Michigan Wildlife Repair Services

Wildlife Prevention and Damage Control

Common Nuisance Wildlife Entry Points

Protecting your home from wildlife intrusion is crucial in keeping nuisance animals and attic pests at bay. Proper wildlife-proofing measures are essential to effectively deal with unwanted pests, as most wild animals are territorial and may return home if repairs are not done correctly. We offer a comprehensive range of repair services to fortify your home against wildlife intrusion. From installing chimney caps, eaves, gable vents, ridge vents, and bathroom vent covers to caulking, screening, flashing, and deck screening, we ensure thorough protection. Our repair methods prioritize the use of caulking and roof sealant, avoiding the use of spray foam, which often yields unsightly results and lacks durability. Spray foam is solely reserved for controlling airflow and insulation purposes, always applied from the inside out, never from the outside in. Below, we outline some compelling reasons for investing in these repairs:

Chimney Caps

Chimney caps ensure there will be no more raccoons, birds, or bats living in your fireplace. Typically a cap will not keep bats out so we recommend installing a 1/2" hardware cloth underneath the cap to keep bats out. If the fireplace is natural gas a 1/4" hardware cloth can be used to ensure no bats will gain entry. There are many types of chimney caps for every flue size. We can choose the cap that best fits your chimney stack.

Ridge Vents

Ridge vents are vents that sit on top of the peak of your house allowing ventilation. Even if there is a fiberglass screen underneath the bats will sit under the vent cap causing the screen to deteriorate. The ridge should be nailed down tight to the roof line. Some metal caps like the one in the picture have a rubber insert at the end of them. Sometimes these fall out or roofers forget to put them in. Replacing the rubber insert or filling it in with hardware cloth and roof sealant will get the job done and keep critters out. The best way to seal ridge vents is with Ridge-Guard.

Flashing

Flashing

Around chimneys and eves can prevent mice, squirrels, birds, bats, and other wildlife from entering your attic and home. Flashing on bird feeder posts can prevent raccoons and squirrels from eating your feed as they can not grip onto the post. Shiny metal flashing above doorways and on wood siding can deter bats from roosting and woodpeckers from pecking holes.

Eave Repair

Eave Repair

Often times squirrels, birds, or bats will enter your house through an eave area. Eaves are areas where one roof line meets another roof line, creating a construction gap. Squirrels will get up under the gap and chew their way in. A bat will fold its body up and slide right in. Birds can make a nest inside the soffit blocking ventilation and also creating airborne bacteria. Repairs can be made with flashing or hardware cloth.

 

Vent Cover

Bathroom Vent Covers

Cages over dryer vents and bathroom vents can prevent birds from nesting in your flex pipe causing your exhaust systems not to work. It's important to remove all of the debris from within the flex pipe. Sometimes this requires going into the attic to remove the flex pipe from the exhaust. Once removed you can clean out the pipe and reattach it to the exhaust. Using hardware cloth instead of the vent cap can clog up sometimes. We don't recommend this method.

 

Deck Fencing

For deck barriers we dig an 18" barrier trench around decks and porches. Then we install galvanized hardware cloth, 1/8", 1/4", or 1/2" gauge around the deck. Then we backfill all trench areas to keep animals from digging underneath. Especially groundhogs and skunks.

Gable Vent

Gable Vents

Gable vents are vents that sit on the side of your house and provide ventilation. We often need to screen the top of these vents with galvanized hardware cloth. Screens from the inside will not keep the animals or birds from roosting or nesting under the louvers. Screens typically blend in with shadows making them less noticeable. Bats, birds, and squirrels are the most common animals entering these areas.

Xclusion Pro Vent Guard

Can Vent Covers

Cages over your attic and canned vents can prevent squirrels and raccoons from chewing through into your attic. This is also a good technique to keep birds out from underneath the vent as well. Screens from the attic will prevent wild animals or birds from entering your attic, but will not prevent nesting under the vent. Birds and squirrels will gather nesting material and make homes underneath the vent top. Raccoons have often torn off these vent tops to make their way into your attic. Applying these cages over your vents is sure to keep nuisance wildlife out of your attic. Cage covers typically come in a galvanized metal or a stainless steal depending on your liking

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