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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.

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

    Raccoon damage in the attic of an Oxford home

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

    Justin sealing bats out of a house in Homewood

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

    Raccoon damage to a house in Birmingham

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

    Flying squirrel entry gap found in Homewood

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

    Fire risk caused by flying squirrels in Hoover

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

    Raccoon damage to a roof in Brighton, Alabama

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Bat entry hole in a house in Hoover, Alabama

  • Shoddy animal damage repair with roof flashing

    Shoddy repairs by one of our competitors

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

    Jason and Dean bat-proofing a large hospital

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

    Squirrel-proofing a home in Midfield, Alabama

  • 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

  • Gap under roof shingles allows animals into a roof

    Gaps in construction allow animals into homes

  • 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

  • Hole in a basement vent gnawed by rats

    Rats gnawed their way through this basement vent

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

    Rodent damage to a clothes dryer duct

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

    Poorly done animal exclusion by a competitor

  • 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

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

    Bat proofing commercial building in Birmingham

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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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.

Very busy right now. Lots of squirrels and rats in the Birmingham and surrounding areas. Looks like bats are flying already as I’ve got several bat jobs to look at this week. Had a customer yesterday with squirrels and bats.
by Chris Scott
Jan 26, 2021 08:07:01 am.

Sealing up a house in Tyrone this morning and then off to do some after care appointments. Be safe out there everyone.
by Chris G.
Jan 18, 2021 08:20:50 am.

Good morning everyone. We’ve got two seal ups in Woodstock today. Enjoy your Saturday and be sure to call us with your critter removal needs.
by Chris G.
Jan 16, 2021 07:20:26 am.

Another job done in Vestavia Hills Alabama, Sign sealed and delivered! 💯
by James G.
Jan 09, 2021 02:14:29 pm.

In Auburn Alabama quoting exclusions for gray squirrels today.
by Jason Arruda
Jan 07, 2021 11:01:30 am.

Lots of squirrel and rat calls today. From Birmingham to Anniston.
by Chris Scott
Jan 07, 2021 09:46:52 am.

In Alpharetta, Ga this morning providing a clearance letter to a customer so their buyers can rest assured they’re purchasing a Critter Free home. Did I mention our Warranty is 100% transferable??
by Tim McDavid
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:57 am.

Tree fell on roof animals got in. AC lines and utilities providing new ways in
by Matthew F.
Jan 05, 2021 09:29:10 am.

Lots of squirrel calls today. It appears gray and flying squirrels are attempting to take over every attic in the Birmingham and surrounding areas.
by Chris Scott
Jan 04, 2021 05:58:27 pm.

New Blog Post: Happy New Year!
by Webmaster
Dec 31, 2020 10:41:11 am.

New Blog Post: Merry Christmas!
by Webmaster
Dec 24, 2020 11:23:46 am.

Finishing up on a exclusion in Cordele Ga and headed to Valdosta Ga for some trap checking. Good times. Happy Monday.
by Jason Arruda
Dec 07, 2020 10:46:24 am.

Headed down south today to Albany Ga to give a quote for a bat exclusion. Animals in the attic scratching and bats are keeping the customers up at night. Time for us to step in.
by Jason Arruda
Sep 10, 2020 09:42:30 am.

Jason and Justin Deodorizing an Attic After Animal Removal
by Webmaster
Jun 24, 2020 10:10:29 am.

News: CDC Warns that COVID-19 Lockdowns are Making Rats and Mice More Desperate
by Webmaster
May 27, 2020 09:43:37 am.

Video of Justin Sealing Rats and Mice Out of a Loading Dock
by Webmaster
Apr 30, 2020 10:02:16 am.

Noises in your attic? We can help in certain case we can seal and remove animals from your home with no personal contact.
by Dean Scott
Apr 02, 2020 11:16:28 am.

From our family to yours we wish you good health and safety. During this uncertain time related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we want to assure you as a approved business for essential Services. Rid-A-Critter remains open. Thanks
by Jason Arruda
Mar 27, 2020 03:07:31 pm.

Bees and bugs are flying in Birmingham. Spring is here, bats, squirrels and birds will be getting active.
by Dean Scott
Mar 19, 2020 12:39:50 pm.

Here's Dan Humanely Removing Animals from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 10:05:57 am.

This Video Shows How to Humanely Remove an Animal from a Glue Trap
by Webmaster
Mar 10, 2020 09:57:33 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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