Spring has sprung!
The snow has melted away and the sights and sounds of spring have returned. The birds are back and squirrels are out in full force. All that activity can only mean one thing – it’s baby season. For wildlife control professionals, this is the busiest time of year.
Nearly all urban wildlife species will have their babies this time of year and the search for comfortable and secure den sites has begun. In many cases, those den sites will include roofs, attics, chimneys and porches.
Here’s what you can do to protect your home from animal intruders:
- Give your home and property a thorough visual inspection. Snow and ice can be pretty harsh on building materials so you will want to be on the lookout for any roof damage, rotted wood or other cracks or crevices that may have developed over winter. Urban wildlife species will take advantage of any structural vulnerability to gain access to your home.
- Be sure to look around and below garages, sheds and porches as they too can provide shelter for animals.
- Trim back trees and vegetation that may provide access to your roof and remove out of service TV antennas.
- Eliminate food sources that may attract wildlife to your home property.
- Animals can smell discarded food left in garbage bags.
- Secure garbage in wildlife-proof containers and avoid storing garbage outside for extended periods.
- Do not leave pet food outdoors.
- Pick ripe fruits and vegetables from your garden before animals get the chance to dig in.
- Use squirrel-proof bird feeders and remove fallen seed from the ground to keep mice away.
- Skunks and raccoons love to eat lawn grubs so be sure to have your lawn treated.
- Set up motion sensor lights and sprinkler systems to prevent wildlife from becoming too comfortable on your property.
If these tips and tricks aren’t enough to keep wildlife from infiltrating your home you may want to hire a professional. It’s best to act quickly this time of year to evict animals that take up residence in your attic, roof, chimney or vents. Once babies arrive the removal process becomes much more complicated and the amount of droppings and damage produced inside your home increases significantly.