We humans like to have all kinds of pets inside our homes. We like cats, dogs, birds, fish, rodents, snakes, bugs, turtles, rabbits, exotic creatures, and even some farm animals. Having a pet can be great. We share our love with them, and sometimes we get that love back. But that family pet is a much different animal than what you'll find in the wild. Being in the wild does something to you. Allow me to share a personal story.
When I was younger I was forced to move my family from one side of town to the other. At the time I had the greatest cat in the world, his name was Ben D. Tail--because he had a cool little bend in his tail. We packed all our stuff, put Ben in a carrier, and moved everything across town. At the new apartment, we kept Ben inside. We had heard that it's not safe to let a cat go outside when you first arrive at a new place because the cat may try to return to your old place. So, we kept Ben inside for a few weeks. When it was finally safe, we let him out to explore his new digs. At first there was no problem. But it wasn't long before he came up missing. We searched the entire neighborhood, and even went back to our old neighborhood to look for him. Ben D. Tail was nowhere to be found. Distressed and heartbroken, we made up signs and posted around both neighborhoods. Days turned into weeks, and weeks turned into months. We had to come to the realization that our little Ben was gone .
Then one day, out of the blue, we got a call. Someone found a cat that sort of resembled Ben's description. We rushed over to see, and sure enough, it was Ben! Though he looked so fat--and we even joked that maybe this cat ate Ben--there was no doubt, the marking on his face proved it was our cat.
We brought him home--and he didn't like that one bit. He growled and hissed at us the whole time. Once out of his kennel, he stayed in a corner by the front door, at the bottom of the stairs, and wouldn't come up into the rest of the house. Being in the "wild" had changed him. Though he remembered us, he was not comfortable being inside anymore, and he lashed out at us like a wild animal would. Ben was never the same.
Trying to survive on dumpster food and whatever scraps people would give him, turned Ben wild. Even though he was a good natured cat, being in nature changed him. The point of this story is that wild animals are unpredictable. They do not like to be trapped, cornered, or brought inside. If you see pest animals in your yard don't feed them or encourage them to stay. Raccoons, squirrels, opossums, groundhogs, and other wild animals can damage your property and harm your family.
If you have wildlife inside your attic spaces, eaves, garage, shed, or other spaces, call a pest control company to have them safely removed. If you trap an animal in your home things can get ugly fast. An adult animal will wreak havoc trying to get out, and an animal mother will wreak havoc trying to get to her babies.
There are also sanitation issues that must be properly addressed when a wild animal infests your property. They leave feces, urine, and parasites inside your wall voids, and these areas need to be cleansed.
If you live in the New York city area, contact Parkway Pest Services. If you live outside of the New York area, find a pest control company like Parkway that has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, is Green Shield certified, has board certified entomologists on staff, and is committed to protecting your home, your family, and the environment.
Always be cautious around wild animals, and get your home protected today.