Wildlife will often enter a home in any way possible, and in this article we will discuss some of the common places where wildlife can enter your home.
Holes Beneath the House – Decks and crawl spaces outside of the home can attract animals who will take advantage of cracks and open areas. This allows unwanted wildlife to burrow into the household and intrude into walls and basement areas, and they can also cause damage to your foundation.
Outer Walls and Roofing – In addition to spaces beneath the home, animals can also enter from the exterior. If there are any holes in your shingles or siding, or around the end of your gutters, animals can make their way into your home. Wildlife can also enter through garages, which are usually connected to loose portions of the foundation and outer walls of the home, where cracks between spaces are likely to occur.
Animals such as squirrels and bats will likely enter attics first before nesting inside the home. This also makes it more difficult to get rid of them as the space they occupy is much more secure and isolated for nesting. Roof vents and chimneys are easy spots for birds, bats and other wildlife to enter in, which is why we recommend capping chimneys to keep wildlife out. Not only can animals damage the structure of the home, but they also spread unwanted diseases to residents and domestic animals.
Natural Openings – Natural openings in a home such as windows and doors are also possible entry points for wildlife. It is important to keep your windows and doors closed unless there are screens, and you should also try to seal off any cracks in window and door frames.
If you’re concerned about wildlife entering your home, get in touch with us! We offer wildlife exclusion services, and we can inspect your home and seal up any possible entry points that wildlife may use. Give us a call at (336) 460-8531!