No matter what part of the country, animal invaders will find their way into our homes, making nests and shelters in basements and attics. This is a common problem that can only be controlled with knowledge and due diligence. Invading animals can cause property damage, cause fires should they find some electric wires to chew, and even pose a danger to family pets by attract other pests and bringing diseases into the home. Knowing what to look for if you suspect an animal invader can go a long way to saving you money, as well as potentially saving your property.
The first thing property owners should do when buying a new property is familiarize themselves with the potential wildlife. Common invading pests include rats, birds, possums, and bats, and regional invaders, such as lizards, snakes, and owls can also be a problem. Seasonal animals can also invade, seeking warmth or shade, food, or a place to hibernate. Being aware of these patterns can help stop invading animals before they get in, giving homeowners the know-how to seek out and cover up common entry points for these invaders.
However, even all the prevention in the world isn’t going to be perfect, and occasionally an animal will get into the house. One of the clearest indicators of this is finding droppings. Animals’ droppings are different sizes and colors, based on the size of the animal and its diet. This makes it easier to identify an invading animal. Another sign of an animal invader is strange noises from around the house. Trash cans with food in them may see some action as invaders try to get inside. Pet food disappearing, or unusual trails of pet food around the house, may be signs of unwanted animals foraging in your home. Nests might also be found, as many animals find the indoors to be a great place to rear their young.
Since many wild animals carry diseases that can be harmful to humans and especially pets, it is best to have them removed from your home by professionals. A professional is trained in the risks associated with the bites of many animal invaders, and can thus be more prepared if one needs to be removed. However, it is definitely a good idea to be aware of what animal might be in your attic even before you call professional pest removal. The following infographic shows some of the signs of some of the more common home invaders, so if you hear noises in your attic, you can find out what type of animal your uninvited guest is!
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.