Don’t you love the activity that spring brings? Everything awakens from its winter slumber and we can enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the arrival of the migratory birds and mammals as they make their way to their new summer habitat. Many species return to the exact area they nested the previous year. However some animals are going to arrive and find that where they nested last season is no longer an option, whether it’s due to deforestation, particularly removal of diseased and hollowed trees, new construction, or bad timing. So now is a great time to do a thorough check of the perimeter of your home for any damage that may have occurred during the winter months.

Even the smallest maintenance issues such as a gap behind a shutter, a crack in an awning, a rotten piece of siding, or a loose piece of roofing, can become the new nesting home for a family of bats, birds, squirrels or stinging insects. It’s a lot more work, a lot more dangerous and potentially a lot more costly for you to get these pests out rather than simply Xclude them from entering, so some quick maintenance is the key. Here are a few spring maintenance issues to look for and some helpful Xcluder tips to pest proof your home’s exterior.

 

  1. Shutters - It is common for some bats to roost behind shutters. Just Google “bats behind shutters” and you’ll not only see how common it is but you will see the mess it can cause! We recently had an inquiry as to how Xcluder can be used to eliminate this activity.The answer is simple, just cut strips of Xcluder and tuck them into any of the gaps between the shutters and the house. The Xcluder will expand to fill the gap and the synthetic fibers in Xcluder give it an extra spring back that permanently holds it in place. And since Xcluder is made with rust-proof fibers you won’t find unsightly streaks running down the side of your home like you can get from using steel wool or copper fibers.
  2. Holes or cracks in siding - Bees and other stinging insects nest in varied locations. A little hole or crack in your siding can allow them to get between the siding and your house and before you know it, you will have a flurry of bee activity in and out. Although bees are docile in their own right, they can pose a threat to you and your family if you try to disturb their nest. Filling those holes with small pieces of Xcluder before they arrive will force them to search for another nesting location.
  3. Gaps between siding and cracks in soffit/fascia - House sparrows can be considered major pests in spring. They’ll make their nests just about anywhere and since they are such a small bird, even an opening as small as ¾ of an inch can become an entryway to their new nesting home. So you want to make sure that you check for gaps in your siding or cracks in your soffit or fascia. We are not suggesting that Xcluder is a permanent fix for these issues, but tucking small strips of Xcluder into these cracks, gaps and holes can certainly be a great pest deterrent until you are able to permanently replace or restore these problems.cablebox
  4. Electrical boxes, light fixtures and anywhere that cables enter your home (such as gas, air conditioning, cable, electric) - Lots of birds, including those pesky sparrows we already discussed, enjoy making their nests on or around these areas. The constant flurry of nesting activity can break, loosen, or fray electrical wiring. When you combine that with the dried grasses, twigs, straw, paper, trash, and other plant life they use to build their nests it can become a fire hazard. Installing Xcluder is safe around fully sealed electrical conduit coming out of a wall, but if you believe pests have already caused some wire damage it is not recommended to use Xcluder around any open electrical sources or unbundled wires.

Bat Image: flickr/Zeusandhera Cable Image:  flickr/John "Pathfinder" Lester