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Steps to Reduce Wildlife at Home

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  • Let wildlife be wild;
  • Do not intentionally feed wildlife;
  • Keep trash containers tightly sealed;
  • Keep landscaping well groomed;
  • Feed pets indoors or at least pick up any remaining food after they eat;
  • Do not leave birdseed in feeders or on the ground overnight;
  • If you have a pet door, close it securely at night;
  • Trim overhanging branches that provide easy access to your roof for squirrels and other wildlife;
  • Cover crawlspace and attic openings with heavy gauge, rustproof wire mesh (not chicken wire);
  • Carefully inspect your eaves and other areas where the roof and house join. Repair deteriorating boards, warped siding and loose shingles;
  • If you have a chimney, make sure that it has a secure cap because chimneys without caps are open invitations to raccoons looking for “hollow trees” in which to give birth and raise their young;
  • If you have a deck, you can prevent animals from digging underneath it by creating an L-shaped barrier. Attach heavy gauge wire mesh to the base of the deck, sink it six inches into the ground, bend it 90 degrees away from the deck for 12 inches and then cover it with soil.

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