How to combat household critters


Now that summer is in full swing say hello to mice and moles, squirrels and skunks, rabbits and raccoons – and lots of other cunning critters – who are out foraging for free food and a place to live.

To keep your home from being the hangout for invasive wildlife, here are HeyBryan’s top ways to make your house as unattractive as possible and keep critters out.

Seal up holes, gaps and cracks

When it comes to household pests, prevention is always better than the cure, as it is always cheaper and simpler to stop potential unwelcome guests from entering your home than it is to evict them.

With this in mind, why not hire a HeyBryan handyman or pest control Expert who can do an inspection of your home and seal up any holes, gaps and cracks.

Check areas where pipes and hoses enter and exit your home such as for an air conditioner. Smaller pests can squeeze beside the hose if it’s not properly sealed.

Also, look for great external hiding places throughout your garden such as under a shed, deck, wood pile, thick bushes or inside the walls of a hot tub.

Depending on the hole or gap, fill it with the appropriate sealant or cover it with a wire cage if the hole is for something like a gas dryer vent that needs to breathe. A HeyBryan Expert will be able to advise you on the best means to fill the space so that you do not have to revisit the problem.

Additionally, look for areas where an animal could easily jump or climb on to your roof, such as from a nearby fence or tree, and get inside your attic. Raccoons are particularly adept at prying open metal roof vents with their long sharp claw, so trim tree branches to make the jump impossible.

Eliminate food

Your vegetable garden is a delicious buffet to critters. To protect it, keep it covered with a mesh screen or chicken wire.

Also keep a tight lid on outdoor garbage and be sure to bring them into your garage or shed at night. A HeyBryan handyman could also build outdoor storage for your garbage cans with doors that latch. There are also garbage bags with pest-repellent scents available online.

Never leave food out, and secure cupboards, if you have an outdoor kitchen or barbecue where crumbs might be available.

If you have fruit trees, it can be tricky to ward off nimble pests from this free fruit stand. Consider putting mesh around the fruit on the branches. Also keep your lawn clear of fallen fruit so it isn’t so easy for them to eat and run.

Keep doors closed

It is always tempting, during the warmer months, to leave doors and windows to the house open to ‘let in some air’. To make sure you are not creating an open house for potential pests, never leave open doors or windows unattended and consider installing mesh screens which allow air to circulate while creating a barrier.

Keep your garage door closed when you’re not using it as critters can sneak in and hide. The same goes for the doors of a shed. They may be watching for the perfect opportunity to move in.

Pest repellents

There are a variety of repellents to keep pests away from your home such as liquid sprays and granular powder applications. Choose carefully if you have children or pets to keep them safe from contamination, you can find information on the different varieties online, in-store or through a HeyBryan Expert.  

If you prefer to use non-chemical means to scare critters away, you can also try using motion-activated lights, garden pinwheels and ultra-sonic sound repellers.

Traps

Depending on the pest you want to catch there are a variety of traps to consider such as:

  • Electronic ones that cause a shock
  • Snap traps with a spring mechanism
  • Sticky glue traps
  • Humane cages

Make sure to speak to someone with knowledge of dealing with the particular pest you are trying to get rid of, so that you can be assured you are getting the right equipment to deal with the situation.

Whichever is your preferred method of combating invasive wildlife, a HeyBryan Expert can help keep critters out of your home, so you won’t feel like you’re living in a zoo.


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