How Do Wild Animals Get Into Homes
Why Do Animals Want Into My Home?
Wild animals will reside in the attic, basement, of walls of your home if given the opportunity. Their reason for doing this is simple. Shelter and safety. Its dry, warm, and generally free of other predators. They see it as a place to avoid the elements and raise a family, just like you.
What Kind Of Animals Present The Most Problems?
In southwest Florida some of the animals we find inside houses include rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, armadillos, and yes snakes.
Q. What Should I Do? A. Stay Calm!
First remain calm. There’s a good chance the animal wants to be out just as much as you want it out. While some animals may have created a home inside your dwelling, other times they went in just being curious and now they don’t know the way out. Sometimes animals can get trapped in the walls and it’s important to remove them before they pass away, otherwise you’ll have a stinky dead animal in your wall.
So How Do Wild Animals Get Into Homes?
The main ways are; they dig, climb, break in, squeeze in, and in rare occasions walk in the front door.
Mice are capable of fitting through extremely small openings in floors, walls and foundations. After they enter homes, they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. Mice enter homes through cracks and holes found in walls, floors and foundations. Homeowners commonly do not recognize mouse holes until other signs of infestation appear. Due to their body shape, mice are capable of wiggling through holes much smaller than they would appear to fit through. Mice may also enter the home through gaps in windows or ceilings, as well as around sewer lines. If drainage pipes are not properly sealed, mice may enter homes through sink or bathtub drains. They are also known to find their way inside via entry holes around plumbing and oven gas lines. Mice generally enter buildings at ground level through very small openings and can be found anywhere from the basement to the attic. They will build nests in the space between double walls, floor joists and concealed, enclosed spaces in cupboards or under counters.
Squirrels access homes through existing gaps, such as unscreened vents, holes made by other animals or birds, and through holes they create themselves. They access the high parts of buildings from trees, vines or connecting wires.
Raccoons can enter the attic in a variety of places. The most popular area is any place where an eave meets up against a roof portion of the house, such as a dormer, or any architectural bend leading sections of the roof to meet. Home builders do not secure soffits to the roof – they are only interested in keeping water out, and ventilation, and don’t think about animal entry. Other very common entry areas include soffit vents, gable vents, and other roof vents. Sometimes raccoons will simply rip right through the shingles and wooden roof, right into the attic – they are that strong.
Snakes usually enter at ground level through gaps or cracks. These openings can be remarkably small and are created by careless construction, settling of the structure, or by other animals. If you can see daylight through a gap, it is possible that a snake could use that space to access your building.
Rats, Opossums, and Armadillos
Other wild animals tend to use the variety of entry options described above. We often find opossums in attics, crawl spaces, decks, porches, and outbuildings such as tool sheds. They will tear loose vents and rip holes in shingles or siding.
So how can I prevent animals from entering my home?
Poor construction quality or home do-it-yourself projects can leave openings for intruders, along with settling or even termite damage… these can all create easy access for wild animals. It is important to take measures to protect your plumbing pipes and the openings around them so that there is a barrier between your home and wildlife.
- Make sure not to leave any food (pet or otherwise) around the perimeter of your house attracting wild animals.
- Have locking mechanisms on garbage cans. Places near easy food is where animals want to hang out.
- Cut all trees and tree branches near the roof and keep them at least a few yards away.
- It’s important to take measures to protect your plumbing areas. The openings around your plumbing pipes should be sealed so there’s a barrier.
- If you can see daylight through a gap in the wall or structure of your house you should seal it. Insects, snakes and small mice could enter.
If you suspect a critter has entered your home call Tony’s Pest Control immediately at 239-574-2847. We can trap the animal(s) and locate their entry.
There is a chance a wild animal could fall from the attic and get stuck in the wall. If this happens a few days without food and water and the animal will pass away. This will cause the most horrible smell. Don’t wait. Call us when you suspect an intruder for a happy ending and compassionate animal removal. See our Animal Removal page for more information.