What is Humane Wildlife Removal?
Humane wildlife removal in the YardDoc Austin service area means an animal can safely be captured and removed from a structure it has accessed, and then released on the same property, which is it's territory.
These wild neighbors are beneficial to our communities, helping to maintain the natural order of the ecosystem.
What is a Pest?
A pest can be described as any organism that spreads disease, causes destruction or otherwise is a nuisance.
In most cases this pest would be considered an integral part of nature. But, in certain instances, this animal becomes a pest in your eyes.
Unless an animal is displaying unusual or aggressive behavior, YardDoc encourages our customers to find ways to co-exist with the wildlife they are lucky to have in their neighborhood.
If living in harmony with wildlife is not achievable, then one possible solution is capture and humane wildlife removal.
Enjoying Our Wildlife
Beyond their place in the ecosystem, wildlife also provides opportunities for enjoyable hobbies to homeowners. It may be feeding the birds, photographing wildlife, or offering children an educational opportunity to experience nature in their own yard.
When wildlife removal is requested, and in that case as a last resort, we humanely trap the critter, and relocate it to a new environment.
It's important that the animal is moved to an area that is environmentally suitable, to give it a fighting chance to re-establish itself and survive.
YardDoc does not kill the critters that we capture. The only exception is rats. There is no shortage of rats, and we do not live-capture rats.
Meet YardDoc's Raccoons
As an example of co-existing, we have a family of raccoons living underneath our pest supplies store at the YardDoc offices.
We know how they get in under the structure, and we see them on our security cameras at night.
Our solution is to ensure that our structures are secured, and there are no easy access points, so they can't get inside our supply building.
These raccoons don’t do any damage, and we are happy to co-exist with them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Co-exist With the Wildlife in My Environment?
First of all, ensure that the interior of your structure is not accessible. Generally, if wildlife remains outside, you might not even know they're there.
Many homeowners not only co-exist with but appreciate the benefits of hosting wildlife on their property. Bats eat insects. Owls, hawks and snakes prey on rodents. Rabbits eat weeds like dandelions. Squirrels disperse seeds of ornamental plants.
These critters can be invited to your property by giving them access to food, water and shelter, where you choose to provide it, instead of letting them root it out for themselves.
1. Address the Underlying Concern
It's always best to resolve underlying problems in managing critters before turning to wildlife removal.
For instance, a common issue for homeowners is that the trash cans are being raided at night, most often by raccoons.
Removing the nuisance raccoon is not a long-term solution. New raccoons will move into this vacated territory, and soon enough they will learn that the same accessible trash cans are a reliable food source.
Resolve the underlying problem by putting the trash away or securing the lid in a way so that the trash is not accessible.
This is the best solution because the animals learn that your property is not a place worth frequenting.
2. What Makes a Structure Attractive as a Shelter for Critters?
The most common reason for a wildlife removal request is because the animal has entered a structure.
It's up to us humans to ensure our structures are inaccessible to wildlife. Check to be sure your home and other structures do not have damaged or weakened roofing, siding or flooring.
Exclusion is generally achievable, making the structure secure so that unwanted pests cannot get in.
How to Make Your Property Less Attractive to Critter Pests
If certain animals are proving to be nuisance pests to you, don’t make your property overly attractive to them. Here are guidelines for dealing with specific critters so you can avoid wildlife removal.
- Tight-fitting lids on trash cans:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, foxes and coyotes
- Put away pet foods:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, crows, foxes and coyotes
- Remove sources of water:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, crows, bats, foxes and coyotes
- Mow and eliminate underbrush:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, armadillos, deer, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, and snakes
- Remove piles of construction materials:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, armadillos, rabbits, foxes, coyotes, and snakes
- Fencing around yard or vegetable garden:
Deer, rabbits, foxes and coyotes
- Remove fruit or nut bearing trees:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, armadillos, rabbits, squirrels, bats, crows, foxes and coyotes
- Keeps pets indoors at night:
- Don't install pet doors:
Skunks, possums and bats
- Secure structures so critters can't get in:
Skunks, raccoons, possums, bats and squirrels
Are There Alternatives to Wildlife Removal?
Yes, there are a number of creative and effective alternatives to wildlife removal and critter relocation. For example:
- Exclusion of the animal:
This means closing up access points, repairing damaged siding or roofing, and covering vents with screens.
- Changing cultural practices:
Not leaving pet food or trash outdoors at night, and picking up fallen fruit.
- Habitat modifications:
Removing junk piles or other places that could become inviting shelter spots for wildlife.
Odors, lights, sounds, and motion-activated water jets can be employed to dissuade wildlife from your property.
YardDoc’s Wildlife Removal Rules
These are the guidelines we follow when relocation is the best outcome for homeowner and wildlife.
- Avoid relocating critters when there is a good likelihood that it's a mother with babies. We wait until the young would be able to fend for themselves and then relocate the family.
- If the animal has to be moved and is too young to look after itself then we take it to a wildlife animal rescue facility.
- Monitor traps daily and relocate on the day of capture.
- Relocate to a greenbelt that has adequate space away from roads, homes and businesses where water, food and shelter are readily available, and that is at least 10 miles from the place of capture.
When Are Animals Likely to Have Dependent Young in Their Dens?
Raccoons have two to five babies in a litter, and typically just one litter per year. They are born in early spring between March and April. When they are around 2 months old, the young follow the mother to a new den. They are weaned at about 3 months, and go off on their own in the fall or early winter.
The average litter contains six to nine babies, born as early as February and can sometimes continue through October, although most babies are born in the spring. A possum will be weaned at 3 months and leave its mother at 4 1/2 to 5 months. Generally when a young possum is 10” long, it's considered able to fend for itself.
Four to six young are usually born in May or June, and remain in the nest for about two months before accompanying the mother to forage. Skunks typically have a single litter each year.
How Far do Critters Typically Travel?
A common concern of homeowners is that wildlife removal is temporary as the relocated animal will return. That's why we relocate to a distance of at least 10 miles.
Generally, raccoons do not travel far outside of their territory but can travel up to 10 miles in search of food or a mate.
Possums can travel up to 2 miles in search of food.
Skunks can travel up to a mile in a night but generally will not to more than four miles away from their den.
What Chance Does the Removed Animal Have in its New Environment?
Surviving in nature has its challenges, and when we uproot an animal and place it in a new environment, these challenges are immediately increased.
The relocated animal does not know the good food and watering spots or where to shelter. Often it's being moved into a territory that is already occupied by animals that will see it as competition for resources and may attack it or try to chase it out.
Humane Wildlife Removal by YardDoc
We have a number of recommendations on how to make your home less attractive to wildlife, and how to deter them. In Texas, only a licensed professional is permitted to transport a wild animal such as a raccoon. Let us know if we can help with preventing, dissuading, or relocating wildlife, or other critter control concerns.
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