Making Your Home Critter Proof
You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t want them in your home. Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around your property where it belongs: outside!
- Don’t place bird feeders too close to your windows. Doing so may cause birds to associate a window with food and therefore try to peck their way inside. (Plus, birds don’t always recognize windows, and have a bit of a reputation for injuring themselves by flying right into them!)
- Make sure window screens are secure! If you can push a screen loose with your hand, so can a bird or other animal.
- Remember to check the screens on dryer vents and chimneys. If they are damaged, fix or replace them to make sure they are critter proof.
- To determine how animals are entering your home, stuff wadded paper in the suspected entry point. If the paper is disturbed the next day, you’ll know where they got in.
- Never leave food outside unattended. After a barbeque, for example, make sure all your chicken wings and tomato slices make it back indoors!
If you do find an animal in your home, don’t try to pick it up! It may bite or have rabies. Instead, call a professional to safely and humanely remove the critter from your house.