Once you’re done removing wildlife from your home, you might think that’s it. But it’s not enough to get wildlife out—that’s just one of the beginning steps in the overall process. You want to ensure they don’t return.
Here’s why you need to do more than just remove critters, you need to prevent re-entry.
Because They Leave Stuff Behind
Eviction gets the animal out but it doesn’t address the mess left behind. Removing wildlife means removing every trace of its presence or running the risk of new animals moving in. Nests, odour, pheromones, and food scraps are likely things left behind from established wildlife in the home. Droppings and urine left behind can attract insects and other pests, creating a bigger headache to deal with.
Clean-up is absolutely necessary to avoid dangerous health and safety issues. Rodents are often carriers of zoonotic diseases, and they might leave these behind in their feces. Failing to clean up every trace of wildlife is a risk you can’t afford to take. You need to properly dispose and decontaminate the area to completely rid it of animal presence.
How to Prevent Re-Entry
Homeowners can choose from a variety of options to prevent wildlife from returning. Start by giving your home a top to bottom inspection for weak areas and vulnerable spots. Look for gaps around the chimney and holes in the foundation that need filling. Some rodents, such as mice, need only a small hole to get inside while others, such as raccoons, will tear away at a hole until it’s big enough for them to squeeze through. Even cover vents with mesh screens so animals can’t slip through the plastic coverings.
Nocturnal animals don’t want a light shining down on them at night. Your shed, porch, garage, and other outdoor areas should have a light activated to deter animals from making their nest in this area. You essentially want to burglar-proof your home from wildlife so they can’t find a way in.
After you’ve taken these preventative steps, be sure to follow up. The home requires regular maintenance to make sure nothing has broken that needs replacing throughout the year. Even with preventative tactics in place, you need to follow through with yearly check-ups to see how everything is holding up.
Dealing with the Damage
The animal that took up residence in your home did more than live there, it most likely wreaked havoc on your home’s structural integrity. When removing wildlife is finished, the next step is to inspect all areas of your home for damage. Animals, such as squirrels, will no doubt find a way in through the roof. You’ll need to conduct a examination of roof edges, shingles, and vents to make necessary repairs and get your home back in top shape.
If wildlife previously lived in the attic, full attic restoration services are necessary to replace chewed beams, clean up wood chips, and sanitize the space. Insulation is always a popular choice for nesting materials and a good hiding spot for mice. Part of attic restoration means disposing of contaminating insulation and installing new insulation to keep the heat in and your home free of parasites.
From panels and siding to electric wiring and pipes, the home needs a thorough look to eliminate possible safety hazards caused by rodents. Bare wires chewed by mice and squirrels raise the risk of a spark and accidental fire. Chewed pipes could result in flooding with damaged material.
Dealing with the damage after removing wildlife is an expensive undertaking, but necessary to restore your home back to its original shape and keep wildlife from re-entering. Let wildlife removal services help you with animal removal and prevent them from returning.