Brace yourselves, Winter is coming
With winter, most people think of snow and cold. Well that is true, but people are not the only ones that are thinking about it. Animals would also like a nice warm place to wait out the winter and for most animals that place might also be your place. As the weather gets colder animals start to look for different places to hold up for the winter, and a heated home works just as good for them as a burrow or nest would. Though while removing unwanted animals with the help of Animal Trackers is always an option, the same people can help you make sure that they don’t get inside in the first place.
Protecting Your Home During Winter
The easiest ways for animals to enter are the same that people enter or can enter. Doorways and Windows are good openings for critters to get inside. The easiest ways of keeping them out is to close doors after entering or leaving, and keeping windows closed if there is no screen during the fall and winter. Though that might not be enough in some cases. Animals like mice can squeeze into an opening as long as it can fit it’s head through. So doors and windows that are not sealed properly or have gaps in them work just as well as open doors or windows. Animals like mice though look for easy access ways into a home that require a little work. Animals like squirrels and raccoons have a higher tendency to break into a home through vents or loose siding that can lead to empty spaces such as attics and basements.
Winter Animal Protection Tips
While it might seem like your home might be under siege by the animals in the wild, some basic tips can help keep the critters outside.
- Look: The first step in getting ready for the winter animals is looking around outside your home for the possible openings. An outside outlet cover that is loose, a vent that has a hole in it, or a door that has light shining in from outside should all be taken care of.
- Food: One of the allures of a human home for animals during the winter is the availability of food. Though larger animals like squirrels and raccoons will be easily discovered if they get into the food of a home. Mice are harder to track and often it’s the signs that they had already gotten into food are the only signs you’ll get that there are mice in the house.
- Keep the foundation visible: Often animals tunnel into homes in hidden areas. Mulch that is pressed against the side of a home, bushes or plants that cover the side, rocks and other items that lean against the house. Animals like hidden entrances to keep to keep predators from getting them.
- Secure possible food sources: While the warmth and comfort of a house can be appealing to animals during the winter. A food source is also appealing, and not just inside the house. Garbage outside a house can bring animals close to a house where they could look for a way in. Keeping garbage away from the home and secured will help to keep animals away from the house.
- Talk to a specialist: While most people can do the basic points listed above, it can still not be enough. Animals have not been getting into homes for thousands of years by chance. They know how to get in and often times it is a when more than if. Specialists at Animal Trackers however are not only experts in preventing animals from getting into the house, they can prepare your home so that if animals do get in, they will not cause you any problems.