause cosmetic and structural damage to property. Their foraging and nesting habits create a variety of daily inconveniences that may lead to potential safety hazards for people and pets. For example, skunks will spray a pungent odor if threatened and raccoons have been known to attack pets, sometimes killing them. These animals also carry diseases that can be transmitted to humans through direct or indirect contact.
How can 1st Pest Control help?
At 1st Pest Control we specialize in pest and wildlife control. Birds and wildlife are prevalent throughout single family homes, multi-family buildings and commercial properties in the Lower Mainland. With industry-leading techniques and pest control methods, you can feel secure that your home or business is being treated to the highest industry and safety standards by our Certified Pest Control Technicians. By combining both environmentally-friendly pest control services and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach, we will create a specialized treatment program tailored to your specific location and infestation. Our mission is to eradicate pests in your home or business to give you peace of mind and to ensure the safety of you and those you care about.
When can we get started?
Today! Call 1st Pest Control and our Certified Pest Control Technicians and friendly office staff will begin creating a customized treatment program to get your pest problem under control. 1-844-PEST-CANADA (737-8226).
At 1st Pest Control, we aim to help you reclaim your space from pests and wildlife.