During the spring and summer months, many animals come out of hibernation and hiding for the season and start searching for food. This is the typical period when you’ll start noticing signs of pest invasion and presence on your property. Winter weather may bring you a whole new arena of wild animal intrusion and problems, but it is also the perfect time to consider home and property pest protection.
Various species of wildlife can still pose a threat to your property during winter months, so in this article, we’ll teach you about animal-proofing your home and how to properly inspect your property for animal invasion, starting from rodents, bats and raccoons, to opossums, skunks and snakes. Make sure you continue reading to find out more about some helpful winter pest control tips for home and property protection.
One of the best ways to protect your home from wild animals is to take timely preventive measures. Animals like raccoons, bats and other pests are attracted to your home and backyard because they see it as a shelter and food source. Places they are dark, warm and small such as under the porches, foundation, outdoor sheds, roofs, basements, patios and even insulation between the walls is perfect for animals to hide and breed. These places are dark and cozy, and animals find them ideal for protecting themselves from harsh weather or cold temperatures as well as for feeding, nesting and even hibernating. If you notice signs of pest intrusion and you don’t act quickly, you might end up spending thousands of dollars in home damages.
However, you mustn’t do anything by yourself. If you have problems with squirrels, moles and mice, you must call rodent control. The same goes if you have raccoons, snakes and other kinds of pest. Hiring a professional wildlife control agency is essential to properly eliminate the nuisance pest and protect both yourself and the animal that has invaded your property. You mustn’t kill or harm an animal that was just looking for a shelter and a place to feel safe. Wildlife control experts will safely remove it from your property and release into the wild where it belongs, without harming it. If you want to contribute in some way, you should try preventing pests from coming to your property.
Consider and implement the following measures:
- Don’t leave dog or cat food outside
- Lock up, regularly clean or remove your garbage cans
- Take out the trash only during the garbage collection day
- Seal your home tight meaning you should repair loose roof shingles, cracks in siding and so on
- Bird feeders can attract squirrels and raccoons so remove them if you don’t want to attract pest
- Call an animal control company for an interior inspection
These measures should be taken seriously especially by homeowners who live near wooded areas. Don’t underestimate the intelligence of the animals. They can find multiple ways into your home and property if they consider it a safe shelter. Use these preventive measures to avoid the possible amount of mess and damage that may not be covered by your home insurance policy.
If you are suspecting rodents, raccoons and other animals have invaded your property, contact an animal control specialist to come to your immediate assistance. An animal control company will perform a property inspection and remove the unwanted nuisance pest from it quickly and safely, without harming the animal.