“Consult your local government or neighborhood association before putting up a fence to know the regulations in your area.”
Keeping Wild Animals Away From Your Home
Should You Fence Your Yard to Ward Off Wild Animals?
There are a lot of ways to keep wild animals away from your home, and putting a fence on the perimeter of your home might just be the best idea. However, if you’re considering this method, you should plan since putting up one requires a lot of time, is relatively expensive, and at times challenging.
Before you can put up a fence, you still need to consult the neighborhood association about the regulations surrounding fences, or there are instances where local governments forbid putting up fences. Plus, if your primary purpose is to exclude deers, the fence must at least be 8 feet tall.
Simply putting up a fence won’t solve your problems with wild animals, especially if you are dealing with coyotes, bears, bobcats, raccoons, and opossums since they will jump or climb a fence or dig under it just to get to the things they want.
To prevent these from happening, you should extend the top of the fence and make sure that the extension angles outward from your property to prevent wild animals from climbing over the fencing. You should also ensure that your fence is dig-proof by installing a wire mesh fencing that extends about 1 foot underground and bends at a 90-degree angle underground.
If these don’t work, you can try installing an electric fence if it is allowed in your area.
Deny Wild Animals Access to Your Yard
Aside from putting up a fence, you can also try other methods in keeping wild animals away. For example, when trying to keep raccoons away from entering garbage cans—their favorite places, you can simply place heavy stones or bricks on top of garbage cans or secure their lids using heavy-duty straps.
Most of the time, wild animals are scouring for food, so if you’re sure that it is the main reason why they keep on entering your premises, then denying them access to the food can be a good idea. If you have pets and you feed them outside, make sure to remove the pet food before nighttime hours since a lot of wild animals are active at night.
IF you have crops in your garden, you should put a small fence around it to prevent animals from getting to your crops. Keeping them away from the crops may take a while, but if they think that they won’t be able to get to what they want, they’d eventually look for other sources.
Common Animals That Can Damage Your Yard
||If you spot small holes in your garden (planting beds and containers), then a squirrel might be the culprit for the holes. The presence of squirrels may be confirmed if you will spot half-eaten seedheads, fruits, or vegetables.
Squirrels also love bird feeders, so that might be the reason why they’re targeting your garden.
||Raccoons are active at night, and this is when they frequently visit gardens or yards to look for food.
Raccoons could be foraging for food in your garden at night if torn trash bags or scattered trash, missing fishes in a pond, or emptied bird feeders are present.
||Groundhogs are heavy eaters. They can eat up to 1.5 pounds of plants daily, including leaves, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.
The presence of groundhogs can be confirmed by burrows that have round openings with piles of dirt beside them. Other signs of their presence include wide teeth marks on fruits and vegetables.
If you see 4-clawed toes on front paws and 5-clawed toes in the back, then there is a high possibility that groundhogs are really in your yard.
Looking for more options in keeping wild animals away from your home? Visit PestGuide.org to know the most effective methods for dealing with stray animals.
Offend Wild Animals’ Noses or Scare Them Off
There are several repellents in supermarkets or hardware stores, and a lot of products are natural and entirely safe for use near your family and pets. Some products use predator urine powders or granules that can make small animals run scared from your property.
If you find coyote or fox urine products in the market, you can use them by sprinkling the product around areas you want night visitors to avoid. Other repellents contain putrescent egg solids, an odor that quickly deters browsing from deer and other creatures.
You can also use scare tactics since they work for some animals. If there is nearby hardware in your area, you can look for motion-detecting sound devices that may scare away animals that cross the paths of their beams. For practical methods, you can use balloons or thin strips of foil that make noise when the wind blows into it. These methods also work by scaring animals that decide to look for food in your yard.
Applied all these tricks but still can’t stop animals from entering your yard? Maybe it’s time for you to call for professional help. Contact PestGuide.org to know your options.
Frequently Asked Questions
You should perform pest control every 2-3 months to ensure that reinfestation of the pests in your home will not happen.
There are pest control treatments that work immediately. However, some types work after a day or two. So, be patient and wait for the results of the treatment. If there are no changes in a week, you should try to try other treatments.
Yes. Preventative pest control is worth it since it helps you prevent potential damage caused by the infestation of pests in your home. Investing in preventive pest control treatments will also give you peace of mind.
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