How to Prevent Animal Infestation in Your Home

Most animals are hibernating at this time of year in winter, but some may still be out foraging for food. Animals like squirrels, rats, birds, mice, and raccoons look for warm places like attics, gaps, and openings in a roof to build their nests and to find refuge from the winter elements.
These uninvited visitors can cause a lot of damage to homes and put the homeowners at risk. Outside of disease and sanitary conditions, these animals can create a fire hazard because animals often build their nests by tearing up insulation and biting through electrical wiring. Nests can be sizable and contain a fair amount of dry material. When exposed wiring is thrown into the mix, it can lead to fires.

Mice and rats can also get through any holes, even ones as tiny as the tip of a pinky finger. Close up small holes and cracks in walls, foundations, and floors by stuffing them with stainless steel scouring pads or steel wool, then use caulk over them. Pay special attention to gaps or leaks near windows and doors.

It’s also a good idea to make sure your house is free of entry points where animals can sneak in. Preventing an infestation is a lot easier than dealing with an area that is already occupied by these rodents. Animals often enter through roofs or attics that are deteriorated or damaged that have small holes. It’s a good idea to check vents and any loose boards, which are easy access points for these intruders.
Some things to check:
  • Ventilation for cracks or holes and make sure registers are covered. Nests in ventilations can cause blockages, preventing oxygen from entering the home, and can also cause carbon monoxide buildup.
  • The chimney for nesting. This is an easy place for animals to enter and nest. A chimney cap can prevent unwanted animal intrusions. Make sure that your flue is covered when not in use.
  • Trimming trees and bushes around your house can deter and prevent animals from climbing onto your roof.

It’s best to check in fall for signs of infestation and again in the winter. You don’t want the problem to go unnoticed to find find that the problem has become out of hand like in this video. Those furry critters may be cute, but they can wreak havoc on a home's safety and resale value.
Youa V
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Youa V. writes for Quarrix Building Products, manufacturing innovative sustainable roofing products such as ridge vents and composite tiles. Visit the Quarrix website to use our interactive roof design tool and check out videos of Quarrix roofing products in action.

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