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Wildlife Prevention

Whether it is the tiniest mouse or a 20 pound raccoon, taking measure to keep the animal out to begin with is simpler than the headache of dealing with a wildlife intrusion. Routine maintenance and inspection around the home will help eliminate possible entry points before something takes up residence. Mice only need ¼ inch to find their way in, but a raccoon simply needs something to grab hold of, and it will create its own entry point. It is important to include the following items in your list of maintenance checks and tasks:

  • Attic Ventilation – The style of ventilation will vary from home to home, but the important thing is to make sure that all covers are in place and functioning as they should. Air needs to come and go freely, but nothing else should be able to join in the exchange.
  • Doors – service doors and main garage doors will often have gaps large enough for rodents or small animals to squeeze under. Maintaining a connection between the floor and the door through means such as a door sweep ensure the door functions fully as it should.
  • Windows – We would be keenly aware of an issue with a window in our front room, but windows often overlooked lead to cellars, basements, garages, and attics. Making sure that all windows are sound will help keep them from being turned into entry points.
  • Eaves and Soffits – although it is hard for us to access, animals make the underside of rooflines a regular point of access. Looking for sections that have been displaced or bent will provide an alert to a potential intruder.
  • Piping and Wiring Entry Points – Our homes are not meant to be air tight boxes of security. We need water, gas, electricity, air conditioning, and wiring for other amenities to be able to make it in from the outside. Making sure the gaps around these intrusions are minimized will ensure no highway is left for uninvited guests.
  • Under Decks – Low hanging porches and decks will provide cover for animals to work their mischief. Some will dig and others will start working on the structure itself. A quick peek underneath from time to time will expose efforts to tunnel and burrow into the home.
  • Chimneys – It’s important to periodically ensure that caps are in place on chimney systems to prevent animals from entering the home as well as nesting in the chimney itself. A squirrels
    shooting out of the fireplace is plenty startling, but an old abandoned bird nest can be a much larger threat when the next fire is lit.
  • Tree Limbs – Whether these touch the home, rest on the roofline, or simply hang over the home; they provide a direct line of access for animals to get on the roof. Keeping branches trimmed back and maintained will reduce the chances of an animal seeking out a roofline flaw that it can accentuate.
  • Animal Identification

    Proper management of wildlife concerns starts with proper identification. Animals are experts at finding areas that will conceal their true identity. Attic invaders tend to get amplified causing people to mistake squirrels for raccoons and raccoons for bears. A Rove technician will dig in to the insulation and tight spaces to find the clues that will indicate who the culprit is and consequently shorten the path to the solution.

    Removal of Pest

    Once the target is known, an efficient plan for removal will be developed. A Rove wildlife technician will determine the tools that will best protect your home while quickly and safely removing the uninvited animal from your home. Quick removal minimizes further damage and contamination in the home. Rove does not only get the animal out, but will work to remove damaged or contaminated parts of the structure to allow everything to be restored to its proper state.

    Wildlife Management

    Rove’s technicians will identify the entry points that allowed the initial structural penetration and ensure they are not left as open doors for the culprit’s cohorts. In addition, the technician will analyze surrounding environmental elements that may be adjusted to deter animals in the future and help manage population levels around the home. Regular inspections and population monitoring will help provide clues as to when preventive measures should be taken so as to avoid having to go down the path of reactionary control.

    Find Out What Our Clients Are Saying

    "The squirrels in our garage were cute...and the kids had given them names. The problem was the damage they were causing was not cute. Rove solved the problem quickly with live removal that kept us from having to have a difficult talk with our concerned kids." Nate P. Wildlife Treatment

    "When our 2 year old daughter came running in the house jabbering something about a mean dog on the playhouse, I was surprised to see a crazy raccoon in there. I ran in and called Rove and they came right out and solved the problem." Kathy G. Wildlife Treatment

    "Bats kept forcing their way into our attic. We heard they ate mosquitoes, but the benefit wasn't worth the droppings in our home and on the porch every day. We tried blocking them out, but they just found or made other ways in. Rove came out and showed them who was boss." Jimmy S. Wildlife Treatment