Wildlife-Proof Your Garden

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What’s worse than slaving over and carefully tending to a garden you’ve meticulously curated and then having it eaten up or smothered by a garden pest?

Deer

If you aren’t sure what pest is tampering with your garden, torn twigs and stems are an indication of deer. There are a number of methods for deterring deer from returning to your garden. Scare tactics like spotlights or noise makers can startle deer and keep them from returning to your property.

If you can afford it, fences are probably one of the more reliable and effective methods of keeping deer out of gardens. The best kind of fence would be a wire fence that is at least 6 feet tall and angled away from the garden or yard it is protecting, making it difficult for a deer to jump over.

Rabbits

Clean cuts on leaves and stems are an indication of rabbits munching on your foliage. A simple method of scaring away Rabbits are placing plastic snakes or owls around your garden.

Also, chicken wire with mesh less than an inch installed around your garden can keep rabbits out. However, make sure the wire is installed at least three inches into the ground and rises at least two feet above ground.

Because of their excellent sense of smell and taste, rabbits are less likely to come to your garden if they smell or taste something unpleasant, like cayenne pepper, limestone, or animal urine.

Groundhogs

While fences and wire barriers that rise at least 3 feet are effective at keeping groundhogs out of gardens, they do also dig tunnels, so any fencing or barrier needs to be buried a ways into the ground to ensure you are covering all of your bases.

Raccoons

Raccoons can be a huge nuisance to your property and they aren’t easy to get rid of by any means.  However, one relatively effective method is an electric fence. By turing the electricity on in the evening and off in the morning, raccoons are less likely to damage your garden.

 

Bats

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Bats are not the most common house pest, but on occasion they may take up residence in your attic to raise their young. It’s possible to have bats in your attic for years without knowing. If you see a bat inside your home, try not to panic; call American Pest Control and we will send someone to your residence as soon as possible, and work with you to get the situation amended.

You should know, if you do find a bat in your house, that indicates a possibility that there are more bats staying somewhere else in your home. Getting rid of one bat may not be the end of the situation, so it is advised that you contact AMPest Control or another professional to help you.

If you see bats in the evening flying over your yard, or even hanging off of the eaves of your roof, that doesn’t mean you have a bat problem. Bats actually are very helpful animals – when they aren’t residing in your attic – because they eat flying insects and bugs; they aren’t interested in getting near you.

So, if you find yourself in need of bat removal, please try to do it the most humane way possible, or hire a professional.

Facts:

  • Bats are the only mammals capable of actually flying
  • There are over 40 bat species in the U.S. and Canada, and over 1,000 species worldwide.
  • Bats are found everywhere except at the poles and in particularly arid deserts.
  • One small bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitos in an hour.
  • Some bats live to be over 40 years old, having one of the longest life spans of all mammals

APHIS 101

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The APHIS, or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, is a national agency dedicated to overseeing the Animal Welfare Act and managing wildlife damage actions. APHIS attempts to aid the general goals of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture): defend and develop food, agriculture, natural resources, and associated problems.

APHIS mission statement: To protect the health and value of American Agriculture and natural resources.

APHIS is constantly on the job, working to ensure that America’s animal and plant resources are protected against any pests and diseases. By staying on top of pests and other factors that can affect vegetation and animal livestock, APHIS ensures that billions of dollars aren’t lost due to the possible impact on production and marketing due to pest and disease issues.

If there is an issue due to a pest or disease, APHIS immediately launches into action. Emergency protocols are enacted and the affected states or areas are aided to swiftly obliterate the problem.

According to aphis.usda.gov, APHIS has expanded its area of expertise to include “wildlife damage and disease management, regulation of genetically engineered crops and animal welfare, and protection of public health and safety as well as natural resources that are vulnerable to invasive pests and pathogens.”

Established in 1972, APHIS has worked toward protecting American agriculture and the American public to the best of its ability. While the APHIS mission has stayed more or less the same since its implementation, the agency has made adaptations to its services and coverage to adapt to current needs and concerns.

With the APHIS mission in mind, American Pest Control also is dedicated to the protection and assistance of the communities we serve by providing safe and effective services for a wide-range of needs and problems. Both immediate and long-term solutions are considered and carried out.

American Pest Control Wildlife Services

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Pests are bound to affect your home at least once in the time you are living at a residence. One may expect to encounter ants, termites, even roaches in a household. However, there are many other pests that invade a property that may cause serious problems.

American Pest Control provides a wide range of pest control services to include nuisance wildlife.  Wildlife Management Removal and Exclusion Services primarily focuses on the sealing of structural openings where wildlife pests may come into a home.

The wildlife we are equipped to manage include but are not limited to:

Squirrels, Flying squirrels, Raccoons, Opossums, Roof rats, Norway rats, Skunks, Bats, Snakes, and Armadillos.

To give you an idea of our procedures and what to expect when you come to us with your wildlife pest issues, here is a breakdown:

  • American Pest Control wildlife specialist comes to inspect your home thoroughly, locating any potential entry points for wildlife pests, and creates a custom plan of action for treating your home.
  • After locating all potential entry points for wildlife pests, the APC specialist will install any materials necessary for exclusion of pests to the entry points.
  • After entry points are secured, the specialist will then install traps in case there are any wildlife pests in the home already.
  • According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources regulations, the specialist will then return to remove any trapped pests.

If you suspect you are experiencing any wildlife pest issues in your home and want a safe, effective service to help you, please contact us here and we will arrange for a specialist to come to your residence as soon as possible.