When the autumn air turns crisp and cold, we love the cozy feeling of getting warm in our homes. Unsurprisingly, all the wildlife that lives around our homes tend to feel the exact same way about our nice, warm havens. Although these little critters can be cute to look at in their natural habitats, it can be dangerous for them to try to make their homes indoors, so every precaution should be taken to keep them away. Keep your wildlife in the wild by establishing your own wildlife exclusion system to protect your family and home.
Depending on the type of wildlife that lives in your region, there are many different risks of having a home that is susceptible to the movement of wild animals. A very common type of pest problem is when squirrels try to nest in attics. This can lead to unbelievable amounts of destruction, as they will use whatever they can find, which often means their isolation, to build cozy little beds. They also have a very dangerous habit of chewing on electrical wires, which in certain cases has been known to start house fires. Other animals that would love to make their homes inside your house include opossums, raccoons, rats, bats, flying squirrels, and many others. Each brings its own potential risks, including diseases spread by bites or fleas, destructive damage to your home, or attacks on your children or pets.
Ways to protect your home
Some of the ways to protect your home will be fairly intuitive, like sealing any openings where animals can get in and avoiding leaving tempting treats like pet food. However, to ensure that you are completely safe, you should first seek the advice of professionals experienced in dealing with wildlife who know how they are likely to try to intrude.
Evaluate your risk
The best way to make sure your home is protected is to start by consulting the experts. Because an untrained eye may have trouble identifying potential risk factors, your first step should be to hire a professional wildlife exclusion team. They can come and properly inspect your home, assess potential problem areas, and implement measures to eliminate these problems. Another plus is that they will be able to offer invaluable advice on how you can prevent pest invasions that go beyond exclusion techniques, such as certain behaviors that could put you at greater risk (a simple example of this might be things like leaving food out or not securing your trash cans). Be sure to do this service well before the weather gets cold. It is much easier to prevent a problem like wildlife moving into your home than it is to remove them once they are already there.