How to Keep Wildlife in the Wild
There’s nothing worse than hearing little claws scurrying around in your basement or attic. Every once in awhile, a squirrel, raccoon, possum, etc finds their way into a home looking for food and shelter and can cause a ruckus. They can cause damage to your home and can instill some fear and unsettled feelings in your family. These wildlife animals could also present serious health risks from diseases they are carrying and any feces left behind after they are eradicated from your home by an exterminator.
So how can you make sure that these little (and not so little) creatures stay out of your home to begin with?
Here are some tips to keep wildlife animals out of your home and outside where they belong:
- Keep containers and boxes off the floors
In basements, attics, garages and any other places that animals could hide it’s important to keep any containers or boxes off of the floors. These are perfecting nesting places for wildlife animals and will make them want to stay in your home.
- Store all food in closed containers with lids
These animals are trying to get into your home to most importantly find food. By leaving food open and not stored properly, you are inviting critters into your home.
- Don’t leave spills behind
Similar to the tip above, leaving spills behind can lure wildlife and also pests into your home for food. Clean up spills immediately to make sure there is nothing attracting animals and bugs to your home.
- Ensure there are no cracks or holes outside
Analyze the outside of your home and have any holes or cracks repaired as soon as possible. Holes and cracks are easy entry points for animals making it even easier for them to get into your home.
- Use garbage cans with tight lids
Garbage is practically bait for wildlife animals and rodents. If they can get into your garbage, they will keep coming back and exploring closer and closer to your home. By using garbage cans with tights lids you will prevent them from being able to get into the garbage at all.
- Install screens on any vents into your home
Raccoons and squirrels can easily enter your home through any uncapped chimneys or broken vents. It’s important to keep these opening screened off so that wildlife animals cannot get in.
- Keep bird feeders away
Wildlife animals such as raccoons and squirrels will attempt to climb up to bird feeders for food. Although it’s hard to keep them out of reach of squirrels, keep them away from your home at least. This way the animals won’t be attracted to the area closest to your home.
- Keep your yard clean and trees cut back
Trees are usually how these wildlife animals get into homes. If trees are too close to your home animals can climb up them and easily jump right onto your house. They should be about 6 to 8 feet away from your home. Your yard should also be cleaned so that animals are not attracted to it, especially piles of firewood. Smaller animals tend to nest in piles of firewood and if too close to your home, they can start to wander looking for somewhere warmer to nest.
If you find yourself with any wildlife animals in your home such as bats, raccoons, squirrels, etc. make sure to call an exterminator right away. An exterminator will properly and safely remove the animal(s) and anything the animals left behind to help give you and your family a peace of mind.