5 Tips To Keep Pests Away From Your Property

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Pests and wild animals are quite common when you own a house both in rural and in urban areas, so it only stands to reason that you’d want to do all in your power to defend your home against intrusions. Remember, prevention is always better than having to deal with the aftermath of a wild animal getting into your home, so the tips below are bound to come in handy in protecting your home. 

  1. Regularly check for holes and cracks.

And fix them as soon as you notice them, of course. The thing is, these animals might be set on getting into your home, but they’ll have a much harder time of it if there are no openings to let them in. Often, either due to weather conditions, normal wear and tear, or even as a result of an animal trying to get in, our walls become damaged. 

Regularly checking for cracks and potential entry points (and sealing them with something impossible to get through, like steel wool) will help keep your home pest-free.

  1. Remove dead animals as soon as possible.

It’s not uncommon for an animal intruder to get stuck inside your home and die there. This happens most commonly in less populated areas, like the attic or the basement, as well as inside the walls, vents, or even underneath the home, in crawlspaces. You’ll probably discover the dead animal either by the unpleasant smell of decay or you might be led to it by your curious pet. The reason why you need to remove dead animals is that their corpses might be attracting other animals, but also because they might pose a danger to your pets since dead animals carry various diseases. 

  1. Don’t leave food outside unattended.

Everything from pet food left in the yard overnight to fallen fruit from your trees can attract a wide range of critters, like squirrels, mice, skunks, raccoons, and so on. This is a double-danger for your home. For one thing, if the smaller rodents come to think of your home as a great source of food and shelter, they’re quite likely to hang around. Secondly, smaller creatures, like rats, squirrels, and mice are the main diet of bigger predators, such as snakes. These won’t be attracted by the exposed food, but by the rodents feasting on it, which again puts you and your loved ones in danger. Visit squirrelattic.com for more information on how to prevent and remove squirrels and small pests from your property.

  1. Do regular maintenance and upkeep in your yard.

An overly-grown lawn, messy hedges, and sizable piles of firewood are all known as common attraction points for a variety of intruders, from snakes to raccoons and the like. Why? Because a messy yard gives them sheltering spots, as well as potential nest locations. They are also less likely to be spotted in tall grass, which is why they prefer it.

By performing regular upkeep in your backyard, you’re making it a less inviting environment for unwanted wildlife, so don’t skip out on yard-work!

  1. Call a professional.

The truth is, there’s only so much we can tell you, in general terms. And while the above tips will go a long way to protect your home from wild intruders, an expert eye can always point out things you previously missed. A local wildlife removal expert, like those at Wildlife X Team Central Texas, will be more knowledgeable on the types of pests in your area and will be better equipped to identify any potential weak spots on your property. It might seem over the top to call a wildlife removal company without any wildlife on your property, but this can end up saving you a lot of time and money in the future. 

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