As the human population is constantly expanding and we are requiring more and more land to suit our own needs, it’s important to remember that we are imposing ourselves on other creatures’ natural habitats. When we construct houses, commercial properties, schools, and other institutions, we are building on land that was inevitably occupied by another creature until we turned up. So, it’s important that we learn to live side by side with these creatures and are considerate of their needs as well as our own.
The animals that we label “pests” tend to actually just be the creatures that have adapted to living amongst humans the most effectively. They are creatures who haven’t fled from our communities, but have learnt to live amongst us. Now, this can create difficulties, as human homes and wild animals don’t tend to gel perfectly. We don’t want feces left on our land or in our homes. We don’t want animals digging holes in our freshly laid turf. We don’t want animals stepping within our properties. So, how can we strike a balance? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you along the way.
Most creatures just cause a “nuisance”. They do things we don’t agree with but they’re not actively causing us injury or damage. However, there are certain creatures which will literally eat you out of house and home given the opportunity. Take termites as an example. While these are sentient creatures, they won’t move on from your property of their own free will, as they have a fairly consistent supply of food – your walls, your furniture, your floors, your beams… the list goes on. In extreme cases, you may have to call intermite control, who will eradicate the termites and put an end to your problems.
Seal Your Property
Animals need some route into your property in order to make an appearance within your four walls. So, take time and effort to scan your home for any cracks, holes, or other potential entrances to your home from the outdoors. You should seal these as soon as possible. This will prevent animals from getting in the first place. Just remember that for the sake of food, some creatures will squeeze through gaps much smaller than you’d imagine they’d be able to, so be vigilant with your checks.
Seal Food Away
Wild animals tend to actively avoid people. So what brings them quite literally into our homes? The answer? Nine times out of ten it will be food. As we encroach on animals’ natural habitats, the food chain is affected and they may not be able to source as much food in the wild as they used to. Instead, they are likely to turn to readily available food within your property. So, make sure everything is put away and carefully sealed. If they can’t access the food, they’ll take their search elsewhere.
These are just a few steps towards keeping so-called pests out of your property. Though animal presence can be irritating, remember to try to be as kind as possible at all times. At the end of the day, they’re only trying to survive!