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A constant supply of food, and a warm place to live and raise a family – Guess what? We’re not the only ones that require these necessities. Wild animals do too. But aren’t wild animals supposed to just lead their lives in the wild? Many do. However, many others have learned to associate human settlements with food and shelter. Raccoons, opossums, and mice are very common pests for homeowners. They will enter into your yard in search of food and even break into your house in search of shelter.
For homeowners, these uninvited guests cause a considerable nuisance. From constant chattering noises to structural damages and even the many diseases they carry, their presence will threaten the physical and emotional well-being of your family. That’s why we’re going to examine how to wildlife-proof your home.
If you don’t want wildlife in your home, then you have to ensure there’s absolutely no way for them to get in. This is achieved by a thorough inspection. Look out for potential entry holes in the roof, attic, windows, soffits, and every other spot in your house. Holes as small as the diameter of a dime is enough for a mouse to get in, so the inspection has to be exhaustive. It is always best to find a professional for help.
All potential entry holes have to be sealed off. Moreover, vulnerable points have to be repaired. Here are some points to bear in mind:
- Repair and secure the roof shingles and vents.
- Repair and replace any loose or rotten soffits.
- Seal any holes or openings in your windows.
- Check out for holes in your decks and stairways and fill them with clay or concrete.
- Ensure that you install a chimney cap to prevent animals like bats, squirrels, and raccoons from gaining access.
Keep a Clean Environment
A tidy yard is unattractive to wild animals because there are no hiding spots or food available. This can help to keep them at bay. Here are some things to bear in mind:
- Trim your lawn regularly.
- Do not leave abandoned objects lying in your yard. It may serve as a hiding spot.
- Cut off branches hanging over your roof. It’s the gateway squirrels need to get into your attic.
- Avoid using woodpiles. Many animals nest or hide in woodpiles.
- Clean up debris from your yard.
Eliminate Food Sources
Who can resist the urge for food? Wild animals just keep coming back to where there’s always food. Here’s what to do:
- Never directly feed a wild animal.
- Bird feeders attract wild animals. Make sure you clear away the seed crumbs around your bird feeder.
- Keep your garbage sealed at all times.
- Do not leave your pet food outside.
- Ensure there is no stagnant water in your yard.
Repellent and Deterrents
There are no one-fits-all solutions for repelling wild animals. Depending on the wildlife prevalent in your area, make use of the necessary repellents to keep them away. Having a pet like a dog can help keep some wild animals at bay.
Typically, a fence about 7 feet high and 1-foot-deep, extended out, is enough to keep the majority of wild animals from either jumping, climbing, or burrowing into your yard. However, fencing is an expensive option. What many homeowners do instead is install a fence around vulnerable areas in the yard like the garden. Or install netting over their fish ponds.