Pest animals like rats, squirrels, and raccoons can wreak havoc on your home; but there are a few ways to reduce your risk of animal invasion. This article will explore a few different ways you can improve your defenses against pest problems.
Gutters fill up with leaves and other debris year-round. This can put pressure on the eaves of the house as gutters get heavier and heavier. Cracks and breaks in the eaves from heavy gutters are the perfect entrance to your attic for critters. By cleaning your gutters regularly, you can reduce the risk of damage to your home; while preventing pests from gaining access to the inside.
Grow Mint in Your Garden
Mint is a natural pest repellent. Mice and many other pests that like to munch on your garden veggies hate the scent of mint. It is a great herb to grow to keep other plants from getting chomped on.
Sheds and other backyard storage can be great real estate for a number of pest animals. Some may want to live inside, while others may burrow under the foundation. Regularly checking your shed for damage can be important to preventing pest problems in the future.
Upgrade Your Garbage Cans
Garbage cans are a source of food for all manner of pests, but mainly opossums and raccoons. Sturdy, hard plastic bins that are rated to be raccoon-proof are a good investment in keeping pest animals away from your home. If they can’t eat your trash, they are less likely to look for shelter near you. Strapping your cans to your fence can also keep pests from knocking them over. Animals like skunks or opossums will generally knock over cans in order to open them up. Homeowners in more heavily wooded areas should have bear-proof garbage cans, if bears are in your area.
Clean Debris Piles
Debris piles from yard work can make excellent dens for unwanted animals. Cleaning these away regularly can help prevent pests like snakes from moving in. Piles that are against the house or shed can provide a good structure for a basic den, and can provide burrowing animals shelter while they dig their way under the foundations.