Mink will sometimes kill domestic poultry at homes and on farms by biting them through the skull or neck. They are also known to attack ducks, rabbits, and muskrats. Mink do not gnaw or burrow, but they will use burrows and chewed openings made by rats. Mink love to hunt for sport and will kill way more than what they need to survive. They will even neatly pile up the carcasses after a killing spree.
The Health Risks
Mink carry fleas, ticks, and lice, which can spread diseases like Lyme and tularemia to humans and pets. Lyme causes nerve pain, stiffness, and inflammation of the brain or spinal cord. Tularemia causes swollen lymph nodes and ulcers.
The Modern Solution for Mink Control
A Wildlife Team member will determine if you have a mink issue from observing the affected area. If there have been poultry killed in their distinctive way and stacked up, it’s most likely mink. Since mink pose the biggest problem to domestic poultry, a Wildlife Team member will concentrate on excluding the animals from barns, coops, and other enclosures by sealing up any access points with wire mesh. Mink can also be trapped and removed from the area.
When you partner with Modern Pest Services, you’ll never have to worry about a pest, rodent or wildlife issue again!
Will My Homeowners Insurance Cover Wildlife Damage?
Since every homeowners insurance policy is different, it’s important to talk with your agent and find out exactly what is covered by yours.
Most standard home and mobile home insurance policies will cover damage to your home by a wild animal if the animal is not a rodent. Some common nuisance rodents are mice, rats, chipmunks, flying and ground squirrels, groundhogs, and porcupines. Bats, birds, raccoons, and weasels are not rodents, and are often covered.
Usually, the damage must have occurred in a single, identifiable event. If it occurred over a gradual period and preventable action could have been taken, it might not be covered.
When you’re shopping for a policy, talk with an agent about possible wildlife damage scenarios you could face. They will be able to inform you on whether the policy offers coverage in each scenario.