Letting wild animals—including pests—live on your property comes with many risks. For example, a raccoon living in the dumpster can invite other animals and bugs to come and wreck your yard. You don’t want to be cleaning up after unwanted animals or bugs. Here are additional reasons why wildlife shouldn’t live in your yard.
Health and Safety
Many people don’t know that any wild animal they allow onto their properties can result in severe health and safety consequences. When you’re dealing with furry animals such as rabbits and raccoons, you need to be aware of rabies. Rabies is a severe illness that can result in foaming at the mouth and a short temper.
Predatory and Territory
Depending on where you live, a predatory animal can easily sneak into a home when they see an opportunity. When animals see you or your pet outside, they might attack if they see either of you as a threat. Also, if you leave your garbage open, an animal such as a bear or coyote may approach to steal food. The best advice we can give you is to not interact with any wildlife, especially during their mating seasons.
Excessive Property Damage
By allowing animals to run rampant around your yard, you’re risking burrowing or predatory animals and even insects invading your home and creating significant property damage. When an animal such as a fox burrows beneath your house, it can cause the foundation to cave in. And if your foundation sinks, you’re going to need to repair the structure, which costs a lot.
How To Keep Pests Out
All in all, these are the reasons why you shouldn’t have wildlife living in your yard. Now, if you do have unwanted visitors, the best way to deter these pests is to not make direct contact with them. All you need to do is contact animal control or a sanctuary if you live near a wooded area and let them know of the situation. Then, take future precautions by following these tips:
- Keep food out of dumpsters and trash cans.
- Don’t leave garbage on the lawn.
- Use a pest repellent.
Pests You Shouldn’t Remove from Your Property
When you’re defending your yard from animals, keep in mind that you’ll actually want to welcome certain critters to your property. The following wildlife provides more protection to your home rather than destroy it:
- Garter snakes
Furthermore, not only does keeping certain wildlife out of the yard not only protects you but also shields them from any lethal chemicals you may have in your grass, plants, and water. Certain chemicals can harm the local ecosystem, so when you’re dealing with them, ensure that they’re safe to use in your yard and, in case you get a visitor, that they won’t harm the wildlife.
Without taking precautions, you could end up harming the local environment. So to protect yourself, don’t use harmful chemicals, and only welcome the wildlife that benefits your home rather than destroys the property.