The most valuable part of having a wildlife inspection completed for your home has nothing to do with animals at all. The real value
Have a look at this video below Paul Stevens, Owner/Operator of all Wildlife explains his take on the value of a wildlife inspection:
What a Typical Wildlife Inspection Covers
More often than not you will only contact a wildlife professional if you suspect you have an issue with an urban pest such as raccoons, squirrels or mice. However, there is much more to the process than simply dealing with the initial wildlife problem.
Below is an outline of what is covered in a typical inspection:
When addressing concerns with the roof, there are three main areas you should pay close attention to:
- Roof vents. One of the most common access points for wildlife is through damaging a roof vent. Through the use of preventative screening, these areas can be protected.
- The area where the roof and soffit intersect. This is another common area animals can use to tear open an access point to your attic. From raccoons to mice, this area is vulnerable to all species.
- Roof line. In the GTA area, approximately 50% of homes have drip edge installed. This is a piece of protective metal flashing which serves as crucial last line of defense for weather, wildlife, and insects. Determining your needs in this area is an important part of the prevention process.
Your local wildlife removal company should spend a significant amount of time examining all aspects of your roof. The added value in this part of the process, above and beyond the prevention measures is that any vulnerabilities, weather damage or any other unforeseen issues will be discovered. Having a technician walk the whole surface area of the roof and examines all the nooks and crannies often will lead to the early detection of potential significant issues.
The attic is the often the most telling and significant portion of a home inspection. An attic inspection will tell you everything you need to know about any wildlife-related issues. Furthermore, a thorough inspection of this area can identify airflow inefficiencies, mold issues as well as several other potential issues that are hidden away. Be wary of any technician who does not pay close attention to the attic.
The main considerations when inspecting an attic are as follow:
- Evidence of wildlife activity. Through completing an attic inspection, a trained wildlife technician will be able to tell everything they need to know about the scope, species and potential risks associated with any animal presence in your home. Chew marks, nesting material, feces and several other indicators will tell a technician everything they need to know.
- Evidence of damage to insulation. Animal presence can often render insulation ineffective. Heating and cooling your house is one of the biggest controllable household costs. It's a smart move to take steps to ensure your insulation is at a respectable R-Value rating and serving its purpose.
- Proper airflow. Having an adequate amount of baffles, proper spacing and number of roof vents as well as well as a thorough inspection of all components of your HVAC system. This area is almost always overlooked and early detection of inefficiencies cans ave you hundreds of dollars a year.
The potential extra added value in having a wildlife technician up in your attic is having the overall view of all aspects touched upon above. even home inspectors during the home purchasing process seldom get up in the attic and complete a detailed inspection. Only by having a close-up look can these problems be detected before its too late.
Exterior of Building
Now that the roof and attic have been looked after, its time to inspect the rest of the exterior of the building for signs of wildlife activity. This includes decks, sheds, garages, etc.
The most common problem areas on the exterior of your home include:
- Wall vents and electrical access areas. These areas need to be addressed, especially for mouse prevention. Rodents can access your home through the smallest of cracks or hole.
- Garage. The garage needs to be addressed as a large entry point. The idea is to ensure that no critters can gain entry into the home. You will never be able to stop mice from accessing your garage as the bay doors will always be vulnerable. However, sealing up the area so nothing can access the interior of the home is a simple process for wildlife professionals.
- Ground level access points. Over the years houses shift. Through the ground freezing and thawing year in and year out and as foundations settle over time; wildlife can gain access to your home through these areas.
Most companies charge a nominal fee for this service, typically ranging from $50 to $75. To have someone spend the better part of an hour crawling around in your attic, thoroughly inspecting your roof and looking for wildlife damage, contaminants, etc. The investment is a no-brainer.