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How To Get Critters Out From Under Your Porch, Shed Or Deck
One of the situations in which people can find they come into contact with wild animals is if they actually move into the space under a porch, shed or deck. These locations will hold many attractions for skunks, foxes, groundhogs, and other animals, because it delivers a dark and secure space where they can build a nest relatively undisturbed. There are some signs that an unwanted critter may be present, but these signs can often be mistaken for a skunk or an opossum, which are also animals that like to use spaces such as these for their den.
Sometimes a raccoon will live not just in your attic, but under your porch or shed, so call us for Nashville raccoon removal and trapping if that's the case.
Investigating An Animal Under A Porch, Shed Or Deck
Probably the most important thing to note when you are dealing with an animal in a cavity under your home or an outbuilding is not to go crawling in there straight away. Whether the animal is a fox or another creature, they are likely to be very protective about their den, and can act unpredictably when confronted by a large presence approaching their den. The best way to identify the animal is by close observation and to see whether there are any signs of the animal itself.
Snakes can also live under a shed or porch, and we provide Nashville snake removal services. Our rat control and rodent trapping services also help keep snakes out from under your house.
Catching And Getting Rid Of The Nuisance Critters
One of the problems that is associated with getting rid of skunks, foxes, groundhogs, and other animals is that they are very difficult to get rid of, and there are very few situations in which animal repellents can be successful. For most people they will need to actually trap the fox and then remove the animal, or to dispose of the carcass if you are choosing to use a lethal trap.
Whichever option you choose in terms of the trap you choose, there are a few clear rules when it comes to setting your trap. It is vital to make sure that the trap is in a position where it is unlikely to catch a domestic pet. If you are dealing with the pest animal and you are intending to use a lethal trap, it would be wise to ensure that you are keeping your pets indoors, and you may want to let your neighbors know you are using such a trap too.
In terms of baiting a trap, whether it is a lethal or live cage trap, it may be worth considering pre-baiting the area in which you set the trap if it isn’t going to be near the wild critter’s exit point. This is where food is set out in a certain position for a day or two before the trap is set, as skunks, foxes, groundhogs, and other animals are creatures of habit who will return to the same place where they find food. They will usually be attracted to carrion, so a dead rabbit that is around a week old or something similar can work, although many people also have a lot of success using mackerel.
Check For Skunk, Fox, Groundhog Babies or Cubs
Once you have found and trapped an adult skunk, fox, or groundhog, you will need to check to see if it is female, and whether or not the teats are showing signs of feeding young foxes. If this is the case, then it is important to deal with the cubs as well, otherwise they can become a smelly problem if they die when under your porch shed or deck.
Taking Preventative Measures
Having removed the pest critter and any young from under your home or outbuilding, the next thing is to put measures in place to ensure that the foxes cannot get under the building again. This can be done by installing a wire mesh fence that will cover all of the spaces under porch, deck or shed, and then building up the dirt around this fence so that they cannot dig underneath either.
Other Nashville animal pest control topics:
How to Get Rid of Raccoons
Diseases from Wildlife
Should You Kill Snakes?
Dead Animal Removal
Biology of Tennessee little brown bat
Do Possums climb well?
Do squirrels bite?
We speciaize in bat removal - the Tennessee little brown bat has fur uniformly covering its body which is usually brown in color whereby the underneath fur is slightly pale with grayish fur. It has wing membranes
that are dark brown in color; the membranes are also stretched out and thin in length. It has very small ears that are black and short. It is smaller in size and therefore weighs less than half an ounce and the wingspan
is approximately eleven inches. An amazing fact about them is that the females are usually larger than the males. This Nashville-area bat lives in different roosting sites, ideally there are three common sites; day, night
and hibernation roosts. The day and night roosts are usually used during spring, fall and summer while the hibernation ones are usually used during the winter periods.
Middle Tennessee has a variety of wildlife, such as skunks, raccoons, squirrels, moles, bats, opossums, and even armadillos. We also have several snake species. If you encounter a conflict with any of these animals,
we can solve it. We also provide rodent control, including Nashville rat removal and mouse control services. We service all of Davidson County, Rutherford County, Williamson County, Sumner County, and surrounding
areas in this part of Tennessee. If in doubt about our range, call us and we will let you know if we can handle your wildlife issue. We often travel for certain types of critter removal jobs, such as Nashville bat
removal or Nashville bird removal projects. We work in downtown Nashville, as well as surrounding towns, such as Murfreesboro, Franklin, Hendersonville, Brentwood, Columbia, Gallatin, Hermitage, La Vergne, Lebanon,
Smyrna, Spring Hill, Dickson, Goodlettsville, Mount Juliet, Portland, Springfield, White House, and more.
We are ready to solve your Nashville wildlife removal issue!