What is Wildlife Exclusion?

Dugas Pest Control provides humane wildlife trapping service in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana At Dugas Pest Control, we handle calls for wildlife exclusion year round but they get especially busy as the winter months set in and the cold weather comes.

This humane practice is exactly as it sounds: it involves excluding animals from the home using preventative measures like sealing up holes in the roof and cracks in the walls. Some pest control companies still use trapping and removal methods to resolve animal invasion problems, but this method is not effective in the long run. Even though the immediate problem may be solved, the habitat remains open for new wildlife to come in.

Benefits of Wildlife Exclusion

There are many benefits to choosing wildlife exclusion for your home.

  • It’s humane. There is no reason to trap and remove or euthanize healthy animals on a continuous basis, which is exactly what happens in traditional trap-and-remove methods. Also, wildlife exclusion programs use humane methods to remove the wildlife from the home at all costs.

  • It keeps animal families together. If you remove the mother and not the babies, for instance, the babies will end up dying in the home. This will cause odors and bacteria to be present. Wildlife exclusion focuses on getting the entire family/colony out together.

  • It’s a long-term solution. Trapping and removing animals does not get to the root of the problem. If you home has open areas where animals can get in and find warmth, they will continue to do so. By fixing these areas, you can keep animals out for good.

  • It’s affordable. It costs money to trap and remove or euthanize pests, but wildlife exclusion is a very inexpensive alternative. All you have to do is ensure that there are no areas where wildlife can get in. The more proactive homeowners are, the better outcome the community has as a whole.

What Does Wildlife Exclusion Entail?

  • Identification of wildlife, which often includes raccoons, squirrels, opossums, mice, rats and so on.

  • Explanation of available options.

  • Removal methods to get all wildlife out. Humane methods are always a priority.

  • Damage is repaired: removal of feces, replacement of wood, insulation and wires that have been chewed, etc.

  • Entry points are sealed. Stainless steel mesh material is used over certain points as well.

  • Final check to ensure the home is left in good condition.

Can I Do This On My Own?

As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to inspect the home and identify hazards like loose shingles in the roof, cracks in the foundation or gaps in the wall. If you already have an infestation, you should call in a professional exterminator who practices wildlife exclusion. As we mentioned above, it’s possible that some of the animals could be left behind in your attic if you attempt to seal up the entry points on your own, and these animals will be left to die. A professional will ensure that all pests are out.

Second, a professional exterminator is well versed in identifying wildlife entry points. We know what signs to look for, as well as what areas to look in. This carefully trained eye ensures that all points are identified and sealed so that the problem does NOT happen again. All it takes is for you to miss one entry point, and you can wind up with another infestation in a few short months.

Still, your role as a homeowner is crucial, because it will be up to you to ensure that the exterior of your home is in good condition over time. As long as you’re not dealing with an infestation, you can provide additional measures like inspecting the roof and siding and making sure that old entry points are still sealed off. When in doubt, contact a professional exterminator who can offer you the support and advice that is needed.

A Closer Look at Armadillos in Baton Rouge

People often think of armadillos living primarily in places like South and Central America, but they are not completely exempt from residing in the states, particularly in Louisiana, Texas, South Carolina and Florida. The species that is found in our local Baton Rouge area is the nine-banded armadillo, and this particular species has traveled northward in recent years because of the lack of natural predators. In fact, the nine-banded armadillos are the only species found in the U.S. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for pest control companies to receive phone calls from local residents regarding Baton Rouge armadillos in or around their home.

What do Armadillos Look Like?

Armadillos are known for their hard, protective shells. There are approximately 30 species of armadillos, and they are characterized by the number of bands on their shells. On average, they are 30 inches in length; although the giant armadillo grows up to be 59 inches and 130 pounds. The smallest species, called the pink fairy armadillo, is only 5 inches in length. Armadillos may have short legs, but they do travel quickly. They have poor eyesight, which is why they use their other senses to hunt for food. Their sharp claws are perhaps their greatest asset.

What Types of Habitats do Armadillos Live In?

