No matter where you live, you may find wild animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, and opossum, on your property from time to time. In many cases, they’re simply passing through your yard on their way to another location. Sometimes, though, wildlife keep coming back, making a mess, and destroying property. Here are some tips to help you avoid finding yourself in that situation.
Don’t Make Food Available
Wild animals are always on the lookout for food. If they discover food in your yard, they’ll come back. If food is available on a regular basis, wildlife will likely become a regular fixture in your yard.
Leaving uneaten pet food outside can attract wildlife. If you have a pet that you feed outdoors, put its food out at designated times, then bring its bowl into the house.
Trash attracts animals such as raccoons. Take your trash out to the curb as close to the collection time as possible. Make sure that it’s in sealed cans and that the lids are heavy and securely attached so animals can’t get inside.
If you have a garden on your property, set up a fence around it to keep wild animals out. You may want to use other methods, such as noises or repellents, to keep specific problem species away.
Seal Entry Points
Wild animals that are in search of shelter will find a way to get into a house. Even a tiny gap can be big enough for a determined squirrel, bat, or other type of animal to squeeze through. Once a wild animal gets into your attic, it can damage structural beams and insulation, plus whatever belongings you have stored in the attic.
Thoroughly inspect your house for potential entry points. If you discover any, either seal them yourself or hire a contractor to make repairs.
Contact a Professional If You’re Concerned about Wildlife
It’s possible that one or more wild animals have already invaded your yard or taken up residence in your attic. If that’s the case, don’t try to trap them or chase them away. A frightened animal can bite or scratch you, and some species, such as raccoons, can transmit serious diseases, including rabies.
You also need to consider your legal rights and restrictions on the right to kill or relocate certain species. Professionals who are familiar with Connecticut laws can use methods that adhere to those statutes.
Anderson Wildlife Control has a team with the knowledge and experience to safely and humanely exclude animals that have become pests from your property. We can handle raccoons, squirrels, bats, and other species. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.