How does wildlife manage to get into our homes?

When squirrels, skunks, birds, rats, raccoons and other creatures make their way into our homes, they can cause a lot of damage. But have you ever wondered how those critters have managed to find their way inside in the first place? When it comes to wildlife management and control in Belton, it’s much cheaper and easier to prevent an infestation rather than to remove wildlife and restore the damage after it’s already been done. That’s why the experts at Wildlife X Team have come up with this list of a few of the potential wildlife entry points into your home:

#1. Roof Vents

When the temperatures start to drop, animals seeking heat often are attracted to the warm air coming from the vents in your roof. If any gaps exist near the vent cover, small rodents, like mice, can sneak inside. But even if the vent cover fits perfectly with no gaps, a squirrel could be determined enough to chew through the plastic, or a motivated raccoon could tear or rip the vent cover.

There are animal-proof roof vent covers available that can help to keep pests from getting into the attic through the roof vents. They are heavy wire screens that still allow the flow of air, but that keep birds, bats, squirrels, raccoons, mice and other pests out.

#2. Chimney

Many wild animals, including raccoons and squirrels, are accomplished climbers, and this skill makes getting into your chimney incredibly easy for them. Bats and birds can easily roost inside the chimney.

If you don’t already have a chimney cap, it’s time to invest in one. Chimney caps are mesh, stainless-steel barriers that help to keep the wildlife out of your chimney. However, even if you do have a chimney cap, it’s important to keep an eye on it and replace it as necessary, as animal-induced damage and wear and tear can make it less effective at keeping animals out. 

#3. Damaged Shingles

Believe it or not, asphalt shingles can help to keep wildlife out of your home, but they have to be in good shape in order to do so. There are many things that can damage asphalt shingles, including heat, wind, age and hail, and once the shingles are damaged, they can’t offer the same level of protection they once did against wildlife.

It’s important to be in the know about the state of your shingles, which means that you should do a visual inspection of your roof on a regular basis. If your shingles have started to curl or buckle, you have missing shingles or there are shingle granules in your gutters, these are all signs that your roof needs to be repaired.

For all of your wildlife management and control needs in Belton, choose Wildlife X Team.

We hope that this blog will help you successfully keep the wildlife out of your home, but if you do end up with a wildlife infestation, it’s important to know who to call. Here in Belton, there’s no better company to turn to than Wildlife X Team. Our pest control services are humane and effective. Schedule your appointment today!