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Henry Extension hosting seminar on nuisance animals

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Residents with squirrels in their attics, or opossums in their yards, will soon have a chance to learn how to properly remove them.

The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office in McDonough, at 97 Lake Dow Road, will host a Lunch and Learn seminar Tuesday at 12 p.m. The topic of the seminar will be nuisance-wildlife control.

Frank Hancock, the Henry Extension's agriculture and natural resource agent, said it is a common occurrence for area residents to deal with certain animals in and around their homes.

"We get calls all the time from people saying they have bats and squirrels in their attic, armadillos digging up their front yard and deer eating their flowers," he said.

Other creatures which often find their way to a yard or house, Hancock added, include chipmunks, snakes, beavers and opossums.

Steve Nail and Robert Hood, co-owners of Animal Control Experts in Hampton, will instruct seminar participants on what to do if they find such animals in their yards. Nail said there is "abundant wildlife that becomes a nuisance."

"They move into homes and businesses to get a sense of security, to get out of the weather and to give birth," he said.

Nail described some animals as a greater nuisance to the public in March and April. Those animals, according to him, include raccoons, skunks and armadillos.

"That's their baby season," said Nail.

He said his company removes animals such as birds, beavers, moles, rats, mice, turtles, snakes and "stinging insects" from yards and homes.

Hancock said the Lunch and Learn is an educational seminar only, and not an attempt to endorse Animal Control Experts. For more details, call the Extension Office at (770) 288-8421.