Wildlife Animal Prevention Tips
If there’s an opening in your home or building, you can be sure wild animals and pests will find a way in. That’s why consistent repairs and maintenance of your property is extremely important for wildlife animal prevention. We use a combination of exclusion strategies, habitat modifications and more to make sure your home or building is kept free of nuisances.
We recommend the following for wildlife animal prevention:
- Fixing all worn shingles and rotted wood where animals could easily break in.
- Securing attic vents or covering them with roof vent guards to keep wildlife out.
- Adding wire with steel spines to ledges and eaves to prevent birds from landing there.
- Putting galvanized hardware cloth under metal eaves to prevent birds and squirrels from coming in.
- Trimming trees and shrubs at least 4 to 6 feet back, so animals cannot climb them up to your roof.
- Placing wire or chain-link barriers and fences around livestock areas. These should be at least 8 feet high to keep predators out and be buried in the ground to prevent animals from digging under.
Consistent repair is extremely important in wildlife animal prevention. Animals will find a way to get in as long as there is one. Fix all worn shingles and rotted wood. Louvre attic vents are one of the most important places to secure, and can be covered with galvanized steel to keep out both squirrels and bats. This exclusion strategy is important, but nothing is more significant to an animal than getting to food. Bird feeders should be placed at least 10 feet away from any poles or branches, to keep squirrels from getting to them. Placing barriers to catch food and prevent it from reaching the ground is also recommended.
Another way to prevent wildlife damage in the home is habitat modification. Adding wire with steel spines to ledges and eaves will prevent roosting birds from landing there. Metal can be put under dormer eaves to prevent both birds from roosting there and squirrels from chewing their way inside. It is easy for squirrels and raccoons to climb up trees and get to the roof. By trimming tree branches back 4 to 6 feet, and trimming shrubs back as well, it will become difficult for them to get onto the roof.
Other wildlife animal prevention strategies include placing barriers, such as fences. This will keep predators out. Such a fence should be 8 feet higher than the terrain, buried in the ground to prevent animals from digging under and either be made of wire or have a chain-link design.
There are ways to control wildlife as well. In a field, guard animals, such as sheep dogs to protect sheep or llamas for guarding bird flocks, are effective. Population control is another method that has been used. When considering this, follow the laws of your local and state agencies; it might often be necessary to hire a nuisance wildlife control operator. Specific companies target locations in a specific area and hire professionals in wildlife management for their wildlife animal prevention programs, who can help or guide people in both hunting and trapping. Special permits are often required for hunting animals during wildlife animal prevention. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service offers information and help in dealing with various wildlife issues.
Schedule an appointment with Wildlife X Team today. We’ll provide our Exclusive Wildlife Inspection Report® and recommend potential wildlife prevention strategies for your property.