Homeowners living near wooded areas or in areas that are close to clear cutting projects may have troubles with unwanted visitors like raccoons and opossums. In some areas, wildlife can become a homeowner’s nightmare, especially when expensive structural repairs have to be made due to one small wild animal. Learning more about humane and effective wildlife control is important and can help to save you a great deal of money for home repairs.
Making A Landscape Unattractive To Wild Animals
The area around your house is important to consider when you are having woodland visitors. The trees near to your house can provide the perfect entry way for several creatures like raccoons and squirrels. Making sure tree branches are kept cut away from your house can help to deter some animals from reaching your roof. Placing a wide band of sheet metal around the trunks of trees for preventing animals from climbing up trees. Sheet metal bands should be placed at least five feet from the ground to be most effective.
Taking the time to clean up the area around your home can help a lot to make it less attractive to wild animals. If you have outdoor pets, never leave their food bowls out at night. Doing so is a grand invitation to hungry nocturnal creatures like raccoons. Securing trash cans or moving them into an enclosed garage at night is a good idea. If you have children, make sure there are no foods left outdoors in play areas.
Shrubbery next to your house is a good place for animals to hide, especially the slithering kind. Snakes are notorious for living in areas that are shady and cool. The shrubs around your home should be trimmed at least a foot above ground level. This takes away the element of privacy for snakes that like to lie underneath shrubs. Placing mothballs underneath trimmed shrubs is another way to deter snakes and frogs as well.
Securing Your Home Is Important
Securing your house is necessary to keep creatures out of it. This is especially true for homes that have chimneys on the roof. Most home improvement stores sell chimney vents that have special screen on them. Installing a vent will keep animals from going down into the chimney. However, you want to make doubly sure no creatures are already in the chimney before you install a vent.
- Inspect your roof for damaged areas that would allow animal access
- Take time to inspect the attic for venting or chewed area that would allow creatures easy entry
Keeping out voles, also referred to as field mice, from your home is important to prevent chewing damage and some diseases the creatures can carry. If you are experiencing troubles with rodents, calling a professional is the best option for getting rid of them and securing your home so they cannot come back in.
- Calling a professional for getting rid of voles lessens the use of poisons that could be dangerous to your family and pets.
- Pest control professionals have a trained eye that would catch issues you may overlook when it comes to mice and voles.
No matter what kind of wild animal you may see on your property, making sure you do not encourage it by feeding and coaxing it is extremely important for your safety. Wild animals bite and can cause serious harm to children and elderly folks. Always call a wildlife control professional when you need a creature removed from your property.
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