A few simple and inexpensive preventative measures can go a long way in avoiding conflict with animals in your home. Inspecting your home at least twice a year is a good place to start. Here are a few solutions to common wildlife issues you could experience:
- Proper Gutter, Soffit and Fascia Board Installation
- Window Well Covers
- Approved Vent Covers
- Chimney Cap
- Mesh Covered Attic Vents
- Animal Stopper Garbage Cans (Bungee Corded)
- Wooden Trash Bins with Latch
- Mesh Barriers for Under Decks, Sheds, Etc. (4-6 inches below ground)
- Chicken Wire Fence for Around Gardens (4 inches below ground and out 12 inches horizontally below ground)
Repair Any Home Damage ASAP
Openings into your home are the easiest way animals can enter your residence. From a loose fascia board to a small crack near the foundation, it doesn't take much of an opening for some critters to get through. If you have any storm damage or other type of damage to your home, be sure to close up those openings immediately. Be sure to replace any loose or rotting boards. In addition, check for any gaps near window air conditioners and chimneys. However, be sure not to trap any animals that may already be inside your home. The best way to prevent trapping them inside is to loosely plug the opening with some insulation or cloth, something easily movable by the animal. After a few days check back to see if it's moved; if it hasn't, it should be safe to plug the hole permanently.
Once your home is all closed up, with no openings for animals to enter, take some steps to prevent future issues. Trim back your trees to both prevent damage and make it harder for animals to get to your roof. Overhanging tree limbs are the easiest path for squirrels and racoon to get into your attic or chimney. Both of those places make great nesting areas for these animals and you don't want them taking up residence in your home. Other common nesting sites include wood piles, rock piles, elevated sheds, openings under concrete slabs or porches, and crawl spaces under houses. Remove undergrowth and grass by mowing around buildings - this prevents hiding places for these critters.
For any issues involving your Lake of the Ozarks roof, siding, gutters, soffit or fascia, give Above & Beyond Roofing a call. We do free roof inspections at the Lake of the Ozarks and can offer a free estimate on any repairs that may need done. Give us a call today at 573-302-0354 to get started. Your home is a big investment and we want to make sure it's in proper working condition!
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