What to Do When Wildlife Enters Your Home

What to Do When Wildlife Enters Your Home

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wildlife enters your home

The majority of us are pretty house-proud. I know that I am! We want everything clean, tidy, and free of dirt. If you have kids, you are also going to want to provide them with a completely safe home, free of threats and potential hazards. So, it’s not all too surprising that we generally want to keep our home and the outside world pretty separate from one another. However, sometimes, small creatures do manage to infiltrate your property and attempt to live alongside you within your own four walls. This, of course, isn’t really an option. You don’t want animal feces littered around your property and you don’t want animals biting your children as a defense mechanism if your little ones get a little too close. So, what’s to be done when animals make their way into your home? Here are a few tips and tricks that you can employ to create good boundaries.

Identifying What Animals Are In Your Home

You can generally determine what animals are in your home from the type of damage that they cause. If there’s a lot of wood eaten away, you could have termites. If you see small gaps in the skirting boards and gnawed food packaging, you might have rats. Identifying what type of animal is in your home can help you to determine what next steps to take.

Removing Dead Creatures

Most of us first notice that there are animals in our home when we find a dead animal in our home. When animals are alive, they’re pretty good at evading our attention. If you do find a dead creature in your home, it could have simply died from old age. But you need to be aware that it could have died from disease. If this could be the case, I would say that it’s best to call in Pest Control who would be able to remove the animal properly.

Being Ethical

The next steps that you take could be relatively difficult. The majority of people would try to have all of the animals exterminated. But try your best to be ethical. Remember that there is no truly “humane” way to kill an animal and that the reason that they are generally enter our homes is because we’ve built our properties where they used to live. So, be patient and think things over before taking action. Instead of harsh measures, try these alternative methods.

Live Traps

Live traps can trap animals without hurting or harming them. Once an animal has been caught, you can take it far away from your home and let it loose back into the wild where it belongs. Just be careful when doing so – you need to be fast opening the door to avoid coming into direct contact with the animal.

Removing Food Sources

The most common reason that animals venture into our homes is to find food. If they’re not hungry, chances are that they won’t step foot over your property’s threshold. Animals avoid people at all costs – we are a direct threat and dangerous for them. So, take a look around your property and determine where animals are managing to access your food. Remove all food sources. Make sure that food is locked away in cupboards. Don’t be fooled into thinking that plastic containers on work surfaces are sufficient. Animals tend to have sharp teeth that can gnaw through thick plastic.

Sealing Entrances and Exits

Animals have to have a route in and out of your house. So find these entrances and exits and start blocking them up. The animals will leave and won’t be able to get in. Remember that many creatures can fit through holes that are only a portion of their actual body size. So, be vigilant and really search for even the tiniest gaps. Call in a professional if you need help sealing them properly. Filling them with temporary material generally won’t work, as this can easily be pushed aside.

Sure, it can feel shocking and perhaps even a little scary if you find that you have animals in your home. After all, this is your safe space where you’re meant to be able to kick back and relax worry-free. But don’t take harsh actions. Instead, be calm, think things over, and determine the best and most ethical way to encourage these animals to head back outdoors where they should be!

Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  There are no affiliate links in this post.  All thoughts are my own and no other.  This post is now in the guidelines of the FTC. wildlife enters your home

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