Follow these simple tips to avoid wild animal encounters in your neighborhood.
Manage Your Waste
Raccoons and other animals are attracted to easy food sources in residential areas, and trash cans and garbage receptacles are just that. In order to keep animals away from your home, it is important to manage your waste. Be sure your trash cans are locked up in a shed or garage in between pickups. If they are ready to be taken outside, do not leave them out overnight. Raccoons are nocturnal, and they will still get to your trash. Take your trash out the morning of its scheduled pickup. If you have to put your trash out the night before, or do not have a shed or garage to store your receptacles in, you can still seal the lids on tightly. Use bungee cords or twist-on lids to keep them sealed up. If animals cannot reach your garbage, they will remember that your house or property is not a food source, and they will stop coming around.
Do Not Leave Pet Food Outside
Pet food for dogs, cats, or any other outdoor pet should be off limits to stray and wild animals. Do not leave your dog or cats’ food bowl out in the open where an animal can reach it. Leaving pet food out will send a message to wild animals that your property is a guaranteed feeding ground. This also can be true for birdfeeders and even dirty grills.
Eliminate Animal “Hang Outs”
Wild animals will be tempted to dwell around your home if there are desirable hiding places and potential nesting areas on your property. For example, wood and compost piles are great hiding spots for animals. Compost piles are a huge attraction for animals in general. Also, animals like to hide under porches, in sheds, decks, crawl spaces, and any other dim and secluded place they can access. By closing off these spots deters animals from wanting to use them for nesting.
Devices that make noise or spray water, or devices that move, can help deter wild animals from coming onto your property. Also, trimming branches that reach your roof can prevent animals from accessing the roof as easily. It also reduces hiding spots. Lastly, be sure there are no openings, or weak and vulnerable spots on the exterior of the home. Animals will find a way into these areas and begin nesting. To prevent this, close up chimneys, patch up holes in the roof, and double check your side paneling.
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