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How Missed Residential Waste Collection Causes Wildlife Problems

If you live in or near Polk County, you know that the area is currently under a local state of emergency because of the ongoing missed residential waste collection. Needless to say, this has been extremely frustrating for residents. These missed collections have caused solid waste to accumulate not just near homes but also on roadways. Unfortunately, there are even more unforeseen consequences to this fiasco. Uncollected trash is one of the top attractants for pests, especially nuisance wildlife. The experts at Arrow Environmental Services are here to share everything you need to know about keeping pests away from your home during this local state of emergency.

Wildlife Infestations in Florida

In our area, wildlife is abundant. From squirrels to raccoons, wild animals typically have no intent to enter our homes. However, with the current residential waste collection issues, the trash pileup could quickly attract nuisance wildlife to your home. And unfortunately, these animals could stick around long after the waste collection problem is solved. With their initial resources now gone, some wild animals may try to get inside your property to look for more sources of food. If they make their way indoors, you can be sure they’re bound to cause some problems. Wildlife can quickly cause structural damage and even create a hazardous environment with their droppings and nests. The key to avoiding these problems is to learn how to seal off your home to wildlife in the first place.

How to Prevent Wildlife Getting in Your Home

Wildlife exclusion is the process of sealing entry points to keep wild animals from easily accessing your home. Here are the top areas around your property to focus on:
  1. Chimneys. Covering chimneys with a cap or screen keeps pests like squirrels out.
  2. Vent openings. Similarly to chimneys, placing screens over vent openings can keep animals out
  3. Soffits & siding. Covering overhangs can take away an animal’s shelter.
  4. Cracks & holes. It’s important to make sure there are no openings into your home for animals to enter.
  5. Porches & decks. Closing off your deck or porch will keep animals from nesting beneath them.
  6. Roof. Sealing any entry points and fixing broken roofing will stop animals from getting in.

Wildlife Control and Removal Experts

While wild animals may be showing up in your yard more than usual due to the waste collection issues right now, wildlife infestations are common in our region year-round. In addition to sealing off your property, it’s important to do your part in preventing wildlife problems. This includes keeping your garbage cans sealed, limiting the use of birdseed, removing debris piles, and more. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact your local pest control experts at Arrow Environmental Services. Our technicians have the knowledge to safely remove animals from your property. Contact us today to learn more!