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 and not in their homes. This article covers how to prevent wildlife from entering a residential structure and discusses what to do if an animal pest has already found its way into a house.
First and foremost, it's necessary to identify all the major points of entry that exist in most houses. Doing so will provide a checklist for examining a residence to make sure there are no vulnerable locations on the home's exterior.
The Chimney - many wildlife pests can access your house through the chimney and many animals 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't access a home through the fireplace, more frequently than not, the creature will die inside the chimney. An easy solution to keep animals from chimneys is to install a chimney cap at the top. These caps allow smoke to exit the stack while preventing any wildlife from entering.
Attics - The loft is probably the most noted area at a house for larger, wildlife pests to take up shelter. Also make sure to check the intersecting point of roof and trim for damage and be sure that the screening over exhaust vents is intact. It is 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 is most often that damage to your homes exterior happens closer to the peak of a home's siding near the roof since this is where homeowners least notice tear and wear.
These are the most frequent locations on a residential home where wildlife pests access the inside of a home. Assessing for access points isn't the only examining that should be carried out. A proper and thorough inspection for wildlife should also include checking for the presence of these pests.
Any openings found should be analyzed for wildlife activity by blocking the hole with a few loose material that can be pushed out such as paper towels. If three days go by without the paper towels being pushed apart, there is probably not any wildlife which gained access through the holes. A hole shouldn't be blocked or repaired until no existence of pests was established.
After wildlife pests find their way into a house, the worst answer a homeowner can make would be to fix the entry points. Doing so will prevent the animal from being able to leave and this presents many issues that are counterproductive to the ultimate aim of getting the wildlife back into the wild.
Approaching wildlife pests found in houses should be performed with extreme care. Animals in the wild are carriers of disease, many of which can be quite harmful to humans. Also, animals often use 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 private. In addition to local government agencies, there are lots of private business establishments that specialize in the removal of wildlife pests.
I hope this report is helpful and provides the essential information to prevent, identify and eliminate wildlife pests found in residential establishments. For more information, review your local government sites regarding wildlife and/or get in touch with an Animal Control service for aid.