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Real Estate and Nuisance Animals / Pests

If we take out the likes of neighbouring property owner nuisances such as barking dogs or smelly chicken pens (many law suits take place re these each years) and focus on those uninvited animals effecting our property then below is some interesting reading for you.

Each year thousands of animals engage with our property from ants to alligators. Depending where we live in the world, if we are urban rural or enjoying a beach side location, we can experience pests such as insects and rodents.

Most times we will be able to go down to the local hardware store to get some proven remedies such as sprays, powders, poison and traps. Usually we are able to deal with the infestation ourselves especially if we catch things early and haven't huge volumes to deal with. From boiling water on ant nests to a block on cheese on the mouse trap, simple solutions work wonders.

We also have the local services of pest control from national agencies to local trades people who can help when matters have gotten beyond control or when all the well usual solutions have not worked and infestation persists. Some of these services might be required by law for removal or certain species of animals including the likes of bats: they are a protected species under The Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 and it is an offence to interfere with them, the living place and their entry to it.

Though most households will have a variety of uninvited animal guests such as spiders, moths, fleas, flies etc these will not generally be in sufficient numbers to be classed as pests. Common pests that we see in real estate / gardens are and usually require direct actions / treatment in order to rid of them are:

  • Ants

  • Earwigs

  • Moles

  • Mice

  • Rats

  • Bees / Wasps

  • Woodworm

  • Woodlice

  • Pigeons

  • Seagulls

  • Bats

  • Certain larger animals including grey & red squirrels / badgers / foxes

Most times it is a fleeting appearance and simple actions can stop the pests from entering your garden / property. For instance the likes of nocturnal animals such as foxes and badgers will be tempted by food left outside so correct storage with secure lids for waste is advised. Sometimes small works on the house will be required such as spikes on certain roof internal angles to avoid nesting larger birds (seagulls and pigeons).

Sometimes there are the more dangerous pest to rid off such as wasps or bees where careful action needs to take place in order to successfully remove them and prevent them from returning. Many reports online show people having died from wasp and bee stings (Australia: Hornets, wasps and bees have caused 27 deaths over the past 13 years).

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