Every congregation gladly welcomes visitors and goes out of its way to make them feel at home. Unfortunately, many churches may be unintentionally drawing a whole different set of guests that most certainly are not welcome—visitors with wings, claws, teeth, and fur.
Sooner or later, most churches will have to deal with wildlife. Many churches mistakenly think animal control is a minor matter. Not so, according to Stephen Vantassel, project coordinator for the University of Nebraska—Lincoln's Internet Center for Wildlife Damage Management.
Vantassel says there are three main reasons wildlife control deserves constant attention: health, public relations, and property damage.
"There are a number of things that churches can do to prevent and reduce the likelihood of ever having a problem like this. But it does take effort and it takes people being aware of issues that are occurring with their building," Vantassel says. "The prevention here is worth a pound of cure, in a very big way."