When you look at your home, you see your lawn, your siding, and your windows and doors. Animals see those things too – and more. They know how warm and safe your home is and that you supply lots of comfort and food. They know how to sneak in and out of small passageways and have the skills to infiltrate places that can be invisible to homeowners.
For your protection, it’s crucial to know where animals can and will enter your home. By making regular checks in these areas, you’ll fend off critter infestations and defend your castle throughout the year.
WHERE ARE THEY COMING IN?
Believe it or not, pests prefer to use doors just like us. Perhaps the wide, welcoming entranceway that radiates warmth is just too tempting for pests. Texas air becomes very pleasant in the fall and winter, and Texans tend to open their doors during these times. If you plan to use fresh air to condition your home, make sure that your doors have screens on them.
They’re just as easy to access for critters as doors. It’s easier to forget about open windows than it is to neglect an open door, so make a habit of checking your windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Placing a screen on your window allows air to flow fairly freely while protecting you and your house.
Parts of your home that have had repairs are going to be weaker than they were previously. Animals are always desperate to find great living environments and will do whatever it takes to secure them. They will take down repair jobs if they can to create pathways into your home. If you’ve had recent repairs, double check to make sure their integrity hasn’t been compromised.
A lot of animals are adept at climbing and will do so if they’ve found a safe environment that feels nice. The attic is just the spot to climb to as it benefits from the air-conditioning blowing in the main part of your house, keeps out the elements, and provides a wealth of protected storage space. Most attics have a window that critters can use to infiltrate your home, but ventilation ducts are also viable entranceways. Check for damage up in the attic. If you find evidence of an intruder, sprinkle some baby powder or flour near possible entrances and exits to see what it has been using to travel.
It may seem obvious, but your ventilation ducts are spacious enough to be the red carpet to the inside of your house. Animals can travel easily and quickly through your ventilation, so it’s important to keep them guarded right from their openings. Vent covers are your best option for protecting your most vulnerable creature entranceway.
Keep in mind that your home is more vulnerable than it appears to infestation. Inspect your home regularly and don’t neglect the areas you rarely see, such as the foundation and the vents underneath your roof. Secure your home and stay safe from critters this fall!
Though they remain full of ash and soot almost all year (and can be pretty rare in Texas), animals don’t worry so much about getting their hands dirty and will use the wide open passageways of the chimney to make their way into your domain. Though it may make your chimney a bit harder to clean, adding a cover that doesn’t interfere with ventilation is a sure way to plug up the animal entrance.
Support System for Manufactured Homes
Most manufactured homes are held up by feet and down by anchors that create a secure mobile foundation. One of the large drawbacks of this is that there is an open underneath the home where critters can roam free. While most manufactured homeowners will use a skirt to cover the open area, building codes require a pathway under the house for maintenance. Animals can use this pathway for shelter and to avoid predators. It’s often cool and damp underneath the home, which is a perfect environment for starting a new family of critters. Inspect open areas under the house often, and if you hear any strange sounds or encounter any creatures, call a professional.