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Preventing Unwanted Wildlife from Invading: A Homeowner’s Guide

Setting up rodent trap for Unwanted Wildlife

Dealing with unwanted wildlife, such as raccoons, squirrels, mice, and rats that frequently prey on our living areas can vex any homeowner. These intruders can cause significant damage to your property, not to mention the potential health hazards they pose. 

This article will discuss various installations and solutions you can incorporate on your property to keep wildlife from invading your home.

Fencing To Prevent Unwanted Wildlife

Fencing To Prevent Unwanted Wildlife

A fundamental obstacle is a sturdy, resistant fence. Different fences may be necessary depending on the wildlife indigenous to your area. A high fence with a smooth surface to prevent climbing could suffice for raccoons.

Additionally, electric fences may be used for utmost prevention. These give a mild, harmless shock to scare away any potential trespassers. If burrowing or digging animals like rats or mice are more frequent, consider installing fences that extend several inches below the ground.

Netting and Covers

Fruit trees or bird feeders can attract curious critters such as squirrels. Protect your garden and trees by using netting and covers. Mesh covers can prevent wildlife from accessing food sources.

Repellants

Another option for your home’s exterior is chemical or natural repellants. Some chemical repellants are designed to repel specific animals, so pick one that suits your needs. More natural solutions could be peppermint, known to repel mice and rats, or vinegar, which can deter raccoons.

Motion Activated Sprinkler

Motion Activated Sprinkler for Unwanted Wildlife

Consider a motion-activated sprinkler in your yard if you want to go a high-tech route to deter wildlife. Any movement triggers the sprinkler to spray, creating a sizable deterrent for animals who wish to venture close to your home. 

Not only will this prevent raccoons and other wildlife from approaching, but it can also serve the dual purpose of watering your lawn.

Sealing Up Entry Points

Squirrels, mice, and rats are skilled at exploiting even the smallest cracks or gaps in a building to gain entry. Inspect your home’s exterior and attic space, looking for possible entry points.

Seal these gaps or cracks using appropriate materials, primarily things that cannot be chewed through, such as sheet metal or hardware cloth.

Ultrasonic Devices

Ultrasonic repellants are among the more progressive solutions. These devices produce high-frequency noises undetectable to human ears but disruptive to common pests like mice, rats, and squirrels. However, their effectiveness can vary, and animals may get used to the noise over time.

Secure Garbage Bins

Wildlife often rummages through trash cans for an easy meal. Investing in garbage cans with locking lids can help discourage any midnight snackers. You can also rinse food containers before disposal to reduce aroma that may attract critters.

Professional Wildlife Control Services

If your property resides in a high wildlife population or your measures must be successful, it might be worth considering professional wildlife control services. These companies provide removal services and can also help you secure your home.

Remember that while we may regard these creatures as pests, they are part of our local ecosystems. Endeavoring to keep them off our property should not involve causing undue harm. Most of these measures aim to deter or exclude rather than harm them.

Conclusion

Protecting your property from invading wildlife involves a variety of approaches, from physical barriers like fences and netting to devices like ultrasonic repellers and motion-activated sprinklers. 
Choosing the appropriate strategy requires assessing your environment, knowing what wildlife you’re dealing with, and considering the impact of these solutions on the overall ecosystem. Stay proactive and observant, and give your home the best protection possible. Contact us today to remove unwanted wildlife.

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