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Depending on whether your lost cat is an indoor cat, allowed outdoor access on occasion or is exclusively an outdoor cat, there are different search tips to consider. In any case, it is advisable to thoroughly search your home, yard and any outdoor structures such as sheds or barns before heading out to search the neighborhood.
If your cat is exclusively an indoor cat, you are far more likely to find that your cat isnt missing at all. First, thoroughly check all areas in your home, even the smallest and most unlikely places including bookshelves, boxes, closets, under beds, and other similar areas. If your indoor cat did happen to sneak outside, check the areas around your home. If they are not familiar with the outdoors, cats will typically be too afraid to wander far. Call you cats name and shake a can of their favorite treats to lure them to you.
Cats that are given periodic outdoor access will usually come home when its feeding time. If they dont show up by this time, begin searching your neighborhood by following the same procedures listed above (calling the cats name and shaking a can of their favorite food). There have been many cases when cats who are allowed periodic outdoor access are chased off by other animals or chase other animals themselves only to become lost in the end. If your cat is scared of people, dont get a big search party involved as this may cause them to go further into hiding. However, do tell your neighbors that your cat is missing. Give them a detailed description along with your contact info in case they see your cat wandering around their home.
Cats that live exclusively outdoors retain territories. They do not typically wander far from their designated territories. If you havent seen your outdoor cat for some time, something has happened to disrupt the typical behavior of your cat to return home. For any lost cat that has not been found by their typical feeding time, it is important to begin searching more aggressively. Call local animal shelters, vet clinics, and other animal organizations. Put out a lost cat alert on Internet pet finding websites. Online search services can reach the greatest number of people and animal organizations in the shortest amount of time. Check local shelters on a regular basis. Make sure that everyone involved in the search for your lost cat has a detailed description (include a photo if you have one) as well as your contact information.
Pets are literally the best companion that people can have. There is seemingly a relationship between them, which goes well beyond feeder and fed. One can easily fathom the natural instinct of togetherness that a pet has with his owner and vice versa. The coexistence of the species is a natural instinct and it shows well in the relationship between a pet and its owner. But there are flip sides as well. Not all pets are bestowed the care and love that they so deserve. Not always are they provided with the basic medical facilities that are needed. Poor health among pets is quite common, even in developed countries. In fact, each year, thousands of animals succumb to untimely death due to lack of basic medications.
The veterinarians are the ones who are specially trained and educated to tackle diseases among animals. In that case, they are equipped with the knowledge of better diagnosing and treating ailments in animals. The developing countries are in ardent need of well trained veterinarians to take care of animal wellness. The animal hospitals in major metropolises are normally well staffed to tackle contingencies in animal health. Emergency services and twenty four hour animal clinics pose as real life savers in time of need.
Awareness among pet owners is an issue that needs to be tackled with care. Regular camps, awareness building programs can do wonders in building the knowledge level of pet owners. With some basic diagnosis knowledge, the pet owners can better decipher whether their pets need medical care. Also basic medications and hygiene can be taken care of well. The awareness among pet owners certainly will bring down ailments in pet animals. Regular checkups are also necessary to maintain pets in good health.
In natural surroundings, animals tend to their ailments with the elements of nature. The stray animals, thus are marginally well equipped to tackle harsh health. The pet animal born and bred in domestic environment is not so endowed with the skills. They are more vulnerable to attracting diseases and thus need to be catered with an extra bit of care and love. It is imperative to say that pet animals are loyal to their owners and owners should also reciprocate that love by taking care of their health issues. The best aspect of creating a semblance in mutual existence is that both the parties get back much more than they give.
Any Store, to be successful, should have a wide range of products. Customers always tend to make preferences. The same product liked by you may not be liked by me. Nowadays, more value is attached to service rather than price though price is also an important criterion while making a buying decision.
Give your customers many options to choose from. Service should be of the highest standards. Flat Rate Shipping or Free Shipping is the best option as the customer would know before-hand the cost of delivering the products at their doorstep. As the online store does not have the much needed touch and feel feature, we should add other values like displaying the proper images, give them as much information as possible about the product in the product page.
