The colder months of winter mean that many animals will seek out shelter from the harsh environment. One of the places wildlife like raccoons and skunks may end up is the shed in your backyard. This could result in damage both to the building itself and the stuff you have stored inside your shed. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take for wildlife control in your shed or other backyard storage buildings.
Backyard Shed Wildlife Control
Animals that make your shed their new home typically dig under the foundation. If they can find access to the inside of the structure they may nest there as well. There are different methods of wildlife control depending on the type of animal that has nested. Larger nuisance animals like raccoons, opossums, and skunks are much more likely to burrow under your shed in the winter months. These animals can bring disease into your yard and be dangerous if you have domesticated animals or children.
Evicting these animals during the winter months can be more difficult than in the spring and summer because many of these animals hibernate. If you notice a space at the bottom of your shed or other backyard building that you think an animal is living in, you’ll want to do a few things before you patch the hole.
First, you’ll want to make sure there isn’t an animal living in the hole. If you don’t, there’s a good chance that you’ll have to handle a dead animal removal when spring comes. There are a few methods that you can use to determine if there is an animal residing under your shed.
Clear out any brush around the area to let as much light as possible enter the area. Then you can either place sticks in front of the entrance or sprinkle some flour around the entrance. Monitor the area for at least three days. If you notice the sticks being pushed over or prints in the flour, chances are an animal is living there. If this happens, contact a professional wildlife control service like Animal Remover.
If you don’t notice any signs of life, you can repair the hole. After making the repair, continue to monitor the area for several days to make sure you didn’t accidentally trap an animal under your shed. To better prepare for wildlife control in the future, you can purchase and install specific fencing to prevent animals from accessing the space under your shed.
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Wildlife Control from Animal Remover
If you are in need of wildlife control assistance, call the experts at Animal Remover. Our animal specialists are skilled in raccoon removal, goose management, and more types of wildlife control. Don’t let the problem get worse than it is. Contact Animal Remover today!