Animal Damage Prevention Strategies

"We know what works and what doesn't"

It is certainly sad that so many animal damage problems could have been easily prevented. Simple techniques such as those listed below would have saved the lives of countless animals and untold thousands of dollars of property damage. The fact is an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure. We hope you agree. To learn about various places where animals typically enter homes, click the words which label various parts of the house pictured below. The listings are not complete. But we are working on it.

Warning: Screening some vents like bathroom, kitchen,dryer and other exhaust vents may be illegal in your state. We have learned that Ohio doesn't allow the screening of bathroom vents with anything but a flap valve. Make sure you check relevant codes before screening.

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What you should do NOW to prevent wildlife damage

This crow is happy because he was just rescued from an uncapped chimney that he fell into. Had he not been rescued he would have diedstephen holding rescued crow.jpg (191437 bytes) in a few days . He was released on site in accordance with Massachusetts state regulations. The homeowner had his flues capped to prevent this unfortunate occurrence from happening again.




Disclaimer: WDC seeks to provide accurate, effective and responsible information on resolving human/wildlife conflicts. We welcome suggestions, criticisms to help us achieve this goal. The information provided is for informational purposes only and users of the information use it at their own risk. The reader must consult state/federal officials to determine the legality of any technique in the reader's locale. Some techniques are dangerous to the user and to others. WDC encourages readers to obtain appropriate training (see our informational literature at our Store ), and understand that proper animal damage control involves patience, understanding that not every technique/method works for every situation or even 100% of the time. Your use of this information is governed by this understanding. We welcome potential users of the information and photos to simply ask for permission via e-mail. Finally, WDC welcomes e-mail but understand that all e-mails become property of Wildlife Damage Control.