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Animal-Proofing and Animal Damage Repair

Animal-Proofing in Birmingham and the Surrounding Areas

Animal control technician installing an animal-proof dryer vent

Installing an animal-proof dryer vent to keep rats, mice, and other critters out of a home.

Animal exclusion and animal damage repair are basically two sides of the same coin. In both cases, the goal is to keep animals out of your home. But a lot of folks like to animal-proof their homes before the animals get in and start making a mess, damaging property, causing fire hazards by gnawing on wiring, and otherwise making nuisances of themselves.

The reason that animal-proofing is necessary is because very few homes -- even brand-new ones -- are animal-proof until a wildlife control professional makes them that way. That's because carpenters, roofers, and other professionals who build houses almost never have a sufficient appreciation for the ability of animals to get into a building if they really want to.

Most homes have what we call "construction gaps," by which we basically mean any gap that's big enough for an animal to squeeze through. Because some animals (like mice) can squeeze through cracks as narrow as the thickness of a pencil, and others (like rats and flying squirrels) can squeeze through a hole roughly the size of a quarter, it really doesn't take much of a gap for critters to get into your home.

Once they get inside you home or commercial building, animals or birds can cause all sorts of problems, including:

Proactive Animal Exclusion

Fire hazard caused by flying squirrels gnawing on electrical wiring

Animals, in this case flying squirrels, can cause you to lose your home by creating a fire risk.

We have lots of customers who have had animal problems in the past, and when they move to a new home, one of the first things they do is call us to inspect the house and animal-proof it, if necessary. That's because having gone through the problem of having animals in their previous homes, when they move, they want to be proactive and seal the animals out of of the new home right from the get-go.

As mentioned above, once animals get into your home or building, they do damage. They do damage to your home, as well as to anything stored in the areas where the animals decided to stay. They can also damage HVAC equipment, insulation, electrical wiring, and sometimes even plumbing. These problems can be very costly, so obviously it's better to seal the animals out than to wait until they've already moved in.

When you sign up for animal-proofing from Rid-A-Critter, we begin with an exhaustive inspection by a skilled animal control professional, who will look at every inch of your home, from top to bottom, for even the tiniest of gaps. Once we've identified all the potential animal entry points, we animal-proof your home or building, using whatever methods are needed given your situation.

Animal Damage Repair

Neatly-done animal damage repair to a roof

Animal damage repair to a roof done with professional care and workmanship.

Animal damage repair is exactly what it sounds like: Repairing the damage that animals caused in and to your home. It also includes animal-proofing as part of the job because it would be kind of dumb to fix the damage caused by animals without also sealing your home to prevent more damage in the future.

Animals can cause all sorts of damage from the moment they set their minds to getting into your home. For example, a rat or a squirrel may come across a small home, take a look at it, and decide it's not quite big enough to get in. No worries for the rodent, though: They just use their powerful jaws and teeth to gnaw away at the hole until it's big enough for them to use nice and comfortably.

In fact, almost any animal that gets into homes will cause some sort of damage to the structure and any items you have stored inside of it. Some damage will be physical damage to the building, for example, the rodent gnawing we mentioned before. Other damage can be related to the animals' urine and droppings, which contaminate stored items, and which contain pathogens that can become airborne and spread through the home.

At Rid-A-Critter, we handle all kinds of animal damage. Most jobs begin with getting the critters out of your home, followed by cleaning up any mess they made (including replacing contaminated insulation, if needed), and then by sealing the animals out of your home for good. We are fully licensed and insured for this work, and our technicians are held to the highest standards of craftsmanship.

Animal Damage / Exclusion Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the animal damage repair and exclusion jobs we've done in and around Birmingham and our Alabama service area.

  • Hole toward the roof allowed bats into a home in Hoover, Alabama

    Bat entry hole in a house in Hoover, Alabama

  • Gap between roof and sheathing allowed flying squirrels into a house in Homewood

    Flying squirrel entry gap found in Homewood

  • Bat control specialist on a ladder bat-proofing a house in Homewood, Alabama

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

  • Hole in a basement vent gnawed by rats

    Rats gnawed their way through this basement vent

  • Raccoon hole under the roof sheathing at a house in Fairfield, Alabama

    Raccoon damage to a home in Fairfield

  • A big raccoon hole along the side of a house in Birmingham, Alabama

    Raccoon damage to a house in Birmingham

  • Gap under roof shingles allows animals into a roof

    Gaps in construction allow animals into homes

  • The soffit of a house is hanging down because of water damage caused by the clogged rain gutters

    Water damage and animal problems often coexist

  • Animal control experts Jason and Deal sealing bats out of a hospital

    Jason and Dean bat-proofing a large hospital

  • The soffit of a house is hanging and the insulation is visible after water rot weakened the soffit panel and caused it to collapse under the weight of animals in the soffit

    Water damage can lead to animal problems

  • Wires gnawed by flying squirrels in Hoover, Alabama caused fire hazard

    Fire risk caused by flying squirrels in Hoover

  • Rat hole around air conditioner pipes in brick wall of a house in Pell City, AL

    Norway rat entry hole in a house in Pell City

  • Big raccoon hole in a roof of a house in Brighton, Alabama

    Raccoon damage to a roof in Brighton, Alabama

  • Clothes dryer duct being held up by a technician. It has been gnawed at by rodents.

    Rodent damage to a clothes dryer duct

  • Bat exclusion job at a large commercial building in Birmingham, Alabama

    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham

  • Soil pipes going through a brick wall were sealed with concrete to keep animals out

    Soil pipes sealed up to keep the animals out

  • An improperly screened crawl space vent. Only half the vent is screened.

