How To Remove A Wild Animal Inside Your House
Most of the time, when people have a wild animal in their home, it will be in the attic or sometimes within the walls. There are times, however, when the animal will actually be inside a room in your home, whether that is the living room, kitchen, or a bedroom. It is possible to get the animal out of your home by yourself if you know what you are doing, but sometimes you may need to hire a professional to help. Remember that the animal is probably lost and confused and wants to get out as much as you want it to, which can sometimes make the process easier.
Ushering It Outside
The very first method to try when there's an animal in your home is to usher it outside. To do this, take any pets and humans out of the room where the animal is. Close all doors between that room and other areas of the home. Open the windows (and doors if applicable) that lead outside. Leave the room and wait for the animal to leave by itself. If the wild animal is in a room without windows, then set up a path to the exit by closing all doors in your home except those between it and the exit. If the animal is not following the path, put on gloves and thick clothes and hold up a blanket to shoo it in the right direction and guide the animal towards the door.
Depending on the supplies you have on hand and the animal in question, you could try using a snare pool to get the animal out of your home if ushering it outside doesn't work. Keep in mind, however, that this method involves a great deal of coordination so if you don't have experience with it, you are unlikely to succeed. If you are well coordinated and happen to have a snare pole on hand, however, you can catch the animal with the pole, use it to guide the animal outside, and then release it.
Netting is another method of trapping the wild animal to remove it outside and this involves a bit less coordination than snare poles. When using a net, you must be very careful not to come into contact with the animal as this increases your risk of contracting a disease. You should also avoid getting too close as you don't want to be bitten or scratched. While trapping the animal with netting and releasing it outside can sometimes work, this is not a foolproof method and like snare poles, is more likely to work if you have experience catching animals like this or a great deal of coordination.
If the wild animal is on top of a surface, such as a table or the floor, you can try catching it with a blanket or towel. Most people find this easier than using a snare pole or netting and it is more likely that you will have a blanket or towel on hand. To do this, put on a pair of heavy gloves to protect yourself from scratches. Hold the blanket or towel in front of you so the animal can't see you and slowly approach. When you get close enough, drop the blanket quickly on the animal, then roll it up. Be sure not to roll the towel too tightly or push on it too hard as this could squeeze or injure the animal. Simply take bring the towel-wrapped animal outside and release it.
Using A Box
Depending on the size and speed of the animal, you may also be able to catch it using a box. You can place the box on top of the animal when it is on a flat surface, and then slide a piece of paper underneath to trap them inside. Because you would use paper, this method works best with birds or other small, lightweight animals.
Another option for removing a wild animal inside your house is to set a humane, live trap. Select an item that the animal will like as bait based on the species, such as peanut butter. Leave the trap and the animal alone for a little bit and check back to see if it is trapped. Once it is, take the trap outside and release the animal. Before using traps, check your local regulations as some areas place trapping restrictions on particular species.
Calling A Professional
If you have tried the above methods and they didn't work or you don't have the proper materials on hand, you can contact a professional to help you remove the wild animal. They will have the necessary skills to catch the animal with a net or snare pole, or have the proper live trap to catch the animal in question. Hiring a professional will help you remove the animal more quickly, reducing the damage to your home and your risk of injury. The professional can also help you figure out how the animal got in your home in the first place so you can prevent re-entry.
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