Keep Nuisance Wildlife From Becoming Unwelcome Houseguests

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Across the country, cool weather is forcing more than just people to move indoors. Nuisance wildlife such as raccoons and squirrels are also seeking food, water and shelter in homes this fall season.

Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to prevent pests from coming indoors on firewood, foliage and family pets, or from gaining entry through small cracks and crevices in a home’s exterior.

To deter these unwelcome houseguests, the National Pest Management Association encourages homeowners to install door sweeps on exterior doors and repair damaged screens. In addition, it’s important to screen vents and openings to chimneys, and keep attics, basements and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.