Living in an urban city doesn’t shield us from all that nature has to offer, nor would we want it to. We love our parks and all the flora and fauna they provide. However, we don’t want to see wildlife that threatens our gardens, homes, or pets. We can live in harmony with our local critters, but first, we need to prevent wildlife from entering our gardens and homes.
Our experts at Pegasus Pest Control share some tips on how to keep wild animals away from your home.
Types of Wildlife Pests
There is an enormous variety of wildlife in the U.S. Some of the most common types include:
Though these types of woodland creatures are non-aggressive towards humans and are enjoyable to see, they can pose serious threats in other ways. First, they are known to carry diseases and viruses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) claims bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes are the leading cause of reported rabies cases in the United States.
Furthermore, household pets such as dogs or cats can suffer serious harm or even fatalities if they come in contact with a rabid animal. Second, wildlife can cause property damage. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that each year wildlife cost property owners millions of dollars in damage. The most common types of wildlife property damage include:
- Skunks and moles digging holes and trails in backyards.
- Birds making a nest in chimneys.
- Rabbits and foxes burrowing in gardens or yards.
- Chipmunks and squirrels sneaking into attics or crawl spaces and building winter nests.
When pests enter your home or yard, their removal and damage they leave behind can rack up significant costs quickly.
Wildlife prevention is the best way to protect your family and surrounding wildlife. Additionally, there are plenty of humane ways to prevent woodland critters from entering your home and yard. Pegasus Pest Control recommends the following prevention tactics:
Keeping Wild Animals Away From Your House
- Identify and seal shut any open entry holes leading to the attic
- Spray or spread super hot sauce on any areas they like to chew
- Trim back trees and any vegetation that makes climbing easy
- Install chimney caps and sturdy steel screens on vents
Keeping Wild Animals Away From Your Garden
- A sturdy fence, anchored to the ground, is by far the best way
- You can spray some natural but distasteful substances on plants, like putrid egg whites
- Keep fallen fruit and vegetables picked up if they act as an attractant.
Keeping Wild Animals Away From Your Trash
- Strap or bungee the garbage can lids shut
- Keep the garbage cans indoors
- Keep the area clean – any spilled food will attract and encourage wildlife
Free Wildlife Inspection in Sacramento, CA
Planning ahead is the best prevention method. That is why a home inspection is always the right call. Our pest control experts at Pegasus Pest Control will look for any interior and exterior house damage as well as point out any areas of your home where wildlife could enter. Call us now at 888 885 5017!