When it comes to online pet store, you should have Food Products for different pets, viz., dogs, cats, horses, rabbits and birds. You need to concentrate on the varieties of food too, viz., dry food, natural, organic, grain fee, human grade food, etc. Pets love snacks and treats. So, dont forget to have them in your store. Customers should not go out of your store for want of brands or information.
Dogs and cats are very much affected by fleas and ticks. Hence it is imperative that a good pet store should keep many brands of flea killers. Almost all the pet owners would have flea killers at home at any point of time as fleas suck their loved ones blood. Other than these, a wide range of Grooming Products, viz., conditioners and shampoo, Vitamin Supplements, Feeding Bowls, Litter Cleaning Mats and Cages for different pets also need to be on stock.
If it is the food product, it is advisable to add the manufacturing date. I go for shopping for grocery and food products only to pick products within my desired range of manufacturing date.
With an online pet store, the pet owners would have ample time left to spend with their pets as travelling time is completely avoided. They could also save their precious dollars by making the buying decision after comparing the prices of products from different websites.
A customer-friendly shipping and return policy would help to retain the customers. Even with ecommerce revolution and with SSL certification for the online shop, many are still not convinced to use either credit or debit cards. Phone ordering and Payment on Delivery Options would certainly soar your sales.
Timely delivery is of high importance. Hence tie up with a good logistics company is a must as the customers need to receive their orders on time.
As Online Stores need not run in the prime space in the city, you save a lot of money on rent. Also, you need reduced manpower. The saved money could be used to give discounts to your customers. This would help in retaining extremely competitive prices. The well designed website could receive orders 24 hours without manning it.
Very few people search for Keywords in Hong Kong. Hence, Search Engine Optimization along with Social Media Marketing and a little outdoor advertising would go a long way in getting the much needed visibility to your website.
The purpose of any online store is aimed at shrinking the world into a tablet or an iPhone. Online Pet Store should not be an exception to this rule.
When our pets get sick, we want to provide the best health care possible. But how do we do that if hospitalization, treatment and medication would cost about $3000? Pet insurance enables pet owners to have options on how they could provide better for their pets, after all our pets are not just animals around the house. They are our companions.
In the United States, only 3% of Americans got their pet friends insurance. This is lower compared to other countries like Canada which has 19 % of pets insured and with Sweden with an outstanding 49%.
There are undecided pet owners on whether getting pet insurance would be able to benefit them and their animal companions. Let’s understand the advantages and disadvantages of getting pet insurance, to be able to guide us in making the best decisions.
The gist of having a pet insurance policy is to make sure that in terms of medical emergencies and accidents, your pets are well provided for. When unforeseen circumstances happen, it would be difficult for the pet owner to come up with a big amount immediately. How many pet owners were forced to touch their personal funds for the sake of their pets.
Depending on the kind of insurance plan, coverage could also include vaccinations, spray, neuter and even flea medications. Veterinary costs are increasing fast. There are already sophisticated medications that could deal with your pet’s sickness. Having a pet insurance could actually save your beloved animal from euthanasia.
Aside from medical reasons, there are also insurances that could cover rewards, posters, advertising and financial assistance for pet owners whose pets have been stolen. In these cases, insurance companies could even provide assistance in acquiring a new pet.
Another kind of insurance will be for kennels and boarding, which will answer to the question when something bad happens to the owner and nobody could take the pets in. A pet insurance policy could help with the cost of kennels and boarding.
Some pet insurance tend to be overly expensive. However, there are pet insurance companies offering lower plans. You just have to know what kind of coverage you would like to be in your plan so you can choose an appropriate insurance for your pet. The prices also tend to be different based on the animal and its breed. There are some animal breeds that would require expensive medical treatments. For example, when a big dog like a German Shepherd injured his hip, the procedure tends to be expensive.
