What is Wildlife Exclusion?

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At Dugas Pest Control, we handle calls for wildlife exclusion year round but they get especially busy as the winter months set in and the cold weather comes.

This humane practice is exactly as it sounds: it involves excluding animals from the home using preventative measures like sealing up holes in the roof and cracks in the walls. Some pest control companies still use trapping and removal methods to resolve animal invasion problems, but this method is not effective in the long run. Even though the immediate problem may be solved, the habitat remains open for new wildlife to come in.

Benefits of Wildlife Exclusion

There are many benefits to choosing wildlife exclusion for your home.

  • It’s humane. There is no reason to trap and remove or euthanize healthy animals on a continuous basis, which is exactly what happens in traditional trap-and-remove methods. Also, wildlife exclusion programs use humane methods to remove the wildlife from the home at all costs.

  • It keeps animal families together. If you remove the mother and not the babies, for instance, the babies will end up dying in the home. This will cause odors and bacteria to be present. Wildlife exclusion focuses on getting the entire family/colony out together.

  • It’s a long-term solution. Trapping and removing animals does not get to the root of the problem. If you home has open areas where animals can get in and find warmth, they will continue to do so. By fixing these areas, you can keep animals out for good.

  • It’s affordable. It costs money to trap and remove or euthanize pests, but wildlife exclusion is a very inexpensive alternative. All you have to do is ensure that there are no areas where wildlife can get in. The more proactive homeowners are, the better outcome the community has as a whole.

What Does Wildlife Exclusion Entail?

  • Identification of wildlife, which often includes raccoons, squirrels, opossums, mice, rats and so on.

  • Explanation of available options.

  • Removal methods to get all wildlife out. Humane methods are always a priority.

  • Damage is repaired: removal of feces, replacement of wood, insulation and wires that have been chewed, etc.

  • Entry points are sealed. Stainless steel mesh material is used over certain points as well.

  • Final check to ensure the home is left in good condition.

Can I Do This On My Own?

As a homeowner, it’s a good idea to inspect the home and identify hazards like loose shingles in the roof, cracks in the foundation or gaps in the wall. If you already have an infestation, you should call in a professional exterminator who practices wildlife exclusion. As we mentioned above, it’s possible that some of the animals could be left behind in your attic if you attempt to seal up the entry points on your own, and these animals will be left to die. A professional will ensure that all pests are out.

Second, a professional exterminator is well versed in identifying wildlife entry points. We know what signs to look for, as well as what areas to look in. This carefully trained eye ensures that all points are identified and sealed so that the problem does NOT happen again. All it takes is for you to miss one entry point, and you can wind up with another infestation in a few short months.

Still, your role as a homeowner is crucial, because it will be up to you to ensure that the exterior of your home is in good condition over time. As long as you’re not dealing with an infestation, you can provide additional measures like inspecting the roof and siding and making sure that old entry points are still sealed off. When in doubt, contact a professional exterminator who can offer you the support and advice that is needed.