Why is wildlife (raccoons, opossums, squirrels, rodents) destroying your yard and even sneaking into your home when your neighbors say they don’t have an issue with animal infestations? It could be one or more of the following reasons:
1. Birdfeeders and birdbaths
If you are a bird watcher, this may not be what you want to hear. Unfortunately, wild animals are constantly searching for food and water, and when they find a reliable source of nourishment, they’ll return every day if possible.
2. Peripheral landscaping
Beautifying your yard with trees, shrubs, hedges and flower gardens sends a clear signal to wild animals that you are open for business. While installing a fence around your home and landscaping items can help keep larger wild animals from invading your yard, fences won’t stop raccoons, squirrels and other animals that are expert climbers and diggers.
3. Piles of deadwood in your yard
Dying trees shedding dead limbs in your yard, piles of chopped wood for your fireplace and other lawn debris naturally attracts wild animals looking for shelter. In addition, dead wood lures grub-like insects which, in turn, invites hungry raccoons and rodents. Snakes especially love to find piles of lawn debris to slither under and hide.
4. Backyard fountains
Although they had charm and beauty to your yard, they also charm wild animals into invading your yard every day for a drink of cool, clean water. Animals won’t leave right away drinking from your fountain, either. They will sniff around, look for food resources and potentially discover a small hole through which they gain entrance into your home.
5. Outside pets
Leaving pet food outside for outdoor pets is one of the leading causes of pest problems. Whether it’s dry dog or cat food, hay for goats or chicken feed for chickens, wild animals roaming around the edges of your yard will pick up the scent of food and make a beeline towards it.