How to Keep Wildlife Out Of Your Home in Winter
During the winter, you might find wildlife in your area trying to get into your home as they seek warmth and shelter from the winter weather. Once these animals enter your home, they can cause all sorts of problems like chewing through wires, burrowing holes in your insulation, defecating in your home, and more. To avoid these problems and prevent wildlife from entering your home this winter, follow these tips.
Secure Trash Containers
If you store your trash containers outside, or even in your garage, it’s important to keep them properly sealed. Food is scarce in the winter, making wildlife more determined than usual to finding food where they can. This means that they are likely to spend time trying to get into your trashcans. Make sure your trash containers are completely sealed with no holes and avoid overfilling your trash containers to keep yourself from attracting wildlife.
Clean Up Your Yard
It’s important to make sure there are no food scraps in your yard to avoid attracting wildlife. Clean up the area around your trashcans frequently and be sure to pick up any fruit or nuts that might fall from your trees. If you have a bird feeder, you should be aware that it can attract animals other than birds, such as squirrels. If you’re concerned about squirrels entering your home, you might want to avoid putting birdseed out during the winter months.
Store Firewood Away From Your Home
When storing firewood for your fireplace or woodstove, you should keep the woodpile away from your home, preferably at least 20 feet away. Small animals will often make nests in these woodpiles to seek shelter from the cold and wind. When your woodpile is close to your home, these small animals can more easily enter your home.
Install Chimney Caps
One common entry point for animals in your home is your chimney. Installing a chimney cap will help keep pests out of this pathway. Fortunately, these specialized caps do not hinder the function of the chimney, as the screens allow smoke to pass through. Instead, they simply prevent larger foreign objects such as animals from entering your home through the chimney.
Seal Cracks and Holes
It’s important to seal cracks and holes outside your home, as they are potential entry points for animals. Check areas around where utilities and pipes enter the home, as there are often small openings. Mice can fit through a hole as small as the size of a dime, so it’s important to make sure all holes, no matter how small, are sealed.
Keep Doors Closed
It might seem intuitive to keep your doors closed to keep your home secure and warm, but leaving your doors open for only a few moments is enough for an animal to wander in. During the winter, wildlife creatures are in search of warm areas and will be attracted to your home. You might leave your door propped open for a few minutes while you bring in loads of firewood or groceries. During this time, wildlife can enter your home. In areas like your basement or garage, they can quickly find a place to hide and make a nest within your home. To avoid letting wildlife into your home, always keep your doors shut, even in between grocery trips to the car.
Keep Storage Areas Well Organized
The majority of animals that enter your home will do so through the attic or basement. Therefore, it’s important to keep items stored in these areas well organized. Pests are likely to hide in clutter in these areas, especially boxes. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to keep all cardboard boxes off of the floor, as pests can chew through them and hide inside.
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