In the wild, armadillos prefer shady, forestry areas that are located next to rivers and lakes. Armadillos get their food from digging in the soil, so they also prefer areas that have loose, wet soil. They dig burrows to reside in and hide from predators, but sometimes, these animals make their homes in residential areas. They’ll burrow under homes, sheds, porches, decks, driveways, woodpiles and crawlspaces. They look for cracks in the foundation and use these as entry points to burrow underneath the structure. Since armadillos are great diggers with their claws, they make use out of small openings that may go unnoticed by humans.

Are Armadillos Dangerous to Humans and Pets?  

If you do have an armadillo that makes its way into your home, it’s important that you treat the problem. These nuisance pests do have sharp claws and will use them against dogs and cats if they feel threatened. They are also known carriers of the bacteria which causes leprosy. In Louisiana, 53 percent of armadillos tested positive for leprosy, which causes skin lesions, muscle weakness and nerve damage in the animals. Armadillos also carry rabies and are hosts for tapeworms and salmonella.

How Can Dugas Pest Control Help with Armadillo Problems?

While you may be tempted to capture the armadillo on your own, this is not advised. These animals do carry disease and have sharp claws that they will use if they feel threatened. Therefore, it’s best to leave this job up to the professionals.

Dugas Pest Control is trained in the proper methods for safely and humanely trapping and releasing armadillos. Using wildlife exclusion as the humane way of getting rid of these types of pests, we also go to extreme lengths to make sure that no other pests will be getting into your home in the future. We seal up all entry points and also have products that can be used to deter pests from coming onto your property.

Dugas Pest Control uses a variety of techniques to care for an armadillo problem in Baton Rouge, including live traps. We will relocate the animal as far away from your home as possible, while ensuring that they do not come back. And, if you’re unsure that it’s really an armadillo in the first place, let us come out and identify the animal for you. Sometimes, our clients think that it’s one type of pest invading their home, when really, it may be something else.

Remember, armadillos have unique personalities and carry disease, so you should always work with a professional to rid your home of these creatures to protect yourself and your family.

Wildlife Exclusion: Getting Ready for Cooler Weather

Dugas Pest Control provides humane wildlife trapping service in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Louisiana When the weather starts to get cooler, it’s only natural that people spend more time indoors. Humans aren’t the only beings that seek shelter during the winter months; animals do too.

Cooler Weather Prompts Animals to Seek Shelter

Animals of all breeds look for safe, secure places to retreat to, and sometimes, animals find our own homes to hideout for the winter. Although the cooler weather prompts wildlife to look for shelter, animals can do so at any time. With new housing developments, shopping centers and office buildings springing up all over Baton Rouge, animals have been driven out of their natural habitats, having to find new places to live and raise their young.

If you discover that an animal has found shelter in your home, there are measures that can be taken that are both humane and effective. Read on to find out more.

What is Wildlife Exclusion?

Pest control companies like Dugas Pest Control believe in exclusion because removing the pest is only part of the solution. Exclusion is a humane approach to pest control and involves sealing points of entry on the home so that the animal can no longer get in. Our company can help you identify the animal in your home, recommend a specific plan and prevent other animals from coming into the home. We can help with all types of animals, but the most common we work with include armadillos, raccoons and opossums.

Exclusion Starts with being Proactive

Wildlife exclusion is something that should start before you have a problem. Being proactive is the number one priority. As we head into the winter months, take the time to walk around your home and survey the exterior. Look for such things as loose siding, deteriorated boards along the roof line and screens with holes.

Also be sure to take the proper measures to protect your home from wildlife by doing the following:

–      Keep trash in sealed containers
–      Use wire mesh over chimneys
–      Have trees trimmed so that they do not hang over the home
–      Use small garden fences underneath decks
–      Make sure all cracks and holes are sealed
–      Keep clothing and blankets off the floor and preferably in sealed containers
–      If there are scratch marks, urine or feces anywhere in the home, be sure to contact a pest control specialist immediately

For more assistance getting your home ready for the winter season, contact Dugas Pest Control  today.