Category: Homeownership

Lower Heating Costs by Reducing Drafts

You might know us for removing critters from your home, but did you know we can also help with lowering home energy costs? From reducing drafts, repairing insulation, and performing a thorough energy audit, Creature Control has you covered. Skyrocketing Heating Bills? Lower outside temperatures often mean higher heating expenses. Creature Control has decades of wildlife control experience; while performing repair services for people, we have run into many energy efficiency problems. From construction gaps and insufficient or damaged insulation to improperly sealed entryways, we’ve seen it all. When unwanted pests crawl through these spaces, wind and drafts follow, making your home colder and increasing energy costs. Fortunately, Creature Control can assist with your draft woes! Insulation Inspections Based on the quality of your insulation, heat in the home can be retained or lost. Creature Control’s specialists can determine your insulation needs after examining for any issues. If any issues…

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Groundhogs and Foundation Damage

While groundhogs are best known for eating your garden and flowerbeds, they’re also well known for their large, distinctive burrows. These have wide, round openings, usually about the size of a melon. Most often, those burrows will have large piles of dirt thrown out around them, and be located under a structure of some kind for overhead stability. In Michigan, this usually means around foundations, under sheds and decks, under brick pavers, patios, or anything with a concrete slab. While the animals themselves are far from dangerous, these burrows can pose real risks to the foundations of buildings, which can be undermined by the groundhog’s activity. One of Creature Control’s technicians snapped the above picture while at a woodchuck trapping job. It depicts a foundation damaged by years of unaddressed groundhog activity. The groundhog (more likely multiple by this time) burrowed down against the foundation, and was allowed to come…

Groundhog Foundation Damage
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