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What is Wildlife Exclusion, Does my Home Need it?

How do I know if I need wildlife exclusion in my home?

Small animals like birds, squirrels, opossums, bats, and raccoons are always on the lookout for a safe place to live and nest—and sometimes that safe place is your home or attic. An infestation of pest wildlife can cause damage to your home, health, or property. That’s why professional wildlife exclusion services are worth the investment before wild animals decide to move in.

Often overlooked by many new homeowners or home builders, wildlife exclusion preventative services should be implemented long before you have a wildlife infestation. Here’s what you need to know about wildlife exclusion for your home.

What Exactly Is Wildlife Exclusion?

In order to keep pests out of a home or building, an integral part of pest management is wildlife exclusion, which entails sealing all gaps, cracks, and openings or potential entryways where wild animals can enter your home. Many of these easy locations where pests enter can be through garage doors, attics, chimneys, air vents, basements, or crawl spaces.

A typical exclusion service to cover gutters keeps mice and squirrels out of roofs and attics

The use of pesticides, traps, and bait stations can be reduced or eliminated by exclusion methods, which is one of the best methods of pest control.

There are a wide variety of animals that can pose a threat to your home, but the most common are as follows:

  • Squirrels
  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Rats and mice
  • Opossums
  • Skunks
  • Birds, pigeons, buzzards, vultures, seagulls, and other migratory birds
  • Groundhogs
  • Snakes

Wildlife removal and prevention are handled by Xceptional Wildlife’s trained technicians. As a general rule, wildlife exclusion services should include one or a combination of the following:

  1. Inspection
  2. Wildlife Removal (if needed)
  3. An Exclusion Plan
  4. Wildlife Exclusion
  5. Ongoing Wildlife Control Measures

Wildlife Exclusion Services

Exclusion services are often needed when there is an active infestation. Getting rid of animals that have already taken up residence in your home or attic is the first step in preventing further infestations.

Identifying the pest that is causing the issue is the first step. In order to know what to do next, a skilled technician will look for the following indicators:

  • Point of entry holes, damage
  • Droppings
  • Bones or dead animals
  • Hair or fur
  • Stains, smudges, scratches, rub marks 
  • Babies or eggs
  • Pawprints
  • Shed snakeskin
  • Smells, foul odors
  • Smells, foul odors

Some larger animals like raccoons and opossums can cause damage that allows smaller animals like rodents to gain access. Your home may have more than one type of pest, which means you’ll need to implement several different methods to remove them.

Wildlife Home Inspection

In order to figure out what kind of wildlife has entered your house and where they might be getting in, you need to do a thorough inspection of the whole thing. Additionally, a thorough inspection can help identify any practices that may be attracting pests to the property.

Customized Wildlife Exclusion Plans for Homeowners

Depending on your home and the extent or threat of the infestation, our technicians will begin by removing any pests. After the wildlife has been removed, steps will be taken to make sure they don’t get back in. We use exclusion devices such as:

  • Copper Mesh & Stainless Steel Fill Fabric
  • Chimney Covers
  • Vent Covers
  • Animal Control Barrier Fences
  • Sealants
  • Gutter Guards
  • One-Way Doors
  • Hardware Cloth
  • Door Sweeps

Professional Wildlife Exclusion

Our technicians will begin by removing any pests from your home, depending on the severity of the infestation and the potential damage it poses. Steps should be taken to ensure that wildlife does not return to the area after it has been removed. We use hardware cloth to cover vents, weather sweeps, pest-resistant sealants, caps, and caging to secure pipe openings, all of which can also be used to close gaps in walls and floors.

Ongoing Wildlife Prevention

Addressing issues such as trash, debris, dumpsters, water drainage, exterior lighting, tall grass, weeds, and tree branches are just some of the things our technicians may recommend in addition to custom-built exclusion solutions.

Reasons You Should Hire a Professional Exclusion Company

Animals and their droppings can cause damage and spread disease, but some animals can also attack when they feel threatened. Hire a professional and you and your family will be protected from the risk of injury. Additionally, you won’t have to waste time and money trying to figure things out on your own.

Exclusion of wild animals by a pest control company is best because they have the necessary expertise and equipment. The federal and local regulations on wildlife removal are also kept up to date by these experts. Professional wildlife exclusion companies can handle the problem quickly and effectively.

If you need help with wildlife around your home or property, don’t wait! Please get in touch with us as soon as possible!

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