Getting to know your animal neighbors isn’t always a bad thing. It’s when those animals start making moves on your home and foundation that their presence can become a problem.
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Outdoor Animals And Your Home: The Problem Animals
Some of the most destruction-oriented animals you may have to deal with as a homeowner include:
- Skunks – The problem with skunks is, as you might expect, their scent. While some skunks have been domesticated and subsequently had their scent glands removed, the wild ones vastly outnumber those that have been tamed. If a skunk manages to make its way near your home, you may find yourself dealing with that trademark scent for months to come.
- Rodents – Rats and mice have bad reputations among homeowners. While their reputations aren’t entirely warranted, these critters can still cause damage around your home. Mice, specifically, can carry diseases into your home, as can wild rats. Both are likely to build nests inside your walls, if they have a chance to access them, and otherwise compromise the health of your home. These critters tend to appear more frequently as the weather cools, which, while inconvenient, does give you time to look out for them as the seasons change.
- Snakes – Snakes tend to make their way toward your home when you’ve allowed rodents to roost and the weather starts to shift. Snakes are cold-blooded and often need the warmth of a human home to stay safe while hiding from the winter cold. Unfortunately, most snakes also hate humans and will respond to their presence with deadly force. While these critters won’t compromise the structural integrity of your home, they can put you in some pretty dangerous situations if their presences go unchecked.
- Raccoons – Raccoons are among the most aggressive critters to make their way into your home. Not only will a raccoon roost as soon as it is able, but it can also give birth and make a proper mess of your wiring, insulation, and HVAC system.
- Bears – Homeowners in Denver and Colorado Springs, CO, are more likely to see bears in their lawns than many homeowners across the nation. Bears not only like to make their presence known on your property, but it’s not feasible for you to shoo them away safely. When faced with a bear in your yard, you’re likely to eventually contend with property damage, be it a crack in your wall from the bear’s weight, a broken fence, or an otherwise damaged outdoor object.
- Deer – Deer are more of a risk on your lawn than they are a risk to the structural integrity of your home. Even so, if deer grow too used to your presence, they may make themselves at home on your front porch or near your garage, where they can expose you to deer ticks and other diseases.
- Squirrels and chipmunks – Squirrels, like raccoons, like to cause problems in a person’s home. These critters are smaller than their larger cousins and can enter your home through a variety of means, often without you knowing it. Like raccoons, squirrels will nest in your insulation, chew up your wires, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. Chipmunks exhibit much the same behavior, but their smaller size makes them more difficult to catch. The symptoms of their presence can often be confused with that of mice, and they’re known to carry many of the same diseases.
- Groundhogs – Groundhogs are worse than rabbits when it comes to the destabilization of your foundation. These critters are large and love to create a burrow network wherever they feel safe from predators. As such, they can happily move in under your home and cause your foundation and the soil underneath to shift if they’re not rapidly taken care of.
- Pigeons – Pigeons used to be a prized fowl to see on your lawn, or to at least have on your property. Nowadays, these critters are more likely to damage your property than they are to deliver a message across the state for you. Pigeons tend to nest in your gutters, making it more difficult for you to redirect water away from the perimeter of your home. The presence of that kind of obstacle can often lead to a foundation or basement leak.
- Bats – Compared to many of the critters on this list, bats are relatively harmless, at least in terms of structural damage. That said, bats can easily get into your home and spread diseases and bacteria, not to mention guano.
- Woodpeckers – It’s always a treat to spot a woodpecker in your yard. It’s not so fun to spot one in your home. Woodpeckers, as their names and reputations suggest, will go to town on your wooden structural supports, leaving holes and a greater chance for water damage behind them.
- Vultures – Vultures are more common in the United States than you may believe. If you do end up with a committee of them near your home, they may make sport of your shingles and pool covers, as they’re attracted to shiny objects.
If you’re trying to recover from animal-induced foundation, basement, or crawl space damage, you can reach out to the professionals at Complete Basement Systems for a home inspection and a free quote on repair services.