THE WORLD OF WILDLIFE PESTS - PEST WILDLIFE REMOVAL
Comprehensive Pest Wildlife Removal Information On All Things Wildlife Pests Related
INTRO - WE KNOW OUR PESTS
Pest Wildlife Removal provides useful information on pest animals in the USA, helping consumers comprehend the severity of their pest problems in more depth. The most common property invading animals include raccoons, bats, squirrels, rats, mice, skunks, moles, opossums, & groundhogs. We provide links to valuable information on each pest animal, along with a brief summary of problems associated with that specific pest. If you need help solving your pest wildlife infestation, feel free to browse our nation-wide directory of certified wildlife control companies to find a local operator.
Nuisance Wildlife - Preventing Conflicts with Wildlife
It’s important to note that not all wildlife create conflicts. Although it might not appear so at the time, the animals, which are often referred to as nuisance or problem animals, are innocent. When a conflict exists between humans and animals it is usually because the animal is only doing what it needs to do to survive. It is simply following its own instincts, and intends no harm or discomfort.
Dealing with a conflict can be difficult because it is often a community issue. Some people habitually feed and perhaps inadvertently shelter wildlife, while their neighbor may not want wildlife around at all. "One persons nuisance is another persons joy", etc. This scenario can create undesirable situations for people, pets, and the animals themselves. Raccoons, coyotes and squirrels that are fed by people often lose their fear of humans and may become aggressive when not fed as expected. These hungry visitors might approach a neighbor who might choose to remove these animals, or have them removed.
A conflict also can quickly alter a wildlife lover’s perception about a certain species, especially when the situation exceeds his/her current level of tolerance. Such is the paradox that wildlife around homes and property present: We want them and we don’t want them, depending on what they are doing at any given moment.
Each of our wildlife pests pages begins with a description of a species often followed by details on feeding behavior, reproduction, and other biological information. For people needing to learn more about an animal to help solve a conflict, details on tracks, burrows, nest sites, etc. are also often provided.
Our complete directory of wildlife operators are all screened to make sure they are fit to be listed, and we take great pride in offering a list of the most professional wildlife removal companies in the country. We have several years of experience and understand all aspects of the wildlife business which supports our knowledge of how a wildlife company should operate while being listed in our directory. Everyone wants the best, and that is what we are here to provide.”
Wildlife Disease - Rabies
Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the nervous system and is always fatal unless the victim has been immunized or receives proper treatment. It affects all mammals. It also covers rabies control, what to do if bitten by any animal, and what to do with a suspected rabid animal.
Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system, and it is always fatal unless the victim has been protected by immunization or receives proper treatment. Only a few countries isolated by water or mountains are completely free of the disease. In the United States, rabies occurs in all states except Hawaii.
Rabies may affect all mammals, including livestock and pets, but is most often found in raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats. The virus is found in the animal’s saliva, and infection is usually caused by a bite from a rabid animal. However, rabies can also be contracted by saliva coming into contact with small cuts in the skin or mucous membranes, such as eyes and mouth.
Rabid animals can appear to be either “furious” or “dumb.” In the furious stage, the animal is aggressive and excited, snapping and biting at anything, and there may be foaming at the mouth. In the dumb stage, the animal often seems docile, almost tame. The dumb stage is especially dangerous because the infected animal is easily approached by unsuspecting humans, particularly children.
Indications that an animal may be sick or diseased include the following: loss of coordination where the animal may stumble or appear disoriented; increased aggressiveness or increased passivity where the animal may appear tame; drooling, foaming, or frothing at the mouth; watery discharge from the eyes or nose; and activity at unusual times, such as nocturnal animals wandering around during the day. In most animals, death occurs less than ten days after the onset of clinical signs.
However, signs of rabies in wild animals are unreliable. Occasionally, animals may be infected with rabies while still appearing to be in very good physical condition. Therefore, any wild animal that bites or scratches a person should be tested for rabies. Pets that suddenly appear aggressive or unnaturally shy do not necessarily have rabies. Other diseases, such as distemper, can cause behavioral changes. However, a pet whose personality abruptly changes should be examined by a veterinarian.
What to do if Bitten by Any Animal
If you have been bitten or scratched by an animal that might be rabid, do the following:
- Act promptly, but do not panic. It takes time for the rabies virus to react in the body.
- Capture and kill the suspect animal, if possible, without destroying the head. Follow the guidelines given below for submitting a suspect animal for testing.
- Wash the wound immediately and thoroughly with generous amounts of soap and water. Then apply rubbing alcohol or a strong solution of water and iodine to the exposed areas (except for the eyes, of course).
- Contact a physician immediately after this first-aid treatment. Rabies vaccine and antiserum will then be administered as required.
