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The Dangers of DIY Wildlife Control

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While you may find critters like raccoons, squirrels, and skunks to be cute in their natural habitat, no one likes sharing their home with them. Causing costly damage to your home, spreading disease, and making noises, wild animals don’t make for good house guests! Whether you’re trying to save money or simply want the challenge, it can be enticing to try to take wildlife problems into your own hands. Of all pest problems in your home, wild animals are not one you want to mess with! Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of wildlife control and why it should only be left to the professionals.

Potential Injury

When animals invade homes, they typically find hard-to-reach areas to nest, like crawl spaces, attics, chimneys, and more. Getting close enough to trap them may involve climbing ladders, walking on rooftops, or crawling into narrow spaces. This can inherently open up opportunities for slips, falls, scrapes, and other injuries.


Going hand-in-hand with the physical injury that can come from trying to remove wildlife from hard-to-reach areas in your home, you can end up damaging your home in the process of climbing through your attic, crawl space, etc. Wild animals commonly chew through electrical wires, causing fire hazards. Even if the damage is as minor as a bit of cracked drywall, you don’t want to risk causing costly damage to your home when you could easily call a professional.

Disease Risks

One of the biggest dangers of handling wildlife on your own is that animals like bats, skunks, birds, squirrels, and raccoons can potentially carry disease or leave behind droppings that do. Among a variety of different diseases, rabies is perhaps one of the most dangerous. On the off chance that a wild animal in your home happens to be rabid, it is especially important that you do not approach them. Similarly, leave animal carcass removal and disposal to the professionals as well, as handling dead wildlife can be just as dangerous. Experts in wildlife removal will know the proper handling methods to reduce the risk of disease.

Take Caution, Trust a Professional

If the threat of disease, injury, or damage to your home isn’t convincing enough, consider that wildlife control professionals know the best methods to not only get rid of wildlife in your home, but keep it from coming back. At Knox Pest Control, our wildlife removal experts have the tools and training needed to safely and humanely remove wild animals from your home, as well as identify and seal entry points, so they can’t get back in. 

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