The attic is already creepy enough…who needs animals up there too? Luckily there are preventative measures you can take to keep them out. Here’s a few!
- Check to see if there are already animals up there. Listen for sounds, inspect the attic and sprinkle flour in front of any holes to the outside that appear to be chewed on. If you have an infestation, call a professional.
- Inspect your home exterior. You’d be surprised where they can enter. Walk the perimeter of your house. Use a ladder for places you can’t see, and inspect your vents and chimney.
- Patch holes. Purchase hardware cloth (.25 or .5 in). Cut a piece at least 8-12 inches larger than the hole you’re patching, staple it over the hole, and secure it by hammering u-shaped nails around it.
- Install vent covers. Take .5 inch of hardware cloth or steel and screen over the vent hole from the attic side for additional protection. Cut a piece of screen, and staple or nail in place.
- Think about adding a chimney cap. This is for if your chimney is too large. However make sure you don’t get a cap too small, or it could cause a chimney fire.
- Remove food. Make food sources less accessible. Keep garbage cans closed, feed pets inside, remove bird feeders and pick up nuts or fruits that may have fallen in your yard.
- Put up a squirrel nesting box. You can find out more information on squirrel nesting boxes here.
- Trim and remove trees and branches. If close to your house, they can jump from trees to your roof, and have easier access to your house.
Better to be safe than sorry right? Call in the professionals! Critter Busters specializes in home animal removal and will keep you worry free this winter. Give us a call or visit us on our site for our full list of services.