Pet insurances are also very particular with pre-existing conditions. If you dog is sick and old, then definitely you would have problems getting them and insurance plan. Most insurance companies does not pay the bill upfront. What happens is that the pet owner would have to pay for it and then will have to reimburse if after.
There are times when the pet owner does not have the money yet, there are vet clinic who would allow the pet owner to pay part of the bill and the insurance company will be fixing the balance directly. Before a pet owner could take advantage or use the insurance, it would need a two-week or a few days of wait before the coverage would start.
Thinking about it, getting a pet insurance policy definitely would have its pros and cons. It would definitely be your call as a pet owner if you would like to get one for you pet, but it is important to always keep in mind our responsibility as pet owners and our pets’ welfare.
When you read horticultural advice on composting they are unequivocal about cat and dog faeces. It must not go on your compost heap. Yet its plain to see that animal by-products, including the less savoury carnivore manure, are organic. And if its organic it will rot, so why the caution?
Carnivores have a different set of decomposers from herbivores both in the gut and in the soil. One of the most significant species of these is the worm.
When animals roamed the forests in times of yore their excrement was part of the natural fertilizing process, keeping plants and soil healthy. The natural cycle was both balanced and self-sustaining with decomposers dealing with the manure of herbivores and carnivores and turning into nutrition for the flora. Worms of many kinds would each play their part in the recycling process.
Worm populations in the soil become problematic for farm animals when their numbers exceed a certain threshold and good farming practices ensure that not too many animals live on any piece of land. The more intensively an area is farmed, the worse the worm problems. Worming chemically has been the answer.
Domestic dog numbers nowadays exceed what would have been a wild population (probably of their ancestors, wolves) by millions. The amount of dog faeces our land can absorb safely almost certainly has been exceeded. So what are we to do with the stuff?
It is likely to end up in landfill, an incinerator, on the pavement or in the sewers but rarely is it composted. It seems odd that we accept the indignity of clearing up after our pet dog as a social obligation but taking the next step of actually dealing with it is a step too far.
The possible dangers lurking in dog faeces are Toxocara canis (roundworms)and fecal coliforms (bacteria) including Escherichia and Enterobacter. The presence of these potential pathogens make it important that the compost does reach sufficiently hot temperatures, or lesser temperatures for a much longer time, and a closed system, separate from your main garden compost heap or bin, is recommended. Closed systems have securely fitting lids and doors and a bottom with small holes in so that micro-organisms and worms can get in, not larger mammals such as rats and mice.
A further precaution is to put the compost on ornamentals not edible crops. If there are pregnant women or young children in the household it is best not to compost on the premises during this period. The risk is small for well functioning immune systems but not worth taking when they are building, as in pregnancy and small children. Having said this there is just as much of a risk if pets use the garden to defecate. For more on how to achieve hot composting see the link below.
Trenches and variations on this theme can be used such as burying a bottomless plastic dustbin (or old plastic cone). A tight fitting lid is important to keep away prying scavengers or children. Gravel should line the pit to help with drainage and it must be sited well away from natural water courses. Adding sawdust helps to control the odour and to improve the carbon nitrogen balance so that the best rate of decomposition can be achieved.
Anaerobic digestion is another possibility and the basis of many of the doggy loos on the market. Be cautious with these as some people do not find they manage the quantities provided by their pets. They may be more suitable for a small dog or cat than a larger beast. However they usually come with chemicals (similar to those used for septic tanks) to breakdown the material, which is then flushed away with water. Natural activators can be made but there is insufficient data to report on their efficacy. (Recipe: 1 pack dried yeast, lb brown sugar (to feed it) and 2 cups of water. Let the mixture warm up for 10 minutes or so before adding.) Because the remains are flushed away the caution about siting away from water sources is even more appropriate here.
