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As a homeowner, you’ve probably entertained guests who overstayed their welcome. But unlike your in-laws or a former college roommate, an animal that’s made itself at home on your property has no intention of leaving.
Some of the usual suspects include raccoons, opossums, woodchucks, skunks, or the occasional stray cat. And while they’re just looking for a safe place to call home, you’d probably prefer it wasn’t under your porch or shed.
Wondering if an animal has decided to move in? Here are some things you should look for:
When evicting an animal near a house, many well-meaning homeowners turn to live traps as a humane solution for removal. But according to experts, the trap-and-release method rarely ends well for captured animals. You could separate a mother from its young, or the animal could have difficulty thriving in the area you choose to release it.
So instead of setting a trap, try to convince the animal to move out on its own. Here are some ways to persuade an animal into finding a new home:
Once you’re sure the animal has moved out, it’s time to keep it out for good. Similar to preventing smaller creatures like bats and squirrels from entering your home, you should start by sealing off the area. For decks and porches, you can use decorative lattice with some wire mesh behind it. Just be sure to bury the bottom of the barrier so animals are unable to sneak underneath it. For sheds and other buildings, fill in any burrow holes with dirt, then spread animal repellent in the area a few times each year.
Generally speaking, damage from animals is not covered by your homeowners insurance. That’s because it’s considered a home maintenance issue, since the damage is gradual – as opposed to a sudden event, like your neighbor’s tree falling on your roof. An insurance professional like an Erie Insurance agent can help you understand what your insurance does (and doesn’t) cover. Find a local agent in your neighborhood to ask questions or get a customized homeowners insurance quote.
Haven’t heard of us? Erie Insurance started with humble beginnings in 1925 with a mission to emphasize customer service above all else. Though we’ve grown to reach the Fortune 500 list, we still haven’t lost the human touch.
Contact Kartsonas Agency, Inc. today to experience the ERIE difference for yourself.