    Poorly done animal exclusion by a competitor

  • Damage to sheetrock and insulation found at Oxford, Alabama raccoon removal job

    Raccoon damage in the attic of an Oxford home

  • Soffit with electrical fixtures ready to fall off a house because of rodent activity in the roof

    Fire waiting to happen due to rodent activity

  • Bird exclusion of the vents of a rooftop HVAC unit in Birmingham, Alabama

    Bird-proofing the vents on a rooftop HVAC unit

  • A construction gap in a roof that flying squirrels used by flying squirrels

    Flying squirrel entry point in Mountain Brook

  • Shoddy animal damage repair with roof flashing

    Shoddy repairs by one of our competitors

  • Man standing on his truck sealing squirrels out of a home in Midfield, Alabama

    Squirrel-proofing a home in Midfield, Alabama

For more information about animal damage repair or animal exclusion in and around the Metro Birmingham area, please contact us for an on-site inspection and consultation.

 

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Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
Jul 23, 2021 06:29:58 pm.

Hope everyone stayed dry from the rain but if you got flooded with animals we can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 21, 2021 06:32:40 pm.

We can remove animals from the structure, as well as seal up your home, but if those pesky critters left behind any excrement, we offer cleanup as well as insulation replacement! Call for a quote!
by Amber A.
Jun 18, 2021 06:34:50 pm.

Happy Monday! Hope everyone has a wonderful and productive week! And if animals are keeping you up at night, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 14, 2021 05:59:26 pm.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!
by Amber A.
Jun 12, 2021 07:23:35 pm.

It’s a competition between bats and raccoons getting up in the attics the last few days! If it’s in your attic, we can get it!
by Amber A.
Jun 11, 2021 06:04:09 pm.

The rain seems to be driving the animals in! We can get them out!
by Amber A.
Jun 10, 2021 06:04:42 pm.

The rain doesn’t scare the animals away! If you’ve noticed one taking shelter in your home, give us a call!
by Amber A.
Jun 07, 2021 07:24:17 pm.

Out and about in LaGrange Ga on snake calls. Give us a call for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
May 25, 2021 02:16:41 pm.

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May 21, 2021 06:06:17 pm.

Happy Friday!! Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
by Amber A.
May 14, 2021 06:04:38 pm.

I think there was more animal activity outside then inside today! If they get in, we can get them out!
by Amber A.
May 13, 2021 06:10:20 pm.

Cooler weather coming in means the animals coming in! We can help! :)
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May 04, 2021 10:23:55 am.

What a Monday! Hope everyone stays safe out there!
by Amber A.
May 03, 2021 06:03:57 pm.

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!
by Amber A.
Apr 30, 2021 06:13:44 pm.

Hope everyone stays safe from the storms. Listen out for animals, they might be taking shelter too!
by Amber A.
Mar 17, 2021 05:45:47 pm.

Today is a wonderful day to call Ridacritter for all of your nuisance animal exclusion needs! We cover rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, and more!
by Jake A.
Mar 12, 2021 02:54:13 pm.

Warm weather brought out calls for several animals today! From Snakes, to squirrels, mice and bees!!
by Amber A.
Mar 10, 2021 07:41:48 pm.

Great way to start the work weeks I hope this nice weather will last! Have a great day everyone. Stay safe out there.
by Chris G.
Mar 08, 2021 08:51:23 am.

Nice day for after care appointments in the metro Atlanta area.
by Chris G.
Mar 03, 2021 08:53:11 am.

Rats, mice and squirrels today. Wildlife repairs with trapping. Animal exclusion needed call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 25, 2021 10:58:52 am.

Snake and bird nest removal this morning, then exclusion work in Canton. Busy day for this Critter team. I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather and sunshine today!
by Chris G.
Feb 25, 2021 09:04:49 am.

Rainy all over Georgia it seems like. Hard for us to keep dry when we’re determined to evict the animals and seal to keep them out. In Albany Ga now for a couple quotes and then to Zebulon Ga for another quote for squirrels removal. Be safe
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2021 11:10:35 am.

Good amount of snow and ice out there today, but that won’t stop this critter team! Please drive carefully and stay safe. We have exclusion work in Douglasville this morning and then off to Atlanta for a repair check.
by Chris G.
Feb 16, 2021 09:05:38 am.

We have a class this morning on critter control regulations. Learning all we can to better serve the community. Stay safe out there everyone.
by Chris G.
Feb 10, 2021 12:38:05 pm.

Exclusion work in Kennesaw this morning, then after care appointments and repair checks. Busy day in Rid A Critter land. Have a great day everyone and stay safe out there!
by Chris G.
Feb 05, 2021 09:09:48 am.

Exclusion work in Kennesaw this morning, then after care appointments and repair checks. Busy day in Rid A Critter land. Have a great day everyone and stay safe out there!
by Chris G.
Feb 04, 2021 08:01:57 am.

Headed over to Albany Georgia for a quote to exclude squirrels.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 02, 2021 11:44:36 am.

If you’re cold, they’re cold! Busy Monday with animals desperate to get into our cozy homes!
by Amber A.
Feb 01, 2021 06:06:05 pm.

Give Ridacritter a call for any of your nuisance animal needs. From Bats, to Bees, Squirrels, to Rats, Ridacritter solves all of your problems. Call for an exclusion today!
by Jake A.
Jan 30, 2021 10:25:50 am.

Exclusion work in Roswell today. Let’s get it!!
by Chris G.
Jan 28, 2021 09:30:05 am.

The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides wildlife exclusion and animal damage repair in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas.

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