Common Ways Wildlife Enters Your Home

If you’ve discovered nuisance animals living in your home, the first step you need to take is to investigate how they got in there. Not only will the inspection help you discover what type of animal you are dealing with, but it will also inform you of the areas that need to be repaired to prevent future critter infestations from occurring.

Below are some of the most common areas that wildlife uses to gain access and ways the technicians at Critter Control® can help to address the issues.

Torn roofing and soffit – Animals such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, and mice, find weak points in your roof and either crawl into the holes or gnaw/tear at the areas until the opening is large enough to fit through. A lot of our clients don’t even realize they have roof damage until the animal activity happens because the top of the house is not easily accessible. Our professional team will locate all entry points and after removing the nuisance wildlife, can repair the damages caused by the animals.

Damaged screens or door seals – Torn window screens or worn door seals give pests an easy way to get in. We will inform you of the items that need to be repaired or replaced and can help you with installation if required.

Chimney – Because the chimney resembles a hollow tree, animals like squirrels, raccoons, and birds, see it as a perfect place to live and raise their young. To keep critters from climbing into your chimney as well as debris from falling in, we can install a protective cap.

Gaps near the foundation – Animals are always in search of a safe and warm place to nest, and the gaps and cracks around your home’s foundation are an ideal location. Should we find any potential entry points near the foundation during our inspection, we will offer to seal them.

Holes in siding – Whether your siding is made of wood, aluminum, plastic, or vinyl, animals will chew through it to enter inside. Once we are sure there are no animals present, we will patch any holes or replace damaged siding to keep your home wildlife free.

Damaged shingles – Shingles get damaged for a variety of reasons including age and weather, which causes them to curl, blister, and fall off. Animals take advantage of the defective shingles, entering your home through the roof. To ensure critters stay out, all bad shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible.

If you’ve noticed damage in your siding, attic, or foundation that may have been a result of nuisance animals, contact the Critter Control® of Tampa today. A professional wildlife technician will complete a thorough inspection, provide a comprehensive plan to resolve all of the issues, seal off entry points, and make any necessary repairs. For more information on the services we offer, or to schedule a consultation, please call us today at 813-948-0870.