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Wild Things: Winterize for Wildlife

istockphoto.com/Raymond Kasprzak
When the frost hits the pumpkin, we humans aren’t the only ones who seek out a warm, dry place to hunker down or snuggle up. A bit of loose siding or a hole in a roof may as well be a welcome mat for our wild neighbors, too. Opportunistic creatures are more than willing to take advantage of such entryways—and soon squirrels, raccoons, bats, and other critters are home for the holidays.

Breaking up a gathering of party animals in the attic is one problem the police won’t help with, so frazzled homeowners often turn to their local animal shelter for advice instead. As with most wildlife conflicts, prevention of home invasions is worth a pound of cure—and many a good night’s sleep.

Spotlight the value of thorough home inspection and repair at this time of year, and you’ll save time and trouble later for shelter staff manning the switchboard. Read on for some quick tips to offer on wildlife-proofing a home.

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