The options for composting doggie doo so far may not have inspired you with confidence. Cue the dog wormery, which may not sound very nice but manages the job surprisingly well, and doesnt smell! The doggie wormery must be kept for this sole purpose, not adding food scraps etc. and never add the poo just after worming tablets have been used. This system uses the same worms as traditional vermiculture, arent they adaptable! The resulting compost which can be extracted roughly once a year, could then be added to a regular garden compost for further purification. Wormeries can take a while before they are ready to cope with the quantities your dog provides. Make sure you check the number of worms provided when you buy the wormery as they can vary and the more you start with the sooner they will breed to reach sufficient numbers. Only slowly increase the amount of poo you add. Once established the system can work well.
We have learnt the hygiene lessons that saved us from cholera and typhoid but have we developed a culture of germ fear instead? Yes it can be dangerous, but knowing that should give us the wisdom to use it carefully not just bury it somewhere out of the way so we dont have to think about it. Methane produced by landfill, contributing to greenhouse gases and causing unpredictable problems for our planets self regulation is the price we appear to be paying for stuffing a problem away and ignoring it.
(When asked what he thought of Western civilization Gandhi said ‘It would be a good idea’!)
Disclaimer: Composters of pet faeces do so at their own risk
Another name of pure undisturbed nature is Scotland. The landscapes, colourful culture and marvellous heritage are a must visit places. Tourists having pets feel it quite hard for them emotionally to leave them all alone at home and enjoy themselves. There has been a big full stop to it nowhere discovering Scotland is no more with two legs but even with our four leg ones beside us.
Dog friendly resorts:
There are various resorts which have Dog Friendly Accommodation Scotland; they are another close relation after all. There are many cottages and resorts in Scotland where they care of your beloved ones with special accommodation and facilities for them. A morning walk by the sea shore would really put them in cloud nine. The fife coastal path is for sure the right destination for peace and tranquillity. The breeze that comes our way from the sea gives a warm welcome to us and our tail-wager. Culzean castle is a historical building in Scotland which is admits of 600 acres where there is a beach at the coast, surrounded by cliffs, caves and many more that excite us. There are special places all around where we get food and water for dogs.
Code of the Government:
Scottish government has an outdoor access code that must be followed when we move out with our dogs. Other cafeteria and restaurants are dog friendly where they provide a bowl of water for them when we enjoy our food.
The rooms that we choose to stay must be really good so that the refurbished dens for dogs are comfortable. The numbers of dogs we take with us decide the number of renovated refurbished room is allotted. In many places only 2 dogs are allowed maximum. There are other cottages that are extremely pet friendly and allow more dogs.
Almost all cottages that are pet friendly have a specialized bed for them in a separate room having a detached entrance. Along with the bed they have a spacious hall attached to the bed where the belongings of the dog like dog bedding and bowls can be stored. The dogs are even taken for a walk or drive by the cottage van to keep them engaged when their owners are out. At most care and attention is taken on them.
Rules of the resort:
There are two main rules that is put for any dog owners once they enrol in any resort .One is pets should be kept away from furniture’s and the other one is while taking our Fido out we should be aware that the livestock around is harmed in no way.
Engagement for dogs:
When there is a special accommodation for dogs, where they can have their own time and space. They also give a sense of satisfaction to the owner that their beloved ones are under safe hands. It is for sure a very remember able outing not only for us but a nostalgia for the ones inside our den.
