What is Wildlife Exclusion?
Exclusion refers to sealing any animal entry points in your home or place of business that prevent them from returning inside. This is easier than trying to exclude wildlife by yourself. You can seal all entry points so that they cannot come in.
AAAC Wildlife Exclusion Services provides humane exclusion services for any kind of wildlife that poses a threat to your home or business. Our exclusion experts are well-trained to safely and accurately complete the task.
We can help if there are animals living underneath your house or inside your walls. We will seal up any entry points found by animals, including holes in floors or cement cracks around pipes.
How We Conduct Wildlife Control and Exclusion Services
Some nuisance wildlife has managed to sneak into your home or office. Now you want to trap them, and maybe even get rid of them. However, trapping alone won’t fix your problem. Although you may be able to eliminate the first infestation, if you don’t do wildlife exclusion, you can only wait for the next group to arrive. Here are some steps to stop the infestation cycle with animal exclusion techniques.
Find and seal all entry points:
We need to find all possible entry points for animals. 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. We then block all access points. In some cases, we do this by drilling rubber grommets (or metal grommets) on top of the hole. This seals it tight. Wire mesh can be used to plug the holes in other cases. Next, cover your hole with a waterproof covering. It will keep it safe from the elements. We must also wait to see whether there are any other openings that could allow animals to get into the building and seal them off too.
Exclude wildlife using a trap or one-way door
Top pest experts will find the main entrance wild animals use for entry to your home and business. We deliberately leave this gap open so we can properly eliminate nuisance wildlife. Once we have identified the hole, we can either use a live trap or a one-way door.
One-way doors: One-way doors are a great option for people who don’t want to kill an animal. These doors allow animals to enter but not exit. To use one of these, we carefully open a hole in the door that is just big enough for the animal to fit through but too small to turn around and come back out of. After that, we place some bait on the other side of the hole, close it and wait for them to enter. It will be impossible for them to get out once they have moved towards it. They won’t be able to open the door from their side.
Live traps: Set traps near openings that could be used by animals to gain entry. To lure them into our trap, we place the traps near the openings. Once they’re caught, we won’t have to deal with or see them. Once an animal is inside the trap, it’s caught! If we are trapping larger wildlife such as possums or raccoons, we may need to use a cage trap. This is a wire mesh trapping tool that will keep your animal inside. Once caught, technicians from our company will get rid of it.
Popular Access Points for Animal Entry
For future wildlife infestations to be prevented, an experienced wildlife pest control company operator must inspect all the possible ways squirrels, rodents (rats, mice, bats, birds, and other wildlife) can use to access your home. AAAC Wildlife Removal does a thorough job, but here’s a quick overview of the most common access points animals use to enter your home.
Bats often enter attics through the Ridge Vent, which is a metal strip running along the roof’s edge. Ridge Guard can be used to close any openings on the vent side. Once the vents are sealed, we can do a complete roof repair to make sure your house is animal-proof. If you take photos of the roof, we can give you an idea of whether or not your ridge vents are open to animals.
Gable vents are found in many homes and allow wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons to enter. These vents are intended to allow for airflow to your attic, even in hot weather. A wire mesh can be placed to allow airflow, but prevent animals from entering these vents. We can also seal the vent flaps and repair any damaged or decayed wood that could have allowed critters in.
Dryer vents offer rodents and birds a convenient entry point. If they are migrating to find shelter or food, rodents will likely chew their way into your house through dryer vents. Dryer vents provide enough airflow to keep them alive. Therefore, it is crucial that we seal the vents and secure any openings with metal mesh.
Birds love dryer vents because of the warm airflow that is moving through them. You may notice your electricity bill going up and down as birds use your dryer vents for access to convenient nesting space. Common vent guards are the best way to prevent this.
Squirrels and raccoons love to enter your attic through damaged soffits. A proper wildlife removal service operator will replace any rotted wood that is allowing wildlife entry and then secure the openings using closures or metal mesh. Your soffit will look good as new and your rodents will be gone.
Wild animals love to visit the fascia of a house. The fascia is what would be underneath the gutter at the edge of your roof if you had gutters. It’s a longboard covering any gap between your roof and your roofing. We secure the gaps with metal mesh and remove any rotted wood. Then, we cover it with a metal cover. This prevents wildlife from accessing this area.
Raccoons love the eaves of your house and can get in through them. The edges of your roof that meet the sides of the house are called eaves. Our technicians can either use metal mesh to secure the area or install special eaves guards to keep wildlife out.
The chimney is a common way for animals to enter a house. We can either use chimney caps to block this entryway or remove and replace the chimney liner if it is necessary to eliminate critters already living in the home.
The chimney is a cozy place for bats, squirrels, and other animals. This is an access point that is hard to check because of fire hazards and venting. We will often use flameless heat detection cameras to figure out where the animals are hiding in order to remove them safely, or we can just remove the old liner and cap and then replace them.
Cracks in the foundation
Foundation cracks are rodents’ favorite entry point. We can fill foundation cracks with cement filler compounds to keep rodents out of your home. This type of repair is not only animal-proof but will also make your home appear better from the outside.
Exposed pipes are a favorite way for rodents to enter 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 unsightly 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 have the ability to replace damaged drywall and insulation. You can reduce the chance of future animal damage by having them repair your house quickly and efficiently.
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An infestation could cause your attic to be contaminated with blood, urine, and feces. This can make your attic smell awful and provide a breeding ground for mold. Our pest control specialists can replace any contaminated insulation with fresh, treated materials that are resistant to moisture and odor. We can also replace insulation damaged by rats, mice, or squirrels with new materials that are secured to your attic floor by 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 a humane way to control 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 offers some insights into how professional wildlife exclusion companies can help solve problems caused by wild animals in your home. AAAC Wildlife Removal offers a professional wildlife exclusion service. Call us today!