Your windows allow natural light or a breeze to come into your home, but they can also protect it. Wild animals can use damaged windows or screens to gain access to your home. Window damage can also lead to higher energy costs and the growth of mold or mildew in your home.
Making sure your windows are properly sealed when closed is important to keep unwanted moisture and wild animals out of your home. Even small breaks or cracks in the base of the window can grow into major problems down the road. Caulk and weatherstripping around the windowpane or the sill can deteriorate over time. Be sure to inspect the windows of your house yearly to make sure that there is nothing that needs repairing.
As the weather gets warmer, it can be nice to open the windows and some fresh air flowing through the house. However, it is important to make sure that your window screens are properly installed, and undamaged. Pest animals can use damaged window screens to gain access to your home through open windows. This can be especially important in low-traffic areas of the home, such as the basement or attic, where the open window may be left unattended.
If You Spot Damage
If you notice that your window or screen is damaged, it is important to look for signs of pest invasion. Signs may include droppings, tufts of fur, nesting materials, and more. Some animals, such as rodents, will leave brown oil stains from their fur as they squeeze through. If you suspect that there is a wild animal living in your home, contact a humane wildlife removal company to deal with the animal. Do not try to catch it yourself.