Things You Can Do

Ideas to help control potential issues with animals
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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!

  Structure Evidence
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.