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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.

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

    Raccoon damage to a roof in Brighton, Alabama

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

    Jason and Dean bat-proofing a large hospital

  • 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

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

    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham

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

    Rodent damage to a clothes dryer duct

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

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

  • 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

  • Shoddy animal damage repair with roof flashing

    Shoddy repairs by one of our competitors

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

    Poorly done animal exclusion by a competitor

  • Gap under roof shingles allows animals into a roof

    Gaps in construction allow animals into homes

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

    Bat entry hole in a house in Hoover, Alabama

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

    Fire risk caused by flying squirrels in Hoover

  • Hole in a basement vent gnawed by rats

    Rats gnawed their way through this basement vent

  • 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

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

    Raccoon damage in the attic of an Oxford home

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

    Squirrel-proofing a home in Midfield, Alabama

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

    Bird-proofing the vents on a rooftop HVAC unit

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

    Soil pipes sealed up to keep the animals out

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

    Raccoon damage to a house in Birmingham

  • 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

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

    Flying squirrel entry gap found in Homewood

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

    Flying squirrel entry point in Mountain Brook

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

    Raccoon damage to a home in Fairfield

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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Excited to be at the Athens pest control conference this week. Let’s talk about wildlife and what services we provide to help.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 06, 2020 11:57:03 am.

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by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2019 11:39:15 am.

Want to put a stop to those pesky critters getting in your home for good? We can do that!!
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:14:14 pm.

Heard it all. Squirrels in my attic, scratching noises in my attic, attic noises, animals partying in my attic, then there’s the crawlspace. Rats in my crawlspace, opossum in my crawlspace and there’s something dead in my crawlspace/attic.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 30, 2019 12:07:59 pm.

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by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2019 11:07:00 am.

Just want to say. I’m so grateful for the relationships we have with the pest control companies in Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee. Thank you all for the referrals.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Squirrels are busy this season as usual. I’m headed south to take a look at a commercial job in Macon for Bats. Yep bats their still hanging around with us despite the cooler temps. Have a good day.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 05, 2019 10:27:19 am.

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Dec 04, 2019 06:29:03 pm.

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by Webmaster
Nov 27, 2019 11:45:10 am.

Havoc in you attic. Call us
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 02:29:13 pm.

Having a blast down here in Tifton Ga at the GPCA Fall Conference meeting new clients. Glad to be in great relationships with the pest control industry.
by Jason Arruda
Oct 10, 2019 10:45:32 am.

Been a busy day in South Georgia today with attic noises and scratching noises in walls. Squirrels are here.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 19, 2019 02:34:56 pm.

Heading to Lincoln to look at a bat problem for a customer. Then off to talladega for squirrels.
by Chris Scott
Sep 05, 2019 09:22:36 am.

Squirrel calls are coming in. Is your home protected? Call us for a free quote today.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 04, 2019 12:40:03 pm.

Out seeing clients today in Birmingham, Anniston, Leeds and Center Point Alabama. Having issues with Nuisance animals in your home or business call us for a free quote.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 29, 2019 12:14:08 pm.

Headed south to Vidalia,Ga for a bat exclusion quote. Nice day today with cooler temps. Going to be a busy fall.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 26, 2019 11:29:27 am.

Getting a little squirrelly in Georgia. We’ve seen babies already.
by Jason Arruda
Aug 01, 2019 09:54:09 am.

In Warner Robins this morning and sold a exclusion. Gonna be another happy customer. Now headed to Valdosta to see some clients.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 25, 2019 01:42:30 pm.

Down here on Lake Blackshear quoting a home with what was thought to be bats. After evaluating the home it turns out to be Chimney Swifts which can’t be relocated due to being a migratory bird. We’ll be back to cap flue when they’re gone.
by Jason Arruda
Jul 22, 2019 01:37:32 pm.

Love it when a really good song comes on the radio in between stops. Gets me a little squirrelly. Lol Have a Good Friday everyone.
by Jason Arruda
May 31, 2019 11:48:33 am.

Out seeing our wonderful clients in the pest control industry that refers us for wildlife (rats, bats, snakes, squirrels , bees, etc. Thank you from all of us!!
by Jason Arruda
May 30, 2019 01:45:40 pm.

Great day in Valdosta. I helped one of my clients customer with a honey bee problem and set them up for our technicians to quote extraction.
by Jason Arruda
May 07, 2019 03:13:38 pm.

Squirrels in my attic, rats in my crawl, bats flying in my house to snakes in my yard. Yes we can handle it all from Hiawassee to Valdosta .
by Jason Arruda
Apr 30, 2019 12:37:58 pm.

Awesome day in Macon Ga. visiting clients. South Ga. pest control companies are referring us more and more bat jobs. I explained that now is the season. Thank you for referring us
by Jason Arruda
Apr 04, 2019 02:36:39 pm.

Well it was a great day in Alabama seeing my Pest Control clients that refer us. If you don’t know by now majority of Pest Control companies refer us for squirrels, raccoons, rats, bats, bees and more. Now it time to head back to Georgia.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 28, 2019 03:24:50 pm.

Excluding animals is a continuous task. That’s why our Warranty Division is always hard at work keeping those reoccurring, persistent, and pesky Critters out of your home. Have you let your Warranty coverage lapse?? Get caught up today !!
by Tim McDavid
Mar 28, 2019 09:29:04 am.

In Columbus Ga today meeting new clients.
by Jason Arruda
Mar 14, 2019 12:45:31 pm.

Visiting clients in Albany Ga. on this Presidents Day. Be safe!
by Jason Arruda
Feb 18, 2019 11:52:47 am.

Had a good day yesterday!!! Quoted several houses in the Birmingham area with gray squirrels. Got a couple squirrel quotes in Birmingham today. Then off to Pell City to quote a customer with bats in their game room, attic, and walls.
by Chris Scott
Feb 12, 2019 08:08:55 am.

Wow, this warm weather has these bat calls on the rise. Bats are gonna be out early with this warm weather and early spring.
by Jason Arruda
Feb 06, 2019 11:57:56 am.

Well it was a good Monday seeing clients in Carrollton, Dallas, Rockmart and Bremen Ga. today. Time to head home. Be safe everyone.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 28, 2019 04:25:42 pm.

Heading to Birmingham to quote a house with squirrels in the attic. Then off to pick up some rats in Homewood. Couple more squirrel quotes in Birmingham.
by Chris Scott
Jan 24, 2019 08:47:16 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, and their surrounding areas.

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