Our homes tend to attract a number of unwanted visitors. From foxes, rabbits, deer, rats, raccoons and snakes to all sorts of flying wild animals. Some of these animals damage our properties and, far worse, may actually harm us and all our pets, as well. The worst case is that some of them are actually known for transmitting some of the deadliest diseases we only hear about. Having said that, here are the simple but effective tips on how to keep wildlife away from the home?
8 Tips – How To Keep Wildlife Away
1) Clear all the tall bushes and weeds
Bushes and weeds hide snakes and small mammals. These animals tend to establish their homes around the vegetative covers that surround our homes and if an opportunity presents itself, they’ll sneak right into your home for shelter or to look for food. For this reason, it’s advisable to clear all the bushes and tall weeds in your home compound if you want to keep all the wild animals away.
2) Throw all the trash in garbage cans that have close-fitting lids
Raccoons, opossums and foxes are usually attracted by the smell of uncovered garbage. They’ll therefore be knocking garbage cans over as they try to search for food. To avoid attracting them, always ensure that all garbage cans in your home compound are tightly covered with close-fitting lids. Also, if possible, try to place the cans out of animal reach—in locked places, since a number of animals can actually break through them to get whatever they want.
3) Sprinkle soap flakes around your home compound to keep raccoons away
Soap flakes have a strong scent that can keep raccoons and a number of other wild animals away from your property. As such, if you can afford to spray pure soap flakes around your home compound at least once in a weak, you can be rest assured that you’d have prevented raccoons from sneaking around the perimeter of your property.
4) Install tall fences around the perimeter of your property
To prevent the vegetables in your garden from being eaten by wild animals like deer, try installing tall fences around your garden—preferably, 8 feet tall.
5) Feed your pets indoors
A bowl of cat or dog food placed outside your house will definitely be attracting all the foxes, opossums, and raccoons that happen to live closer by. To keep them away, feed all your pets from indoors. Also, try getting them inside the house during the night to protect them from being harmed by the intruding animals.
6) Install security lights
Installing bright security lights—preferably 100-watt bulbs, every 15 to 20 feet can greatly help to light up your property during the night. This will in turn make it uncomfortable for nocturnal wild animals to sneak inside your home compound, to search for food when you’re asleep.
7) Have all the areas under open decks and porches enclosed using wire mesh
Areas under open decks or porches normally provide good shelters for wild animals. Often times, these animals find ways to sneak into such areas, where they eventually establish their permanent abodes. And when this occurs, it’s usually difficult to drive them away. So, to stay safe, try to use wire mesh to build an enclosure around all the areas under open decks and porches before it’s too late.
8) Use homemade repellents to drive some of the wild animals away
There are a number of homemade repellents that can easily drive wild animals (such as moles, squirrels, rabbits and deer) from your home compound. They include:
a) Castor oil repellent—for repelling moles
To prepare this repellent, you’ll need a tablespoon of liquid-dish soap, 8-tablespoons of castor oil, and a gallon of water. Mix all these ingredients thoroughly together, and then pour the mixture in the mole runs to drive them away. Also, if you wish, you can pour the mixture on your plants or around the soil that surrounds them to keep them protected from rodents.
b) Homemade deer repellent
To make this repellent, just fill a bucket with water and then have it placed somewhere cool, with no disturbance. Now break a dozen eggs that you should be adding into the water alongside four beef bouillon cubes. Go ahead and mix the ingredients, and then cover the bucket before allowing it to rot for several days—preferably a week. Once the concoction is well rot, you can add 2 tablespoons of dish soap to every gallon of the repellent. Using a squirt bottle, cover the soil around your vegetables with the homemade repellent—just be keen not to spray it directly on the plants.
c) Hot pepper spray—for keeping rabbits and squirrels away
This spray can actually be made by grinding Jalapeno peppers using a food processor. After running the pepper inside the processor, add a tablespoon of water into the processor one at a time until a thick liquid in formed. The pepper pieces can now be filtered out using cheesecloth and a jar before adding some drops of nontoxic school glue and liquid dish soap, as well. At this point, the concoction is ready to be sprayed on plants in the ratio of 1 part of hot pepper liquid to 10 parts of lukewarm water. But hey, use the spray a week before harvesting the vegetables.
If you follow the above tips regarding how to keep the wildlife away from your home, you’ll have an excellent chance of doing so.