Dealing with wild animals in the home is an issue nobody looks forward to. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens, especially in areas like North Carolina and South Carolina where wildlife is plentiful. There are certain steps you can take to decrease the likelihood of any unwanted creatures taking up residence in your house. As you read the next several paragraphs of this guide, you will discover some simple steps you can take to reduce the odds of wildlife infestations in your Carolina home.
Why are wild animals seemingly invading homes more frequently?
As urban sprawl becomes a bigger and bigger problem in the United States, wildlife is essentially being forced to live in residential and commercial areas. Due to this, many animals start looking for food, water, and shelter in interior spaces they might not have otherwise entered. Once animals find comfortable spaces, they don’t tend to leave them very willingly. This is why an increasing number of families are finding wild animals in their houses.
Can landscape design increase the odds of an infestation?
The short answer to this question is “Absolutely.” Landscape design features that homeowners find appealing, such as thick grass and birdbaths, actually confuses many species of wildlife. Rodents, including rats and field mice, for example, often take refuge in thick patches of grass and believe they have found a new habitat. Birdbaths and other water features lure birds into thinking they, too, have uncovered new places to live. Take local wildlife into consideration when you plan the design of your yard.
What other steps can I take to prevent wildlife infestations?
As you read earlier, there are a number of steps Carolina homeowners can take to minimize the risk of unwanted animals infesting their houses. For starters, take a hard look at any areas of your home that assist with ventilation. This includes kitchen and bathroom fans, clothes dryer vents, attic vents, and any exhaust pipes. Small creatures, such as squirrels and vermin, are often attracted to these spaces because they feel warm and safe. It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your vents to make sure they are as sealed as possible.
It is also wise to talk to a general contractor who can look for potential entry points all over your home. He or she will be able to provide you with personalized solutions for how to best secure your space. Furthermore, contractors who work in the Carolinas know what kinds of pests are most likely to get into residential spaces and what specific actions can be taken to deter them.
The Hatch Homes team is equipped to handle a wide variety of exterior residential issues, including siding repair, window installation, and roofing jobs of all kinds. If you are interested in having your house sealed or inspected, give us a call as soon as possible to get on our schedule. We look forward to assisting you and making your home safer and more secure for your loved ones!