Oftentimes, when customers call us regarding their problem with wildlife infestations, they would also ask us to help out with the damages left behind. In fact, the first thing that most homeowners notice are the damages caused by the animals and not the animals themselves! Some pests, like rats, are more likely to cause serious damage. There have been several reports of these rodents chewing on exposed cable wirings, creating potential fire hazards. Larger animals, like raccoons, are actually capable of creating holes in your soffit or roof. These holes can serve as entry points for various animals and insects, which is why it is important to cover them as soon as they are detected. Other types of animal damage include holes in roofs, lawn damage (usually caused by moles and squirrels), ruined insulation, animal feces, and scratch marks on walls and other wooden furniture.
Not all Damage is Physical
When we talk to our customers about the damage repair to their home, we primarily discuss three different things. The first is obviously, the physical damage as stated above. The next two dimensions to animal damage that we are concerned about are the effects to your resale value and energy efficiency. What will a prospective buyer say when their home inspector tells them that the attic has feces in it? Any time a heavy animal like a raccoon is able to spend a period of days or weeks in your attic you will see heavy trampling, damaging the R value of your insulation, resulting in higher utility bills until it has been fixed.
We Can Fix the Damages for You
Most of the time we will provide a temporary fix for the damages caused by the animals, such as a flat board to cover the hole in your soffit or roof. This temporary repair is only there to prevent more animals from entering your home until a more permanent fix can be applied. Some customers often have their regular “handyman” that does the fixing for them, and we completely understand that. However, if you don’t know anyone that can work on the damages or if you want us to do the fixing, we can totally do it for you!
Many insurance companies will help pay for animal damage to your home. Other times, when replacing insulation, there are Federal energy credits that can be used to reduce your taxes at tax time!
Preventing Future Animal Infestations
It is important that no other wildlife animals are left inside the building before we seal any holes and crevices because once they get stuck inside, they will cause more damage. They could also die inside your house and eventually rot, and nobody likes a rotting animal in their home! Once we are sure that all animals have been safely excluded from your home or business establishment, we can start fixing the damage. We will tightly seal all the holes that have been caused by the animals. Larger holes may need advanced fixes, which we are also capable of fixing. Cracks and crevices can be sealed to prevent small creatures, such as bats and mice, from re-entering. This process is important because if left unattended these small cracks can actually serve as the perfect entry point for cockroaches, spiders, and other insects which in turn, can attract insectivores.
Homeowners should regularly check their homes and gardens for any sign of animal infestation before they start causing more serious damages. As soon as you notice any kind of animal damage, no matter how small, immediately take action. If you are unsure whether your home has been invaded by unwanted critters, you can always call our office for a thorough inspection. For more information regarding other wildlife information, call Illiana Wildlife Services using the following numbers:
- Chicago – (708) 320-0004
- Indianapolis – (317) 203-6083
- Northwest Indiana – (219) 464-7966