Wildlife damage prevention can be synonymous with exclusion repairs, but prevention implies action before damage occurs and exclusion repairs are usually after the fact. In other words, if you anticipate possible wildlife damage or have a history of damage in the past, prevention steps can often mitigate the problem before it happens. In wildlife damage control, often “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Wildlife damage prevention is a broad subject with many applications because the definition of wildlife damage is broad and rather subjective. Wildlife damage means anything done by a wildlife species that causes human injury/illness, property damage, economic loss, or even loss of quality of life or well-being. However, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife policy states that the presence of wildlife does not constitute damage. Something more negative has to occur to be considered damage.
The many forms of prevention include: 1) eliminating anything that attracts wildlife (food, water, cover/shelter), 2) action that discourages wildlife (frightening methods, various repellents, obstructions), and 3) steps that prevent wildlife access (primarily permanent barriers). Examples of these measures are too many to list here. In some situations prevention is not practical or cost-effective, but in most cases some level of prevention can be achieved. We have a broad range of experience implementing prevention measures.
If you would like more information on wildlife damage prevention or need advice or help, call us at 719-636-1014 for an assessment and prices.