Deterring wild animals from intruding on your property can be a challenge. Raccoons, mice, squirrels, skunks and more like to use homes or sheds for shelter when possible, as they provide good weather protection throughout the year. This article will explore possible ways to deter wild animals from living on or near your property.
Install a Sturdy Fence
While it might not stop all animals from intruding on your property, a sturdy fence can make a difference. A fence that stands about 5 feet high, and is buried about 1 foot underground is recommended. The height can discourage some animals from climbing it, while the depth can reduce the risk of animals digging under it.
Secure Your Trash Cans
Animal-proof trash cans will often deter a variety of dumpster diving critters. Opossums, raccoons, skunks, and more may be deterred if they can’t get free food. Removing the possibility of an easy meal is an important factor in preventing animal intrusion.
Inspect for Entry Points
Damage to the attics, walls, foundation, or basement can provide animals with a potential entry point. Smaller animals such as rats or mice need only a small crack to gain entry into your home. If you find any holes or signs of damage, get them repaired before they are used by animals to enter your home.
Dogs as Deterrence
A dog can be a good deterrence factor for your home. Dogs are natural hunters with sensitive senses. They can be territorial to intruding animals. Additionally, the scent of a dog can act as a deterrence system for pest animals that may consider it a predator. Be careful not to leave food for the dog unattended in the yard, as it may attract pest animals. Your dog should not be left unattended outside, as it may interact with pest animals in a violent manner. This could expose your dog to a number of diseases that can be harmful to their health; as well as that of your family.