You’re at home just minding your own business, when all of a sudden, you hear the tiny footsteps of a creature somewhere from around your house. But, how can there be the shuffling of little feet, when your kids are right in the same room as you? If you live in the side of the world where you can go through some cold winter months, then it’s normal for you to expect that animals may find warmth and shelter in your home. Especially when you’ve got sneaky areas for them to pass through, then you can expect them to make their way to your home eventually.
Should this happen to your household, you’re going to want to look for ways to drive these creatures away. Not only can they cause potential damage, but they may also cause adverse effects on the health of those living inside your house.
That said, here are some of the tips on how you can deal with wild animals entering your home:
1. Don’t Panic, Try To Keep Your Distance
Of course, it can be easy to scream and panic once you see an unwelcomed animal enter your home. But, once you scream, you may only be driving the animal anxious too. For some, they could react violently to you, while they may even run to other parts of your house. As much as possible, you’ll want to contain them in the area that they’re in so that they’re easier for the right authorities to handle. Then, you’re also preventing the spread of possible diseases all over your house or even cause damage.
Keep your distance, and don’t go too close. Don’t touch the animal, also. Remain calm, and stay quiet, until the proper authorities or help arrives.
2. Inspect Your Entire House
When you’ve contained the animal in one part of your house, whether the authorities have arrived or not, it’s also now a good time for you to inspect your entire house. Go through both the exterior and the interior, so that you can see the possible entryways in your home.
Common entry-points of these animals would include the following:
- Siding that has been damaged or deteriorated by the weather
- Holes and cracks
- Pipes, cables, and vents all over your home
- Pet door, so keep this locked all the time at night
Once you spot any of these entry-points, it’s also worth considering going through a minor renovation job to have these covered. That way, you’re protecting your home from these wild animals paying a visit again.
3. Try To Trick The Animal To Go Outside
Do this tip only if you absolutely know what you’re doing. In some cases, it may even be easy for you to try and trick the animal into going outside. But, before you do so, do quick research first as to what scent or food can attract a particular animal. Then, use this to trick the animal going outside.
For example, there’s a raccoon in your home. Research first for more help with raccoon problems, so you can be absolutely sure about what you’re doing. If they’re close to any exit door in your house, try and get a piece of bread, toss it outside, and see if the raccoon follows.
4. Remove Sources Of Food
While you’re going through the possible entryways of your house, you may also want to take advantage of this time now to remove sources of food that could attract even more animals to go inside your home.
Here are some tips for you to follow through:
- If you’ve got bird feeders, don’t leave seeds more than that which is enough for your birds
- Build a fence around your beds, should you be into gardening fruits and vegetables
- Don’t leave any ripe fruit on the ground
- Feed your pets inside, whenever possible
- Clean your outdoor grill regularly
5. Seek The Help Of Professionals
When you don’t know what to do, or you’re too terrified to handle things by yourself, then you should seek the help of the professionals, such as District Wildlife Solutions. When you phone your local pest control, they can come over and remove the wildlife from your home, in the safest way possible. More so when you’ve kids, you’re going to need the help of the experts. Else, your kids might fall into the trap of moving around too much, amazed (or distracted) by the presence of an unwelcome guest.
With these tips and tricks, now you finally know how to drive these wild animals away, should they gain entry into your home. Yes, somehow, it may be challenging. But, when this happens, it’s a must-do. You’re going to want to keep your entire family safe and protected from whatever diseases may come along. As for these animals, they’ll also need to go back to where they belong – out in the wild and nature.