Keeping wildlife out of your home is far easier than removing them from your home once they move in. Small critters like mice and ants are natural in your yard and in the wild spaces between developed land but they become pests when they nest in your crawl space and begin chewing through your plaster or harvesting crumbs from your pantry.
As wildlife specialists, we are passionate about helping people handle pest control through humane removal and exclusion. Whether you are preparing a space to remain pest-free or making long-term plans after pest removal, wildlife exclusion methods are the best way to keep critters out of your house so both you and they can live peacefully.
What is Wildlife Exclusion Pest Control
Wildlife exclusion is the practice of keeping animals and insects out of your house before they become pests. Birds, mice, squirrels, ants, and other common outdoor creatures often try to move into a home’s unused (and used) spaces. Especially when the weather changes and these creatures would traditionally seek shelter by burrowing into the ground, roots, and trees.
Wildlife exclusion ensures that your home is not available for burrowing or nesting, so wildlife will seek homes outdoors where they belong.
Fortify Your Home Against Wildlife Entry
To keep your home safe, you can fortify specific areas of your home. Wildlife gets in through specific avenues. Birds and squirrels may come in through the roof returns and attic vents or damaged soffits. Insects often get in through cracks, where the siding has come loose, or where wood has rotted.
The crawlspace and utility access points, including pipes and cleanouts are a focus for wildlife access. Even the space under a deck or porch can be protected to ensure that it does not become the accidental home to potentially harmful creatures.
Areas to Fortify to Exclude Wildlife
- Doors and Windows
- Roof, eaves, and soffits
- Roof returns and vent openings
- Siding and structure
- Cracks and holes in the vacation
- Crawlspace entries and hatches
- Pipes and utility openings
- Previous holes and hatches
- Below decks and porches
Fortifying these areas often includes repairs that your home already needed. Reattaching siding, repairing your roof and soffit, and replacing rotted boards are just issues that pests brought your attention to. However, things like plastic sheeting and particularly careful closing of cracks and gaps may also be necessary.
Have Any Wildlife, Pests, or Mess Removed
- Remove living wildlife
- Clean away droppings and remains
- Disinfect affected spaces
- Remove materials damaged or soiled by wildlife
The excrement of wildlife can be poisonous to your family if it remains in your walls and hidden spaces. There is also the risk of unlocated dead wildlife. This is why pest control and wildlife exclusion must also include removal and very careful disinfection of any once-occupied spaces. Be sure to remove any materials that have been ruined by wildlife including urine-soaked boards or insulation. This is also a good time to check for the other kind of invasive wildlife, mold, behind your walls, in the attic, and in other affected spaces.
Call for WNY Wildlife Exclusion Today
If there are critters living in your home or you are worried that wildlife will try to move in for the winter, call WNY Wildlife & Exclusion. We are dedicated to helping you achieve the most practical and humane methods to keep your home pest-free with wildlife removal and wildlife exclusion services. Whether you have mice in the foundation, squirrels in the roof vents, or bats in the eaves, let us help you and the local creatures live peacefully and separately. Call us today at 716-203-1166.