This section is a resource for those who would like to exclude animals from their homes on their own or for those who are dealing with wildlife issues in areas where animals can not be physically excluded and hazing techniques have been recommended.
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Knowing what kind of animal you are trying to exclude is very important. This will help you learn about the animals unique abilities and what may be bringing them to your property, information that is critical in determining the best way to exclude them. Once determined, you can use the Species Specific Self Help Guide below to learn specific techniques in excluding that species.
Figuring out why the animal is coming to your home and yard is critical in keeping the animal from returning. The three most common attractants are food, water and shelter. Identifying what is bringing the animal to your property and will help you figure out the best way to limit access to it.
Learning how the animal is accessing the area is critical in any exclusion. Once this is established, you can determine the best way to block access to it. It is important that you do not block off access points while an animal or their babies may still be inside. Utilizing one-way doors is helpful in ensuring an animal can leave but not get back in.
If you are attempting to exclude an area of your home during baby season (April-September), there is a high likelihood that you may separate a mother from her babies during that time.
Babies that are unable to follow their moms out of their den will slowly starve and die without her care. Most wildlife species spend a short amount of time with their mother before exclusions can be done safely and correctly. Please call us for advice in determining when it may be appropriate to exclude an area that may have babies.
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