When the weather starts to get cooler, it’s only natural that people spend more time indoors. Humans aren’t the only beings that seek shelter during the winter months; animals do too.
Cooler Weather Prompts Animals to Seek Shelter
Animals of all breeds look for safe, secure places to retreat to, and sometimes, animals find our own homes to hideout for the winter. Although the cooler weather prompts wildlife to look for shelter, animals can do so at any time. With new housing developments, shopping centers and office buildings springing up all over Baton Rouge, animals have been driven out of their natural habitats, having to find new places to live and raise their young.
If you discover that an animal has found shelter in your home, there are measures that can be taken that are both humane and effective. Read on to find out more.
What is Wildlife Exclusion?
Pest control companies like Dugas Pest Control believe in exclusion because removing the pest is only part of the solution. Exclusion is a humane approach to pest control and involves sealing points of entry on the home so that the animal can no longer get in. Our company can help you identify the animal in your home, recommend a specific plan and prevent other animals from coming into the home. We can help with all types of animals, but the most common we work with include armadillos, raccoons and opossums.
Exclusion Starts with being Proactive
Wildlife exclusion is something that should start before you have a problem. Being proactive is the number one priority. As we head into the winter months, take the time to walk around your home and survey the exterior. Look for such things as loose siding, deteriorated boards along the roof line and screens with holes.
Also be sure to take the proper measures to protect your home from wildlife by doing the following:
- Keep trash in sealed containers
- Use wire mesh over chimneys
- Have trees trimmed so that they do not hang over the home
- Use small garden fences underneath decks
- Make sure all cracks and holes are sealed
- Keep clothing and blankets off the floor and preferably in sealed containers
- If there are scratch marks, urine or feces anywhere in the home, be sure to contact a pest control specialist immediately
For more assistance getting your home ready for the winter season, contact Dugas Pest Control today.