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We have become accustomed to seeing many different non-domestic animals that are either being forced to leave their natural habitats or choose to live among humans and their pets because of the easy access to food, water, and shelter. While the animals seem harmless when outside wandering the streets and yards of residential neighborhoods, they can cause a variety of health issues you may not be aware of.

Different wild animals such as raccoons, opossums, and bats are capable of carrying diseases such as rabies, leptospirosis, heartworm, Baylisacaris, and Trypanosoma cruzi. They are also commonly known to carry ticks and fleas that can infest your yard and be harmful to your pets. The best way to prevent your pets from becoming infected is by staying up to date on their shots as well as taking preventative measures like:

  • Maintaining your yard – Regularly pick up any fallen fruit, debris, and animal waste that could attract the curious animals to your property. It’s also a good idea to trim back tree branches that enable the animals to get into your yard or house.
  • Storing pet food inside – Leaving food and water bowls outside may seem like a good idea to ensure your pets don’t go without either, but wild animals love the easy chance to fill their bellies. If you must feed your pets outside, try and do it during the day since many animals are nocturnal.
  • Refraining from feeding wildlife – Never feed wild animals. Once you start feeding them, it becomes even harder to keep them from coming on to your property. Eventually, they get braver and start finding ways to get inside your home where they cause even more damage.
  • Keeping pets indoors at night – Since a lot of nuisance animals are active at night, keeping your pets inside will help keep them safe from rabid and aggressive animals.

If possible, install a fence at least several inches deep into the ground to help keep animals from coming into your yard. Also, keep entrances to attics, crawlspaces, and similar areas where animals like to nest closed whenever they are not in use.

Coming in contact with nuisance wildlife can be dangerous, especially if they are carrying diseases or parasites that can be transferred to you or your pets. If you’re concerned you have wild animals living on your property or inside your home, give Critter Control® of Orlando a call. We will remove the unwanted critters and then use a number of techniques regarding habitat modification and exclusion to prevent future animal infestations from occurring. For a free estimate, call us today at 407-295-7194.

 

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