Many of us don’t mind having animals nearby and sharing our environment with them. None of us want them in our homes though. Wild animals need to be left wild, not allowed to move into our homes.
Animals in your home can create all kinds of problems, from squirrels chewing electrical wires to raccoons and bats leaving behind disease ridden feces. You can also expose you and your pets to rabies and other hazards.
Getting an animal out of your home can be done, but it is challenging, stressful and an unwanted expense. Cleaning up after an animal in your attic can be hazardous.
Your best option is to keep them out of your home in the first place.
Where animals enter home
- Attic exhaust opening
- Attic & soffit vents
- Pet doors
- Window wells
- Basement or foundation
- Decks & porches
- Roof corners
- Roof and shingles
- Overhanging trees
- Holes around pipes
- Weather stripping
- Where to materials meet
Common points animals enter the home:
To prevent animals from entering your home, make sure you inspect the interior at least once a year, checking all the common entry points.
Check your home after winter to make sure the harsh weather hasn’t created a small opening for animals. Most of them don’t need much space. You should also inspect the home at the end of the summer before the cold weather hits. If you find any weak points you’ll still have time to fix them before unwanted critters are looking for places to get out of the cold.
Animals that will move into your home
Rodents are the most likely wild animal that will move into your home. Mice, rats, and squirrels account for about 75% or more of all unwanted critters in houses.
The favorite place for animals to take up residence is in your attic. It’s an inviting habitat for a wild animal because it’s low traffic, warm, dry and usually has nice out of the way places to hide.
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