Life is busy; the last thing you want to deal with is invading wildlife. Every day is a new challenge; getting the kids to school on time, getting to work, keeping the house clean, staying on top of the never ending laundry; life is too busy to have to deal with a raccoon or squirrel problem in the attic. To avoid dealing with a wildlife problem in your attic, basement or other area of your home, a few prevention measures can be taken. If you can fit these things in between laundry and work, you’ll be prepared to enjoy a winter without nuisance and damaging pests inside your home!
To stop pests from entering your attic and other areas of your home, here are some tips from the professionals of pest control in Ballwin, Chesterfield, Florissant and St. Louis at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions:
Check around your home for areas where wildlife may be getting inside. Tiny gaps in the exterior can be made larger by raccoons or squirrels gnawing or digging, so any gaps in the exterior of your home should be blocked up. Before you block up any areas, you should make sure there aren’t wild animals living inside first! You might not even realize that a family of raccoons has taken up residence in the attic, so make sure there are no animals in your home before you begin these exclusion methods.
Use a ladder to reach areas that you cannot visually inspect. Check for possible gaps or holes that may be covered by decorative trim; you may notice these around the architectural features at the roof line.
Check soffit vents (which are located on the underside of the roof overhang) to make sure the vents have covers. You will also want to make sure that the vent holes are too small for any animals to get through. If the vent holes are too large, install hardwire mesh behind the vents.
Install a chimney cap. Oftentimes animals can crawl into a chimney, so a cap can keep these animals out.
Remove sources of food from around your home that may attract wildlife. Garbage cans should be emptied regularly and fruit from gardens or trees should be picked up. Remove bird feeders from your property and keep a heavy lid on compost piles so that animals have no access to them.
Trim back tree limbs and branches from the side of your home. These can act as a bridge for animals to access your home.
These prevention tips can help prevent attracting wild animals to your home so that you will never have to worry about these pests hanging out in your attic, ripping up your attic insulation and leaving their dangerous droppings everywhere. If you do happen to come across a wildlife problem, contact Rottler to learn more about our year round pest control services as well as InCide® Attic Insulation to help prevent pests.