When it comes to winter in the Greater Metro Atlanta area, there are a few things that we Georgians can almost always count on.
Wintry precipitation, icy roads, school closings, delayed flights, bare grocery store shelves, and the one inch of snow that might actually fall are just a few that come to mind.
One thing that we can count on with much more certainty, however, is the fact that it’s natural for wild animals and other critters to seek warmth during the cold Georgia winters. Because of our relative proximity to them, it’s not unusual for these critters and other nuisance wildlife to seek shelter in the same places we also seek shelter – in and around our homes.
While it’s only natural and they truly don’t mean any harm, critters such as squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and mice can chew their way into your house in search of food or shelter. In doing so, the critters might chew through electrical wiring, which could pose a fire hazard. In addition, they can also carry diseases and viruses such as salmonella and rabies. As a matter of fact, contact with affected bats is the leading cause of rabies deaths in people in the U.S.
When faced with freezing temperatures and the task of finding food, some animals may become unusually aggressive and emboldened in their encounters with other animals, and on some occasions, humans. That’s why it’s important to contact an experienced nuisance wildlife specialist to deal with your wildlife problem safely and humanely.
Safeguard Your Pet from Rabies
Make sure to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up-to-date and visit your veterinarian regularly for all other necessary shots. Keep your dogs and cats indoors if possible, and under direct supervision when outdoors. Call your local animal control service if you see stray animals in your neighborhood, as these animals may likely be ill or unvaccinated.
Safeguard Yourself from Rabies
Avoid all contact with wildlife and other unknown animals. If you come across an injured animal, contact animal control for assistance. An injured animal may be frightened and agitated, making them more likely to bite, even if you’re only trying to help. If you’ve come in direct contact with a wild or unknown animal, perhaps having been bitten or scratched, wash the wound immediately with soap and water and seek medical care. With prompt medical attention, rabies in people is absolutely preventable, especially with a postexposure prophylaxis.
Trust a Professional to Remove Nuisance Wildlife
If you find that your home or business is being invaded by nuisance wildlife or pests, the state-certified trappers at Wild Trappers will remove the offending critters safely and humanely, using tried-and-true animal trapping and removal techniques. In addition, our helpful and experienced experts will go above and beyond to repair any damage caused by the animal, remove waste and nesting materials left behind by the animal, and even prevent future encounters by closing potential entry points and paths by which another animal can gain re-entry.