If you’ve ever laid awake one early morning or late at night in the silence of your home and heard unfamiliar scratching noises coming from above or something scurrying through the wall, then you know what having wildlife in your home can feel like.
It’s more than just an invasion of your privacy, it can also be dangerous. The amount of excrement left behind from some critters can be dangerous to your respiratory health and chewing through wood or wires can lead to home fires.
For this and a slew of other reasons, it’s important to remove wildlife that’s decided to take up habitation somewhere in your home.
The best and safest way to get this done is to call on a humane wildlife removal service. They will come out to your property, locate the issue and take the critter with them if needed then relocate or handle them in the most humane way possible. They’ll also help you to figure out where those animals are gaining access and seal it off so their friends don’t try to enter right after they’ve been evicted.
Here are 3 critical access points critters will use to enter your home.
Holes & Cracks On the Exterior
Not only do holes and cracks in your home’s foundation or siding look bad and lessen curb appeal, but they are also the easiest way for critters to get inside. Many smaller creatures can work their way into the smallest openings so it’s important to seal and repair holes and cracks as soon as you spot them.
Another common entry point for animals is your roof. They could try coming in through the chimney – so make sure that’s sealed – but they also can enter through cracks in your shingles or gaps in the gutter. Again, only a small opening is required for many different species to get in. Have a professional climb on to your roof to do an inspection for any potential areas.
Not many people think about this last concept but it’s an important one to consider. If you have large trees around your home and there are giant branches that overhang over your home you might be creating a welcome entryway for critters. The branches act like a bridge leading them right to their new lodgings. Have a tree trimming company come out and trim back anything that overhangs on top of the house.