How To Prevent Intrusion from Coyotes

While most Phoenix residents are concerned about bed bugs or cockroaches, there are larger pests that simple home pest control techniques can’t resolve. Large pests, like coyotes, are usually perceived as being more threatening, mostly due to their size, than small insects, like bed bugs, the reality is they are not the largest problem for Phoenix pest control issues. The threat can be very real, but Phoenix residents shouldn’t be alarmed. Large pests should be handled with caution, not panic, and with the right knowledge you’ll be equipped to handle the situation when you’re faced with the problem.

Coyotes have enjoyed a wide territory throughout parts of North America, Mexico, and Central America for centuries. The ancestors of coyotes diverged from their gray wolf relatives one to two million years ago, and although much smaller than their genetic cousins, have been honored for their savvy cleverness and ferocity for years by indigenous people.

Native American folklore is chock full of stories about coyotes. Usually portrayed as a trickster in ancient fables, the coyote generally acts as a rogue hero who relies heavily on deception. Some scholars have even traced the Aztec snake-god Quetzalcoatl to a pre-Aztec coyote deity. Only after Europeans began to colonize and farm the Americas did the coyote’s image deteriorate into the more traditional pest it is viewed as today.

Adult coyotes range anywhere from 20 to 24 inches in height and can weigh up to 45 pounds when fully matured. As apex predators, adults have keen vision, a very strong sense of smell, and can run at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. They are known to be solitary animals but will also hunt and live in packs depending on the circumstances. Their geographical terrain varies widely including open prairies, deserts, temperate forests, and even mountains. Human expansion into traditional wildlife refuges have forced some coyotes to seek alternate food sources, even venturing into urban areas.

One of the most impressive aspects of the coyote is its omnivorous diet. Coyotes enjoy a variety of insects, fruit, and grass, but also small game such as rodents, frogs, snakes, fish, rabbits, chickens, and household pets that are left unattended. Coyotes are also notorious for hunting much larger game such as deer, lambs, folds, and calves. The results of such hunts often bringing them in direct conflict with their human neighbors.

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Because of their predatory nature, coyotes can often be a dangerous pest that people are ill-equipped to handle on their own. While you wouldn’t expect to see a coyote in the city, as people have expanded their living area coyotes have become more likely to enter into suburban and urban areas in search of food. This is particularly the case in areas of the Southwest, like the Phoenix Valley. Like any nuisance, however, they can be controlled and contained with the right professional help and that is where Green Home Pest Control can help. Basic EcoSMART solutions to dealing with coyote problems can include, but are not limited to:

• Eliminating the coyote’s food source
• Maintaining an environment free of brush cover or high, unkempt grass
• Trap and release into alternative areas

Our trained professionals understand the importance of keeping you and your family safe while also protecting the environment. That is why we pride ourselves on our EcoSMART techniques for pest solutions that avoid the use of harsh chemicals as deterrents. We truly believe this gives us a market edge by providing superior performance while still minimizing your exposure to toxic chemicals.


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