Install hardware cloth under open porch at Lyon House (HS-08) and lean-to/porch at Miller House (HS-14) to stop wildlife
Bob Trenter, 217-391-3242
The Lyon House west porch is somewhat elevated off the ground on piers, providing an area for wildlife to enter and nest under the porch floor. Raccoon and opossum have been seen in the area and live-trapped. This porch, while attached to the house housing the Superintendent's office and Administration offices, was not used on a daily basis and was on a side of the building not frequently used by staff. A lean-to off the west elevation of the Miller House is also elevated on piers providing a nesting area for wildlife, including sheltered access to the basement of the structure through the deteriorating brick foundation. The Miller House is unoccupied and awaiting restoration. The lack of daily activity in the building has allowed raccoons and opossum frequent access to the building which has caused a massive flea infestation inside the house. This project is designed to block access to these areas under the buildings by installing black hardware cloth around the perimeter of the porch areas 4-6" into the ground. The cloth will be buried into the ground far enough to dissuade digging, and will be attached tightly to the back of the lattice panels or perimeter floor joists under the porch floors to block access.