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Prevent Wildlife from Entering Your Home

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Prevent wildlife from entering your home by Heron Home & Outdoor - serving Orlando, Oviedo, Apopka, Leesburg, Sanford, Kissimmee and Central FL areas

Whether you have bats in your attic, skunks nesting under your porch, or some other type of wild animal trying to make your house its new home, let Heron Home & Outdoor help you with some tips to deter these animals from taking up residence.

Ways to Prevent Wildlife in Your Home

  • Prevent Animals in the Attic: Any mammal or bird may try to get into your attic during the colder months, but the most likely culprits would be birds, bats, squirrels, and raccoons.
    • The best solution is to install screening over any vents, louvers or other openings.
    • You may also wish to go a step further with caulk or expanding insulation to fill in smaller cracks.
  • Cover Dryer Vents: Dryer vents are warm and appealing, especially to chipmunks, squirrels, or small birds. The best solution is to cover the opening of a dryer vent with a piece of wire mesh cloth or screening to keep these animals out.
  • Chimney Protection: A chimney provides the perfect opportunity for nesting and it can attract raccoons, birds, bats, and squirrels. Birds are often the unfortunate victims of nesting in chimneys because they can easily get in but most often cannot get out.
    • You can prevent chimney nesting by installing an inexpensive screen or using hardware netting to deter nesting from wild animals.
    • The best solution for protecting a chimney against nesting (which can also be a fire hazard) is to install a chimney cap.
    • Before installing any prohibitive netting or screens, it is important to remove all the debris to prevent a fire, and check for existing nests.
  • Protect Your Porch: The space beneath porches and decking is a perfect spot for many animals to make a new home.
    • The best solution is to cover any openings under a porch or deck with mesh, wood or hardware cloth.
    • To stop animals from digging and tunneling under a porch, bury a barrier about 12-inches into the ground.
  • Cover Overhangs and Gutter: If the overhangs of a home are open, it can be a great place for birds, squirrels, and raccoons to take refuge.
    • Keep facia and soffits in good repair.
    • Cut back any tree branches that could provide access for animals.
    • For preventing birds from nesting in overhangs and gutters, you may want to invest in some enclosed gutters.

Tactics to Scare Wildlife Away

Sometimes even the most determined family dog cannot convince local wildlife to select a different winter residence. Fortunately, there are some ways a homeowner can deter wildlife from their home.

  • Simple visual deterrents can include installing a lighting system with a timer or motion sensor.
  • To keep wildlife away from a home without a territorial canine, soaking a rag in ammonia will mimic the smell of predator urine and can prove to be effective.

Other Ways to Prevent Animals

Not only will wildlife be attracted to a home’s warmth during the cold winter months, but other common household situations can make a human dwelling seem appealing.

  • Keep trash containers secure and put the container out for collection only that morning.
  • Keep tree branches trimmed at least six feet from the home to make it harder for wildlife to get on the roof and gain access to a chimney or attic.
  • Clean up any leaf piles and debris and keep compost piles secure.

Call a Professional Wildlife Removal Expert

Following the above-mentioned tips will go a long way in helping a homeowner in keeping wildlife from taking up residence at their home during cold weather. If these tips don’t fully succeed in preventing wildlife entry to your home, consider calling Heron Home & Outdoor. Our professional removal experts will remove them quickly and safely. Call today for your free quote!

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