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Dealing with bugs and insects in the home is one thing; having wildlife invade your space is something else entirely. Whether you have squirrels in your attic, raccoons under your porch, or some other type of wild animal trying to make your house its new home, it’s important to take immediate action. Better yet, homeowners should always implement proper preventative solutions to avoid having to deal with wildlife entering their home in the first place. Read on to learn about some of the most helpful tips to prevent wildlife from entering your home in Virginia.
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6 ways to prevent wildlife from entering your home
- Prevent animals in the attic: Any mammal or bird may try to get into your attic during the colder months, but the most likely culprits would be birds, bats, squirrels, and raccoons. It’s best to install screening over any vents, louvers, or other openings. You can also use caulk to fill in smaller cracks.
- Cover dryer vents: Dryer vents are warm and appealing, especially to chipmunks, squirrels, or small birds. The best solution is to cover the opening of a dryer vent with a piece of wire mesh cloth or screening to keep these animals out.
- Chimney protection: A chimney provides the perfect opportunity for nesting and it can attract raccoons, birds, bats, and squirrels. Birds are often the unfortunate victims of nesting in chimneys because they can easily get in but most often cannot get out. Inexpensive screens, hardware netting, and chimney caps can all be used to protect your chimney.
- Protect your porch: The space beneath porches and decks is a perfect spot for many animals to make a new home. Using mesh, wood, or hardware cloth can keep animals out.
- Cover overhangs and gutters: If the overhangs of a home are open, it can be a great place for birds, squirrels, and raccoons to take refuge. Make sure to cut back any tree branches near the home and consider investing in enclosed gutters.
- Keep a tidy yard: Make sure to keep garbage sealed, and clean up any leaf piles and debris to avoid attracting wildlife in your yard.
Call a professional wildlife removal expert
Following the above-mentioned tips will go a long way in helping a homeowner in keeping wildlife from taking up residence at their home during cold weather. If these tips don’t fully succeed in preventing wildlife entry to your home, consider calling Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s. Our professional wildlife removal experts will remove them quickly and safely.Back to Wildlife Control, Removal & Exclusion
Prevent Wildlife from Entering Your Home in Virginia
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