Animal Removal: How to Prevent Wildlife Infestation During Winter

Bats in an attic

Winter is the perfect time to snuggle up and spend some time relaxing indoors with your loved ones. Unfortunately, you’re not the only one that wants to cozy up in your home when the weather gets chilly–wildlife infestations are common during the winter months.

Whether you find bats, birds, or raccoons in your attic, or mice in your crawlspace, you might need animal removal services during a Cincinnati winter.

But there are a few practical steps you can take to prevent wildlife infestation before winter hits, and Animal Remover will share this with you in today’s blog post. 

Animals That Invade During Winter

Your attic, chimney, crawlspace, or basement could be the perfect hibernation spot for animals during the winter months. 

Here are some of the most common animals you might find cozying up in your home:

Raccoons: Racoons are notorious attic dwellers. They feed on insects lurking there. They may seem cute, but they can carry diseases like rabies and ringworm and can cause extensive damage to your attic when they chew through drywall to gain entry. 

Signs of raccoon infestation include:

  • Noises in your attic at night (raccoons are nocturnal)
  • Droppings and urine 
  • Trash Cans near your home are disturbed

Bats: Similarly, bats move into attics during cold winter months, which offer them the perfect place to warm up – sometimes rafters to hang upside down on. Bat infestation is a serious health hazard, as their droppings–called “guano” can cause a life-threatening disease called histoplasmosis

Signs of bat infestation include:

  • Squeaking and other noises in your attic
  • An Ammonia-like smell 
  • Live or dead bat sightings

Rats: Rats can invade and live inside your walls, damaging the infrastructure. Prompt animal removal is critical, as rats carry several diseases, including leptospirosis, histoplasmosis, and salmonellosis.  

Signs of a rat infestation include:

  • Scratching noises in walls
  • Rat droppings
  • Chew-marks on food items
  • Rat footprints

All of these animal infestations can cause damage to your home and are a threat to your health. Animal Remover can provide prompt animal removal services in the Cincinnati, OH area. 

Tips for Preventing Animal Infestation During Winter

There are several preventive measures you can take to avoid animals entering your home:

  • Inspect the exterior of your home and seal any points of entry
  • Inspect your attic–check for any signs of chewing or droppings
  • Have an expert inspect your chimney for possible openings
  • Check your roof and siding 

If you notice any signs of animal infestation, call for animal removal services right away. 

Animal Remover: Top-Quality Animal Removal in Cincinnati

At Animal Remover, there isn’t a wildlife infestation we can’t handle! We are experts at the humane removal, trapping, and exclusion of nuisance wildlife. We also provide comprehensive attic restoration services, just in case of bat or raccoon damages. For more information about our services, call us today at 513-324-WILD or contact us online. 

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