Home Damage and Animals To Watch For

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The wildlife in Kansas City, Moberly, St. Louis, and Springfield, MO, is vast and beautiful. That does not mean you want to interact with bears, skunks, and deer on a daily basis. These creatures can not only disrupt your daily routine but also cause damage around your property.

Which animals cause the most damage to your home

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Some of the critters you’ll want to keep an eye out for as you try to protect your home may include: 

  • Skunks – Skunks don’t pose an immediate structural threat to your home. They do, however, have a reputation for ruining your quality of life if they happen to get scared. A skunk that’s been trapped in your garage or basement can spray when approached. Even outdoor skunks can react poorly if they are approached by a person or another animal. If a skunk has the opportunity to spray near your home, you may find yourself dealing with that unforgettable smell for months at a time.
  • Rodents – The category of rodents that can negatively impact the quality of your home is vast. It includes squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and rats. All of these small creatures can make themselves at home in your walls. There, they can immediately begin to reproduce while making nests of your insulation. A rodent that’s ambitious enough can even start to chew at your electrical wiring, causing regular outages.
  • Snakes – Snakes aren’t likely to cause structural damage to your home. They can, however, settle in pipes if they have the opportunity. It’s more likely that a snake may come indoors and settle in a dark corner where it can’t be seen. There, if it gets frightened, it can strike out against a pet or a loved one and put them in significant danger.
  • Raccoons – Raccoons are mischievous creatures that, like rodents, can cause significant damage throughout your home. They can pull out your insulation and wiring, rearrange your belongings to their liking, and steal from your property if driven enough.
  • Bears – Bears aren’t too common in Kansas City, Moberly, St. Louis, and Springfield, MO, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be on the lookout. These creatures can wield their size as a weapon, damaging your structural supports, doors, and the exterior of your home with ease.
  • Pigeons – Pigeons, as well as many other types of birds, can nest in your gutters. Here, those nests can disrupt the flow of rain runoff. As such, water can start to flow down toward your foundation, where it can contribute to the hydrostatic pressure that may eventually damage your foundation.
  • Deer – Deer are non-aggressive, but like bears, they can use their size to their advantage. If a herd of deer grows too comfortable in your yard, they may cause significant damage to your landscaping as well as to the exterior of your home.
  • Groundhogs – Groundhogs can have a significant impact on the structural integrity of your foundation. When left to their own devices, these creatures can dig burrows up to 45 feet in length. As the soil beneath your home shifts, your foundation can begin to buckle and sink.
  • Bats – Bats don’t pose an immediate threat to the structural integrity of your home. They can, however, bring unwanted bacteria indoors and put the health of your family at risk.
  • Woodpeckers – Woodpeckers will search for food and a place to make a nest in all of the wooden supports you leave unprotected around your home. You’ll want to do what you can to redirect these birds toward the trees in your yard if you want them to stick around at all.
  • Vultures – Vultures are like corvids in that they like to play with shiny and otherwise enriching things around your home and lawn. As such, a vulture may choose to pull shingles off of your roof for the sake of entertainment. Alternatively, you may notice your lawn ornaments suffering from damage as a result of your local vulture population.

These critters may make a mess of your home and property, but you don’t have to try and get them out of your home on your own. While the foundation, basement, and crawl space professionals in your area can’t help you get rid of these creatures, you can reach out to your local animal control for guidance. Afterward, you can benefit from a home inspection and a free quote from the experts at Foundation Recovery Systems detailing any of the services you may need to repair the damage these critters did to your space.

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