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As cooler weather approaches, we’re all looking forward to spending time outdoors and enjoying the fall season. However, while we are outside, unwanted pests could be inside of our home. Rodents such as squirrels and mice start to search for warm habitats in preparation for the winter months. Your home is the perfect place to shelter fall wildlife while providing them with easy access to food and water. It’s important to start your preparation early enough to prevent them from getting inside your home. Below are a few tips to wildlife-proof your home this fall.
Make Sure It’s Sealed
Unscreened attic vents and openings in chimneys provide ideal ways for wildlife to enter your home. Racoons, squirrels, and birds can easily sneak in and make your home theirs. You should make sure that your attic vents and chimneys are fully screened and sealed off.
Also, cracks and crevices on the outside of your home are easy access points for rates and mice to get in. Check for holes on the exterior of your home, especially around utility pipes. If you spot a hole, try using caulk to seal it up.
Clean It Up
Wildlife love food and your garbage can provide them with plenty of food sources. Make sure your garbage can isn’t overflowing and that you properly close them whether they’re inside or outside.
Clogged gutters can also block the drainage of rain and melting snow. This can cause damage to your home while also providing wildlife a place to build their nests. Check to make sure that your gutters are clean and your downspouts are directed away from your foundation.
Tidy Up the Yard
Some wildlife, such as squirrels, are known to use tree branches to gain access to the roof. This can help give them an easy guide to the inside of your home through the attic. Make sure to cut your tree limbs and branches that are hanging too close to the foundation and roof. By cleaning up leaf piles and debris, you can also help prevent small animals from invading. When cleaning up, put everything in a sealed waste bag and store them in the garage until garbage day.
While preventing wildlife from entering your property can feel impossible at times, these tips can help you move in the right direction. If you are having to constantly keep animals out, consider contacting a professional wildlife control company. They can inspect your home, identify entry points, safely remove any animals, and prevent them from entering in the future.