A/C Line Entrance Gap
Sometimes water lines, A/C lines and other vents around a wall have gaps around them. These gaps can allow rodents, snakes, bugs etc. to enter the crawlspace or wall space. We routinely have to provide exclusion work for problematic areas such as this.
Siding to Brick gap
Here is yet another example of the siding of a home meeting brick but leaving a gap between them large enough for rodents, bugs and other wildlife to enter behind it.
Vents like this one should be sealed to the wall that they are protruding from. Mice, bugs, snakes and other potentially creepy crawly critter's could entry through gaps left around them.
Crawlspace Door - none latch
You can see this crawlspace door is not secured. Besides the obvious gaps along the top and sides, the door itself is basically a doggy door into the crawlspace of this home. Remember, if your dog is smart enough to use that type of door, there are wildlife capable of doing the same thing.
At this and several other areas around this home, gaps between the brick wall and the siding is not a good thing. These can be sealed easily to exclude entry by animals and bugs.
This is that same recent soffit, just up close and personal. Turns out birds had nested inside and sadly birds are not very clean at their nesting sites. Just sharing things we run into every day.
Unsecured Gable Vent
This gable vent is unsecured and found during many of our customer property inspections. While venting the attic space is great, allowing wildlife to break in is not. We recommend that all gable vents be screened with a galvanized steel mesh material to exclude animals like Bats, Raccoons, Grey Squirrels and Opossum etc. from entering the home or building.
Bat guano in attic
Bats sure know how to make a mess in our attics! This wall edge and insulation has been covered in bat guano from a small brown bat colony. When finding and excluding bats, their waste and "dirty" area should be found and cleaned.
Grey Squirrel Damage
Grey Squirrels can cause some serious damage. This soffit area has the chewed hole plus the horizontal edge was chewed and had insulation falling out of the attic space. After removing the animals, the whole soffit was covered with molded sheet metal to exclude re-entry to the attic.
The gap now has exclusion work done to ensure no entry into the crawlspace and therefore the house.