While it is common to see squirrels and even the occasional raccoon, there are dangers of wildlife of spending a lot of time on your property. Wildlife belongs outdoors and there really is no way to keep all wildlife off your property. Snakes, birds, worms, and other insects all have an important part in the ecosystem. The key is to coexist with these animals without putting your family at risk. There are a few things you can do to protect your family.
1. Cover Your Trash
Your trash is actually a big draw for a lot of different types of wildlife. The key is to make sure that your trash cans cannot be tipped over and that the lids shut tightly. If you live in a city, you likely have trashcans that are designed to do this. Be sure not to overfill the trash can and to make sure the trash is picked up on a regular basis. If you compost be sure to set the composting bin up away from your house. Be sure that you clean up any fruit that falls from trees in your yard too.
2. Keep Your Yard Neat and Trim
Another issue that you need to address is keeping your yard neat and trim. Mice like to hide in long grass. If things are overgrown, it will attract mice, which will attract snakes, and other wildlife. Taking the time to keep the land around your yard neat and trimmed back can really help to protect your home and deter wildlife from setting up a nest in and around your home.
3. Fix Your Fencing
Another step you can take is to make sure that your fencing does not have any holes or breaks in them. If you have a garden, you can install a fence that should help to keep the deer and bunnies out. If you have a play area, you can also fence it in. You need to be aware of the different types of animals that may be around your home, and realize that a fence will not work for all animals.
Get Help with Trapping
If you are having an issue with a raccoon setting up a home in your crawlspace or a fox that keeps hanging around, you will need to address the issue. It is best to hire a professional to trap and remove the wild animal. They can release it into a rural area where it will not be a problem for you or others. Laying out poisons may mean that you accidentally poison one of your pets or a neighbor’s pets.