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You enjoy wildlife, as long it stays where it belongs — in the wild. While it might be cool to see a herd of deer move through your property, you certainly don’t want them taking up residence. That goes for pigeons, skunks, raccoons, and more. In today’s post, we’ll cover some of the preventive measures you can take to make your yard less attractive to wildlife, which is better for both you and them. At Wildlife Removal Services in San Diego, we provide professional and humane animal control services. From rats and raccoons to opossums and snakes, contact our team to get a free quote.

Eliminate Food Sources

You might be providing food for wildlife in your area without realizing it. If you leave pet food dishes or feed for your livestock outside, you could be laying out an unintended welcome mat. Keep pet food dishes inside and move feed to a covered shelter. Once you are no longer feeding the wildlife in your area, you’ll notice you’re able to extend the time before you need to purchase more food.

Secure Garbage Cans

Raccoons and other wild animals are notoriously clever at getting into trash cans. You may think you secured the lid on your garbage can, but unless you’ve purchased a raccoon-proof trash can or locking item, you’ll likely wake up to see your trash can has been knocked over and all the contents spilled out. If possible, store your trash can in the garage or a secured shed. Otherwise, there are a number of items you can purchase to secure your trash can from the nimble fingers of the raccoons in your area.

Restrict Access to Crawl Spaces

You may feel familiar with your home and property, but in order to make it wildlife proof, you need to analyze it from the perspective of a critter. Small animals tend to look for nesting spaces under porches, in crawl spaces, and in other small areas you may not even think about. Once you’ve identified possible nesting areas, install screens or fences to prevent access.


Declutter your property by checking for fallen branches, overgrown shrubs, and other items that could provide cover for wildlife. Critters identify places that make them feel hidden and safe, so the more you’re aware of this and remove anything that could provide cover, the less likely they’ll find your property appealing.

Maintain Neat Ornamental Plants

It’s natural to plant ornamental shrubs and bushes around your home, but the downside is that these can provide an open invitation to wildlife. They provide a natural hidden path that allows small critters to navigate your property unseen. You don’t need to remove all the landscaping around your home, just make sure to keep all plants regularly trimmed and neat. When possible, trim back any branches that might be touching your home and keep other plants at least two inches away from the house.

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