Wildlife concerns are a major problem for homeowners in New Hampshire. These nasty critters find their way into attics, walls, crawlspaces, and chimneys to set up their residence. Moreover, they frequently visit yards and gardens in search of easy food.
However, these animals don’t magically appear within your house. They’re getting in somehow! Raccoons will rip through smaller open holes in the roof area just to get access to the attic. Rats and mice get in through very small holes, less than 20 mm in diameter. With their powerful teeth, they’re also capable of drilling through wood and other materials to gain access to houses. Moles will burrow their way into your yard.
That’s why the first step towards dealing with a wildlife problem is understanding the root cause. This involves identifying all the potential entry holes. Failure to do so only means you’ll deal with the same problem in the future. At Wildlife X Team New Hampshire, our professional team of wildlife experts is adept at investigating wildlife problems, solving them, and implementing prevention techniques that will ensure the problem doesn’t reoccur.
Once a wild animal gains access to your property, it’ll begin to cause a nuisance. From making different noises to polluting the area with their droppings and urine, to chewing on wires, insulation materials, and more, they will gradually weaken the integrity of the building. Here’s how we recommend going about repairs at Wildlife X Team New Hampshire:
All potential entry holes must be perfectly repaired to prevent reentry in the future. For smaller holes, filler type products can be used – steel wool, hardware cloth, or cement are suitable. However, for larger holes, you may need to replace a few bricks. For holes created by burrowing animals to gain access to your basement, you’ll have to seal and repair it. Furthermore, you’ll have to check the exterior and seal the holes there also.
Animals like raccoons and squirrels get in through vulnerable spots in the attic. That’s why all these vulnerable spots have to be identified and repaired. This may involve repairing the soffit, replacing the fascia board, replacing the vent, and other roof repair works. If there’s only a single vent entry, rather than replacing the vent, it is more effective to install a wire mesh as it is stronger. Since animals tend to have multiple entry holes to the attic, it’s crucial to thoroughly inspect the roof area so that you can locate all the entry holes.
Walls support the weight of a building. When an animal damages the wall, in a way, it reduces the structural integrity of the building. That’s why it’s worth hiring professionals like Wildlife X Team New Hampshire to deal with it. For smaller holes, metal-backed patches can be used. For larger holes, that part of the wall may need to the replaced. Thereafter, drywall is placed over the patched area and smoothed with sandpaper before painting.
Animals like bats, squirrels, and raccoons like to reside in the chimney because it’s warm, high, and it provides safety against predators – the perfect place to raise their young. Preventing access to the chimney is quite easy as it involves installing a new and durable chimney cap. The type of wild animals you’re dealing with will determine the strength of the chimney cap required. In general, stainless steel is the toughest and most durable. The cap should be properly installed so there is no room around the joints that can be exploited by these nuisance critters.
After the damages have been repaired, the infected space can then be decontaminated to kill all germs and bacteria.
But more importantly, certain things have to be put in place to prevent these animals from coming back. That’s why all food sources that serve as attractants have to be eliminated. Also, all potential hiding spots must be eliminated from your property.
At Wildlife X Team New Hampshire, we can help you repair the damages caused by wildlife to your house. By implementing an effective control strategy, you can be assured that the problem won’t occur again.