Have you noticed that when autumn arrives every animal you want to stay away from pays you a visit? The squirrels’ bunk down in your eaves; more mice storm the garage and slip in and out of pipes in your bedroom walls; beady-eyed rats tunnel their way into the basement like felons pulling a heist. And once inside, these wily rodents make themselves feel at home, chewing trim, gnawing electric wires, shredding insulation, even feasting on aluminum siding.
Don’t let unwanted critters ruin your day – or your yard.
The jungle is expanding every day, which suggests that you’re sharing more and more habitats with new creatures – meaning more animals share their habitat with you.
A tipped over the trashcan with its contents splayed everywhere is among the most annoying thing that can happen in your day, but it can be prevented.
Below are five ways to make your home critter-free.
1. Secure your garbage from animals
First, confirm any garbage cans you retain outside are shut tight so nothing can get in and, if it’s knocked over, it won’t easily open. If raccoons are unbothered by your efforts and you’ve witnessed them tearing phone books in half, there are more techniques you can use.
Rocks or weights on top of cans and lid securing contraptions are available. Moreover, cleaning your garbage cans every now and then will minimize the aromatic smell of food that attracts these critters.
2. Don’t leave food around for critters
Always be wary when feeding any pets outside and confirm the area is cleaned after food is consumed. In some cases, you have to monitor them while feeding.
Use extreme caution when raccoons are witnessed active during the day, as this is often not normal and may have to be removed professionally.
While raccoons that display fearless behavior or appear to be drunk and glazed over may be having an excellent outing on the town, they’re presumably affected by rabies or distemper, so it’s never a great idea to approach them.
3. Protect your gardens and ponds
Raccoons love water foods like clams, crawdads, and fish, so it’s no wonder that yards fitted with exotic koi ponds are frequently visited. You’ll want to install an electric fence around that pond.
If you don’t want the fence and don’t want the raccoons, remove the koi pond. If food is out there, they’re going to seek it out, so this is often a situation where you’ll need to compromise with.
You may even have a garden that’s an excellent source of pride. Well, it’s also an excellent source of food. In this case, the fence remains your best choice to stop a vegetable and produce robbery.
4. Removing animals from your yard
The real problem begins once you notice you’re sharing your house with a critter. While you’ll not see the physical creature, you would possibly stumble over droppings, prints, or hear some scratching or rustling within the walls.
If the animal has already haunted the residence, that’s when things become more difficult. Experts could also be your best route; otherwise, you can attempt to lookout things yourself. There are store-bought traps and residential remedies, but we don’t recommend that.
5. Close off entryways for critters
As always, the best idea is to stop animals from squeezing into tight spaces to start with. Inspect your house for any gaps or holes in vents or windows. Close off anything that can be sealed with caulk or mesh.
Remember, raccoons are ready to fit through a hole three to four inches in diameter. Place a grate over your chimney opening to make sure no animal can crawl down to it. There also are gutter guards available in hardware stores to stop entry onto the roof.
While you’re installing the guards, trim any branches which may extend onto the roof. Making your home desirable for you is as easy as making it undesirable for animals. Limit food sources and habitable areas in and around your home, and stop and repair potential entry points.
Hope that these critter removal tips from experts are helpful. This may be a shortlist, to begin with, but we definitely all need to start somewhere, so begin closing up holes in your house and sealing garbage cans – you’ll feel the results when you do! And when you don’t, give us a call!