As summer rolls in, so do some unexpected wildlife visitors! Certain critters might think your cozy abode is the perfect spot to beat the summer heat or find a snack. While we love our wildlife, it’s understandable that you might prefer them to enjoy the great outdoors rather than making themselves at home in yours. Let’s explore some common wildlife that can invade your home during the summertime in North Carolina and friendly ways to deal with these uninvited house guests!
Common Wildlife Found in Your Home:
- Raccoons: Adult raccoons can grow to the size of a housecat and are easy to identify based on their fluffy black and grey-ringed tails. They are most active in the spring, summer, and fall months – seeking shelter in and around your home.
- Bats: Female bats are generally larger than males and have leathery wings that can reach up to a wingspan of 11 inches. They usually seek shelter in attics. Most bats are protected by the law, so always hire a professional when discovering bats in your home.
- Squirrels: One of the most common pests to see, these little grey critters can find their way into your attics by jumping from trees or climbing. They are usually in search of shelter and food.
How does Wildlife Get In?
Wild animals are opportunistic; they’ll use any opening or make their own to get in. These are the most common entry points to keep an eye out for as you begin your wildlife control techniques at home:
- Uncapped chimneys
- Gaps or holes found around the roofline
- Improperly covered vents
- Openings in the foundation or crawlspaces found underneath decks, porches, or steps
- Through shed, garage, or basement doors left open
How to Prevent Wildlife from Entering:
The first step in prevention is to make sure they cannot enter in the first place. Take the above common entry points and create a checklist of places around your home to double-check all potential entryways are fixed. If the problem is more than you can handle, be sure to notify your local wildlife company for help.