Our planet needs all kinds of wildlife to survive, but when those of the pesky sort make their way into your neighborhood, it can mean mass chaos for your HOA residents. From plummeting property values to neighborhood-wide unease, even a single family of unwanted house guests can prove quite troublesome, to say the least. Also, when animals aren’t in their natural ecosystems and eating their natural food sources, they can become ill, not to mention disrupt nature’s fragile balance.
It’s therefore crucial that your HOA management team knows how to coexist with the nature surrounding your neighborhood—humanely and harmoniously.
Prevention Is the Best Medicine
Old sayings are old sayings for a reason! Indeed, when it comes to keeping animals safely out of your neighborhood, the number one thing you can do is prevent it from becoming of interest to them in the first place. This means removing and minimizing potential food sources and nesting sites.
● Keep amenities and homes well-maintained and without exterior holes
● Make sure your trash pickup company is doing their jobs on-time
● Empty park trash cans regularly
● Trim back trees near homes and community buildings—they can serve as critter highways
● Use deer-proof fencing around valuable and vulnerable landscaping
● Invest in a few cheap fake predators—owls, hawks, coyotes, etc—to ward off sparrows and waterfowl
When you faithfully practice all of the above, you’ll minimize your neighborhood’s run-ins with wildlife. But what if you already have a problem?
Dealing With Wildlife Compassionately
It’s important to remember that wild animals aren’t out to harm your neighborhood; they’re just trying to survive with the space and resources available to them. Take as humane an approach as you can and encourage them to move to greener pastures.
Contact Your Pest Control Vendor
They’ll be able to provide situation-specific wildlife control solutions, as well as point out any architectural features that are contributing to your issue. Make sure that your residents are on-board with any relocation or eradication technique you plan to use.
Follow Local Laws
It’s wise to contact your local DNR or the equivalent organization, or to at least look at their regulations, before beginning any wildlife-removing endeavor. Many states and cities have laws in place about handling a wild animal problem—some, for example, may restrict what methods you use to do so.
These laws are in place to ensure the safety and respect of animals and humans alike, so follow them to the letter.
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