Wildlife Control and Prevention Tips. That mama raccoon and her babies are cute but not so much when they move into your attic or under your house addition. It is important that wildlife stay wild because living around humans can be dangerous. Not only are many animals killed by cars each year, but the food they find around our homes is not designed to meet the nutritional needs of animals. Let’s explore how to deter wildlife from moving in with you.
Outdoor Pets and Food
Everything in the wild seems to adore cat kibble, even full grown moose. During the winter time bring pets indoors and bring their food in as you do. Pet food is an easy meal and when winter food supplies run low, the small draws in everything from possums and raccoons to skunks and coyotes. TIP: Many animals breed based on food supply. By making sure that you feed your pets indoors, you reduce the risk of feeding wildlife. In so doing, you help to decrease your risk of having wildlife pest issues.
Keep Your Yard Clean and Neat
Yard debris is a welcome sign for insects and there are plenty of animals that love to eat insects. Skunks are one such create. They like to root around in piles of leaves and mulch looking for worms, insects, grubs, and delectable foods. Nobody wants insect pests invading your home during the winter months. Moreover, they do not want skunks hanging around where the food is plentiful. Tip: Keep yard maintenance on schedule by removing fallen leaves, trimming shrubs, and making sure that yard waste removal is prompt. Nobody wants to deal skunk spray on a dog or child.
Pet Door Blunders
Your pet’s door is a gateway for stray cats, raccoon, possums, and skunks who don’t mind coming in to eat pet food, go through your garbage and scare you half-to-death in the night. Make sure that your pet door has a lock and restrict your pets use of it daylight hours during the winter months. Tip: You can eliminate the need for night time pet potty breaks by taking them outside before bed and first thing in the morning.
By securing the pet door or using an electronic sensor that opens and close the door for your pet you eliminate the surprises for both you and wildlife that could use the pet door.
Secure Points of Entry
Wildlife such as raccoons and squirrels do not need a big opening to invade your home. Homes have many access points that humans might not even consider as large enough to admit a raccoon. However, raccoons are not the only winter wildlife pest. Birds, squirrels, and raccoons are three of the most likely wildlife pest candidates that can access your home’s roof. From there, birds and squirrels can use broken eve vents (soffit vents) to gain entrance to your home’s attic or walls. Raccoons are curious. Chimneys that have missing or broken covers make a tempting entrance that can lead to the interior of your home.
Tip: Spend some time each spring to assess winter damage and repair it immediately. By fall, repeat the process. Wildlife will take advantage of any opportunity they find to find warm winter lodging. By adding checking vents, and chimney screens to your spring and fall to-do list you remove the opportunity. In so doing, winter wildlife guests cannot make their way into your addict or home.
. Check Eve Vents
. Check Chimney Screens
. Check Foundation Screen
Trees and Shrubs – Pruning Makes a Difference
Trees and shrubs that are overgrown provide cover for wildlife to walk right up to your home undetected. By trimming trees away from your home, you not only make the approach to your home more visible, you also remove a natural ladder that leads to your roof. Raccoons easily climb trees. Tip: Keeping shrubs and trees pruned back helps remove the easy access to your room. Squirrels also love trees that are wild and bushy. They use the centres to build nests made from leaves and twigs where they hibernate all winter long. By keeping the trees around your house pruned you help to decrease the instinct of squirrels to build nests near you home. Dense trees provide a windbreak and act to further insulate a squirrel nest.
Preparing Outbuilding Against Wildlife Pest Invasions
Outbuildings, which may not have heat still draw attention from wildlife pests who need to find warmer digs during winter. Sheds and buildings that do not have a cement floor are prime targets for animals that dig dens. Fox, coyotes, and raccoon will take advantage of an easy shelter. During the winter, many outbuildings are not used and that means they can live under or inside without much danger. Preparing an outbuilding to be entry proof and dig proof requires the installation of a prevention skirt. This is metal grating that you install in the ground around an outbuilding. Tip: Installing a prevention skirt helps to block access to the recess beneath buildings.
What to do If You have an Animal Visitor?
Most animals will flee if approached, but not all. Mothers with young may defend them. The focus here is your safety. You can open a door and stand back and the animal might leave on their own. If that occurs, you can then take care of sealing up the entrance that they used. If the animal does not leave then call a qualified animal control expert to remove them. Wild animals can carry rabies and other diseases. If they bite you, you might have to undergo rabies treatment, receive a tetanus shot, or even stitches.
Do not corner wildlife. If they feel they are in danger they may become aggressive. You might also force them to enter a smaller space to find safety and make the process of evicting them even harder. Give them space and contact a wildlife pest management expert. While your immediate goal might be to force the animal out of your home, your real goal is to keep safe.
Wildlife may seem cute and cuddly, but wild animals do not belong in our homes or around our pets. Squirrels and other rodents can transmit bubonic plague by sharing fleas with your dog or cat. Be proactive in deterring wildlife from thinking that your home is suitable as a home for them too. There easy to do tasks help you keep wildlife wild and your home a safe environment. Find even more wildlife & pest control tips here.