Wildlife is a gorgeous part of nature and the wonderful outdoors. However, it’s a safe bet to assume that most people want wild animals to stay outdoors rather than in their houses.
First and foremost, it’s important to identify all the major points of entry that exist in most homes. Doing so will provide a checklist for analyzing a residence to make sure that there are no vulnerable places on the home’s exterior.
The Chimney – most wildlife pests can get your home through the chimney and many animals will get trapped in the chimney if they don’t escape through the fireplace. In fact, just Raccoons and Bats can get out of chimneys once they enter from the top. Even if pests can’t access a house through the fireplace, more frequently than not, the animal will die within the chimney. A simple solution to keep animals out of chimneys would be to install a chimney cap at the top. These caps permit smoke to exit the stack while preventing any wildlife from entering.
Attics – The loft is most likely the most noted area in a house for larger, wildlife pests to take up shelter. Check for holes in the attic walls by tuning off lights inside during daylight and seeing if any light from outside is shinning in. Also be sure to look at the intersecting point of roofing and trim for damage and be sure that the screening over exhaust vents is intact. It’s very common for larger animal pests to break right through those screens.
Roofs & Siding – Use a ladder to get close enough for proper review of a home’s roof and siding. It’s most often that damage to your homes exterior happens closer to the top of your home’s siding near the roof because this is where homeowners least notice wear and tear.
These are the most frequent locations on a residential home where wildlife pests get the interior of a home. Checking for access points isn’t the only examining that should be carried out.
Any openings discovered must be analyzed for wildlife activity by blocking the hole with some loose material that may be pushed out such as paper towels. If three days go by with no paper towels being pushed apart, there’s probably no wildlife that gained access through the holes. A hole should not be blocked or repaired until no presence of pests was established. Also check for animal droppings and chewing marks on wood, drywall or other structural materials.
After wildlife pests find their way into a residence, the worst answer a homeowner can make would be to repair the entry points. Doing this will prevent the animal from being able to leave and this presents many issues that are counterproductive to the ultimate aim of finding the wildlife back into the wild.
Approaching wildlife pests found in houses should be done with extreme care. Animals in the wild are carriers of disease, many of which can be quite harmful to humans. Also, animals often utilize shelter in homes to provide a safe place to give birth to young. Wildlife pests are more vulnerable to acting aggressively when they have young to protect.
For these reasons, Pests should be trapped and removed from homes by professional wildlife control personal. In addition to local government agencies, there are lots of private business establishments that specialize in the removal of wildlife pests.
I hope this article is helpful and provides the necessary information to prevent, identify and eliminate wildlife pests found in residential establishments. To find out more, review your community government websites regarding wildlife and/or contact Centurian Services for aid.