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What to Do if A Wild Animal Gets into Your Home

It’s not unheard of to wake up with a squirrel, opossum, raccoon, or snake in your home. Surrounded by nature even in the busiest areas, wildlife can often make its way into the houses of unexpecting residents. Today we are sharing what you should do in the event that a wild animal is trapped in your home.

Don’t Panic and Keep Your Distance

The truth is that most wild animals invade residential areas in search of food and are often more frightened of us than we are of them. If you discover you have an uninvited guest in your home, ignore your initial instinct to chase it, scream, or throw a frying pan at it. Remain calm and move slowly. If you react in any way that might be interpreted as aggressive, the animal may get defensive and react aggressively. If possible, try to keep it closed in one room until help can arrive.

Try to Trick It Outside

Depending on where you discover the wildlife intruder, it may be easier to maneuver it outside. Again, keep your distance, but if you find it is easy to get them outside then do so. For example, if you walk into your kitchen and notice a raccoon on the sink, perhaps open the back door (if your kitchen has one) and toss a piece of bread to draw them out.

Call the Professionals

Although some of these creatures may be adorable in cartoons, remember that many animals can transmit diseases to humans and you should be cautious. A local pest control company like Alexandria Pest Services will know how to safely capture and remove wildlife from your home. Alexandria Pest Services provides DC Area residents with safe and humane pest removal. Including wildlife.

Find the Entry Way

After the animal has been removed, make sure you locate how they got inside to avoid it happening again. While it may be easy to discover where larger animals like opossums and armadillos “broke in”, smaller animals, such as snakes and rats, can easily fit into smaller spaces that you may not even notice.  You can do so with chimney caps, gnaw-proof netting, and one-way exclusion doors. In addition, call Alexandria Pest Services to help you reduce the risk of another occurrence.

Call Us to Help You Get Rid of Pests or Rodents!

At Alexandria Pest Services, our trained professionals will analyze your pest control needs and come up with a personalized plan for your household. Our team of expert technicians will provide a free inspection and work to create a plan to eliminate your pests. At Alexandria Pest Services, we help homeowners just like you get rid of pests in their homes all year round. If you find that you are having a problem with insects or pests, and need an exterminator, call Alexandria Pest Services at 703-923-0925 to schedule a professional evaluation. We can help you get rid of these invaders in your home or office!

We hope you and your loved ones stay well and healthy during this time. We are open and following all CDC regulations. Please call us today for all of your pest control needs!