So you may well ask, why a Landscaped Aquarium. The answers are several, and may even vary to some extent based on gender. Women who are often more artistically creative will adore the chal- lenge of -painting- a gorgeous Landscape, while men will often ?nd the technical challenges of the science involved is what makes it an exciting aspect of their hobby. This of course is not meant to imply that women will not also be attracted to the scientific aspect of their favorite pursuit, nor that many men, will not be able to create fabulous scenes, as is in fact exemplify the creations of the master Landscaper Amano in Japan.There are many other good reasons for establishing a Landscaped Aquarium.Among them preeminently is the fact that an Aquarium, ?lled with living plants, rapidly becomes a dynamic Eco-System. Not only is it natural looking to the beholder, but ?sh bene?t in several ways, as their habitat becomes far healthier, and there is less stress than they may otherwise may be subjected to. It has also been observed, by many commentators over the years, that ?sh in these Landscaped Aquariums, are far less prone to disease, and live longer healthier lives. There are many reasons for the fact that ?sh are healthier, more colorful and less stressed. The refuge that ?sh obtain by swimming and hiding among the plants, gives them a feeling of security, and this reduces the potential breakout of la- tent pathogenic organisms. However the advantages of the having plants goes far further than this. Water however plentiful is potentially the most complex chemical liquid on earth. It is capable of having myriads of dissolved chemicals, and in many cases harbors toxic factors that are inimical to ?sh life. Among these factors are heavy metals. Many of these heavy metals are highly toxic to ?sh, but plants have the capability to bind these metals and reduce their toxicity enormously. In addition the decaying leaves of plants will bind these metals especially, rendering them inert. Humic acid will also bind with most of the heavy metals, and reduce or eliminate the toxicity. It is for this and other good reasons, that we always counsel people to ?rst introduce their plants, usually on day one. Then wait a couple of weeks before adding their ?rst ?sh. A great deal of toxicity will be by then be diminished to the extent that it is no longer a danger. Because a Landscaped Aquarium, is a living, and continuously growing entity, it will of course be necessary to periodically -manicure- the aquarium so that it does not lose it beauty by becoming overgrown. This gives the Aquarist the opportunity to take cuttings from many plants, and sell them to his/her local aquarium store, thus defraying if they wish it, some of costs of their hobby. This cannot be done with plastic plants, which are endemic in America today, and which contribute very little to making an attractive environment. I often wonder why people that use these abominations, do not also add plastic ?sh to their tanks, it is just as logical.
Many homes today have house plants as part of the dcor, and the addition of a Landscaped Aquar- ium, can enhance the overall feeling of a home in harmony with nature, which too often is missing in this ever increasing world of cities and technology.
Furthermore, a high percentage of persons throughout the world live today, divorced from the any connection with the land, and do not have the old fashioned pleasures of a garden. With a Land- scaped Aquarium they can commune with nature, as it gives them a real opportunity to have the satisfaction of making something grow, which has been part of mankind’s experience, for several millennia. In fact it is only in this just departed century, that humanity has left his roots in the earth and created an arti?cial existence. Landscaped Aquariums can at least in a small but important way recreate that natural urge to plant and grow as was done by the vast majority of our antecedents. Finally there is the challenge, to learn and master the technical challenges which have so inspired tens of thousands of aquarists who today maintain Reef aquariums. The Landscaped Aquarium also has it’s own set of rules which must be mastered in order to succeed. When this is done, the reward is at least as beautiful as a Reef aquarium, and the satisfaction and pleasure not a jot less. Success will be no accident, and will come to those who have mastered the criteria.
FACTORS TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT TO CREATE A LANDSCAPED AQUARIUM
The following are the principal parameters that are essential if the hobbyist is to succeed in their endeavor.Water quality. Lighting, The Substrate. A functioning CO2 system, with all its accessories. Fertiliza- tion. Algae control. Filtration. Heating. The selection of plants according the desired Biotope to be created. The selection of suitable ?sh.Each of these topics, will be dealt with in detail in subsequent chapters, but it should be stressed at this point , that all the topics must harmonize, and be paid close attention to. Just as a chain will break at its weakest link, so will a planted aquarium break down, if any aspect of the environmental requirements of the Landscape are seriously neglected.
It is the purpose of this book, not only to show the technical inputs needed and the how-to and why, with each technical input, but we will constantly strive to elucidate the relationship of each input to the other techniques that are required.
Because your Aquarium will be heavy, it should be placed on whatever stand you use, with a half inch layer of polystyrene board to ensure that the weight is evenly distributed and avoid any risk of breaking the glass. It is best whenever possible to site the aquarium away from direct sunlight, so as to reduce the risk of algal buildup, and enable one to totally control your lighting
It should be pointed out at this stage, that a good Landscaped Aquarium will cost a fair amount of money. However the pleasure of the ?nished product, by common acclaim more than repays the outlay and the cost thereafter in maintenance is relatively small, and can if the hobbyist wishes, as we have said, be substantially defrayed, by selling the excess plants to their local store.
