Co-Existing With Wildlife
There are more and more people in this world which means more and more growth of buildings and houses. Animals try to adapt the best they can and one way is to search in neighborhoods for food and water. These neighborhoods were once open land for them to freely find food and water sources with no threat from humans to harm them. They still deserve a home and certainly deserve to live.
There are several general solutions besides killing the animal: here are a few simple solutions:
- Change habitat (remove brush piles from your yard)
- Put up barriers around gardens
- Pick up fallen fruit
- Do not feed pets outside (or clean dishes and take in overnight)
- Install weather stripping around doors
- Install chimney caps, vent covers, and window well covers
- Close all garbage can lids tightly
- Do not store pet food outdoors
- Install backyard lights
Trapping should ONLY be used as a last resort. Normally, animals have another nest spot they can claim. Babies can remain with their mothers versus being left behind. Solving an animal nuisance issue yourself will be more cost effective and less harmful to the animal. Not every company that rids homes of animals “rids” the animals in an appropriate manner. In addition, unless you make changes to discourage future wildlife, the problem will continue to occur. You can trap and relocate 10 raccoons, but 10 more will just take their place because you just removed their competition for food and shelter. Obviously, something is attracting wildlife to your yard, and that is what you need to address.
Please click on the interactive link below to find out what type of animal you may have and possible solutions to free your home of that particular animal in a humane way. Animals included on this site include:
Non Toxic Wildlife Repellent
- 1 onion
- 1 jalepeno pepper
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
Chop onion and pepper. Boil in 2 quarts of water for about 20 minutes. After cooled, strain into container. Using a garden sprayer, spray area where wildlife is being a nuisance. You may need to repeat this over a week or two to finally (hopefully) rid your yard of a particular animal.