If you are lucky enough to live by a large city park or in the country, then you can always enjoy the flora and fauna that surrounds where you live. However, it is impossible to tell wild animals to stay where they are and living next to an open park can bring its unwanted visitors. And if you happen to live in North America and particularly in Texas, then some of the wildlife that invades your property can be really dangerous. Common animals that can be found in Central Texas are opossums, raccoons, armadillos, rat snake, and rattlesnake. If you want to keep these local villains away from your home, then here are some top tips.
Don’t Leave Pet Food Outside
If you have a cat or dog or any other pet, do not leave their food outside the house. This is a free meal for any animal passing by and will attract them to perhaps stay on your property. Not only could this be dangerous for your pets, wild creatures can also create havoc to your property. And if you have a pet door then make sure once your pets are settled that you lock it overnight. If the door is big enough for a cat or a small dog, then it will easily be big enough for many wild animals too.
Secure Your Garbage
Always tie up your garbage bags and if possible, put them in a metal bin or dumpster. Wild animals can sniff out food from a mile away, and they don’t care if it is in the form of rotting garbage. If you leave garbage bags open, then the smell can easily get out and attract unwanted visitors.
Cut Back Vegetation
Make sure you cut back any trees or shrubs that overhang your property. Squirrels, snakes and smaller creatures that can climb will use branches to get access to your roof. Once they are there, these ingenious creatures will find ways of getting inside your property. As a rule of thumb keep all vegetation at least eight feet away from your roof.
Chimneys are a popular route into your home for many creatures, but this is easily prevented by putting a wire mesh over the chimney pot. This will allow smoke out but also stop wildlife getting in and is an extremely effective deterrent.
Now you have secured the top of the house, you need to pay attention to the lower part, and in particular the foundation vents. Vents are regularly placed around the foundations of a house to let the building breathe. But they offer an opportunity for determined animal housebreakers. You can use the same mesh to cover the vents as you applied to the chimney, just ensure that it is secure and cannot be pulled off. If you do happen to discover a wild animal in your home then remain calm, animals can sense fear and anger and can get agitated by this. Slowly try to usher the animal towards an open door or window. If you can hear animals in your roof space then phone a wildlife removal company and do not try to eject it yourself.