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Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Kimberly Schofield
Program Specialist-Urban IPM

Prevention of Larger Animals Entering Homes This Season

As the weather becomes cooler, wild animals may move closer to or into structures.  They are ultimately in search of warmth and may invade under structures or in attics.  It is always easier to prevent invasion than to remove them.  This makes EXCLUSION the key to the prevention of wildlife invaders.  Exclusion is the best way to prevent entry and can be accomplished by using steel mesh or steel wool.  Steal mesh can be used to close off entry points such as around whirly birds, vents and other openings in the attic.  Weep holes, cracks and crevices can be sealed using steel wool.  Both steel wool and steel mesh can be found at hardware stores.

Trees should also be trimmed away from structures.  When tree limbs are touching houses, it becomes a perfect bridge for the animals to enter homes.

Also proper sanitation is important to prevent animals from approaching homes.  All food containers should be cleaned and properly contained in closed bins, in order to avoid animals entering garbage or recycle containers.  Bird seed and other food items should be stored in a sealed container.  Clothes, blankets and fleece should also be stored in sealed container, in order to avoid rats and other animals nesting in the materials.

If wild animals are living in or near your home, you must first figure out what animal it is before control should be taken.  Mice and rats can be trapped using sticky or snap traps.  These traps should be placed perpendicular to the wall, in areas where you see droppings, gnawing, urine stains, or scratch marks.

Call the city or wildlife department if larger animals are believed to be living in homes/structures.  Most departments will donate a live cage trap for a period of time and most cities will pick up the trapped animals when they are caged.

Mention of commercial products is for educational purposes only and does not represent endorsement by Texas AgriLife Extension or The Texas A&M University System.  Insecticide label registrations are subject to change, and changes may have occurred since this publication was printed.  The pesticide user is always responsible for applying products in accordance with label directions.  Always read and carefully follow the instructions on the container label.

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