Common Home Characteristics that Attract Wildlife Looking for a Place to Call Home
Every fall, animals make their way into Toronto homes for food and warmth. Whether or not they are attracted to your home depends on a few basic characteristics. Here are some tips that can help to keep wildlife out of your home.
Make Sure Your Home is Sealed
Take the time to go around your whole house, looking for cracks and holes that could be a possible entry point for wildlife. A professional wildlife removal service can help you locate spots that animals may use to get inside. Many homeowners don’t realize that their attic, basement, and cracks in siding can all be entry points for crafty critters.
Don’t Leave Food Out
Leaving food outside, such as pet food in bowls or leftovers from an afternoon barbecue, is a sure way to attract wildlife to your home. Be especially sure not to leave food out overnight. Bring in all pet bowls and make sure nothing is left out that could be producing an attractive aroma. Once animals decide your home is a place in which they can find food, they are much more likely to attempt entry.
If you already have animals in your home, then continuing to leave food out makes your home a great place to stay. Rodents and other animals will be attracted to any food left out, so be sure to clean all counters and seal all food containers.
Keep Garbage Cans Sealed
Many raccoon, squirrel, and other wildlife removal calls are due to improperly sealed garbage cans. Raccoons are very good at getting into cans that aren’t sealed or aren’t placed in a good spot. Try to keep garbage cans up off the ground if possible and secure the lids with cables.