Foxes are creeping around your backyard, the birds are singing boisterously, and snakes are slithering across the sidewalks. While we might think that the increase in animal sightings is cause for concern, in reality, the numbers aren’t that much higher than average. While coronavirus has forced most Americans into their homes, it’s also changing how we see and interact with the world. There is a range of reasons why we’re seeing more COVID wildlife.
Why You’re Seeing More COVID Wildlife
Because more restaurants are closed and the dumpsters that are usually stuffed to the brim now lie empty, many animals may be venturing into residential neighborhoods for food. Perhaps, with more restaurants now open, the animals will soon slink back to their dens.
Another reason that you may be seeing more COVID wildlife is that there are fewer animals around. The old statement that most animals fear us more than we fear them. However, when we go back to our homes because of lock-downs, stay at home orders, and lack of employment, the fear that we inspire in our furry and scaly friends goes with us. With fewer humans around, they don’t have to be afraid of us while gathering what they need. As a result, they may be more willing to go out into the daylight.
That said, not every creature fears the human race. Many birds appeared even before COVID-19. They seem to trust humans. However, we may be noticing their sweet songs more often during this challenging time is because there’s less noise pollution. Because fewer people are driving on the roads, there are also fewer honking horns, people shouting, and excessive noise in general. As a result, the birdsongs are more able to break through the daily hustle and bustle.
Finally, one of the critical reasons that you’re seeing and hearing more COVID wildlife is that we are taking the time to stop and smell the roses. Or, in this case, looking for wildlife. Because many of us are stuck inside for most of the day, we’re looking out the window and witnessing the birds in flight or the squirrels hoarding nuts for the winter.
What To Do If You See COVID Wildlife
Many people who are now witnessing an increase in wildlife in their neighborhoods wonder what they should do. One essential step to take is to give them their space. Please don’t try to feed the wildlife or touch the animals. These actions could be dangerous for both you and the creatures. Trying to feed the animals may make them sick or cause them to become dependent on humans, risking their survival. Conversely, many creatures lash out when they’re frightened, so when you try to touch them, they may scratch or bite you.
However, while it’s vital to keep your distance from the woodland creatures, that doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate the newfound wildlife. Right now is an excellent time to go for a walk in the woods and try to see birds or deer. Doing so can keep your body healthy and give you a new appreciation for wildlife.
Seek Wildlife Control Services at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control
From time to time, COVID wildlife can be more of an annoyance than a spectacle. In such cases, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to help. We offer a variety of animal control services, including:
- Rodent removal services
- Bat removal services
- Snake removal services
- Fox removal services
- Raccoon removal services