Home Invaders: How To Deal with Varmints

A house is a building that someone turns into a home by raising a family under its roof. They cherish the memories that are made in each room and take pride in the way it looks. That is until a critter moves into the attic and the whole house becomes a war zone.

A varmint is defined as a troublesome wild animal that is undesirable. It is often a personal opinion about what animals are unwanted, but it is important to know how to handle them in a personal space. Hostility can put the animal or even the person in danger if a struggle occurs.

The best way to prevent a home invasion is by conducting regular perimeter checks of your property and ventilation areas. If a problem area is noticed, prepare to fix the location with screen or other building materials. Before addressing the affected area, be sure to check interior spaces that may have been hurt as well.

Animals commonly found in an attic can include squirrels, bats, mice and occasionally rat snakes. They can enter through holes or vents where in most cases, an animal chews through a screen to create an entry way for others to follow.

Regional Extension Agent, Jordan Graves

Regional Extension Agent Jordan Graves specializes in forestry, wildlife and natural resource management in east central Alabama. “I wouldn’t advise homeowners to remove pests themselves, but instead call a wildlife removal specialist,” said Graves.

In the event that bats have entered your attic, it is important to notice when they are present and absent from the space. It is best to let the bats leave for a period time then cover the entry way that has been breached.

The best way to handle a varmint problem is for a professional removal specialist to set a trap that ensures a proper removal process. Once the animal is removed, the entry way can be repaired so it can’t be breached again. In the event that you have an ongoing problem, observe the space and what is attracting the varmints. Be sure that you are storing food properly, sealing containers and reducing clutter.

If an issue arises, be sure to contact your local extension agent or wildlife office at http://www.aces.edu/directory/.

To quickly get in touch with a permitted nuisance removal specialist in your area, visit http://www.outdooralabama.com/permitted-nuisance-wildlife-control-operators

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