Sunday, May 30, 2021

R.E.P.E.L. Nuisance Wildlife

skunkSpring time can coincide with an increase in conflicts between people and wildlife. Woodchucks in the garden, squirrels or other critters in the attic, bears at the bird feeders and skunks under the shed are but a few of the problems people may encounter. The best way to reduce common wildlife issues is by eliminating access to food, water, and shelter.

Tips to help you REPEL or prevent and control problems with wild animals:

  • Remove food sources – do not feed wildlife, remove all feeders and suet in the spring and summer, secure or remove garbage immediately and wait until the day of trash pick-up to bring outside, and feed pets indoors.
  • Eliminate cover and shelter close to homes and buildings – get rid of piles of brush, logs, and junk, and stash firewood away from your house or other buildings; mow tall grass near houses or other buildings.
  • Put up barriers – use chimney covers and soffit vents, fence in areas such as gardens and underneath decks, and seal entry holes that lead into the house.
  • Excite or agitate – use visual repellents such as scarecrows or lights, create noise by yelling or using noisemakers (be sure to check noise ordinances in your area).
  • Legally remove or “take” – contact a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator (NWCO) to remove problem wildlife from your property or remove or “take” nuisance animals on your own in accordance to New York State laws and regulations. Visit our website for more information on what species may legally be taken and under what conditions you may do so.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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