Winters are here, and you can expect to get some uninvited visitors from the wild. According to reports and surveys, an increasing number of wild animals were found close to human habitations during the colder months, mainly searching for food and shelter. Homes situated close to parks, streams, springs, railroad tracks, and empty structures proved to be the ideal visiting spots for the untamed life. Although not all creatures pose a threat, their presence can be quite problematic and can turn into a disturbance. Rodents such as squirrels and rats transmit rabies and other infectious diseases. Therefore it is important to safeguard your homes against such animals and get them removed. Given below are some of the most important tips on how to handle wildlife away from your homes. Read more to find out.


Seal up all entrance points to your home and shed

It is advised to inspect your property for cracks, holes, etc., regularly. Search for openings that natural life may use to get inside. Seal up any openings you find and keep the animals out for good. Make sure to place a mesh over the chimney opening to lock animals from crawling inside. You can also buy canal protects accessible at home enhancement stores to counteract passage onto the rooftop.

Make your homes garbage-free.

Try not to dispose of waste in your backyard as this attracts animals to your place. If you have garbage bins placed outside, make sure they are tightly sealed and inaccessible to animals even if it falls. Place heavy objects such as rocks or weights on top of the garbage bins to secure the lid. Empty your garbage bins and keep the surrounding area clean regularly to minimize foul smell and keep the animals away.

Block passages to your roof

Trim overhanging branches somewhere around 8 to 10 feet from your home as these act as passages to your rooftop. Tree squirrels, rooftop rodents, and other tree staying creatures can utilize these branches as scaffolds into your home, particularly if they are contacting or laying on your rooftop.

Minimize the usage of cardboard boxes

Make use of plastic boxes for storing things instead of cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes act as warm dwellings for small creatures. You won’t even be aware of their existence inside such boxes—cardboard boxes that are left unused inside your garage or yard act as the ideal spots for animals. Therefore make sure that you don’t leave any empty boxes outside.

Being Cautious

It is important to be extremely cautious most of the time. Even when you feed your pets outside, make sure that you clean up the area and do not litter or leave any food items outside. If you find any raccoons during the day, it is advisable to seek professional help. Please do not ignore such animals’ presence as they might turn problematic later on, so get rid of them at the earliest.


Alina Tomy