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Do-It-Yourself Nuisance Wildlife Solutions

Bat hanging on wall
TEMPORARY GUEST -- In October and November migrating bats may hang out a couple days as they journey south and re-energize on insects at night. Unless appearing sickly, no action is required - they will leave soon.  (Image courtesy Dave Freeze, Greene County Extension) 

Do-it-yourself solutions are typically the least expensive methods but they require:

. . . some learning on your part,

. . . persistence, and

. . . an investment of time and/or money. 

Oftentimes removing the problem animal is only part of the solution. Construction or carpentry work may be required to exclude animals from buildings, yards and gardens. Repellents and frightening devices offer only temporary solutions, but may buy enough time for flowers to bloom, fruits to ripen, and vegetables to mature.

Neighborhoods, homeowner associations, and communities can collaborate on strategies which are implemented in unison to keep wildlife at bay.

In rural areas, harvesting game species can help reduce locally-abundant populations and problem species.  However, even this solution will not totally eliminate problems.

Before implementing any do-it-yourself solution, be sure you are in compliance with residential, local, county, state and federal ordinances, regulations, and laws. Contact all entities with jurisdiction in your area. Be familiar with the law!




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