Are wild hogs known to enter homes or yards?
Though wild hogs have not historically invaded residential areas, they have been increasingly more of a nuisance in residential neighborhoods. Wild hogs also forage on crop fields and devastate yearly yields for farmers. Despite the fact that they rarely live or search for food on residential property, wild hogs still pose a threat to humans.
Do wild hogs harm people or property?
Feral swine cause an estimated $1.5 billion in damages annually across the nation. Their rooting and foraging behaviors expose bare soil, disrupt fields of vegetation, and contribute to soil erosion. Their diet puts them in competition with other species of wildlife, like black bears and mule deer. Wild boars are also pests of farmland and consume crops while spreading diseases to livestock.
Additionally, wild hogs host over 35 types of parasites that threaten the health of humans, livestock, and native wildlife. They also carry five waterborne pathogens that can be transferred to humans. E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella, cryptosporidium, and giardia all compromise the water quality in areas where wild hogs are present.
Control and Safety
Since they are strong and intelligent, wild hogs are hard to control. The main method of exclusion involves putting up fences around properties. However, this is often expensive, time-consuming, and not necessarily effective as feral swine are strong enough to uproot fencing.
Trapping and Removal
Exclusion methods are only sparingly effective, and the best way to eradicate problematic populations of wild boars is trapping. Given their girth and resourcefulness, wild hogs can be dangerous to people who approach the animals without formal training. DO NOT attempt to deal with wild hogs yourself. The wildlife technicians at Critter Control of Kansas City have the ability to capture the pigs in a safe and humane manner.
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