If a pet or livestock animal has been bitten by a known or suspected rabid animal, immediately wash the wound with generous amounts of soap and water and transport the bitten animal to the veterinarian for a rabies booster vaccine. Remember that rabies can be contracted through the saliva remaining on the wound, so wear rubber or plastic gloves when washing the wound and handling the animal. Capture the suspected rabid animal, if possible, following the procedure described below.
What to do with a Suspected Rabid Animal
If you suspect an animal might be rabid, do the following:
- Be extremely cautious around animals suspected of having rabies. Normally shy animals can lunge and bite even when apparently paralyzed. If you are not familiar with methods for handling wild animals, avoid the animal. Keep any pets in the house and contact the wildlife conservation officer in your region, wildlife pest control operator, or local police.
- An unvaccinated dog or cat that has bitten someone should be examined by a veterinarian and will be confined for 10 days. If it remains in good health, it may then be vaccinated and released.
- Suspected rabid wildlife should be killed to limit the spread of the disease. If possible, in killing the animal, do not damage the head because the brain is needed for diagnosis.
- Wear rubber or plastic gloves when touching the carcass to avoid contact between the animals and your skin, eyes, nose, or mouth. You can contract rabies by merely scratching yourself on the tooth of a recently killed rabid animal.
- If no human or animal contact has occurred, the carcass should be buried in a hole deep enough that it cannot be uncovered by another animal. Touch the carcass only with rubber or plastic gloves that can be buried and clothing that can be thoroughly washed.
- If human or animal contact has occurred or is suspected, place the carcass in a heavy-duty plastic bag and then place it inside a larger container, packed with ice packs. Keep the specimen cool but not frozen, and keep it away from children and pets.
- Call your state wildlife bureau and they will inform you what to do next.
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Wildlife - Too Close For Comfort
Some wildlife species are potentially dangerous or can cause problems, especially as human population continues to expand into traditional habitat. The conflicts that occur with bears, cougars, coyotes, bats, raccoons, squirrels, rats, mice, skunks, moles, ground hogs, opossums, deer and moose, in residential areas, are the ones most often reported to to wildlife professionals with concerns for human safety, pets, livestock, or property damage.
Remember, the top four reasons that draw pest wildlife into your area are:
- Bird seeds
- Pet food
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How To Find A Wildlife Rehabilitator
GET HELP FOR ORPHANED, SICK OR INJURED WILDLIFE USING THIS STATE-BY-STATE LISTING
If you find a wild animal in distress, scroll down to your state in the alphabetical list below to learn how to find a wildlife rehabilitator in your area.
IMPORTANT! Before you "rescue" any wild animal, make sure the animal really needs your help.Learn how to determine if the animal is truly orphaned or injured »
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources wildlife rehabilitators list
For migratory birds: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission rehabilitators list
Animals other than birds: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife rehabilitators list
If you are in San Diego with native predatory wildlife in need of help, call The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center at 760-789-2324. Otherwise, use the California Department of Fish and Wildlife list of wildlife rehabilitators.
District of Columbia
If you are in south Florida, call the South Florida Wildlife Center at 954-524-4302 or 866-SOS-WILD. Elsewhere, check the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission list of wildlife rehabilitators.
No online listing of rehabilitators. Call your local Division of Forestry and Wildlife office for assistance.
No online listing of rehabilitators. Contact your Idaho Fish and Game Regional Office.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources wildlife rehabilitators list. If you are unable to locate a rehabilitator, call your DNR law enforcement district or regional headquarters.
Use the Wildlife Rehabilitators' Association of Massachusetts or the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife rehabilitators list (Click your district on the right side of the page.)
No online listing of rehabilitators. Call your Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office to locate a licensed rehabilitator.
No online listing of wildlife rehabilitators. Call your local Game and Parks Commission Conservation Officer to locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. You can also try contactingNebraska Wildlife Rehab or Wildlife Rescue Team.
No online listing of wildlife rehabilitators. Call your local Game and Fish office to locate a licensed rehabilitator. You can also consult Animal Protection of New Mexico’s list of wildlife rehabilitators.
No online listing of wildlife rehabilitators. Call your local Game and Fish District Office or a veterinarian for assistance.
Pennsylvania Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators listing by county. If you are unable to find a wildlife rehabilitator, call your local Pennsylvania Game Commission Regional Office.
Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. If you are unable to find a wildlife rehabilitator, call the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management at 401-789-3094 or 401-789-0281.
No online listing of wildlife rehabilitators. Call your Game, Fish & Parks Wildlife Division office to locate a licensed rehabilitator.
Does not permit rehabilitation of state wildlife. Call your local Department of Natural Resources District Office for assistance.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife rehabilitators list. If you are unable to find a wildlife rehabilitator, call the DNR's Wildlife Rehabilitation Liaison at 715-359-5508.
No online listing of rehabilitators. Call your Game & Fish Department Regional Office to locate a licensed rehabilitator.
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