Wildlife Exclusion Services Columbus

All of us know that wild animals within your home can be a nuisance and even a danger. They chew up our plants, dig holes in our lawns, or worse yet - get into our homes. Sometimes they stay there! AAAC Wildlife Removal is the best option to keep them out of your home.

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Excluding wildlife from your home is the safest and most effective solution!
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What is Wildlife Exclusion?

Exclusion refers to sealing any animal entry points in your home or place of business that prevent them from returning inside. It’s much easier than trying to exclude wildlife all by yourself.

AAAC Wildlife Exclusion Services is able to provide humane exclusion services for all wildlife that might pose a risk to your home and business. We are experts in exclusion and can safely and effectively exclude your problem animals.

We can help if there are animals living underneath your house or inside your walls. We will seal any animal entry points we find. These include holes in floors, cracks around pipes, and anything else that could allow an animal to enter your home or business.

How We Conduct Wildlife Control and Exclusion Services

Nuisance wildlife has somehow found a way into your home or business, and now you’re thinking about trapping them and – maybe even getting rid of them. But, trapping alone will not solve your problem. You might exterminate the first infestation, but without wildlife exclusion services, you are just waiting until the next group of critters decides to move in. These are the steps we take in order to stop the infestation cycle by using animal exclusion technologies:

Find and seal all entry points:

We first look for all the possible access points animals might use. This might include holes in floors, cement cracks around pipes – basically anywhere an animal might find entry into your home or business. This also includes roof flashing, roof shingles, and soffits. Then we block off those access points. We can also use rubber grommets, or metal grommets, to seal the hole. In other cases, we may use wire mesh for plugging the holes. Next, cover your hole with a waterproof covering. It will keep it safe from the elements. Finally, we need to wait to see if any other openings could allow animals into your building before sealing them.

Exclude wildlife using a trap or one-way door

Pest control professionals will usually locate the main entrance wild animals use to enter your home or workplace. We deliberately leave this gap open so we can properly eliminate nuisance wildlife. Once we have identified it we can use either a one-way door or a live trap.

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One way doors: For those who don’t wish to kill the animal, a one-way door can be a good choice. These doors allow animals to enter but not exit. We open a small hole in the door to allow the animal to pass through but it should be small enough to not let the animal out. Next, we place the bait on the opposite side of the hole and close it. The animal will then go in. Because they cannot open the door from this end, it will be impossible for them to leave.

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Live traps: For a live trap, we set traps near any openings in the roof or outside that might be used by animals to get in. To lure them into our trap, we place the traps near the openings. Once they’re caught, we won’t have to deal or see them. Once the animal enters the trap, it’s caught!. If we are trapping larger wildlife such as possums or raccoons, we may need to use a cage trap. This is a wire mesh trapping tool that will keep your animal inside. Once caught, technicians from our company will get rid of it.

Popular Access Points for Animal Entry

A professional wildlife pest control operator will inspect all possible access points that wildlife, including rodents, birds, bats, and rats, can use to get into your home. This will help prevent future infestations. AAAC Wildlife Removal is very thorough, but here is a quick list of the most popular access points that animals use to get inside your home.

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Ridge Vents

Bats commonly enter attics through the Roof Ridge Vent. This is a narrow metal strip that runs along one side of the roof. We can use a Ridge Guard to seal any vent openings. Once the vents are sealed,  we can do a complete roof repair to make sure your house is animal-proof. If you have photos of your roof, it will help us determine if there are any critters getting into your ridge vents.

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Gable Vents

Gable vents are found in many homes and allow wildlife such as squirrels and raccoons to enter. These vents are intended to allow for airflow to your attic, even in hot weather. These vents can be secured with wire mesh. It allows airflow, but not animal’s entry. We can also fix the vent flaps, and replace any rotted or damaged wood that might have opened the door for the critters.

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Dryer Vents

Dryer vents offer rodents and birds a convenient entry point. These vents are a common entry point for rodents and birds. They can survive on the airflow from dryer vents. It is important to secure these areas with metal mesh and seal any cracks in the vent.

Birds love dryer vents because of the warm airflow that is moving through them. You might notice an increase in your electricity costs as birds use the dryer vents as access for their nesting areas. The best prevention is the installation of common vent guards.

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Squirrels and raccoons love to enter your attic through damaged soffits. A professional wildlife removal service operator will replace any wood that has rotted and seal the openings using metal mesh or closures. Your soffit will look like new, and all rodents will be gone.

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Wild animals just love the fascia on a house. The fascia is what would be underneath the gutter at the edge of your roof if you had gutters. It is a board that covers the gap between your roof edge and your gutters. We seal the gap with metal mesh, take out and replace any decayed wood, and then we install a metal sheet that stops wildlife from getting in.

Eaves on a house in Columbus


Raccoons love the eaves of your house and can get in through them. Eaves are the areas where the roof meets the sides of your home. To keep wildlife out, our technicians can use metal mesh to close any gaps. Or, we can install special guards that prevent animals from entering.

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The Chimney

One of the easiest ways animals can enter a house is through its chimney. We have chimney caps that can prevent animals from getting into a home. If they are already inside, we can also remove the chimney liners and replace them once the pest is removed.

Bats, squirrels, and raccoons love to find a warm place to sleep inside the chimney. It is difficult for animal control agencies to inspect this access point due to the risk of fire and venting. To locate animals, we will use flameless heat detector cameras. Or, we can remove the cap and replace it.

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Cracks in the foundation

Foundation cracks are the favorite access point for rodents. We can repair foundation cracks by using a cement-filler compound. Rodents will not be able to enter the walls again. This type of repair not only prevents animals from entering but also improves the exterior appearance of your home.

Exposed pipe in Columbus

Exposed pipes

All species of rodents just love to get inside the walls of your home using exposed pipes. The best prevention for this is to secure any gaps with metal mesh, and then cover up pipe openings with a cap that prevents animals from entering again while allowing air to freely move through all spaces in your home.

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Wildlife Damage Repair Service

Once your wildlife exclusion is complete, it’s important to repair the damage that rodents, squirrels, bats, birds, mice, rats, or other pests may have caused. Wild animals will often make their doorway to your home bigger by chewing on it or scratching it with their claws. This can cause unsightly damage.

Our wildlife damage repair services rank high among pest control professionals. Our team has the experience and expertise in carpentry and contracting to fix even the most complicated wildlife damage. Our contractors have the ability to replace damaged drywall and insulation. They also have the knowledge needed to repair your home quickly and efficiently to reduce the risk that you will experience future animal damage.

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Attic Restoration

You may find your attic contaminated by urine, feces, and blood from an infestation. This can cause a horrible stench and create a perfect environment for mold growth. Our pest control professionals will replace any contaminated insulation using fresh materials that have been treated for moisture and odor. We also can replace insulation that is torn or chewed through by rats, mice, squirrels, and other pests by using new material secured to your attic floor with heavy-duty staples. Our attic restoration service will make attics look as good as new again!

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Wild Animal Pest Control

Exclusion is a humane approach to pest control. Wildlife can be humanely captured or encouraged to flee, and then they are unable to return to your home once their holes have been closed. This article provides some insight into professional wildlife exclusion services that can resolve problems caused by wild animals living in your home. AAAC Wildlife Removal offers a professional wildlife exclusion service. Call us today!

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We are passionate about helping our friends, neighbors, and customers manage their wildlife issues, and keep their homes safe and secure. If you’re struggling with an uninvited guest in your house or yard, give us a call!

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