Are Brick Houses Wildlife-Proof?

Are Brick Houses Wildlife-Proof? Living in a brick home definitely has its benefits. Brick houses are great for retaining heat during winter, guarding your home against harsh storms, and resisting damage from fire. While their structure is stronger and sturdier than most others, brick houses aren’t impenetrable. In fact, if wild animals come across even one hole, gap, or crack around your property, they’ll do whatever it takes to find a way inside. 

Entering Through the Roof

Rodents can scurry up your brick walls and enter your attic through various parts of the roof. Depending on the age and overall condition, your roof may have damaged, worn, or weak problem areas that animals can chew or easily fit through. The most common rooftop spots to check for issue include: 

  • Chimney caps
  • Soffits
  • Roof vents
  • Gutters
  • Fascia
  • Shingles 

Instead of being a point of entry, your roof should be a barrier that guards your home from the elements and the wildlife that live in them. Fortunately, you can restore damaged parts of your roof and help maintain top condition by simply keeping up with your annual inspections.    

Squeezing Through a Hole

Brick is incredibly sturdy, but it can still fall victim to damage. Mortar, the workable paste used to bind bricks together, deteriorates over time due to elemental exposure or improper installation. This damage can create gaps or cracks all around the perimeter of your home. If you spot any warning signs that your home’s mortar is damaged, like a crumbling surface or white powdery substance on the outer walls, call your nearby wildlife provider to have your home immediately inspected.  

Chewing Through Softened Mortar

Once wild animals detect any weakness in the structure of your home, they will certainly take advantage of them. Of course, wild animals can’t chew or scratch their way through a brick wall, but they can fit through one if there’s an opening just big enough. And if the mortar around your home starts to soften, animals can chip at the material until they’ve made a big enough entrance. 

Wildlife-Proof Your Home Today 

No matter what type of house you have, wildlife is determined to find a way in. From raccoons and squirrels to mice and rats, wild animals are frustrating creatures that will cause major damage if not dealt with promptly. At Critter Control© of Dallas, we can quickly inspect your home, remove any invading animals, and restore the openings they used for entry. Call us for a free estimate today at 817-222-1101.

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