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To keep their space safe, some property owners invest in a top-of-the-line alarm system, a gated entrance, and a series of security cameras. While these precautions are sure to help prevent entry from burglars, they still leave buildings unprotected from smaller intruders — like wild animals. If critters are causing trouble around your property, here are some tips to help you turn it into an off-limits area.

Protect Your Trash  

Even some of the smallest changes, like cleaning up brush, trimming overgrown branches, and collecting fallen birdseed, can make a huge difference to the way pests approach your yard. You’ll see the biggest difference, however, when you change the way you handle your trash. Wild animals are the ultimate opportunists, which means you can’t afford to give them a chance at getting into your garbage. To keep your trash safe from foraging wildlife, invest in cans with secure lids that latch closed. And, when you bring them out for the weekly pickup, store them as far from your building as possible.

Install Motion Lights

A spotlight is sure to throw off any intruder sneaking their way through the night — especially the nocturnal ones, like raccoons and opossums. Because some wildlife are more active when the sun goes down, you’ll need to keep your building protected 24 hours a day with motion-sensor lighting. Simply install the lights above garages, gardens, or any other place that pests might want to check out. Once an animal gets too close to your guarded area, the lights will automatically turn on and catch the approaching critter by surprise. Oftentimes, the scare alone will be enough to send them looking for resources somewhere else.

Enclose the Area

Whether it’s to keep livestock in or wildlife out, a fence can fit just about any specific need your property has. In fact, you can personally select details like the height, style, and material to fit the look of your property while providing round-the-clock protection. If deterring critters is the main goal for your fence, however, there are some additional ways to modify your enclosure.

  • Bury footers roughly 12 inches underground to prevent animals from burrowing below.
  • Place a slick lining on the outer side of your fence to prevent animals from climbing up.
  • Choose a fence with extra height if you’re worried about animals jumping over.

If you have a specific area that needs extra protection, like a garden, consider securing it with a chicken-wire fence to safely block even the smallest wild animals.

Repair Entry Points 

There’s a lot of simple and effective strategies to deter wild animals from your property, but some critters have a harder time taking the hint. To protect your home or business from any animal that tries to chew, scratch, or squeeze their way inside, you’ll need to seal openings and repair weak points around the perimeter. As you check your building from top to bottom, look for openings around pipelines, window frames, and entryways. Once you find the spots that critters are sure to take advantage of, repair the gaps by using caulk, wire mesh, steel wool, and other industrial packing agents.

Call a Wildlife Expert

You trust your local plumbers, electricians, and handymen to quickly and carefully handle any issues on your property, so why not trust your local wildlife company to take on your critter complaints? By having a team of licensed wildlife technicians in your contacts, you can count on expert animal services, including prevention, removal, and sanitation. And, you’ll have professional insight into all the tips and tricks that will keep wild animals away from your home or business.

Wildlife prevention is a constant process, but these property changes are sure to give you the biggest return on your time and investment.

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