Having a wildlife problem can be a huge concern for Wichita businesses. Unless these pests happen to be paying customers, wildlife shouldn’t come anywhere near your property, as they might deter your clientele and make your business difficult to manage.
Rodents, birds, and other wildlife can all cause serious health problems and property damage in Wichita, Kansas. Before your wildlife problem becomes impossible to manage, you need to learn more about what attracts these pests and how to remove them.
Common Wildlife Problems In Wichita, Kansas
Kansas is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and most of these animals mind their own business. However, there are a few different types of wildlife that love to cause problems and invade Wichita properties and businesses. Without precautions, you could see the harmful effects wildlife can have on your property including the following:
Pigeons: Pigeons have gray feathers, round bodies, and bluish-green heads and are common throughout the United States, especially in urban areas. They can cause extensive damage to your roof with their droppings.
Raccoons: Raccoons are nocturnal, medium-sized mammals that often invade trash cans and cause property damage. These pests are not only a nuisance at night, but their damage will have to be cleaned up in the morning.
Rodents: Mice and rats are both avid invaders of Wichita businesses. Growing anywhere from 3 to 11 inches, these pests will dissuade anyone from coming back to your business.
Squirrels: Also a type of rodent, squirrels can cause immeasurable damage to your property and business with their gnawing habits.
As the weather cools down many of these pests that belong in the wild will try to move indoors. Any sign of an infestation from wildlife should be handled immediately by calling for professional help.
Problems Caused By Wichita Wildlife
An abundance of wildlife can cause multiple problems particularly property damage and the spread of disease. Whether they intend to or not, wildlife, rodents, and birds can chew through your insulation, wires, and masonry, resulting in costly repairs. Raccoons, meanwhile, will invade your trash cans, damage your plants and other exterior decorations.
Much worse than this are the diseases that wildlife can spread. Diseases can spread through their bites, fecal matter, getting into your food, and even through their footsteps. Common diseases from wildlife include hantavirus, salmonella, listeria, giardia, and rabies.
Finally, even if wildlife doesn't cause any of these problems, they can still be a major factor in driving away your customers. Wildlife have a tendency to linger around properties and pop out when you least expect them to, so don’t take the risk by letting the problem linger and losing customers in the process.
Wildlife Prevention Tips
The best way to deter a wildlife problem this Fall is to remove anything that could attract them. The biggest attraction to wildlife is trash. They often forage in human spaces, and that includes digging for food in trash cans. Store your trash indoors or keep it securely within sealed containers, otherwise, you take the risk of wildlife likely moving inside once they’re through with your dumpster. Now is a good time to make sure your property doesn’t have any cracks that pests can sneak into around your windows and door frames and also look for any gaps in your caulking and masonry. It’s important to be sure your vents and pipes are securely fastened. If your property has any sort of foliage or plant life, keep it regularly maintained. Overgrown trees, grasses, and shrubs will assuredly attract wildlife and inevitably result in an indoor problem.
With these prevention measures in place, wildlife will likely stay outside. However, these pests are smarter than you’d think, so if you think an infestation is moving into your Wichita business, contact the pest control professionals at Pinnacle Solutions today, with our professional services we can keep these pests from destroying your business and your reputation.