Although they may seem very cute, small wild animals cause a lot of damage, ravage the vegetable garden and transmit deadly viruses. But there are ways to protect your garden and keep pests at bay. Here are 5 techniques to keep wildlife off your property.
RESTRICT ACCESS TO HOUSEHOLD GARBAGE
Garbage is a favorite target for small mammals (raccoons, skunks, etc.). The first thing to do is to place garbage in metal garbage cans with locking lids.
Since these animals are usually nocturnal, it is advisable to put the garbage cans out only on the morning of the garbage collection. It is also recommended that they be securely fastened to the house so that they cannot be tipped over.
In order to limit odors, garbage cans should be washed regularly with bleach. Putting a mothball (naphthalene) in the bottom will also repel them. Human hair is also a natural skunk repellent. This is one of the simple and effective tips on how to keep skunks out of the house.
AVOID FEEDING PETS OUTSIDE
It is essential to feed your pets inside the house so as not to attract small animals. Raccoons, squirrels and other pests love this easily accessible food source.
Similarly, bird feeders should be hung with a long wire to prevent squirrels from reaching them. Care should also be taken to keep them away from any area from which squirrels may dart.
You can protect your garden, vegetable garden and backyard by fencing them with wire mesh. It is recommended to bury part of the fence in the ground (15 to 30 cm). The base should also be bent into an “L” shape so that it extends outward (30 to 50 cm). This should keep any wildlife away.
BLOCKING THE OPENINGS
To prevent small mammals (rats, field mice, mice, etc.) from entering the house, it is essential to carefully seal all holes, cracks and other openings. Don’t forget to cover chimney openings, which are often havens for birds and bats. Finally, it is essential to ensure that no wild animals have taken up residence in the attic.
CALL AN EXTERMINATOR
As a last resort, it is recommended to call an exterminator. He can then take care of the capture or hunting of the wild animal. All of this in compliance with the laws in force that protect several species in Canada. He can even take charge of caulking cracks and decontaminating the house.