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How to Keep Animals Away From House, Trash, Garden

Wild animals are pests because they can do damage to your house, your lawn and make a mess. Animals can do damage to your house by digging underneath it, weakening the foundation, or even claw their way into your walls and take up residence inside your home. Wild animals can also do major damage to your lawn by eating up your fruits and vegetables, digging holes that can interfere with your utility lines or even stripping all the bark off of your trees. Many animals are just looking for their next meal which is unfortunately going to come from your home which is going to create a big mess. They will get into your garbage bins, eat all of your pets’ food and where animal eat they will also go to the bathroom there. If you are having problems with wild animals, there are several do it yourself tips to get rid of them.

How to Keep 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
How to Keep 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 attractant.
How to Keep 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

More DIY Tips for keeping Wild Animals away from house, yard, or garden:

Trapping:
Trapping is one of the first things that people will try to get rid of their wild animal problem, but what most people don’t know is that trapping is illegal in many different states. Trapping is also very time consuming and not very effective as animals are usually very cautious of anything that might look like a trap. There are some tricks that you can try to make traps better such as washing the human scent off of them, disguising them, baiting them, etc. and not only do you have to go to the trouble of trapping them, but then you must relocate or dispose of the animal once you’ve caught it.

Repellent:
There are many different repellents available for almost any wild animal problem. There are repellents that come in the form of chemical sprays and predator urines which are not effective and have to be reapplied over and over again. There are also repellents that come in the form of physical repellents such as motion activated sprinklers, ultrasonic sound emitters, etc. but these can also annoy your pets so this is not an option for everyone.

Fence:
Fences are a great option to keep out almost any wild animal. Depending on the animal, you may decide to fence the perimeter of your entire property or only fence the areas that you are having the most problem with such as just around your garden or around the base of your house. To keep almost any wild animal out make sure you use a sturdy fence that is buried at least one and a half feet underground and at least five feet above ground to discourage the animal from burrowing under or jumping over the fence.

Dog:
Another option that is available to you is to attract predators to your yard. You can do this by keeping a large dog in your yard, release snakes into your yard or attract predator birds to your property. You can attract birds like owls and hawks by building nesting boxes. Your predator that you attract or keep is going to depend on the wild animal problem that you are having.

Go back to the main Animal Removal page for more information about wild animal prevention, and more information about how to keep nuisance animals away.

When you hear the word “wild animal” you might instantly think of a savage beast that is dangerous and ready to attack you. While this may be true in some circumstances, this is not the case in most situations. A wild animal simply refers to an animal that does not live within a human habitation and is not “tame.” A wild animal can be anything from a raccoon to a bear to a coyote and the damage they cause depends on the animal and how hungry they are. In fact, most wild animals will end up being more of a nuisance than a danger to you.
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