As winter approaches and the mercury begins to drop, there’s nothing like snuggling on the couch under your favorite quilt, and enjoying your central heating. Unfortunately, if you don’t take the right precautions, you might find yourself sharing parts of your home with uninvited guests such as squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and bats seeking out a warm place of their own.
If you see or hear signs of animals coming from your attic or crawlspace, give The Bug Man a call! We specialize in control, trapping, and relocation of pest animals, and use humane traps to secure the animals, and then relocate them unharmed. It’s also a good idea to take a few precautions of your own:
Cover or seal crawl space vents and doors-Vent covers for crawl space openings are a good way to deny entry for larger sized vermin and rodents, and they can also help you with energy savings during the winter months by allowing less cold air to circulate underneath your home and force your heat pump to work harder. Some crawl space vent covers are built in, but if you don’t have them, they are inexpensive and available at most hardware stores or home improvement outlets.
Inspect your roofline for damage-In Arkansas, we get a lot of rainfall, and exposed wood such as your fascia and soffits can rot away over time. It’s a good idea to walk around a few times a year and look for trouble areas. Sometimes it’s an easy fix with a couple of nails, but if it’s more than that, make sure to be realistic about what you can and can’t do on your own.
Check your roof exhausts and turbines-You would be amazed at how small of a hole that animals can squeeze through, so be sure to get on your roof once or twice a year, and make sure that there are no visible gaps around them. Openings may be easier to spot from your attic, because you can see sunlight peeking through. Some repairs are relatively easy fixes, and some are best left to professional contractors.