While it’s important to respect and coexist with the animals that share our world, sometimes their presence can cause damage or pose a threat to our safety. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to highlight some natural ways to control wildlife on your property without resorting to harmful chemicals or inhumane methods.
Before implementing any control measures, it’s important to understand the behavior of the wildlife you’re dealing with. You will want to learn about their feeding habits, mating patterns, and other behaviors. Then you can develop strategies that are more effective and less harmful.
One effective way to control wildlife is to create natural barriers that prevent them from accessing your property. This can include planting trees or shrubs that are unappealing to the animals or installing fencing that is difficult to climb or burrow under. For example, deer are deterred by prickly bushes and plants with strong odors, so planting these around your garden can help keep them away.
Another way to control wildlife is to modify their habitat so that it’s less appealing. Do this by removing sources of food or water or making the habitat less hospitable. If you’re dealing with raccoons, you can reduce their access to food by securing trash cans and compost bins. You can also make their habitat less appealing by removing brush piles or other types of shelter.
In some situations, traps may be necessary to control wildlife. However, it’s important to use humane traps that won’t harm the animals. These traps can be used to capture and relocate the animals to a more suitable location. Just make sure you check local regulations before using traps, as some species may be protected.