That is a great question! Did you know that even brand new built homes have some kind of nuisance pest living within it? There are different locations that pests can use to gain access into your home without your permission. The key is to pro-active and seal up any areas that are of concern.
The most common areas are:
Attic / Roof Vent
These areas are mostly used by raccoon, squirrels, bats, and/or birds. Many homeowners fail to guard these locations because they think an animal can’t gain access because they are so high up from the ground. Nuisance pests will use any object to push their way inside.
Birds use these vents to build their nest to not be disturbed. They are laying their eggs and waiting on the arrival of their young. Vents give them easy access in and out to protect their young and provide a local food source. The birds nest is flammable which has been known to start a house fire.
A chimney can provide a nuisance pest shelter and stay local to a food source. It is easy to build a nest so the animal can produce it’ young. Raccoons, birds, squirrels and/or bats are known to use this location.
Soffit / Siding
Soffits are known to be the weak point of the exterior of a home. They are used to build air flow into the roof and attic. A nuisance pest can find a weak area within the soffit or siding and use that to their advantage to gain access into the attic. Once inside the pest can wreak havoc throughout the attic space.
Gaps In Foundation
A settling home is the beginning for cracks and gaps to start. Cracks and/or gaps in the foundation is an open door for mice and snakes. Mice are a food source for snakes; therefore, they will enter your home without you even knowing it.
Raccoons only need a 4-inch hole to gain access into your attic or building. If the hole is not 4-inch, they can tear their way into the building with their claw like hands if they sense that area is what they want. Preventive measures that should be taken is to go around your home or building to ensure there are no holes in the siding, soffit, and roof areas.
Squirrels are very much like raccoons; however, they only need a golf ball size hole to gain access. If the hole is not big enough to fit through, then they will chew the rest of their way in.
Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel and rats the size of half a quarter. They also can gain access into a building by using an old plumbing pipe. Once mice are inside the building, they multiply quickly and before you know it you will have generations of mice living with you.
If you have seen evidence of nuisance wildlife pests or want to be pro-active to ensure no pest can enter, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184. Our licensed technicians will conduct a thorough inspection to determine if there is any activity, look around the home to find any entry areas, and speak with you on their findings. We would be more than happy to assist you in any of your wildlife needs.