What is Wildlife Exclusion?
Exclusion involves sealing animal entry points to your home or business in a way that keeps the critters from getting back inside. It’s much easier than trying to exclude wildlife all by yourself.
AAAC Wildlife Exclusion Services can provide humane exclusion for any species of wildlife that could pose a danger to your home or business. We have the expertise to exterminate safely and effectively.
We can help you with any animals that may be living under your house, or in the walls. We can seal all entry points for animals that we find. This includes holes in floors and cement cracks around pipes.
How we conduct wildlife control and exclusion services
If you’re considering trapping and possibly getting rid of nuisance wildlife that has somehow managed to get into your home and business. Know that the problem is not solved by trapping alone. While you might be able to exterminate the initial infestation, without wildlife exclusion services you will just wait until the next set of critters moves in. Here are the steps we take to stop the infestation cycle using animal exclusion techniques:
Find and seal all entry points:
First, we find all of the access points that animals use. This includes holes in floors and cement cracks around pipes – basically, any place an animal could gain access to your home. This can also include holes in roof shingles, roof flashing, and eaves. Next, we close off the access points. Sometimes, this is done by drilling rubber grommets or metal grommets over the hole. This creates a seal. In other cases, we can use wire mesh to plug cover the holes. The third step is to cover the blocked hole with a weatherproof cover. This will protect it from wind, rain, and snow. We must also wait to see whether there are any other openings which could allow animals to get into the building and seal them off too.
Exclude wildlife using a trap or one-way door
The main entry point that wild animals use in order to enter and exit your property or business is often identified by top pest control companies. We deliberately leave this gap open so we can properly eliminate nuisance wildlife. Once we have identified the problem, we can either place a live trap there or use a one-way door.
One way doors: A one-way entrance is an option for those who don’t want their animal killed. These doors allow animals to enter but not exit. We slightly open the door, just enough to allow the animal through, but not enough for them to turn around or come out of. Then, we place some bait on the other side of the opening and wait until the animal enters. Because they cannot open the door from this end, it will be impossible for them to leave.
Live traps: For a live trap, we set traps near any openings in the roof or outside that might be used by animals to get in. To lure them into our trap, we place the traps near the openings. Once they’re caught, we won’t have to deal or see them. Once an animal has entered the trap, it’s caught! Sometimes, we will need to set up a cage trap for larger species of wildlife, such as opossums and raccoons. It is a wire mesh trapping device that keeps the animal inside. Then technicians from our wildlife removal firm will take it out of your home.
Popular access points for animal entry
A wildlife pest control specialist must examine all ways in which wildlife can enter your home. AAAC Wildlife Removal is very thorough, but here is a quick list of the most popular access points that animals use to get inside your home.
Bats typically enter attics through the ridge vent, which is a metal strip that runs along the edge of the roof. Ridge Guard is a product that seals any openings at the vent. Once the vents are sealed, we can do a complete roof repair to make sure your house is animal-proof. If you have photos of your roof, it will help us determine if there are any critters getting into your ridge vents.
Raccoons, squirrels, and other types of wildlife typically enter through the gable vents found on so many homes. These vents can be screened, or may have a small flap that is easily removed from the underside by an animal’s paw. We can secure these vents with a wire mesh. This allows for airflow, but does not allow animals to enter. We can also secure the vent flaps and replace any rotted wood that may have allowed an opening for critters to enter in the first place.
Dryer vents can be a common entryway for rodents or birds. Rodents can often chew through dryer vents to get into your home, especially if they’re migrating between buildings in search of food or shelter. They can survive on the airflow from dryer vents. It is important to secure these areas with metal mesh, and seal any cracks in the vent.
Birds love dryer vents because of the warmth that is moving through them. You might notice an increase in your electricity costs as birds use the dryer vents as access for their nesting areas. Common vent guards are the best way to prevent this.
Squirrels and raccoons love to enter your attic through damaged soffits. An experienced wildlife removal company will repair any damaged wood that has allowed wildlife to enter your attic and secure it with closures or metal mesh. Your soffit is guaranteed to look new and your rodent family gone.
Wild animals also love the fascia on your house. If your roof has gutters, the fascia is what would be below the gutter. The fascia is a longboard that fills in any space between your roof and your eaves. We cover all gaps with metal mesh to prevent wildlife access. After that, we replace and remove any rotten wood and install a metal cover that blocks water from flowing freely.
Raccoons love the eaves of your house and can get in through them. The edges of your roof at the edge of the house are known as eaves. For wildlife exclusion, our technicians can simply secure any gaps in this area using metal mesh, or we can install special eaves guards that will keep animals from entering again.
One of the most common ways that animals enter a home is through the chimney. We have chimney caps that can prevent animals from getting into a home. If they are already inside, we can also remove the chimney liners and replace them once the pest is removed.
Squirrels, bats and raccoons all love to find a cozy place inside the chimney. Due to venting and fire hazards, this is often a difficult access point to inspect. We often use flameless heat-detection cameras to find animals in hiding. Or we can simply remove the old liner and cover then replace them once the critter is removed.
Cracks in the foundation
Foundation cracks are the favorite access point for rodents. Foundation cracks can be filled with a cement compound. This will prevent rodents entering the walls. This repair is animal-proof and will make your home look great from the outside.
All rodent species love to crawl through exposed pipes to get into the walls of your home. The best prevention for this is to secure any gaps with metal mesh, and then cover up pipe openings with a cap that prevents animals from entering again while allowing air to freely move through all spaces in your home.
Wildlife Damage Repair Service
After you have completed your wildlife exclusion, it is important to repair any damage that rodents/squirts, bats/birds, rodents/rats, mice, rats or other pests may cause. Wild animals can make their entrance into your home larger by chewing and scratching at it. This can cause serious damage.
Our wildlife damage repair services rank high among pest control professionals. We have the expertise and experience in contracting and carpentry to help with any type of wildlife damage. Our contractors are capable of replacing damaged drywall or insulation with other building materials either on their own or in teams. They have the experience and knowledge to fix your home quickly and efficiently, reducing the likelihood of suffering future animal damage.
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An infestation could cause your attic to be contaminated with blood, urine, and feces. This can cause a horrible stench and create a perfect environment for mold growth. Our pest control experts will replace any contaminated insulation by fresh materials that have been treated against humidity and odor. We also can replace insulation that is torn or chewed through by rats, mice, squirrels, and other pests by using new material secured to your attic floor with heavy-duty staples. Our attic restoration service will make attics look as good as new again!
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Wild animal pest control
Exclusion is an effective method of controlling wildlife pests. Wildlife can be humanely captured or encouraged to flee, and then they are unable to return to your home once their holes have been closed. This article provided some insight on how professional wildlife exclusion services resolve the problems caused by wild animals in the home. AAAC Wildlife Removal provides expert wildlife exclusion services.