The summer heat is dying down and fall is just around the corner. This is the time of year when we begin to see wildlife creatures around our home getting ready for the winter season. But what are the signs of a wildlife invasion? Common signs include feces, hearing noises, finding chewed wires, and even discovering your trashcan rummaged through.
Now that you know the common signs of wildlife in your home, here’s our list of the most common wildlife you could see this fall:
Some of the most common wildlife that can get into your home, raccoons are attracted to food and water, and they can be destructive if they get inside. They might come off as cute with their “bandit” style face, but they can cause damage by upending trashcans and spreading their contents across our yards, leaving droppings behind that contaminate our homes.
Another common pest, these critters can also find themselves in your home. They are not as destructive as raccoons but opossums can still be a nuisance. These nocturnal creatures can cause damage or contamination to the inside of your home, especially your attic.
These smaller critters are attracted to food, and they can chew through wood and other materials to get inside. They will typically enter through your roof. A main concern with squirrels in your home is that they are known to chew through important wires, which can lead to house fires.
Rats often make their way indoors looking for food and water. You will want to be sure to get any rodent infestation taken care of as soon as possible, as they have potential to spread diseases by contaminating the surfaces they walk on.
The smallest animals out of all these pests, they can still be a nuisance. They are known for chewing through wires and other materials. They prefer to eat foods high in fat, protein, or sugar and can subsist without a free water supply. Unfortunately, their teeth continuously grow, so mice need to gnaw on many surfaces to maintain that, but this will cause extensive damage to your home.
If you are concerned about wildlife getting into your home, here are a few things you can do to prevent it:
- Don’t leave food out overnight
- Inspect your home regularly for signs of wildlife
- Keep your trash can tightly sealed
- Seal up any cracks or holes in your home’s exterior
If you see wildlife inside your home, consider contacting your local wildlife control company. They can safely and humanely remove these critters from your home.