The elimination or disturbance of natural habitats, cooler fall and winter temperatures, and depleting food and water sources make rodents along with nuisance wildlife including squirrels, raccoons and opossums, a headache for homeowners.
Unfortunately, your home can provide what these pests desire most – a refuge from the elements that offers abundant food, water and warmth.
Once inside, rodents and nuisance wildlife are not only difficult and costly to eradicate, but they can also pose serious health risks by spoiling food with their droppings and carrying diseases like rabies and biting if they feel threatened. They can also be destructive gnawing on electrical wiring that can cause fires and damaging insulation, drywall and other items.
That is why the Clark Man encourages homeowners to animal-proof their property before Old Man Winter blows in. We have assembled some helpful tips to ensure that these curious critters are denied access to your home.
Rodents, raccoons and squirrels often find their way into homes via uncapped chimneys, broken vents and other openings along rooflines Make sure these areas are fully screened to prevent an easy access point.
Cover the Trash
Garbage cans and recycling containers without lids are prime targets for rodents and nuisance wildlife (and other pests). Make sure they are covered and positioned away from your home.
Cut Back Vegetation
Pests of all varieties, including rodents and small wildlife are known to use tree branches to gain access to rooflines, where they can then find a number of ways to move indoors. Cut back any tree limbs or branches that hang too close to the roof. A good rule of thumb is to keep vegetation at least 6 to 8 feet from the roofline.
Clean Up the Yard
Do not leave brush, leaf piles or other debris accumulate in the yard, as these materials make the ideal harborage site for pests and small animals. Also, make sure that firewood is stored at least 20 feet from the house during the cooler months.
Keep Bird Feeders Out of Reach
Make sure bird feeders are only accessible by birds. Rodents and small animals are drawn to birdseed – it is one of their favorite foods. Homeowners should also place birdbaths where small animals cannot reach them since they serve as a source of water.
If you are experiencing problems with nuisance wildlife, call or text 800/WE-NEED-YOU or drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time, I’m the Clark Man and thanks for helping me keep unwanted pests out of your home.