3 Ways to Deter Wildlife From Setting Up In Your Yard
Wildlife can be a nice touch when you’re in the woods, but the last thing you want is to deal with them in your yard. As beautiful and majestic as these creatures are, they’re also frequently destructive, creating serious problems for you and your property. What’s more, though, is that you may be on shaky legal ground when it comes to removing them from your yard, as many municipalities and states have fairly strict laws to help citizens deal with wildlife.
So, What Can I Do?
Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to keep wildlife out of your yard. Here are a few you may want to consider.
- Store Your Garbage Safely: What you consider garbage, wildlife may consider a tasty treat. Keeping it properly stored can help you keep these problematic pests off of your property. Make certain you use lidded cans, and that the lids fit tightly. If you don’t have lids that fit tightly, take an extra step and strap them on with a bungee cord or something similar to help make sure crafty raccoons and others can’t open the container.
- Watch Pet Food: You have to be careful if you have outdoor pets like cats or dogs. Leaving food and water out overnight for them may provide the ideal snack for an opossum or another creature that comes along. If possible, don’t leave food or water out overnight. If you must, make certain you leave it well away from your home so the creatures don’t find an entry point and head inside to nest.
- Trim Regularly: If you have trees, bushes, or any other foliage growing next to your home, you’ll want to keep it well-trimmed on a regular basis, as it can provide both cover and a nesting site for wildlife. What’s more, though, is that if it grows too close to your home, it also provides a way to get into your home. Squirrels and other wildlife will be happy to use it as a way to get into your attic for a warm place to spend the winter. Keep things trimmed as far from your home as possible.
- Keep A Fence Around Your Garden: While winter isn’t always considered the gardening season, if you do have a garden that might prove attractive to wildlife, be sure you erect a chicken wire fence around it to keep creatures out.
Your Next Step
If none of these work or the problem continues despite these steps, your next best course of action is to contact a professional pest control company. With the tools and resources available to help make certain wildlife don’t cause problems to your property, professionals are the only ones who should handle real issues like these.