Top 10 Ways to Prevent Wildlife Problems

Preventing Wildlife Problems

  • Don't leave pet food outside at night.
  • Don't leave bird seed in feeders or on the ground overnight.
  • Don't put unsecured garbage outside at night.
  • If you have a pet door, securely close it at night.
  • Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for squirrels and other wildlife.
  • If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap. Chimneys without caps are open invitations to birds and raccoons looking for "hollow trees" in which to raise their young.
  • Thoroughly inspect your roof, eaves, and siding for signs of damage. Cover attic vents and other roof openings with heavy-gauge, rustproof wire mesh.
  • Cover foundation vents with heavy-gauge, rust proof wire mesh.
  • If you have a deck, install an L-shaped barrier to prevent animals from digging underneath it.
  • Share this information with your neighbors.