How to Get Rid of Animals Under the House

How to Get Rid of Animals Under the House

With chilly winter weather finally making an appearance down south, every kind of wildlife is searching for somewhere warm to hunker down for the winter. The perfect spot for them to set up camp for the next few months? Under your home, of course! While it may seem like they’re not really doing any harm by catching some z’s under your home, animals can actually cause lots of structural damage to your house and pose serious health threats to your family. If you’re unsure of how to get rid of animals under your house, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Get Rid of Animals Under the House

For small animals…

  • Buy a trap that uses a tacky, glue-like substance from a local hardware store and place it into your crawl space.
  • Entice them out of your crawl space with a treat: berries, sweets, meat, etc. (varies depending on the animal)
  • Buy a small cage and put a treat inside of it. When the animal goes inside of the cage it will shut and they will be trapped inside until you can call someone to get them out.

For large animals…

  • Use ammonia-soaked rags to lure them out. Most large animals are repelled by the scent of ammonia, so these will discourage them from coming back into the crawl space. You can place them in the crawl space entrance and/or around the walls.
  • Scatter mothballs around the floor of your crawl space. Similar to ammonia, animals find the smell of mothballs to be noxious.
  • Get some bright lights and loud music to make your crawl space feel inhabitable to the animals. Animals like a dark, quiet place to live, so all you have to do to get them out is to be the world’s worst neighbor. Be sure you warn your actual neighbors before being a nuisance first, though.

Whether the animals living under your home are big or small, you should always use extra precautions when trying to remove them. In fact, your best bet is to call in the pros to remove the animal. The last thing you want to do is to scare the animals causing them to become aggressive. 

If you have a critter living in your crawl space now, give us a call. We’ll get someone over there ASAP to help you out.