Humans co-exist with the animals in the wild. That doesn’t mean, however, that you have to let critters make their way into your home. There are several animals that can put the structural integrity and general livability of your home at risk. Luckily, when you work with a local contractor as well as animal control, you can keep these animals in their natural habitats without compromising your home.
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Which Animals Can Damage Your Home?
North and South Carolina are home to a plethora of creatures, but which of these animals put your home at the greatest risk? The critters you’ll want to keep an eye out for include:
- Skunks – The most dangerous thing about a skunk is its scent. While it’s painful enough to have to drive past the scent of skunk spray, it can be even more difficult to deal with that smell as it circulates through your home. If you irritate a skunk too close to your property, you may find yourself contending with that familiar, unpleasant smell for months at a time.
- Rodents – The category of rodents is vast, including all manner of small fuzzy creatures. Squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats, for example, will all flock to your home’s insulation and warmth as soon as they get a chance. There, they can make a meal of your wiring, tear into your wood, and generally make a nuisance of themselves.
- Snakes – The greatest danger a snake poses in your home is one to your health. A snake that feels cornered by a pet or a person is likely to react if it can’t retreat. That said, a confused snake can make its way into the pipes of your home and take up residence there if it isn’t taken care of early.
- Raccoons – Raccoons are some of the most dangerous critters that can interact with your home. This isn’t because of their size but rather because of their clever and curious natures. Raccoons who come into your home can play with your insulation, settle in your attic, rapidly reproduce, and generally make your home unlivable if left to their own devices.
- Bears – Bears aren’t common in North or South Carolina, but that doesn’t mean they can’t cause trouble around your property. Bears frequently underestimate their own size and can cause damage as a result, breaking through wooden supports and scratching the exterior of your home.
- Pigeons – Pigeons used to be prized as game birds as well as messengers. Nowadays, these imported birds are far more often considered pests. Pigeons and other birds can all establish nests in your gutters and redirect the flow of rainwater down toward your foundation, where it can contribute to the hydrostatic pressure that may damage your home.
- Deer – Deer aren’t aggressive creatures, but that doesn’t mean they can’t pose a threat to your home. If a deer gets too comfortable around your property, it may take up residence on your porch or accidentally cause damage with misplaced hooves.
- Groundhogs – Groundhogs love to dig. An ambitious groundhog can lay 45 feet of burrows into the ground beneath your home. These burrows can disrupt the soil under your home as well as the structural integrity of your foundation and cause it to start sinking if they aren’t filled.
- Bats – Bats don’t pose much danger to the structural integrity of your home, but they can make nuisances of themselves. These critters can bring bacteria indoors with them that can put your family’s health at risk. Not only that, but let them stay for too long, and you’ll be cleaning guano off of your floor.
- Woodpeckers – Woodpeckers use trees and other unprotected wood for both a meal and a place to live. Any wooden structures you have outside your home that go unprotected are fair game to these beautiful but irritating critters.
- Vultures – Vultures are more common across the United States than many believe, and they will enthusiastically make a move against your home. Vultures, like many corvids, like shiny things. If you have shingles that reflect the sun, vultures may choose to come down and use them as nesting materials.
These animals and more may be able to damage your home’s structural supports, but that doesn’t mean you can’t respond. You can collaborate with the experts in Charlotte, NC, and Greenville, SC, not only to repair animal-related damage but to prevent it as well. If you want to get started, you can reach out to Mount Valley Foundation Services for a home inspection and a free quote on the services you need.