Animal prevention is always important. You never want to have wild animals invade your home. It creates a headache for you, as well as unwanted stress, damage, and costs. Animal prevention is especially important during the winter season for a few reasons.
Of course, it gets cold during the winter. Many animals only venture outside to look for food; otherwise, they’re holed up in their burrows waiting for the warm weather to return. Some animals, like possums, aren’t built for the cold and can get frostbite.
Your home can seem like that ideal hideaway to them. Since we turn the heat up in the winter, our homes are the warmest places around, and animals really enjoy being warm. They’ll try to get into your home to stay safe and warm during the coldest part of the year.
Food Is Harder to Find
In the winter, food is much harder for animals to find. Many animals (like squirrels) will have stored food away to tide them over for the winter, but many other animals have not.
Your home is not only warm but also full of food, and it smells like it. Hungry animals are more desperate to get into your home, which is why animal prevention is especially important during the winter.
Animals Could Be Sick
Since food is scarce on the ground in winter, animals will probably not be eating as well as usual. They’re also going to be cold. These two factors can very easily lead to animals getting sick. You don’t want animals in your home at all, but you most definitely don’t want sick animals trying to get in. They can potentially pass along a sickness to any pets you have or to you or your family as well.
A sick animal also loses its fear of humans. When animals aren’t afraid of you, they’re likely to be more aggressive and also harder to get rid of.
Animals Are More Determined
In the winter, because of the facts mentioned above, animals are much more determined to get into your home because their survival could depend on it. They’re cold, hungry, potentially sick, and most likely desperate. This combination makes for a situation that you don’t want in your home. It’s important, therefore, to do what you can to keep animals out.
Keeping Animals out of Your Home
Keeping animals out of your home can be challenging, which is why it’s so important for you to be proactive in your approach.
- Check the exterior so you can spot any holes or cracks that need to get fixed.
- Check doors and windows because there might be cracks around the frames that animals can squeeze into.
- Check screens on windows. Make sure there are no rips in them, and if you don’t have screens, put some on.
- Look in the attic because it’ll be easier to spot smaller holes from within the attic than to climb on the roof.
- Keep garbage cans secure so animals can’t get into them for food. You want to make it as hard as possible for animals to find food and shelter in and around your home so that they don’t have any reason to linger.
- Conduct regular checks of your home because things change and holes and cracks can appear over time. You want to be mindful of your property and vigilant about it and any animals you see.
Animal prevention is always important, but it’s vital during the wintertime. Animals are more determined to get into your home, so you need to be constantly on guard.