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Across America, dog ownership appears to be leveling off, with cats replacing dogs as the number-one domestic pet. Nevertheless, there are still 50 million households in the country where dogs remain supreme.
For sure there are a lot of people for whom dogs are still their first choice among pets. For many, a dog is just like having another child. Looking on the bright side it’s easy to say that dogs are fun companions and they can always be counted on to give you eager attention. Dog popularity remains high among a significant segment of the United States population,
For others in the country, the willingness to own and provide decent care for a dog may be slackening. In part, this may be a result of urbanization. While there are 50 million canines in homes and barns across the country, the number of cats has passed 56 million.
Authorities on the subject say that the absolute number of households with dogs in this country continues to grow, but the percentage with cats in them is greater. So you’re more likely to find a feline than a canine in any given home.
A leading dog food maker says that research is showing the canine population to be just about static, but that cats are gaining by leaps and bounds. There seems to be a lifestyle related edge to this. People who are employed appear to be looking for more low maintenance pets. This could be a reason why the growth curve of the number of dog owners is flattening out.
Herm David, writing in Dog World Magazine, noted that the reason for the shift may be changing demographics. The trends that favor increased rates of cat ownership over that of dogs include: the aging of the population; the increase in childless households; more families living in condominiums or other living arrangements where dog ownership is inconvenient; more families where all adults are working; and the maturing of the Baby Boom generation, with its being less stable socially and economically.
Merchandisers of dog care related products are probably going to be pressed into finding more creative ways to continue to bolster sales.
Some authorities on dog ownership and registrations have not noted any significant decrease in the dog populations going back to the 1970’s. They say that the trend toward fewer dog owning households is not as big as some have stated, and the variation is pretty much in line with what’s been seen over the years. With the current figures down a little, there is still no certainty that young people living in cities are going to shun dog ownership for the long term.
In more rural areas, there are increasing numbers of dog breeders. Demand for popular dog breeds like terriers and retrievers provides the motivation for farmers and other people with plenty of room to earn some extra income while enjoying dog ownership. Perhaps it will be the high prices paid for purebred dogs that is going to be a factor in decreasing rates of dog ownership compared with that of cats.
Turtles are one of the most popular, exotic and fascinating creatures available in a pet store, if you have to describe in a few words. If you are thinking of adopting a pet turtle, your main prerogative must be to be well informed and aware of the techniques for creating a suitable habitat for your turtle, including a dry area and a wet area. Did you know that turtles can live up to 40-50 years old? You pet’s going to be your companion for most of your life. Don’t they deserve the best possible care you can give them? To ensure that your pet turtle is delivered high maintenance and proper care, you need to be well endowed with the basic information regarding your pet turtle’s care, treatment, diet and factual data.
Pet turtles flourish the best when they are kept outside in the open. Turtles are animals that indulge in hibernation during the winter months and if they are confined inside during those months, they will not but obviously not hibernate as they will not know what time of the year it is. In case they fail to hibernate, it may invite unwelcome health ailments of the liver. Further, pet turtles must be permitted to stay out in the natural environment to enjoy heat of the sun, graze on grass and marvel in the fresh surroundings.
If you decide otherwise and keep your pets largely indoors, then make sure you provide at least a forty gallon tank size in which your turtle can swim around freely. This is essential because there needs to be enough elbow space for a water only area as well as a dry land area and sufficient room between the two for the turtle to survive comfortably. A minimum of 1/3rd of the tank must be devoted to land and a part of this dry land must have direct access to rays provided by a UV light. The best way to offer this is to have large, flat rocks under the lamp that gives the turtle ample area to bask themselves. A temperature of about 80 degrees during the day and 70degress during the night must be regulated and maintained.
