Wildlife exclusion is a proactive approach to keep unwanted wildlife out of your home. It often involves sealing holes, reinforcing vulnerable areas, and installing barriers around your home to prevent animals such as rodents, bats, birds, and other wildlife from entering. By working with a pest control company to implement exclusion measures, you can stop wildlife from invading homes, prevent damage, and stop pests from bringing diseases into your home.
Common Places to Find Animal Entry Points Around Your Home
It is important to regularly inspect your home for signs of wildlife entry points and damage. Working with a professional exclusion company to seal or close any holes and cracks, repair damage, and add barriers over any openings will stop most wildlife from setting up residence in or around your home. Below are some of the most common areas around your home to find wildlife:
- Crawlspace: The crawlspace under your home provides the perfect dark and quiet hiding place for many common pests and wildlife. Make sure to cover the entrance to your crawlspace with a screen or mesh and seal any holes or cracks around your home’s foundation to keep these intruders out. Rodents can be persistent invaders, finding their way into homes and causing a multitude of problems. These small, furry creatures often enter homes in search of food, warmth, and shelter and the crawlspace makes a perfect hiding spot for them.
- Decks: Wildlife will frequently build dens or burrows under decks due to the shelter a deck provides and the proximity to many food sources.
- Chimney: Bats are some of the most hated nocturnal pests. They often find their way into a home’s attic, chimney, or eaves searching for dark, quiet spaces to hide during the day. An uncovered chimney serves as an open invitation to even more pests like raccoons, birds, and rodents. Install a chimney cover or mesh over the chimney opening to prevent these unwanted pests.
- Soffits/Eaves: From their beautiful songs to their stunning feathers, birds are many nature enthusiasts’ favorite animals, but birds around your home can present many challenges. Birds will nest in eaves, attics, or rafters, creating messes and noise, and impacting the tranquility of our outdoor and indoor living spaces. Eaves and soffits are common areas to find birds and stinging insects. Damaged soffits provide easy entry points to your attic for squirrels, rodents, opossums, and raccoons. Regularly inspect your eaves and soffits for signs of damage and wildlife.
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How to Seal Animal Entry Points in Your Home
Securing your home against wildlife intrusion is essential to maintaining a peaceful and safe living environment. Regularly inspect your property for potential entry points, such as holes, gaps, crevices, or uncovered pipes, vents, and chimneys. These openings can let unwelcome guests like raccoons, squirrels, birds, or rodents into your home.
If you discover any holes or vulnerable areas where wildlife can enter, acting quickly by closing, sealing, and repairing these potential entry points is crucial. Use mesh, sealants, or sturdy covers to block these entry points. Using proactive exclusion practices will deter wildlife from establishing nests or dens within your home.
Keep Wildlife Out of Your Home With Pest IQ Exclusion Services
Stop unwanted wildlife invaders once and for all. The skilled team at Insect IQ will meticulously inspect your home, and identify and seal any potential entry points, effectively protecting your property against rodents, bats, birds, and more. Are you tired of dealing with wildlife in your home? Contact the exclusion experts at Insect IQ today for a free quote and keep these unwanted guests out of your home!
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