Condo Media - September 2013 - (Page 24)

PESTS THE Negating Nuisances How to Deal with Nuisance Wildlife Pests in Condos F or condos, cooperatives, and homeowner associations, employing a year-round pest management program is a wise investment to help reduce the risk of pest concerns and damage that can threaten property. Year-round pest management programs incorporate proactive steps and best practices for ongoing pest protection and peace of mind. If you or your association is not currently working with a pest management company, now is the time to consider one as you begin your fall and winter maintenance projects. The obvious indoor pests to worry about at this time of year include mice, cluster flies, and spiders, but another important — often overlooked — pest category is nuisance wildlife. You may encounter some common wildlife animals this fall and winter, so it’s good to be familiar with their habits, the types of wildlife services available, and what to look for in a pest management company. Many wildlife animals are particularly busy in the fall as they prepare for hibernation. When the temperatures drop, nuisance wildlife start looking for harborage and these critters may 24 Condo Media • September 2013 seek shelter inside. The warm, cozy attics, ceilings, and crawl spaces of your condo provide an ideal environment where pests can thrive and even multiply. Nuisance Wildlife Basics Nuisance wildlife such as bats, raccoons, flying squirrels, and birds are not only difficult to deal with, they can cause extensive property damage and serious health issues in your condo. Nuisance wildlife can cause all kinds of problems: It’s common for them to soil or tear up insulation or other building materials; chew through electrical wiring; clog chimneys, drains, vents, and air ducts; build nests in soffit areas, insulation, and wall voids; urinate or defecate on any surface; store food; and produce noise disturbances and unpleasant odors. If that isn’t bad enough, nuisance wildlife can also spread parasites such as mites, fleas, and ticks and transfer potentially harmful diseases such as raccoon roundworm (found in feces), histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, rabies, leptospirosis, and salmonella. For additional information about wildlife-related diseases, please refer to the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bats and Guano Among all the bat species known, the little brown bat is most commonly

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Condo Media - September 2013
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Condo Media - September 2013