American Animal Control LLC service technicians have removed thousands of animals, birds, bats, and snakes from homes, sheds, attics, crawlspaces, basements, and commercial buildings for many years. There is always one thing in common, an entrance point where the “pest” had entered. Finding this entry point can be as simple as removing a raccoon in a chimney to finding an opening almost the size of a pencil eraser where mice are getting in.
ANIMAL ENTRY INSPECTION
The trapping and removing of a nuisance animal is not normally the most difficult part in solving a customer’s pest problem. Location of the entrance point(s) is always the most important piece of the puzzle, and always starts with a thorough inspection. Each pest or animal can create or find a construction gap or opening to enter into a structure that is most suitable for their size and specific characteristics. These entrance points can vary quite a bit depending on what kind of animal or pest our customer is having problems with. Animal entry inspections are always the first step in the animal removal and exclusion procedure. Many times our own technicians are amazed how an animal will find the weakest point to enter a house or structure.
Animal Exclusion from Chimneys:
We often will remove raccoons, squirrels, birds, and bats in chimneys. It is almost always a chimney that has no cap or a damaged chimney screen. American Animal Control LLC installs hundreds of chimney caps per year. After removing animals in a chimney or fireplace, installing a chimney cap to prevent animal entry is usually one of the most common animal exclusions we perform.
A properly fitted chimney caps installed by AAC technicians ensures the animal exclusion from your chimney.
Animal Exclusion from Under Decks:
Decks provide perfect shelter for animals to build dens or nest. Temperatures can determine an animal’s frequency and time spend under a deck. Most of the time customers will notice animals under their decks when it gets warmer outdoors. Raccoons, groundhogs, skunks, opossums, fox, chipmunks, and snakes will find suitable temperatures and den conditions for several months under decks. Once the animal or pest has been removed, a deck exclusion with a pest barrier is really the only way to eliminate all future animal entry. American Animal Control can provide you with one of the most effective long term solutions with our signature deck and shed barriers.
Animal Exclusion from Eaves and Soffits
Bats, raccoons, and squirrels enter eaves and soffits on a regular basis. We remove animals from under soffits daily. Most of our customers do not realize that animals have entered their eaves until they hear noises in the attic. The animal exclusion in these areas can be as simple as sealing up small construction gaps to something as extensive as replacing the entire soffit, fascia, and sometimes the entire roof edge.
Animal Exclusion from Crawl Spaces:
The exclusion of animals in crawl spaces depends a lot on the condition of the home or building. One of the common animal entrance points is foundation vents. Foundation vents normally have screens attached to the back side of them. Typically these screens present no challenge for an animal seeking shelter. We have seen these vents with just a little tear in the screen that mice or chipmunks have entered, as well as the entire vent being destroyed by a raccoon or groundhog. In most cases the animal exclusion consists of installing two layers of pest guard material. One is a smaller material to stop mice, and the other is a very strong pest guard cover that will stop larger animals such as raccoons or groundhogs. Some customers who try and take care of the problem themselves can create a worse problem by doing so. It very important to remember that foundation vents are installed for a good reason, to allow ventilation so molding or rotting does not occur. Our animal exclusion service technicians are trained and only install exclusion materials that will allow for proper ventilation while excluding the nuisance animals.
Animal Exclusion from Roof and Gable Louvre Vents:
Roof vents, gable end vents, and attic ventilator fan vents are magnets for animal entry. Bats, raccoons, squirrels and birds can sometimes tear these vents open in just minutes. Our service technicians remove and exclude animals from these vents everyday. Unfortunately most if not all of these vents are made from very thin materials that only stop rain or snow from getting in. Gable end vents are generally made out of wood or aluminum and don’t provide much prevention from animals trying to find a new home. Roof vents are also made from thin aluminum or plastic and may have a vinyl bug screen behind them. This presents no challenge for most animals with teeth or claws. Heavy duty vent covers installed will allow the vent to breath properly while providing adequate exclusion for many types of unwanted pest. Attic ventilation fans sit up off the roof several inches and in most cases have just a plastic screen wrapped around the main opening. Many customers will call saying they have a raccoon in the attic but can’t find how it was able to get in. These vents must be covered with a “dish pan” vent cover as part of the animal exclusion procedure, or you will most likely have another raccoon or animal in the attic.
Mouse and Snake Exclusion:
Many times doing foundation inspections we will find multiple entrance points from different types of animals or pests. Mice can enter in very small openings and construction gaps. Cement block and stone foundations can have many openings that need shut down with mortar or caulk. Inside corners and outside corners on vinyl sided houses present alternative animal entrance points. Occasionally we will find homes that have lots of mice that will also have snakes. Snakes will follow the scent of the mice up the outside corners right into the soffits and will end up in the attics. We have found snake skins in attics on several occasions. The best form of exclusion for outside vinyl corners is a Kritter Cap.
Exclusion of Birds in Bathroom Fan Vents:
Most bathroom fan vents or dryer vents are made from plastic louvers that open and close as air passes through them . These vents do not hold up good in the weather and at times become brittle and begin to fall apart. Bathroom fan vents are normally off unless someone is in the bathroom. Birds will find these vents to be perfect spots to nest and have young. We provide bird and bird nest removal from these type of vents many times a year. All of these type of vents require vent covers to exclude birds from entering. Dryer vents also are easily tore open by squirrels and mice. If the dryer duct work is plastic many times the squirrels or mice will chew through the duct and end up in the laundry rooms.
Areas of Concern for Animal Exclusion:
Animals can enter almost anywhere they want on a home or structure. American Animal Control LLC # 1 priority is to solve your animal or pest problem. Although we can never guarantee that a customer will never have another animal problem we always express the importance of animal entry prevention. We have seen thousands of animal entry points and many different areas of homes where animals can get in. With many years of experience in animal entry exclusion our licensed wildlife removal specialist know that providing our customers with the most professional animal entry prevention is the key in avoiding re-occurrence of wildlife conflicts. If you are having problems with nuisance animals or you just want the peace of mind that you are proactive in preventing animal entry problems. Give us a call and one of our trained service technicians can provide you with an comprehensive top to bottom inspection and animal entry exclusion.