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Why DIY doesn’t usually work to stop wildlife nesting in a vent

We all want to do things ourself. If we can do it, then we’ll find a way to make it happen. However, a lot of us cut corners or aren’t aware of proper DIY practices. It’s important to have the right ventilation in your home so moisture doesn’t build up in your attic. But, there’s a balance between repairing and wildlife prevention.

Vent openings are common animal entry points

Wildlife can easily make their way through small openings in the numerous vents found around your home. Plastic covers can be chewed or worn over time. Other soft materials or openings designed for air can make vents easily manipulated to gain access.

Warm air is appealing to wildlife

Roof ventilation prevents condensation forming on your roof. Also, it keeps the temperature in your attic the same as the outside. So, warm air is pumped through the vents in your roof. This is an open invitation for animals to make their way into the prospective heat.

Common DIY mistakes

  • Entirely closing vents. Although you’re completely taking away the pest’s entrance it’s limiting air flow. Any air that’s meant to be taken out of your home will continue to move around your attic. This can cause moisture problems that could lead to mold and premature deterioration of your roof.
  • Not securing all vents. Wildlife are clever, closing one vent doesn’t mean they won’t find others to take advantage of. Once wildlife have found their way into your home it’s important to deal with any and all other potential points of entry. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regularly check the outside walls of your home. Make sure there are no holes or damage. Maintain all vents and covers so they’re in a condition not to be infiltrated by pests.
  • Not replacing damaged vent covers. Once vent covers have been chewed or damaged they need to be replaced before screens can be installed to keep animals out. The elements such as rain and snow can come into the attic. This could cause tremendous water damage.
  • Not cleaning blocked vents out after the animals are gone. Animal nests can clog vents and prevent air flow. This can cause moisture problems from a buildup of condensation or create a fire hazard. Once wild animals have been removed it’s important to clean any messes left behind.


Other wildlife entry points

  • Weep vents.
  • Gaps between building materials.
  • Utility and HVAC lines.
  • Door and window frames.
  • Chimneys


Milton wildlife control

Animals will find any way into your home. Vents are high traffic areas around homes. They produce warm air that’s inviting to potential pests. If you discover any evidence of wildlife in your home make sure to keep it contained and try not to disturb it yourself. For safe animal removal contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control.

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About the author:Founder of Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control in 1989. Canada's largest urban wildlife removal and exclusion company. Industry leader and pioneer. Split, Scram, Scoot! However you want to say it, Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control has helped over 200,000 home owners and businesses safely and effectively resolve their wildlife issues. Happy to discuss business and franchising opportunities

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