How to keep wildlife from invading your space

As temperatures drop for the winter months, various species of wildlife will be looking for a place to seek shelter. They can cause unwanted problems if allowed to nest in your home. Raccoons, opossums, squirrels and bats have all become nuisances during the colder months of the year. They find easy entry into homes, garages or sheds and if you live in a rural area or your home is near woodlands or a park, you have a higher risk of encountering nuisance wildlife. There are plenty of steps you can take to reduce the risk that animals will set up camp in your territory.

Another cause for concern is the continued growth of the raccoon population in Ohio and the possibility of more disease-ridden animals because of it. The Ohio Department of Wildlife believes raccoons have become more tolerant of people as we encroach further into their habitat. This has forced the animals to find shelter in places like under porches and homes and in sheds and attics.

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Control wildlife to prevent home damage

As winter quickly approaches, there is a variety of wildlife looking for a warm place to wait out the cold. The same creatures we consider cute and cuddly during the spring can become a nightmare if they nest in our home in the winter.

Rodents are one of the most common types of nuisance wildlife we encounter in our homes during the Ohio winter. As we continue to encroach on their natural habitat a larger group of wildlife has quickly become a problem. Raccoon, opossum, squirrel and bats have all become uninvited winter residents that found easy entry into a home, garage or shed. The damage these types of wildlife can do to your home can be expensive to repair.

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Summary: Raccoons, opossums, squirrels and bats have all become nuisances during the colder months of the year. They find easy entry into homes, garages or sheds and if you live in a rural area, you have a higher risk of encountering nuisance wildlife.

Rabies concerns increase as raccoon population grows

The population of raccoons in the urban and suburban areas of Cuyahoga and Summit Counties seem to be increasing and along with that comes growing concerns about the diseases the animals can transmit.

Nuisance trappers across Summit County say they are very busy keeping up with calls to remove raccoons from homes.

The department believes raccoons have become more tolerant of human beings as construction continues to eliminate some of their natural habitat and forces them to live under porches, under homes, in attics and in sheds. Read more

Summary: The raccoon population in Ohio has continued to grow causing concern for the possibility of more disease-ridden animals in the area. The Ohio Department of Wildlife believes raccoons have become more tolerant of people as we encroach further into their habitat.

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