Critters may be fine to have around… as long as they’re not in your yard, close to your house, causing trouble! What are some tips for nuisance wildlife prevention? In other words, how can you keep critters like squirrels, raccoons, rabbits, opossums, and skunks away from your house so they don’t bother you, your plants, the structure of your house, etc.?
Keep in mind that animals love to look for food, water and shelter. Wildlife especially tends to live near things like rivers/creeks, golf courses, railroad tracks, and vacant buildings, where they’re not too disturbed by human society, but close enough that they can find some food scraps and a warm place to call home.
So what can you do to keep wildlife out of your house? Here are some practical tips.
Plug the Gaps
If you have damaged windows or doors that offer a critter a way into your home, fix the damage(s) so they can’t get in. This might mean replacing damaged screens or installing door sweeps on exterior doors.
And Add Chimney Caps!
Up on the roof, you should have chimney caps. You can also cover exhaust fan openings, as well as soffit and attic vents. Anywhere there’s an easy hole to get into your house, critters will get in– so don’t give them any easy entry holes!
Remove the “Stepping Stones”
Do you have any trees that have branches hanging near your roof? If so, cut the tree branches so animals can’t use them as ladders or bridges to get on your roof and try to get into your chimney or attic. Ideally, you want to get your roof inspected at least once a year and see if there are any holes in it. Keep your attic well-ventilated and dry.
Carefully Store Firewood
Do you store firewood near your house? Make sure it’s at least 20 feet away from the house so it’s not so close that animals live there and bother you.
Keep Food Magnets Out Of Reach
What attracts pests to your house? Open garbage containers full of rotting food as well as bird feeders where seeds are conveniently dropped all over the ground– both of these things attract all sorts of critters such as raccoons and squirrels. Even something like an apple tree next to your house can attract unwanted wildlife looking for a snack. Do what you can to not offer any food source next to your house!
Inside your house, do what you can to keep all food in airtight containers. Don’t give critters an excuse to come sniffing around.
With a little time and energy, you can do things to discourage nuisance wildlife from bothering you and your home.
If you are in the unfortunate situation where wildlife has infiltrated your home in the Mobile, AL area, contact the experts at Critter Capture today.