In many neighborhoods around Maryland, we co-exist with wildlife like squirrels, birds, and raccoons. Once they start damaging your home, you may want to take action. However, you don’t want to hurt the furry or feathered creatures. Fortunately, they are some simple, safe, and humane ways you can go about preventing siding damage from wildlife.
1. Cut Limbs Away from Your Home
When tree limbs hang over your home, your house becomes an extension of a squirrel’s outdoor playground. They won’t think twice about leaping onto your roof, peeling away the siding, and working their ways into your attic.
Cutting the limbs that hang over or near your roof reduces the temptation. It may save you from roof damage during a storm as well.
2. Seal Your Home
Often creatures damage siding as they’re entering your home. They’re peeling it aside to get into the attic, walls, or basement. They’re scratching it as they scurry up it to their opening.
So remove the temptation by locating those holes and sealing them. But do be sure not to trap a live animal inside your home. A trapped animal does even more damage than one that comes and goes freely.
Preventing siding damage from wildlife frequently involves being aware of what attracts wildlife to your home and eliminating that attraction.
3. Try Capsaicin
Capsaicin is the chemical that makes hot peppers spicy. As a naturally-occurring substance, it’s not harmful to you, your children, or pets in reasonable quantities, as long as you don’t get it in your eyes or nose.
However, please wear latex or other protective gloves and a face mask to prevent breathing too much in because it will irritate your lungs and skin.
While it’s not dangerous, it will make siding undesirable to chew on for the animal. You can find capsaicin sprays explicitly designed for preventing siding damage from wildlife.
Note, however, that some animals can’t taste “hot,” so capsaicin will not repel them. For example, the following would be unaffected by the heat because they don’t have heat-sensing taste buds and aren’t turned off by the smell:
- Carpenter bees and other insects
- Feral cats
4. Apply Polybutene
Polybutene is a sticky but otherwise harmless substance. Animals will avoid railings, downspouts, gutters, siding, and other surfaces that have the material on them. You don’t have to put it everywhere. Just target some hotspots of known wildlife activity.
You’ve just informed wildlife that they need to go elsewhere. Preventing siding damage from wildlife is all about gentle persuasion. That said, please note that, unfortunately, polybutene washes off in the rain. As a result, you will need to brush it back on periodically.
The good news, however, is that not unlike training a dog, animals learn from experience. You’ll likely not be surprised to know that animals teach their young similar to human parents teaching their own. In other words, over time, you may need to apply the polybutene less frequently as generations of parents pass on guidance to their young.
5. Place Traps
If you have wildlife living in your attic and danging siding, ask a professional to place traps on the entry points. The next time the animal comes out, they’ll find themselves in a cage. A removal service can then take the animal away from your home and then seal up the entry.
Preventing Siding Damage from Wildlife
Often preventing siding damage takes a multi-faceted approach. Make your home less attractive. Have any existing animals removed from inside your home before sealing it. Safe and humane animal repellents do exist, as discussed above.
If you’re experiencing home or yard damage from animals, the skilled team at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to help. We understand the urgency of an animal infestation. Time is of the essence. Therefore, we work to quickly and humanely remove pests while providing solutions to prevent future infestations.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the many ways we can rid your home of unwanted wildlife. So give us a call at 866.784.8058 to schedule an appointment.