Every spring, nuisance animals fill our attics, yards, and garages. Here's how to deal with them.
The Indiana DNR issued a press release to aid residents of the Hoosier state in how to deal with nuisance animals. Even though some of the animals that fall on this list might be cute, they are awfully destructive and oftentimes carry a whole mess of problems and diseases. Luckily, armed with this info, you can handle those critters yourself.
First off, as seen on the Indiana DNR website, the below list pretty much sums up what animals you may encounter. Click on one of the listed animals to learn more about your nuisance animal adversary to make sure it's a fight you want to pick. If not, it might make sense to give Animal Control a call. They are professionals and deal with these animals every day.
- Cottontail Rabbit
- Eastern Mole
- Feral / Wild Hog
- Fox Squirrel
- Gray Squirrel
- Mountain Lion
- Red Fox
- Striped Skunk
- Woodchuck (Groundhog)
- White-tailed Deer
- American Crow
- Canada Geese
- Great Blue Herons
- Mallard Ducks
- Turkey Vultures
- Mute Swans, Mute Swan infographic
So...you have one of the above animals running around your property? Here's exactly what the IDNR says to do:
-- Take in dog and cat food at night and keep bird feeders out of the reach of wild animals or take in bird feeders at night.
-- Install a commercial chimney cap made of sheet metal and heavy screen. Repair soffits to prevent access to attics, and install strong, metal vent covers.
-- Prune tree limbs at least 10 feet away from the roof.
-- Buy heavy metal garbage cans with lockable lids; otherwise, keep garbage cans indoors as much as possible.
-- Install metal skirting around the bottoms of decks.
-- Provide shelter structures for fish in ornamental ponds and water gardens; cover the pond during the night with metal screening.
If you own the land yourself, you can also take matters more into your own hands. According to the press release:
"Hoosier landowners or tenants also can trap and release or kill (using legal methods) raccoons, skunks, opossums, squirrels, beavers, muskrats, minks, long-tailed weasels, gray squirrels, fox squirrels, red foxes and gray foxes on their own property without a permit if these animals are damaging that property. Ground hogs, moles and chipmunks may be taken at any time using any equipment without a permit."
Be sure to check the regulations where you live because not all states follow the same sets of rules when it comes to how they manage wildlife.