Securing Your Home's Exterior
One of the first steps in preventing wild animal infestations is to fortify your home's exterior. Focus on the following areas:
- Seal Entry Points: Inspect your home for any gaps, cracks, or holes where animals could potentially enter. Use caulk, wire mesh, or steel wool to seal these openings effectively.
- Reinforce Doors and Windows: Install sturdy screens on windows and ensure that doors are fitted with weather-stripping to prevent animal entry.
- Secure Garbage Bins: Use tightly sealed lids or invest in animal-proof containers to deter wildlife from scavenging through your trash.
Your landscaping choices can significantly impact the likelihood of wild animal infestations. Consider the following tips:
- Trim Overhanging Branches: Remove tree limbs that hang over your roof or close to your home, as they can serve as pathways for animals to access your property.
- Clear Yard Debris: Regularly clean up fallen leaves and any other debris that may attract wildlife seeking shelter or food.
- Create a Barrier: Install a sturdy fence around your property to discourage animals from entering. Ensure the fence is buried at least a foot underground to prevent burrowing.
Proper Food Storage
Wild animals are often drawn to easily accessible food sources. By implementing these practices, you can minimize their attraction to your property:
- Store Pet Food Indoors: Avoid leaving pet food outside, as it can attract various animals. Instead, store it in airtight containers indoors.
- Harvest Fruits and Vegetables: Promptly pick ripe produce from your garden to prevent it from becoming an enticing food source for wildlife.
- Clean Outdoor Grills: Thoroughly clean your grill after use and dispose of grease properly, as the scent can attract animals.
Effective Wildlife Deterrents
Utilizing deterrents can help discourage wild animals from approaching your property:
- Motion-Activated Lights and Sprinklers: Install motion-activated lights and sprinklers to startle and deter animals from getting too close.
- Ultrasonic Devices: Consider using ultrasonic devices that emit high-frequency sounds, which are unpleasant to animals but inaudible to humans.
- Scare Tactics: Place decoy predators or reflective objects in your yard to create a sense of danger for wildlife.
By implementing these practical strategies, you can significantly reduce the risk of wild animal infestations and safeguard your home and family. Remember, prevention is key when it comes to dealing with wildlife. However, if you find yourself facing an infestation that requires professional assistance, Mountain West Pest Control is here to help. Our expert team specializes in wildlife removal and prevention, ensuring a safe and pest-free environment for you and your loved ones.