What Salt Lake City Property Owners Need To Know For Effective Wildlife Control

Squirrel between branching tree trunks.

Insects are usually what folks think of when they hear the words “pest management.” People often forget or are unaware that animals are a threat in residential and urban zones as well. This is particularly true when a Salt Lake City home or business is close to a wooded or grassy plain, or a body of water.

Many experts would make the argument that wildlife are a greater danger to humans than bugs. They could bite or scratch you, and ultimately transmit a lethal illness. These creatures have been associated with Lyme disease, rabies, West Nile virus, and histoplasmosis. At minimum, they can wreck personal effects and structures. By doing a little reading, you’ll have an idea of what local wildlife to watch out for. Also, you’ll know how Pest Pro Pest Control can be of assistance.

What Wildlife Are Common in Salt Lake City? What Are The Risks?

Gophers, voles, squirrels, and raccoons are frequent in the region. Gophers are sizable animals, being 5 to 14 inches long and weighing about 2 pounds. Brown, white, or black fur shelters their stout bodies. They also have long claws, and small ears and eyes. While they bear some likeness to groundhogs, they’re shorter and have fewer pounds. Ruining land by digging burrows and feeding are what gophers are known for. They consume vegetables, fruit, plant roots, and grass.

Adult voles are about 3 to 5 inches long, with a weight of around 2.5 ounces. They have chunky bodies with black or brown hair. The four-legged pests have round ears, blunted noses, and short tails. Engaging in activities similar to gophers, they too damage vegetation, lawns, crops, and trees. 
Squirrels vary in size and color. They can be up to 20 inches long, with bushy tails that may reach 9 inches. Shade-wise, they come in gray, brown, white, red and yellow. Short, but dense fur keeps them warm. Pointed heads, beady eyes, tiny ears, and four legs are among their features. These critters can get inside chimneys and attics to nest. They’re also prone to destroy insulation, wiring, and siding.
Raccoons are rotund, circular, and about 3 feet long. They have thick brown or black hairs, with a distinctive mask-like shape around their eyes. Black rings are on their shaggy tails. They’ll make a home in an attic, or chimney, or beneath a porch. Messed up shingles, trash cans, and gardens are often left in their wake. 
Some of the risks wildlife bring in are:

  • Ticks and fleas
  • Tularemia
  • Salmonella
  • Intestinal roundworms

How Can You Prevent Wildlife?

To make your property less attractive to wildlife, take these actions: 

  • Close up holes around utility and roof lines, windows, doors, and foundations 
  • Attach sweeps to all doors that face the outside 
  • Use canisters with form-fitting lids for garbage
  • Install a fence around your property made of hardware cloth or wire mesh, with a curved bottom
  • Remove organic debris from your yard
  • Keep your grass and greenery trimmed
  • Plants and flowers should be distanced from exterior doors, and placed in netted pots and baskets, also, utilize raised planter beds
  • Lay mulch or gravel around your property's perimeter

What Will Pest Pro Pest Control Do About Wildlife?

Our technicians at Pest Pro Pest Control have the training and experience to safely employ our advanced wildlife protocols and treatments. Our solutions include but aren't limited to traps, baits, and one-way doors. We use approaches that are humane. We have top standing with the Better Business Bureau because of our reasonable rates, inclusive plans, and professional standards. When you call us today at Pest Pro Pest Control, you'll be provided with a free inspection at no obligation. Protect your home or business from wildlife now!

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