Window Wells

Preventing Animal Injury and Death in Window Wells

The following information will¬†help you evaluate your animal damage prevention needs. We can’t guarantee its completeness, as animals are doing new things all the time.

Animals that Typically Fall into Window Wells:

  • Skunks
  • Opossums
  • Foxes
Window well covers prevent wildlife from becoming trapped. Photo by Jan Hygnstrom.

Prevent Animal Entry into a Window Well

  • Install window well covers.

Rescue Animals Trapped in a Window Well

  • Use a cleated board (8 inches wide with cleats every 6 inches to provide the animal a foothold). Ideally the board should be no steeper than a 45-degree angle.
  • Secure¬†1/4-inch hardware cloth between two 2 x 4s and place like a ladder into the window well. The animal can grip the mesh and climb out.
  • Place an appropriate-sized baited trap in the well. Cover the trap if you are setting for a skunk. Check the trap twice a day, morning and evening.