Wildlife is a gorgeous part of nature and the wonderful outdoors. However, it is a safe bet to assume that most people want wild animals to remain outdoors rather than in their homes. This article covers how to prevent wildlife from entering a residential structure and also discusses what to do if an animal pest has already found its way into a home.
First and foremost, it is important to identify all the major points of entry which exist in most houses. Doing so will provide a checklist for examining a residence to ensure there are no vulnerable places on the home’s exterior.
The Chimney – many wildlife pests can get your home through the chimney and most creatures will get trapped in the chimney if they don’t escape through the fireplace. In actuality, only Raccoons and Bats can get out of chimneys once they enter from the top. Even if pests can not access a home through the fireplace, more often than not, the animal will die within the chimney. A simple solution to keep animals from chimneys is to install a chimney cap on top. These caps allow smoke to exit the stack while preventing any wildlife from entering.
Attics – The attic is probably the most noted area in a house for bigger, wildlife pests to take up shelter. Also make sure to look at the intersecting point of roofing and trim for damage and be sure the screening over exhaust vents is undamaged. It’s extremely common for larger animal pests to break right through those displays.
Roofs & Siding – Use a ladder to get close enough for proper inspection of a home’s siding and roof. It is 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 notice wear and tear.
These are the most common locations on a residential home where wildlife pests get the inside of a home. Assessing for access points isn’t the only examining that needs to be done.
Any openings discovered must be analyzed for wildlife activity by blocking the hole with a few loose material which can be pushed out such as paper towels. If three days go by with no paper towels being pushed aside, there is probably no wildlife that gained access through the holes. A hole should not be blocked or repaired until no existence of pests has been established. Also check for animal droppings and chewing gum marks on wood, drywall or other structural materials.
After wildlife pests find their way into a house, the worst response a homeowner can make would be to fix the entry points. Doing so will prevent the creature from being able to leave and this presents many issues that are counterproductive to the ultimate goal of getting the wildlife back into the wild.
Approaching wildlife pests found in homes should be performed with extreme care. Animals in the wild are carriers of disease, many of which can be very harmful to humans. Also, animals often utilize shelter in homes to provide a safe location to give birth to young. Wildlife pests are more prone to behaving aggressively when they have young to protect.
For these reasons, Pests should be trapped and removed from houses by professional wildlife control private. Besides local government services, there are lots of private business establishments which specialize in the removal of wildlife pests.
I hope this article is helpful and provides the essential information to prevent, identify with and eliminate wildlife pests located in residential establishments. For more information, review your local government sites regarding wildlife and/or get in touch with a Centurian Wildlife for aid.