Many common wild animals have long been making themselves at home in our suburbs and cities. Raccoons, opossums, rats, snakes, squirrels, bats, and many other animals cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. Some carry diseases and parasites that can be transmitted to you or your pets.
Wild animals are attracted to areas that have easy access to food sources such as unattended pet food, bird feeders, vegetable gardens and exposed garbage. They tend to look for areas that could provide a warm shelter that will protect them from the elements like an attic or even burrowing underneath the foundation of your home. If there are easy access points such as loose siding, broken windows or missing foundation vents, animals will be more likely to set up residence.
The longer an animal remains undisturbed in any particular area, the more difficult it will be to remove. There is the possibility that the animal will build a nest, produce offspring and attract others to shelter in your home.
The sooner you get rid of your unwanted guest, the less chance it will have to cause extensive damage to your home or your health.