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If the sound of tiny footsteps is keeping you awake at night, your home might have a few unwanted guests. From mice to squirrels and bats to pigeons, wild animals need to find a warm place to call home so they can survive the harshness of winter weather. You can use the following tips to keep your house free of uninvited furry and feathered creatures.

Close Up Openings

Don’t make it easy for wildlife to enter your home. Now is the time to seal window openings and board up attic vents with sturdy screening. Take a walk around your home and outbuildings o identify any problems, make a list, and gather the supplies you need before you begin to remedy these problems. Even if you aren’t actively using a chimney or dryer vent, you might want to consider having a screen placed over top of it to prevent wild birds and animals from entering your home through it.

Secure Your Gutters

Weak spots in your gutters could be an indication of a larger problem. It is possible that water damage is loosening the gutter, causing it to pull away from your home. If this is the case, you might also have structural damage in the walls or roof. Take the time to investigate the situation and make any repairs that are necessary.

Remove Debris

Wildlife typically looks for quiet, uninhabited spots to call home, which is why they burrow beneath your porch, climb into your attic, or tunnel underneath a shed. If you want to keep them out, you need to eliminate anything that might make these places more attractive to animals. Clean up yard debris and unwanted items several times a year to discourage wildlife pests from moving ono your property.

Clean Up after Your Pets Promptly

If you have pets, you should clean up after they are finished eating to avoid tempting other animals to enjoy their leftovers. Some animals store their food for months before eating it. Even if they aren’t hungry, they might just as easily decide to gather dry dog or cat food for storage.

Wild animals can do a lot of damage to a home, while also causing sleepless nights or bring infectious diseases into your home. Even if your home hasn’t been entered yet by these pests, you might want to consider bringing in a wildlife control specialist to help secure your home against future invasions. Keep your house a home instead of a wildlife refuge.

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