You’ve seen a few squirrels in your backyard and they were the most adorable thing ever. A few months have passed, and now you see a few raccoons, a couple new bee hives, a lot more squirrels, two new snakes, and some bats. What is happening you ask yourself? It was acceptable at first, but now it’s becoming a nuisance. The new flowers you planted, and the open trash can you’ve now decided to keep outside may be contributing factors. Be mindful that if they are in your backyard, then they may also make their way into your home or attic and cause damage. Wildlife generally enters a home when looking for permanent shelter, a breeding spot, or an escape from the weather. Below are some of the reasons why the biodiversity in your yard may be attracting excessive wildlife, and how you can rid yourself of them:
Excessive Amounts of Flowers – Flowers provide pollen for bees and other insects that help with pollination. Cultivars that have been selectively bred with reduced amounts of nectar may be a good alternative
Excessive Amounts of Fruit Trees – While organic fruit is best, fruit trees provide food for critters like bats and squirrels. Too many fruit trees may make your yard wildlife haven.
Shrubs – Shrubs are a great hiding place and nesting site for snakes. If they have berries, they provide nectar and food for rodents, birds, bats, or raccoons. Keeping the ground free of shrubs will help to reduce your problem.
Water Source – bird baths, standing water, or pet water bowls provide water for all critters, and a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. If they’re not needed, remove them!
Composting – Composting in the garden is great fertilizer for your yard, but also provides shelter for small snakes, worms or cockroaches who are attracted to the warmth. Composting in an airtight container will provide the needed fertilizer for your plants yet eliminate the critters.
Other food sources – Trash cans stored outside but not sealed tightly makes any raccoon happy. Your backyard wildlife may also be attracted by your pet’s food bowl, or bird feeders placed in the yard. Only put pet food bowls out when needed, and eliminate bird feeders unless absolutely necessary.
Following these tips will help to keep unwanted wildlife at bay, but it’s not guaranteed. If you have a wildlife infestation, call the experts at Critter Control of Fort Lauderdale at 954-467-6067 today. Get a free consultation and find out how our industry experience, humane methods, and use of advanced technology makes us the best choice for eliminating your wildlife problems.