Asheville’s cold months are here and that means wild animals are actively seeking a way into homes. If you haven’t prepared yourself already you may find yourself sharing space with a squirrel or raccoon in the attic. Key home invaders like rats and other small rodents out this year.

Some of you may find rodents as innocent because of their appearance, but it is quite the opposite. Rodents are prone to carrying diseases like Salmonella and Hantavirus that can quickly spread to children or pets. They also tend to live in walls that can cause damage because rodents end up chewing through wallboards and electrical wiring.

Here are a few tips for keeping wildlife out this winter:

1. Keep food airtight and regularly dispose of garbage.
2. Store items in plastic containers rather than cardboard boxes.
3. Store firewood 20 feet away from your home and 5 feet off the ground.
4. Install a screen over your chimney vent.
5. Seal any cracks or holes on the outside of the home, especially areas where there are utilities and pipes.

6. If you find rodent feces, here scurrying in the walls, or any other sign of invasion, contact a professional immediately.

We also handle any damages caused by critters and specialize in exclusion barriers to help keep them out for good. Contact us HERE if you have any questions or inquiries and keep all of these tips in mind throughout the North Carolina winter to keep pests away.