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Nuisance Wildlife Prevention

Prevention: We often perform preventative work to keep out wild animals. Take for example the photos to the right:

Barrel Tile Roof: If your house has Spanish Barrel Tiles, it's probably got a lot of gaps through which animals can enter. Sometimes they just live under the tiles, but usually they crawl along and find an open gap into the attic. We bolt in steel screen over these holes to keep the animals out.

Roof Lines / Soffits: Many homes have soffits that meet up against the roof. This is a classic wildlife entry point. We find these areas and seal them shut - we make sure that the soffits are secured down to the roof, something no roofers do. In the case to the right, we had to install a steel screen along the edge of a very low soffit that animals were using for entry.

Elevated Homes: If you have an elevated home with a crawlspace beneath, you can bet that it's an animal magnet. Many such homes have concrete block around the perimeter, with some vent holes. However, many homes, such as the one to the right, are wide open. Not only do large animals such as raccoons, opossums, armadillos, and stray cats (sometimes dogs) love to live under such areas, they often find holes under the house - such as where the bathtub drain or other pipes go through - and will crawl up into the walls and attic of the house. And of course rats are experts at finding such holes. We install a heavy steel screen, around the entire perimeter of the house, deep into the ground in order to keep wildlife out.

These are just a few examples of the hundreds of types of preventative repairs and measures that we take in order to prevent your house from having a wildlife invasion.

Tips For Wildlife Prevention:
  • Seal All Open Gaps and Holes Into the House or Roof
  • Install Heavy-Duty Steel Screen on Roof and Gable Vents
  • Screen Off Gaps Around Perimeter of Barrel Tile Roofs
  • Install Steel Screen Exclusion Barriers Around Raised Homes
  • Block Off Openings Leading to Porches or Raised Decks
  • Seal the Bottoms of AC Chase/Holes Where AC Lines Enter House
  • Don't Leave Pet Food or Bird Seed Outside
  • Fix Any Rips or Tears in Your Lenai Pool Screen
  • Secure Your Garbage Can Lids, and Don't Leave Food Outside
  • Clear Excess Debris From the Yard - Rats and Snakes Love It
  • If You Have Fruit Trees, Pick Up Fallen Fruit
  • Trim Back Trees and Landscaping Next to the Roof
  • If You've Had Animals In Your Attic, Get it Deodorized
Many of the above tips will help prevent wildlife problems. I commonly deal with nuisance wildlife that have invaded a property because the homeowner has left something attractive for the animals. This often means open garbage cans or pet food. If you leave uneaten dog or cat food outside, rest assured, raccoons and opossums and rats will find it, and they will return again and again. If you've got a swimming pool with a shallow step, you can bet that raccoons will enter the pool to wash and poop. Make sure your pool has an intact screen around it! If you've got fruit trees, especially citrus trees, you can bet that animals will eat the fallen fruit - rats love it! In fact, in the state of Florida many people refer to the Roof Rat (rattus rattus) as the Citrus Rat. And those bushes or trees next to the home - they make an easy path for animals to climb onto your roof, where they find open vents and other areas to enter your attic. A lot of wildlife are arboreal - they relate to trees - so it's an easy step from the tree they're living in to your roof. However, when it comes to wildlife prevention, nothing is more important than making sure that your home is 100% sealed against critter entry. This means finding and sealing, with steel, all of the holes and gaps and openings in the home that animals can use to get into the architecture. If you've got an animal problem, we'll catch and remove them all, and make sure that the house is 100% sealed against any future entry. As usual, prevention is the best cure.

My educational articles will help answer many questions you may have about your wildlife problem. Find out if your homeowner’s insurance might pay for wild animal damage and whether or not you should Should I hire a pro, or remove wild animals yourself. Learn whether wild animals make good pets and even about the Life cycle of fly on dead carcass. Find out all kinds of interesting information answering questions from What is Goose Egg Addling? to What is a foothold trap?.

Find out if the city or county animal services will help you with a wildlife problem, who to call to pick up roadkill, and what animals may chew on electric wires and the risks that it causes, as well as the danger of chewing on water pipes.

I've done a lot of work in and around chimneys and can offer advice about how to get wild animals out of the chimney. Find out if repellents will get a wild animal out of the chimney, and what to do to get rid of critters in the attic.

I can give advice about how to know if you have a wild animal in your attic and how to find baby wild animals who may have gotten in, and show you exactly what kind of damage a wild animal can do when up there. Find out the most common types of animals that live in attics and how to clean wild animal feces out of your attic. Learn, too, if repellents get a wild animal out of the attic. Of course, I also have some opinions on what to do about a wild animal under the porch. Find out my recommendation for the best brand of cage trap, what equipment is needed to trap a wild animal, and what to do about a cage-shy (hard to trap) animal. Learn about snare traps, as well as snare poles and how to use one. I also have advice about some humane ways to kill a wild animal in a cage, as well as the best bait to trap a wild animal. I also have advice about whether or not it is legal for me to trap a wild animal. Learn all about conibear traps, and what you should do with a wild animal after you catch it. Hear my thoughts on whether or not you should ever poison a wild animal. I do have advice on how to kill a wild animal in the yard.

Find out how to keep wild animals out of a chicken coop, and what to do if you are bitten by a stray cat, and even what stray cat feces looks like. I even have some thoughts about the problems that elephants cause for people, and tips on how to help a wild animal out of a dumpster. Learn about Canine Distemper and how to get an animal out of a wall.

The best way to take care of a wildlife problem is to not let one happen in the first place. Learn if mothballs or ammonia help repel wild animals. Learn about exclusion barriers. Learn, too, how to keep wild animals out from under a shed or porch, and whether or not a high pitch sound deterrent machine will repel wild animals.

There is certainly an appeal to the cuteness of baby wild animals. Find out if you should feed a found baby wild animal. I even have some thoughts about whether or not wild animals have emotions. Find out if it is safe to handle a wild animal with bare hands. Learn, too, whether or not a wild animal that is active during the daytime rabid, and I compiled a list of diseases wild animals carry, and what symptoms of a sick wild animal to look out for. Find out, too, how to track wild animals.

Find out what animals are most likely to eat your pet's food, as well as the most common animals that will eat your garden. Learn, too, about which animals are most likely to dig up your yard, as well as the wood on your house. I can even give you advice about what to do with a dead pet dog and how to get a dead animal out of your car.

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