Things You Can Do
Still True Today.
Benjamin Franklin’s axiom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is the best advice we can give to homeowners, businesses and property management companies when it comes to controlling unwanted “guests”. Taking measures to maintain your structure so that it is free of entry points takes considerable effort, but it can lead to peace-of-mind. Unfortunately, many of us typically don’t take action until it’s too late. We hear scratching in the walls, notice a chewed wire, or notice odd smells from animal waste and then decide we need to take action.
Completing Your Own Site Survey
Using the table below, you can perform a self-inspection of the common access areas to help identify potential entry points. Please note, when examining your home or business, you may see similar signs at various locations. For your convenience, we've listed the most common indicators that critters leave behind! And, as always BE SAFE and Contact Us if you have any questions!
|Basement||Foundation Cracks||Rub marks, lack of cobwebs, hairs, "used" look, worn travel path|
|Foundation to House Connection||Rub marks, lack of cobwebs, hairs, "used" look, worn travel path|
|Broken and/or Open Window||Paw prints, hairs, rub marks|
|Unprotected Vents||Paw prints, noise, hair, fecal matter, lack of dust|
|Improperly Closing Doors||Paw prints, chew marks, hairs, rub marks|
|Deteriorated Side Posts & Thresholds||Chew marks, paw prints, hairs, rub marks, fecal matter|
|Basement Floor||Fecal matter, urine, stains, nesting materials, shed snake skins, paw prints, chewed/torn paper, cardboard and/or fabrics, chewing around window frames, strong odor|
|Top of Foundation Inside||Shed snake skins, fecal matter, nesting, rub marks|
|Oil & Gas Flue Systems||Tracks, noise, odor|
|Sheds & Exterior Structures||Crawl Space Beneath||Excavated soil, rocks and stones, hairs, rub marks, chew marks, odor|
|Poor Fitting Doors||Chew marks, scratch marks, rub marks, hairs|
|Holes Through Sides & Flooring||Chew marks, scratch marks, rub marks, hairs|
|Interior||Nesting, fecal matter, urine, odor, chewed/torn paper, cardboard and/or fabrics|
|Attic & Roof Voids||Gable End Vents||Damaged screens, no screen, bent, cracked or chewed louvers, cracked and/or broken vinyl PVC vents|
|Roof Vents (Powered & Static)||Damaged screen, no screen, hair, claw marks, foot prints, chewing, water leaks|
|Roof Ridge Vent||Damage to venting (hole chewed through/torn), damage to overlay shingles, loose nails and screws, hair, chewing, scratching, water leaks|
|Attic Interior||Damaged insulation (run down holes, trails on top), relocated insulation, fecal matter, odor, chewed wires, chewed wood framing, noises|
|Roof Area||Shingles||Ripped, torn or missing|
|Chimney||Uncapped, unsecured cap, openings too large in screen system, missing bricks, holes, hairs, paw prints, rub marks|
|Exterior||Siding||Loose bottom row, unsecured, chewed, pulled/expanded, rub marks, paw prints|
|Soffits||Ripped loose, pushed up, sagging down, torn, chewed, missing, stained, hairs evident, paw prints, loose fecal matter inside (when moved)|
|Fascia||Pulled loose, missing, gutters sagging away from house, holes chewed through, gap between fascia and roof, rub marks, hairs|
|Side Vents||Noise, odor, insects, birds, mites, fleas and/or maggots, missing flap(s) or inoperative, rub marks, fecal matter|
Integrated Wildlife Management is our comprehensive and effective one-stop solution. This approach brings together the six necessary elements to successfully resolve wildlife / human conflicts and when possible, safely relocate wildlife to a more suitable habitat.