Have you ever had bats or squirrels living in your attic? Have you noticed more Canada geese than usual on parks or golf courses? Have you ever wondered why they are intruding human properties?
Wildlife animals are a natural part of the environment, but they are considered nuisance when they leave their natural habitats, occupy residential homes and commercial establishments and cause damages.
Wildlife animals are after for these four basic essentials —food, water, shelter, and a predator-free environment, hence their likelihood of residing in your property as there are abundant sources of food and water, a shelter during extreme weather and a safe place without predators.
The question is, how can you prevent wildlife invasion? Well, read on.
How do they get in?
The means of access for wild animals to get inside your property depends on the type of animal, however, there a number of common access points that makes any home susceptible to wildlife animal invasion.
- Holes in joints, construction holes, rooflines and broken fences can serve as entry points
- Cracks or holes caused by heavy snow, expansion, and contraction can be used as access points
- Unattended broken windows can provide easy entry route too
- Animals often make their dens and nests on unkempt patios, porches, and decks and they’ll eventually make their way inside your home
If you notice wildlife animals in the neighborhood, reduce the possibilities of them getting into your property by following these tips:
- First and foremost, research and be educated about wildlife animals’ habits, the food they like, and habitat. From this information, you will have an idea on the preventive measures to take.
- Next, perform a regular checkup of your house and yard to see any gaps, cracks, holes, and broken windows and fence. If you observe such issues, seal or have them repaired straightaway.
- Apart from possible holes and openings, wild animals can also get in through the roof of your house. So make sure that overhanging tree branches are trimmed and block off roof hole or roofline.
- Place lids on your garbage bins so animals cannot easily scour food or garbage.
- If you have pets, keep pet food inside your house or any sources of food out of sight so animals won’t get attracted to it.
- Prevent them from entering your home through the chimney by using special caps to block it. Don’t forget to inspect the ventilation systems as well.
- You can also set animal traps but it’s a tough task and not even legal in some states, so better leave it to the experts.
If you don’t have the luxury of time to accomplish the aforementioned procedures or don’t want to do it yourself, you may hire a professional wildlife removal company to do the work. They are well-informed of the state laws, latest methods and innovative tools to keep wildlife animals away from your property.