The True Dangers of Animal Infestation
Animal infestation is not uncommon, especially as animals prepare for the Winter months during Summer & Fall.
They love our homes for the same reasons we do- protection, privacy, and security!
Animals frequently infest people’s attics, get under the foundation, between the walls, and other sneaky places that people aren’t aware of.
Left untreated, animal infestation can end up being quite dangerous & painful, but not for the reason that you might think.
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People typically associate animal infestation with the potential for animal attack, and while that can happen and be harmful (in some cases lethal, if the animal has rabies), that’s not the most likely thing to happen to you.
The biggest problem is what can happen if the infestation goes unnoticed - in many cases, the infestations don’t go noticed for a while because the animals are quite sneaky!
While bites are painful, they’re unlikely to happen unless you directly engage the wild animal.
Animals typically only attack aggressively if they’re hunting for food (very rare to attack humans) OR very sick.
Many animal attacks happen solely because the human was engaging the wild animal, scaring them or causing them to become aggressive.
When an animal infests your home, they often will try to raise young there also, which could lead to them becoming extremely aggressive (imagine if someone tried to touch your children!).
Getting bit by a wild animal for most is unlikely, unless they’re attempting to remove the animal by themselves (not recommended).
The True Dangers
While bites do happen, there are other things that are more likely to happen. Here are the true dangers of animal infestation, and why you should be sure to handle any problem before it grows.
Bad Air Quality
Animals that infest your home cause the air quality to go down significantly.
Just think- when they gotta go to the bathroom, they aren’t hopping down a level and knocking on the bathroom door.
They’re going right there in your attic, between the walls, or whichever secret compartment they’ve taken residence in. They’re bathing in their own waste every night, further compounding the problem.
This waste gets lodged in your home’s structure (more on that later), but also decomposes into the air, reducing the air quality of your home!
If an animal passes away, a deeply foul stench will occur also. The animal’s buddies aren’t taking them out for a proper funeral, instead they’ll just leave the creature right there!
Disease & Insects
An animal passing away and leaving all that waste in your home attracts insects & bacteria.
This only further compounds the problem of infestation, as then suddenly it becomes an animal AND insect infestation issue. The bacteria can cause sickness to you if it goes in the air.
Damage to Your Home
The most certain problem we regularly see is damage to your home, which is why it’s critical to handle any infestation ASAP and be on top of regularly monitoring your home.
The waste dissolves into your home’s foundation, destroying it. Animals like to break things as well.
We’ve seen cases where raccoons have ripped entire holes in the wall or roof in order to get in or create a passage.
In the case of rats, they are exceptional at gnawing through wires and other material.
We also frequently see damage to insulation and other easier-to-damage things.
The longer than animals infest your home, the bigger the costs become.
Handle Any Problems NOW
If you suspect any wildlife/pest problem, make sure to contact an expert at Wildlife x Team International as soon as you can.
It’s important to remove any wildlife/pests BEFORE Winter, as during Winter/Spring many animals will breed, further compounding the problem. They also might pass away during the Winter months, as they don’t have as much access to food/water.
You can contact us by calling 855-WILDLIFE or by visiting www.wildlifexteam.com to get more information.
-Wildlife x Team International
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