Despite your best efforts, it’s possible wild animals are still finding their way into your home. There are a variety of ways they are doing this. It’s important that you become aware of their methods of entry so you can take measures to prevent them from visiting. Here are a few points of entry to consider.
Under the House
Some animals can make their way into your home through openings under your house. They could get into crawl spaces or even make a home under your porch. There are several methods for removing or keeping away animals. The best way to prevent animals from getting in is to identify any holes or openings near the foundation of your house and seal them off. If an animal has already gotten in, you can drive them out with light, sound, and smell. Try identifying what kind of animal is under your house and this can help you determine how to get rid of them.
Through the Roof
The roof may seem secure, but determined animals can find their way in. This is especially true during the winter months when animals are attracted to heat. They can force their way in through air vents or other openings. If the shingles of your roof are damaged or missing, animals can use this as a point of entry as well. It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected regularly in order to address any damage. You may also want to have your roof and gutters inspected for any nests animals might have built. Pests tend to be attracted to the moist environment of your gutters.
Through Open Doors and Windows
This might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure you don’t leave your doors and windows wide open. Leaving your house open is like an invitation to wild animals. This is especially true if these open doors and windows are left unattended. If you have pets, you may also want to consider the possibility of animals getting through pet doors. To prevent this, you can lock the pet door at night or install a door that only opens from an electronic signal on your pet’s collar. If an animal has already gotten in, remember to stay calm, prevent the animal from getting too far into your house, and direct it towards an open door.
Wild animals can cause damage to your home or even possibly carry disease. You want to do your best to prevent them from getting in. Inspect your home to make sure it’s secure and use common sense. Overall, prevention is your best friend when it comes to keeping pests out.
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