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Wildlife Prevention Tips
Following these easy to follow steps can help prevent wildlife from coming on your property
Animals are always on the hunt for food so if you leave any food out on your patio or in your yard, chances are that you might welcome some unwanted critter friends onto your property. It is always wise to pick up any food at night that is left out for your pets.
On the same note, after a bbq, make sure that all leftover food is not left out, any spillages are cleaned up, dirty dishes and utensils are brought inside and that all garbage bags are put into trash cans. Animals have great noses and would love to have leftover bbq.
Never leave bags of trash on your lawn overnight. Place all bags in a heavy duty garbage can with a tight fitting lid. Then, don’t forget to put the lid on the trashcan.
Be sure to make necessary repairs around the outside of your home. Wholes and areas that are in need of repair can become easy entry points for clever animals. Animals can rip and pry at these areas until they’re large enough to fit through. Rodents can usually fit into much smaller wholes and crevices. Repairing these areas now will save you from a headache later. Not only will it prevent wildlife from coming inside but will also inhibit water damage and heat loss.
Here are some places to check…
- Look for any wholes or tears on the roof
- Look along any siding, fascia boards for openings or deterioration
- Check along your foundation for wholes or potential entry points
- Make sure that all piping is sealed correctly
- Look for signs of damage around chimneys
- Check that garage door seals are tight and don’t have any gapes.
- Make sure all utility entry points are sealed properly
- Check for any wholes around sewer stacks and hood vents
- Check for any missing soffits around the home.
- Make sure all window and doors are sealed properly.
- Check any decking for missing slats or wholes.
- Look for any signs of burrowing in your lawn. Fill in the whole. If it stays filled than no critter was there. If it’s open again the next day, then you may have a visitor.
- Inspect your attic closely with a flashlight. Be sure to look for any wholes in the roof or signs of animal harborage.
- Before you patch up any wholes that you find, be SURE that there are no signs of animal life inside. One of the main reasons animals move inside of a structure is to raise their young. If you close up the whole while the mother is out hunting for food, the babies will die. You never want to wrongfully trap any animal if you don’t have to.
- If you do have evidence of an animal inside of your home or on your property, the best thing to do is to call a professional with the proper equipment and knowledge to safely remove the animal.
- If you have any tree branches touching your home, trimming them can prevent squirrels and other small animals, like rodents, from using them as a means of transport into your attic.
- If you have fruit trees, make sure you pick the fruit when it’s ripe. Also pick up any fruit that has dropped. Rodents love to eat leftover citrus.
- Applying a chimney cap to your chimney is helpful to keep animals from moving inside and building nests
- Do not feed any wildlife on your property. Animals have good memories and they remember the hand that feeds them.