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How Are Animals Getting into Your Home?

Is your home protected from wildlife invasions?

Warmer Weather Brings more Wildlife Invasions

With the warmer weather here, animals have emerged from hibernation and are roaming around your neighborhood. For homeowners, this means you need to start protecting your home from unwanted wildlife. These animals are looking for food and water, and if they can gain easy access to your home, they will find it there.

Key signs that you have a wildlife invasion are hearing noises and seeing animal droppings. Animals nest in your attic or crawlspace most frequently, and you may hear them running across the attic floor or hear scratching in your walls.

To ensure no future invasions, it is critical that all entry points are found and sealed.

How are animals getting into your home?

There are many ways for animals to enter your home, but these are the most common that we see. Any hole or crack large enough for an animal to fit his head is large enough for him to fit his entire body.

Construction Gap or Builders Gap

Most homes have a gap on the roof line—commonly referred to as a construction gap or a roof gap. This means that the facia board (what your gutter hangs on is slighty lower than the roof decking. Although covered by a layer of shingles the animals are still able to slide into the gap.

Squirrels and other wildlife can easily slip through this gap on the roof line and wreak havoc in your home.

Soffit Returns

Soffit returns are a small void in construction where your soffit runs inward toward your roof shingles. When the soffit meets your shingles if the builder hasn't made it air tight the animals can feel the draft of heat coming from the attic enticing them to gain access into your attic and find warmth.

Uncovered Vents

Gable vents, roof vents, dryer vents and chimney pipes that are left uncovered are ideal access points for small animals. Bats and mice can see this as an invitation to the party!

Protecting your home from unwanted wildlife

Our trained technicians are prepared to give a full free inspection of your home to find any and all entry points, humanely trap and remove the animals and seal your home to protect against any future entry attempts.

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