Numerous small mammals often occupy the same niche as humans. Squirrels, raccoons and other small animals can be an enjoyable part of our environment. They are a great source of pleasure as they are watched and photographed. However, when these animals invade our homes, damage structures and eat or destroy our gardens and landscapes, they then become pests.
Small mammals can transmit certain diseases to humans and can be a health threat to homeowners and to pest control operators who attempt to control them.