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Whether you live in an apartment in a suburban or urban area, or you live in a smallholding in the country, wild animals will often be unwelcome visitors if they make their way into your yard, garden or even your property. There are a variety of problems that animals can cause, and while they may be an important part of the ecosystem, they aren't generally compatible with the domestic setting. There are a variety of different techniques that can be used to try and keep these animals away, and these will usually take the form of either physical barriers to stop them approaching the area, or features that are either unpleasant for the animals or the removal of the features attracting the animals.
Problems Caused By Wild Animals
Many wild animals will be drawn to human areas because of the food sources that are available, and the contamination of domestic food storage areas and pet food are just as problematic as when the animals start stealing food from a garden. This drive to find food will often find these wild animals getting into the garbage as well, and unfortunately their table manners leave a lot to be desired as they will usually leave garbage strewn around the area. However, there is a very different set of problems that can be encountered when the animals get into a domestic property, as wild animals will often try to create a nest or den, and will often damage the property as they do so.
Keeping Animals Away From Your Yard Or Garden
When it comes to keeping wild animals away from a yard or garden, there are several factors that you need to consider as methods to achieve this goal, which include:
- Removing potential food sources, such as garbage cans and fruit fallen from trees.
- Securing the yard or garden with a fence with a narrow wire mesh.
- Removing sources of cover such as bushes and wood piles.
- Installing guards to stop animals from climbing trees and bird feeders.
There are a variety of different products that are available on the market that claim to be able to repel animals from the garden, but in the majority of cases these chemical or natural repellents will have limited success. The best option in this case is to look at the fencing around your yard, and removing as many of the attractions for animals as you can.
Preventing Animals From Getting In To Your Attic
The havoc that wild animals can wreak if they do gain access into your attic can be significant, so it is definitely a situation where prevention is a much better option than dealing with the damage once they are in the property. Maintenance is an important part of this process, and keeping an eye on potential vulnerable areas such as plastic vents or wooden soffits to make sure they are in good repair is a good way to start. It is also worth making sure that any trees that overhang your property are regularly trimmed to make sure that animals cannot find their way on to your roof from the trees, as this is also a common way that animals will first find their way into the attic or loft space.
Tips To Stop Animals From Getting To Your Walls And Chimney
There are several steps that you can take to try and keep wild animals from getting into the chimney or inside the wall cavities of your property, and the best way of all is to make sure that the animals have no reason to visit the property. Ensuring that as many features around your property that attract the animals are removed or minimized is one good step, while keeping the property in good repair is also very important. Ensure that any damage to vents, soffits and masonry is dealt with quickly, and make sure that when you have your annual chimney inspection, that the chimney cap is also inspected to ensure it is sturdy enough to resist any animals trying to get in.
Property Maintenance Tips
Wild animals are generally opportunistic when it comes to getting into a garden or property, so by making it as difficult as possible for them to get in, within reason, you can help to reduce the chances that you will have an animal problem. Keeping fences in good condition, and ensuring that they are embedded around twelve inches into the ground will help to keep burrowing animals out, while using a layer of chicken wire around the bottom of the fence will also help to keep animals out. Regularly checking the exterior of the property for damage or areas that have become worn, and repairing when appropriate will also help to keep the wild animals away from your home.