Summer and early fall is a time to relax, spend time outdoors, and enjoy the company of family and friends you don’t get to see very often. Days are filled with spending time in the water and nights are full of smells of the grill and cooking s’mores. It’s also a time where you may have more wildlife than usual paying you a little visit.
Most wildlife will do what it takes to get to food, water, and shelter. And if your home is providing what these critters need without hassle, then your home may become a target.
Here are a few ways you can control wildlife and keep the pests out of your home and business.
BLOCK WILDLIFE FROM GAINING ENTRY
The best wildlife pest control is preventing wildlife from gaining access to your home in the first place. By using a few exclusion techniques around your home and property, you can greatly reduce the chances of wildlife creatures and rodents from coming into your home.
Start out by scanning the perimeter of your home. Look for any cracks in the foundation, holes in window screens, torn weather stripping, and loose vent coverings. Repairing these little items can make a big difference. If you have a lot of bushes or greenery surrounding your home, it is also advised to trim them back. Most rodents and wildlife are great climbers and use bushes and trees close to homes to gain access.
CLEAN THE KITCHEN
One of the main reasons why a wild animal has come to visit usually has to do with them needing food, water, or shelter. Your kitchen provides all three. Keep counters and cabinets wiped clean. And after cooking or grabbing a snack, make sure that food is put away and sealed.
Not only does food attract animals, it also attracts insects like roaches.
CLEAN UP AFTER PARTIES
When the weather is just right, it is almost impossible to stay indoors. If you are someone who loves having family and friends over for food, drinks, and fun, make sure you clean up afterward. This means picking up all trash, putting away all food, and cleaning any outside cooking areas like your grill or bar.
It’s also important to put your trash inside of a bin that can be tightly closed and preferably placed inside of a garage or shed until it is time to be picked up by local sanitation crews. Those who leave full garbage cans out at all times could be sending a loud and smelly message to wildlife that your property has food. Raccoons and skunks love to get in your trash to find food for themselves and their young. They also have good memories and tend to keep coming back night after night if nothing is done about it.
Wildlife like raccoons and skunks are also curious animals. They may get tired of your trash and may want to see what’s inside your home. Outdoor trash also invites rodents and insects searching for their next meal.
MAINTAIN YOUR ROOF
With all of the things you have to do inside of your home and in your yard, there is one place on your property that often gets overlooked or put on the back burner. YOUR ROOF. How many times have you said that you are going to clean out the gutters or replace a few shingles?
While maintaining your roof is not on your list of things to do on a regular basis, it should be.
Most people who experience wildlife and rodent infestations later discover that these pesky critters gained access to their home through rooftop ventilation, storm-damaged areas, and other weak areas. In order to keep wildlife from moving into the attic, make sure that you take the time to inspect your roof at least twice a year and make any repairs.
HOPPER CAN HELP YOU REMOVE WILDLIFE FROM YOUR HOME
In addition to treating your home for termites and getting rid of scorpions and brown recluse spiders, Hopper Termite & Pest can also help with wildlife removal and wildlife control.
Wildlife Control Program Includes: Bats, Birds, Moles/Voles, Squirrels, Racoons, Skunks, Opossums, Groundhogs, and Snakes.
Whether your wild friend paid you a visit in the early morning hours or you just cannot figure out what that sound is coming from your attic, give Hopper Termite & Pest a call. Our technicians are highly trained and know just what to look for when trying to discover hiding places and entry points. And once we find the culprits, we have the tools necessary for safe and effective wildlife removal.