How to keep wild animals out from under a shed or porch
That gap that is right under the shed, porch or deck is an area that really attracts animals especially when they are in search of a place that is dry and dark to take refuge in. wild animals have been known to live quite comfortably under the porches, the decks and even under the sheds. They include wood chunks, skunks, rats, raccoons, otter, opossums, feral cats and even chipmunks.
There are some strategies that can help you ensure that noanimal lives underthe porch or shed. Some few steps can help you to animal proof these parts of the home.
- You need to first make sure that there is no animal living under the shed, porch or deck. You should never secure any opening until you are totally sure, without a doubt, that there is no animal in that area even if you have never had an issue with animals before. Todo this, you can use dent test so as todetermine the hole or the access area that the animals are using. You cancork openings using a newspaper or place some sticks in the soil. You then have to keep the hole monitored for several days
- Once you determine that there are no animals, you can now start preventing entry in several ways. Trench screening is one of the methods that you can apply. If you are not sure how to do it, you can contact a professional. Galvanized cloth is the best that you can use. The mesh has to be painted if you want some style or you can cover using a lattice when you install it. Youshould use a piece that is big enough to cover a good distance between the deck, porch or shed wall and some inches just below the ground.
- You can also use the patioblocks. In this method you do not have to dig. Hardware cloth is still used in this one so as to fill gapsbetween the wall of the deck, porch or shed and ground.You can now install the mesh and thenlay the patio blocks with a narrow end against the horizontal and vertical portions of the mesh. The downward slope ensures the flow of water from your structure.
Choosing the right way is really important when it comes to do a straight and good methodology to keep wild animals out of the premises.
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