Every home has pests sooner or later, particularly if the home is located near wooded areas. Animal infestation – and the subsequent removal of the animals – can be an expensive, upsetting and time-consuming process. If you’ve had animals in your home in the past, be sure to ensure that it’s not so easy for unwanted visitors to move in in the future.
How Do I Animal-Proof My Home?
Wild animals looking for a warm, dry place to shelter and raise a family will be looking for the easiest access to your home. This might be through attic windows or unsecured vents, chimneys, deteriorated trim and fascia boards, or through small gaps caused by damage in your roof. If they can’t find a way in, they’ll often chew one. Most animals that would invade our homes are resourceful, persistent and have very sharp teeth. While you may not be keeping a careful eye on any damage to your home that could admit wildlife, chances are good the wildlife IS keeping a close eye.
Have Your Home Assessed
The Humane Society recommends that all homeowners assess the condition of their residences at least once a year to keep wildlife intrusions and other problems at bay. (Look not only at the roof and attic but also your home’s foundation, as well.) It’s worth a look not only to prevent animal invasions but hole and gaps can let heat escape and rain come in, which will cost you money in the long run.
“Combine your fall and spring exterior tasks like gutter cleaning, limb-trimming and weatherizing with a comprehensive inspection in which you view your house through the eyes of the wildlife around you,” according to the Humane Society. “Are there cracks that an animal as small as a mouse might be able to squeeze through?”
What Should I Look For?
Look specifically at the places where different types of building materials come together. This might include window wells, dryer exhaust vents, thresholds and gaps in brick or siding. All of these could be creating possible entryways for mice, squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats and more. Holes smaller than a few inches can be caulked, covered with mesh or filled with expandable foam. Any larger openings will need the attention of a professional to restore the section of the home to original condition.
Call a Professional
In Connecticut, professional pest removal company Anderson Wildlife can evaluate your home for animal infestation, remove the unwanted animals, fix any damage and prevent pests from getting back into your home, garage, shed or any other place animals might be accessing.