What is Wildlife Exclusion?
Exclusion refers to sealing any animal entry points in your home or place of business that prevents them from returning inside. It is simpler than trying to exclude wildlife on your own.
AAAC Wildlife Exclusion Services can provide humane exclusion for any species of wildlife that could pose a danger to your home or business. We are experts in exclusion and can safely and effectively exclude your problem animals.
If you have animals living under your house or inside the walls of your building, we can help! We will seal any possible entry points, including cracks in floors, cement cracks, or pipes.
How we conduct wildlife control and exclusion services
Nuisance wildlife may have somehow managed to enter your home or business, and you are now thinking about trapping and getting rid of them. But, trapping alone will not solve your problem. The first infestation might be exterminated, but without wildlife exclusion, you’re just waiting for the next one to emerge. Here are the steps we take to stop the infestation cycle using animal exclusion techniques:
Find and seal all entry points:
First, we find all of the access points that animals use. This could include holes in floors, cement cracks surrounding pipes – basically any way that an animal could get into your house or business. This also includes roof flashing, roof shingles and soffits. These access points are then blocked off. Sometimes, this is done by drilling rubber grommets or metal grommets over the hole. This creates a seal. Other cases we may use wire mesh for plugging the holes. Next, cover your hole with a waterproof covering. It will keep it safe from the elements. We must also wait to see whether there are any other openings which could allow animals to get into the building and seal them off too.
Exclude wildlife using a trap or one-way door
Top pest control operators will often locate the primary entrance that wild animals use to get into and out of your home or business. We intentionally leave the hole open to allow us to use it to exclude your nuisance wildlife. Once we’ve identified it, we can use either a live trap or a one-way door.
One way doors: A one-way door is a good option for those people who don’t want to kill the animal. These are doors that allow animals to access but not leave. To use one of these, we carefully open a hole in the door that is just big enough for the animal to fit through but too small to turn around and come back out of. Then we place some bait on the other side of the hole, close it, and wait for the animal to go in. It will be impossible for them to get out once they have moved towards it. They won’t be able to open the door from their side.
Live traps: We place traps close to any openings on the roof or outside that animals might use to enter your home. By placing traps near these openings, we can lure the animals into our trap so we don’t have to deal with them or see them at all. We will place bait inside the trap and once an animal goes inside, it’s caught! A cage trap may be necessary if the wildlife being trapped is larger like a raccoon or an opossum. This is a wire mesh trapping tool that will keep your animal inside. Once caught, technicians from our company will get rid of it.
Popular access points for animal entry
A professional wildlife pest control operator will inspect all possible access points that wildlife, including rodents, birds, bats and rats, can use to get into your home. This will help prevent future infestations. AAAC Wildlife Removal is very thorough, but here is a quick list of the most popular access points that animals use to get inside your home.
Bats often enter attics through the Ridge Vent, which is a metal strip running along the roof’s edge. Ridge Guard is a product that seals any openings at the vent. Once the vents are sealed, we can do a complete roof repair to make sure your house is animal-proof. If you take photos of the roof, we can give you an idea of whether or not your ridge vents are open to animals.
Gable vents on many homes are a common entry point for wildlife, including squirrels and raccoons. These vents are intended to allow for airflow to your attic, even in hot weather. A wire mesh can be placed to allow airflow, but prevent animals from entering these vents. We can also repair any damage to the vent flaps or replace any wood that has become rotted.
Dryer vents are an excellent entry point for birds and rodents. If rodents find themselves migrating from one place to another looking for shelter and food, they will most likely use dryer vents as a way to enter your home. The airflow through dryer vents keep the birds alive so we need to seal off any vent openings and secure the areas with metal mesh.
Birds love dryer vents because of the warmth that is moving through them. Your electricity bill may increase or decrease as dryer vents are used by birds to access their nest. Common vent guards are the best way to prevent this.
Raccoons and squirrels love to get inside your attic through a damaged soffit. A proper wildlife removal service operator will replace any rotted wood that is allowing wildlife entry and then secure the openings using closures or metal mesh. Your soffit can look brand new again and the rodent family will be gone forever.
Wild animals love to visit the fascia of a house. The fascia is what would be underneath the gutter at the edge of your roof if you had gutters. It’s a longboard that covers up any gap between where the roof begins and where your eaves begin. To prevent wildlife from using this access point, we secure all gaps with metal mesh, remove and replace any rotted wood, and then install a metal cover that prevents animal entrances but allows water to flow freely.
Raccoons love to get into your home through the eaves. Eaves are the areas where the roof meets the sides of your home. For wildlife exclusion, our technicians can simply secure any gaps in this area using metal mesh, or we can install special eaves guards that will keep animals from entering again.
The chimney is a common way for animals to enter a house. If bats are already inside the chimney, we can remove and replace the chimney liners to get rid of the animals and prevent them from getting back in.
Bats, squirrels, raccoons, and other small animals love to rest in the chimney. This is a difficult access point for animal control companies to check as fire hazards and venting are present. We often use flameless heat-detection cameras to find animals in hiding. Or we can simply remove the old liner and cover then replace them once the critter is removed.
Cracks in the foundation
Foundation cracks provide rodents with a convenient entry point. Foundation cracks can be filled with a cement compound. This will prevent rodents entering the walls. This type of repair not only prevents animals from entering, but also improves the exterior appearance of your home.
Exposed pipes are a favorite way for rodents to enter your home. You can prevent this by covering up any openings with metal mesh. Then, cover them with a cap that allows air to circulate freely through your home.
Wildlife Damage Repair Service
Once you’ve completed wildlife exclusion, it’s time to fix any damage rodents and other pests may have done. Most wild animals will try to increase the size of their entryway to your home by digging into it with their teeth, or using their claws to scratch it. Some of the damage can be quite ugly.
Our wildlife damage repair services rank high among pest control professionals. We have the skills and experience required to repair any form of wildlife damage. Our contractors are capable of replacing damaged drywall or insulation with other building materials either on their own or in teams. They also have the knowledge needed to repair your home quickly and efficiently to reduce the risk that you will experience future animal damage.
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A terrible infestation may have contaminated your attic with urine, blood and feces. This can lead to a stench that is both unpleasant and conducive to mold growth. Our pest control experts will replace any contaminated insulation with materials that have been treated against moisture or odor. We also can replace insulation that is torn or chewed through by rats, mice, squirrels, and other pests by using new material secured to your attic floor with heavy-duty staples. Attics can be restored to their former glory with our attic restoration service!.
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Wild animal pest control
Pest control for wildlife is a humane method known as exclusion. Wildlife can be humanely captured or encouraged to flee, and then they are unable to return to your home once their holes have been closed. This article provides information about a professional wildlife exclusion service that resolves the problems caused by wild animals. AAAC Wildlife Removal is available for expert advice on wildlife exclusion!