When it gets cold in winter, it is not just we who look for the coziest nook in our home to settle; even animals that live in their natural habitats search for warm and comfortable places. And surprisingly, our homes seem to be the perfect refuge for them. The weather in mountains and forests becomes cooler so the residential streets nearby witness the invasion of tenacious critters.

While coexisting with urban wildlife is something everyone has to learn, it doesn’t imply you have to have it in your building or the yard. Wild animals are a nuisance to your health and the structural integrity of your home. They leave behind feces, urine and food that generate foul smells. They also gnaw on wood and wires, creating a fire hazard in the worst-case scenarios.

Here is a list of common wildlife you can meet on your premises:

  • Squirrels and Raccoons. These are the most often witnessed by the homeowners in their neighborhoods. Raccoons are big and aggressive, and squirrels are prevalent in huge numbers.
  • Rodents. People are familiar with their presence and remain highly concerned about the damage they cause to the household items.
  • Opossums. They are less problematic than the rest and usually found in the front or backyard, eating insects and small rodents. You cannot let them stay there, though.
  • Birds and Bats. These are found in the attic or crevices near the roof and soon become a headache. Bird nests can clog or block drains, gutters or downspouts in no time.
  • Snakes. Usually found at ground levels and basements of the home, these creatures can be scary and dangerous.

They make their way through –

  1. Chimneys

Open chimneys are easy invitations to squirrels and raccoons. Even bats and opossums find their comfort in its warmth. A chimney cap or mesh wire at the opening is the only way to restrict their entry. Frequent check-ups are also a must.

  1. Roof Vents

Roof vents that move hot and humid air out of your attic are also favorite places for squirrels and many other animals that know climbing well. During winters, they take refuge inside and relax. A pest control expert must be called for the inspection and to carry out safe squirrel removal.

  1. Wall Gaps

These have to be the easiest and most convenient entry points for birds, mice, bugs, and snakes. Because of the flexibility in their bodies, they fit through the smallest of gaps in your attic or walls. Sealing of these openings with some sort of flashing material is required at the earliest.

  1. Holes Beneath the Surface

Rats and skunks are pretty good at digging and can create tunnels to your house from below. Their underground habitat is everything to them, which they leave during the day or night for food. But these are disease-spreaders so contact a wildlife removal expert to proceed with their safe removal.