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While the City of Coppell’s green spaces combined with continued economic development provide many benefits to its residents and visitors, it also means possible encounters with displaced wildlife. Residents and businesses near grassy and wooded areas, construction sites and easily accessible food and water sources are more prone to visits from these animals. Not only can these critters become a nuisance when they set up shop in attics and destroy property, some can carry disease. However, there are several measures residents can take to prevent unwanted guests in and around their homes and peacefully co-exist with area wildlife.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a three step Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up! method to avoid and control invasive wildlife:
Seal Up!Some animals, such as rodents, can enter homes through a hole as small as a nickel. Look for and seal up any holes or gaps indoors and outdoors including around windows, doors, pipes, the foundation, attic vents, roof rafters and eaves, between floor and wall joints and behind appliances. Small holes can be plugged with steel wool and secured with caulk, while larger gaps will require screening, metal sheeting or cement. Many professional pest control businesses also offer these services for a fee. If holes are not sealed, rodents and other wildlife will continue to find a way inside.
Trap Up!Setting up appropriately sized snap traps is recommended to control population if there is evidence of wildlife activity inside the home. Read instructions carefully before baiting and setting traps and place them vertically next to walls to form a “T” with the wall in areas where there is not regular human traffic such as attics and in lower cabinets.
Clean Up!Wildlife is attracted to trash, food and possible nesting areas such as tall grass and woodpiles. Store food, including pet food and animal feed, in sturdy containers with tight lids and always clean up spilled food immediately. Compost and trash bins should be kept away from the house and emptied frequently. Grass and bushes near the home need to be kept well-trimmed and piles of brush, leaves, hay and other possible nesting sites should be cleared.
Following these three simple steps can help prevent encounters with wildlife and protect you and your property from infestation, damage and disease.
Any questions about controlling nuisance wildlife can be directed to the City of Coppell Environmental Health Department at 972-462-5177.