​Pet & Wildlife Safety

​Everything You Need To Know About Keeping Your Pets & Wildlife Safe

In homes where pets are loved, they are treated like family. You should not be shocked to find them sleeping in beds and eating from the same plates that the regular family members use. Additionally, the pets are given the best of care on a regular basis and you will find them being washed and groomed just to make sure they fit into the family. One thing that needs to be taken seriously is the safety of pets and wild animals that may be used as pets.

Keep them clean

Safety does not necessary mean protection from fire and storms but it also brings in the need to keep the pets from getting sick. One of the things that encourage the build up of germs and bacteria is dirt. If dirt is allowed to accumulate in your pet, then the risk of the pet contracting a disease is increased. Thus said, you need to come up with a schedule that helps you maintain a clean pet. The intensity of the wash will depend on how furred the animal is and where you live.

Make use of a leash

Dogs are known to be jumpy and excited especially when you take them out for a walk. The other thing about them is that you may never tell what they will do once they see a cat nearby. To keep them from bolting of across the road and probably getting hit by a car, it is very wise to make use a leash. This will keep the dog within the designated area hence assuring you of its safety.

Make use of name tags

It is not very common to walk a cat as they are left to do this on their own. However, they at times wonder off and forget to trace their way back home and they may get picked by strangers. One of the ways of making sure that your cat will be returned to you is by making use of name tags. The tags have been modified nowadays to contain data such as the owner’s name, their address and contacts and any information pertaining to the pet. With a tag around your pet’s neck, the risk of getting completely lost and mauled by dogs is greatly reduced.

Keep them indoors during winter

Winter is always known to be responsible to pet deaths due to the freezing temperatures. During the worst of winter, it might be wise to keep your pets indoors as this might just be the thing that saves their lives. If this is not possible, you might want to consider keeping them well covered to reduce heat loss while in their pens. Where possible, you can introduce electric heaters and warmers as these go a long way in providing the much needed heat.

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Hire A Professional

Critter Intruders: Why You Should Hire a Pro for Removal

At some point, almost every homeowner will find an unwanted guest in his or her home, and I’m not talking about a stepmother. These intruders can be anything from insects to larger mammals, such as raccoons or opossums. If you find yourself having a superfluous visitor in your home, you may be tempted to try to deal with it by yourself. However, this approach can often end up backfiring on you and creating more problems than it solves. The best approach is to hire a professional to remove the animals from your property.

Misinformation Misleads

It can seem easy to get rid of these pests, but if you do not know what you are doing, you are not likely to succeed. There are all sorts of misinformation available about how best to get rid of animal intruders, and so trying to use this advice will likely mean failure. You may even end up attracting more animals than you had in the first place. A professional service is going to know exactly what does and does not work, and so they will succeed the first time.

A professional animal removal service can also safely transport the animals away from your property so that they will not return. It is not enough to just drive away one animal at one point in time. You need to take steps to make sure that they do not come back again in the future. A professional service can help you assess your property so that you will know what attracted your unwanted guests in the first place. This way, you can make changes to ensure that they do not return again. With their years of experience in dealing with these pests, a professional service can give you lots of great pointers that you might not have thought of.

My Own Experience

As a homeowner myself, I’ve experienced problems with squirrels in the attic – This is one of the most frustrating problems to have, especially since it means that my roof contractor performed his job inadequately. Nevertheless, after many unsuccessful and harmful attempts at ridding of these pests, I called a professional. Everything was done humanely and securely, ensuring that the squirrels would never return.
Since they’ve been around it for so long, most pest control professionals are also very aware of these types of structural problems that cause infestations. So as far as the roof goes, that problem has also been taken care of. Not only did I benefit from the service, but I made out in the long haul as I was able to take care of structural problems that may have decreased the value of my home upon resale.

But the most important reason to hire a professional involves that of your family’s safety. Although furry and sometimes cute, wild animals are also quite dangerous. Professionals are trained in dealing with these animals and have the proper equipment and protective gear that is needed to safely remove them from your property. If you try to do it on your own, you risk injuring yourself and potentially contracting an unpleasant disease. Do not put yourself or your family at risk. If you are dealing with unwanted animals in your home or on your property, call a professional removal service right away.

By Erik Braunitzer, courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, agents for New York City Apartments.