Preventing Animal Infestation In Winter

Winter is coming, and as the temperatures continue to drop the chance of your home being selected for wildlife infestation increases. 

Animals will be desperate to find somewhere warm, and they may choose your home. Wildlife animals such as raccoons, skunks, and possums will often climb into people's homes through small holes in the walls, from the attic, or through the chimney. 

In today's post we cover the types of issues you should be prepared to deal with as well as some prevention tips. For professional help, call 855-WILDLIFE. 

For the video version of this post, click HERE now. 

Why Animals Infest Your Home

Wildlife animals want to find somewhere warm & cozy to hangout in the Winter, so your home could be a perfect selection. 

Most people don't realize that there are attics & "hidden rooms" in your home which can only be accessed through small holes. Wildlife animals are superb at sneaking their way into these rooms to make little camps. 

These warm hideouts provide them security & shelter assuming they don't get trapped and die or starve to death. It also provides safety from predators. Mice & rats for example will very often sneak into people's homes knowing that it's more secure than what's outside. 

How Animals Infest Your Home

Wildlife animals are expert climbers. Raccoons can easily climb up to people's roofs and sneak in through other small holes. 

People's chimneys are often vulnerable as well, so many people need "chimney caps" to handle that problem. For help on that, please call 855-WILDLIFE. 

Small rodents such as rats can also chew their way into people's homes. We have footage on our YouTube channel of rats chewing through an AC line which is exiting someone's home. 

Finally, raccoons have even destroyed roofs to get into people's attics. If a wildlife animal senses even the slightest possability of getting into your home, they will be ruthless in their destruction to break their way in. 

The worst thing about this is most people don't even realize that there are animals inside of their home until they die and leave a smell or leave stains from their waste. 

The Dangers of Animal Infestation 

Animal infestation typically occurs in areas of the home which aren't directly accesible or well known to humans. This means that animal infestation isn't normally risky to humans & pets. 

That being said, there have been several cases in which an animal attacks a human or their dog/cat gets into a fight with a wildlife intruder. This can happen however the wildlife animals typically go in between the walls or stay in the attic because it's not easily accessible. 

Wildlife animals will often climb into people's attics or in between walls to hide, but then they get trapped and can't get out. They then unfortunately pass away which leaves a horrible odor, smell, as well as a risk for disease due to insects & bacteria. 

Wildlife animals even if they don't die will make scratching & other noises which can worry people or keep them up. Wildlife animal waste can leave stains & damage your property. 

Finally, the fact that these animals are destroying your property is already a problem. Home restoration can be expensive so it's best to handle issues ASAP. Prevention is always much more affordable than fixing it after the fact. 

How To Prevent This

Make sure that you have no openings around your home. If it looks like there is any, then it will have to be fixed. 

If you have a chimney, you may need a chimney cap. Don't under-estimate animal's abilities to climb up and through the chimney! 

Finally we have created THIS video to help you keep skunks & other wildlife animals away from your property. 

For professional help & questions, please call us at 855-WILDLIFE and we'll be happy to help you out! 

Thanks for reading. 

-Wildlife x Team International


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