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What Should Homeowners Know About Controlling Wild Animals and Pests

Updated on:
February 20, 2024
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Owning a house isn’t easy. A lot of people idealize it, mainly because they feel as though property ownership is part and parcel of functional adult life. One of the main problems people who own houses have to deal with is pests; your nice, warm home doesn’t just provide safety and sanctuary for yourself and your family, it also provides warmth and comfort for all manner of rodents and insects. You need to make sure that you do everything you can as a homeowner to stamp out infestations before they become a major problem.

Unfortunately, if you have never had to stop an infestation before, it is very unlikely that you will have no idea where to start. If you don’t take immediate action and stop infestations before they become major problems then they can quickly get out of control. An infestation that is out of control can be very hard to bring a stop to. This post will offer advice on controlling wild animals and pests so that they aren’t able to establish footholds in people’s homes. Read it in its entirety and implement the guidance and knowledge given here to your anti-pest plan!

Hiring Professional Pest Control

If an infestation has already become manifest, hire professional pest control. A professional pest control company will be able to eliminate infestations. Finding a pest control company shouldn’t be especially difficult. A simple internet search should bring up the names of businesses in your area. You do need to make sure that when looking for companies, you read reviews. A company’s reviews will give you a chance to learn about how effective their service is. Hiring a company with negative reviews is a bad idea as they might not be able to get rid of the pests plaguing your home.

As well as reading reviews after hiring contractors, you should also take the time to inspect your chosen company’s star rating on Google or Trustpilot. A star rating can be a very good way of finding out what they are like to work with, especially if they do not have any reviews. This is because clients who do not have the time or energy to leave written reviews are often compelled by platforms to leave something, and star ratings are often what is left. Avoid reviews and ratings left on the contractor’s site as these are usually exaggerated.

Building a Fence Around the Backyard

As far as rodents go, building a fence around your backyard is not really going to do much as rodents are able to tunnel underneath fences and even climb over them; however, building a fence around your backyard will stop larger pests like deer and bears from getting inside. If deer and bears begin coming to your garden it will not take long before they start causing chaos by overturning garbage cans; bears, obviously, can also become very aggressive so keeping both of these types of animals out of your backyard should be a main priority for you.

If you have noticed that a lot of bears or deer have started coming to your garden this is a good idea to invest in a firearms license. During rutting season, deer can become extremely aggressive and have even been known to kill people; bears can be very aggressive if they have cubs with them or if you catch them on a bad day. A firearms license should not be hard to obtain as long as you have a clean criminal record and a reason for applying for one. It is a lot easier to apply for firearms licenses in certain states. Research your state’s laws before you apply for a gun license and under no circumstances should you ever buy a firearm without getting a license first.

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Locking Outdoor Garbage Cans

In most places, garbage is only collected once a week. Because of this, people have to keep trash outside and cans in their back or front yards. If you want to keep pests away from your house then a very good strategy for doing this is to lock your garbage cans. Locking garbage cans will prevent mice, wraps, and raccoons from getting in and eating what's inside. Once pests begin coming to your house to eat from your trash cans, it is only a matter of time before they try to get into your house. Getting them away from your house can be extremely hard to do once they have become familiar with it.

One very effective way of keeping rodents and pests away from your house is to invest in proper dumpsters. You can put a padlock on a dumpster and stop it from being accessible. Dumpsters are sealed very tightly which is ideal for keeping pests away. Some trash cans can still be accessed even if they have a padlock on them. You can rent dumpsters but it’s better to buy one, as they can be expensive.

Cleaning Up After Yourself

People seem to think that infestations only really take place in your garden. This is not entirely true, however. Indoor infestations are becoming a big problem in the United States today. A good way to avoid indoor infestations is to clean up after yourself and never leave food waste around. Small pests like cockroaches will show up in no time if you are in the habit of leaving food out on your kitchen counters. Mice and rats may also come in as well.

Cleaning up after yourself is a good habit to get into as it will stop pests from getting in and keep your house clean; a house that’s littered with food waste is bound to be unsafe for children and animals. Diseases can spread easily from contaminated or expired food. Additionally, the kind of pests that are attracted to rotting food tends also to carry diseases and illnesses with them. Cleaning up after yourself will stop pests from having any interest in your house. Bear in mind the importance of cleaning up in tiny houses, too. Tiny houses are becoming very popular but can accumulate mess very quickly. Make sure you clean up your tiny house fastidiously if you live in one.

Sealing Cracks and Gaps

As noted in the introduction to this post, your home gives pests and animals somewhere comfortable to nest. Because of this, you need to seal cracks and gaps as pests might come into your home purely to shelter from bad weather.  If there is food or food waste lying around, they’ll likely stay. However, food waste is not the only thing that will attract pests. Stagnant water can attract them too. Sealing cracks and gaps will stop small pests like ants from getting in. In truth, it is very hard to keep rats and mice out, as they can get in through more or less anywhere, including your gutter or even drainpipes.

Homeowners need to protect their properties from pests. They can do this by following the advice outlined in this post. If you don’t take proactive measures to keep pests away from your house then you could end up with pests nesting under your floorboards or in your wall cavities.

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