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 and pest control. 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:

  • Fix all worn shingles and rotted wood where animals could easily break in.
  • Secure attic vents or cover them with roof vent guards to keep wildlife out.
  • Add wire with steel spines to ledges and eaves to prevent birds from landing there.
  • Put galvanized hardware cloth under metal eaves to prevent birds and squirrels from coming in.
  • Trim trees and shrubs at least 4 to 6 feet back, so animals cannot climb them up to your roof.
  • Place 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.

How do you keep wildlife from coming in your yard?

Wildlife in your yard can damage your garden, be unsafe for children playing outside, and may eventually make their way into your home. 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.

Other sneaky spots wildlife may be finding food or water include:

  • Leftovers on the counter
  • Dirty dishes
  • Leaky faucets
  • Leaky outdoor hoses
  • Unsealed snacks in the pantry
  • Crumbs on the floor
  • Snacks left in backpacks, bedrooms, or offices

Another way to prevent wildlife damage in your yard 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.

Blocking off safe areas by caulking and sealing is also important to wildlife control. Common wildlife safe areas in your home include:

  • Crawlspace
  • Attic
  • Closets
  • Ceiling
  • Walls

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.

How do you keep wildlife from getting in your house?

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. Animals like rodents can wiggle into your house through a hole the size of a dime. To ensure that wildlife stays outside where it belongs, ensure all entry holes to your home are caulked and sealed. 

Caulking & Sealing

Holes around your home are often hard to find but are very susceptible to rodent intrusion. To ensure your home is properly sealed from wildlife, be sure to check the following areas: 

Vent Screening

The vents around your home are essential to maintaining the proper airflow. However, the improper vents, or vents that are damaged, will leave the perfect entrance for wildlife in your area to find their way inside. Rodents have teeth that do not stop growing, so in order to make themselves comfortable, they will chew whatever they can find--including your home's vent screens. Raccoons love to make their nests in crawlspaces, and mice find attic insulation nice and cozy.

Common vents that have screen issues include: 

  • foundation vents
  • dryer vents
  • louver vents
  • soffit vents

Wherever you have vent screens in your home, be sure to check their integrity. Better yet, have the experts at Wildlife X Team® do a thorough inspection of your home to be sure it's locked tight from wildlife!

Control Strategies

There are ways to control wildlife as well. In a field, guard animals, such as sheepdogs 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.


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  • If you have raccoons in your attic, garage, or other areas of your home, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 today! Wildlife X Team are experts in raccoon removal and exclusion services.
  • Squirrel problems are rampant nationally. Squirrels can cause extensive damage in and around homes, including soiling floors and walls. Squirrels don't stand a chance against Wildlife X Team®'s trained professional staff.
  • Rodent problems are common for homeowners, but Wildlife X Team® can help you prevent rodents from getting in your walls or your attic. Keep rodents out of your home by calling today!
  • Removing and relocating bats is best left to professionals, as bats will bite and scratch if threatened. If you see signs of bats on your property or want to know how to get rid of bats from your attic and chimney, please call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007.
  • Although armadillos have no reason to get into houses, there is a lot of damage armadillos can cause. Their diet consists mostly of grubs and insects, but when they burrow, it can affect the very structure of buildings. Call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Whether you are facing a snake infestation on your property or just notice a single snake, call (817) 431-3007 at Wildlife X Team® today. Most snakes are harmless, some are venomous, and we can remove all kinds of snakes safely and quickly.
  • Birds can add a lot of enjoyment to the outdoor experience, but sometimes they cause trouble. If you're having an issue with problem birds like pigeons, starlings, or sparrows, give Wildlife X Team® a call at (817) 431-3007.
  • At Wildlife X Team®, we offer worry-free opossum removal and trapping. We can also repair any opossum damage.
  • Infamous for their defense mechanism, skunks are smelly creatures. This unique critter releases a scent to ward off predators and stay safe, and it smells offensive and can be dangerous.
  • Coyotes, a relative of the canine, are known for terrorizing livestock, and even household pets. Coyotes are often active at night, and homeowners often report the howling cries of these medium-sized creatures.
  • Badgers are notorious for having a bite that rivals their bark — despite their less-than-formidable size! Badgers have been known to fight animals as large as a bear!
  • Beaver damage is primarily to landscapes like riverbeds and lakesides. If you discover beaver damage in your property, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 to help relocate beavers and repair any damages caused by these flat-tailed critters.
  • Nocturnal creatures, bobcats will take down any prey necessary, especially livestock. Bobcats are territorial and will often return to the property they have claimed as their own, especially if there is a steady food source.
  • Chipmunks can be annoying and clever creatures, but they're no match for Wildlife X Team®. We offer chipmunk removal, and chipmunk damage repair services, plus we know how to keep chipmunks from coming back!
  • Fox landscape damage and feeding behaviors can affect homeowners' safety, so it's important to not approach a fox if you see one in the wild or on your property. Wildlife X Team® offers fox removal, fox trapping, and fox prevention. Call today!
  • Lizards, similar in appearance to snakes, can be frightening if you spot one in the wild or in your home, and although they don't typically attack residents, it's still good to not approach lizards.
  • Mole damage is most commonly found on landscapes, and sometimes humans don't even come into contact with them, but they definitely experience mole damage.
  • If you have discovered scorpion(s) in your garden or on your property, call us today for scorpion removal services.
  • Voles are not often spotted by humans, but vole damage is visible. For vole trapping, vole removal, and vole damage repair services, call Wildlife X Team® today!
  • Infestations of bugs are common, so if you are facing an insect infestation, don't panic—we can help kill insects and get rid of them inside and outside your home.
  • Wild hog trapping and wild hog prevention are the most effective means of wild hog removal. Due to the aggressive nature of wild hogs, we do not recommend DIY wild hog trapping.
  • Termite infestations are common inside homes and on properties, so if you are dealing with insects, call Wildlife X Team® at (817) 431-3007 today to get rid of your termite problem fast and effectively!
  • Bee and wasp infestations are common, so if you are facing a stinging insect infestation, don't panic — we can help get rid of them inside and outside your home.
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