When an unexpected visitor enters your home, there are many ways to react. Unless you have had professional training, you may make some typical mistakes when removing animals.
Here are some common mistakes many homeowners make while attempting nuisance animal removal.
About our professional removal process
At Backyard Wildlife Solutions, we find trapping to be the most effective method of removal for most animals. Furthermore, all of our traps and methods are approved by the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. We also use proper equipment and techniques during clean-up to prevent the spread of bacteria and disease. During repair, we use a practical approach that includes matching materials to your home’s aesthetic.
Overall, DIY methods of animal removal can be dangerous. Feel free to call us or use our contact form to receive assistance from a licensed wildlife technician.
One disease that horse owners in North America (particularly on the east coast) should be aware of is EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis).
EPM is a neurological disease that is often difficult to diagnose due to varying symptoms. Moreover, it is important that owners are aware of the disease as it can be fatal if it goes untreated.
Furthermore, this particular parasite attacks the brain and spinal cord. Ultimately, it causes devastating and long-lasting damage to the nervous system.
Luckily, Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis is treatable and horses recover well if it is treated promptly. Additionally, most horses show improvement after a few weeks of treatment.
How is EPM Contracted?
The primary cause of EPM is opossum droppings. Furthermore, horses contract the disease from eating contaminated feed or grazing.
What are the symptoms?
EPM presents itself subtly or severely. It can present symptoms similar to several other neurological diseases in horses. Common symptoms shown are:
Changes in gait, lameness
Problems balancing with lifted hoof
Incoordination (worsens going up or down slopes)
Muscle atrophy, usually over shoulders
Paralysis of muscles of the eyes, face, or mouth, evident by drooping eyes, ears, or lips.
Trouble swallowing, dropping feed.
Leaning on a wall for balance
Loss of sensation along the face, neck, or body.
A drooping lip or repeated facial twitch
Change in vision
Dropped feed or trouble swallowing
Changes in behavior, including throwing the rider
How is EPM prevented?
As there are no preventable vaccines for EPM, the most effective preventative measure is to keep opossums away from horses and their feed. Ultimately, we recommend keeping feed covered when not in use and removing any garbage as soon as possible.
If you have a problem with opossums on your property, particularly if they pose a threat to your horse’s safety, don’t hesitate to call us for professional opossum removal.