Unfortunately but true, turtles are not pets that are meant to be played with just like fish. They are best to be observed and watched from a distance through the walls of the tank. Turtles are cold blooded pets and hence it takes them a while to adapt to change in temperature. Taking a turtle out from its comfortable warm tank gives them quite a shock and could also hurt their immune system. Proper turtle care and maintenance commands for it to be as unchanging and predictable as possible. Most turtles, both land and water based, require a similar diet consisting of fresh, leafy greens and vegetables. Some kinds of land based turtles such as the box turtles or tortoise do not demand very extensive habitats and a very basic but safe enclosed outdoor housing is sufficient. Other turtle and terrapins, by contrast require both a dry as well as a wet environment.
Caring for and tending to turtles can be extremely rewarding and satisfying provided it is executed with a sense of commitment and integrity. If you are looking for a quiet and serene but still an exotic and affectionate animal to raise as a pet, you must undisputedly consider a turtle. Most pet owners are ultimately satisfied with their decision and despite the fact that turtles are not huggable and cuddly pets, they exude warmth and love like any other four legged pet.
It is early morning and you’re awakened by the unmistakable patter of running feet in your attic. You quickly dismiss the thought that it is a thief. It’s too small and besides, what thief would be running around the attic? Perhaps, it’s a raccoon or a skunk then? How about a simple country mouse?
And you quickly come to the core of the problem. Once you know it’s an animal up there, who are you going to call for aid? Not Ghostbusters, definitely. And surely, not SWAT. What are they going to do; shoot the poor thing?
— Wildlife in Your Attic —
The rapid growth of urban and suburban areas across the country is eating into the natural habitats of many animals. These displaced animals camp out in your backyard, make their home on your porch or slip into your attic.
These animals, though generally harmless, are indirectly dangerous. They can be like recalcitrant house pets and chew on your electrical wiring which can cause a fire. They will eat holes into your roof and ceiling as well and let the rain in.
Health-wise, there is no telling what diseases these wild animals carry: rabies is very high on the list. Bird or bat droppings that are allowed to accumulate in eaves and attics carry the risk of diseases such as histoplasmosis. And what homeowner would be happy when, on stepping outside for a breath of fresh air, he is confronted by the sight of a skunk family having feasting on his garden?
The increasing number of animal-human encounters has bred the need for wildlife management professionals who have the knowledge, equipment and experience to help homeowners deal with such problems.
— The Growth of Wildlife Management —
Admittedly, nuisance wildlife management was not really needed before. Then, there was a distinct border line between human and wildlife habitats. Population growth and urban/suburban expansion meant that people were ‘trespassing’ into traditional wildlife habitats. Most wildlife – especially the smaller ones – quickly learned to adapt to the human invasion.
Homes may be for humans, but wildlife can find a warm, comfortable nest in human households. Food is easy to find; they just need to dig around the garbage. If they’re herbivores, humans are prone to planting gardens (both ornamental and vegetable) where the food is out there for the picking. Most homes have numerous nooks and crannies, as well as insulation (especially in cold areas) which provide a warm and safe environment for raising animal families.
Animals mean humans no harm. However, these animals can still present a danger to the humans in the house.
This is where wildlife management professionals come in. They have the training, temperament and equipment to handle the problem professionally, efficiently and humanely. They take special care not to harm the wildlife and they are forever looking for ways to reduce the conflict between humans and wildlife.
— Prevention is the Key —
The primary role of a wildlife management professional is to stop a problem from happening, and the best way to do this is by helping homeowners prevent it from happening in the first place.
If you’re a homeowner in a recently developed urban/suburban area – one which was only recently uninhabited – it would be best to call in a wildlife expert to check out your house. If you want to do it yourself, check out your home’s roof as well as sidings for entry points that wildlife can use.
Check out your chimney to ensure that no animal has moved in that way. Also have a regulated chimney cap installed. Inspect your porch, your roof and your sidings for holes where animals can comfortably burrow. Get up into the attic and check your attic screens and look for animal tracks. Torn screens and animal tracks are sure signs that an animal has either taken up residence with you, or is about to move in.
If there are animals already in residence, call in a wildlife management expert to evict them for you.