How To Keep Skunks, Squirrels, And Other Large Pests Away

Posted on: 20 August 2020

When you think of pests, what comes to mind first? Most people think about insects and small rodents, like mice and rats. Indeed, these are some of the most common pests and they can be tough ones to get rid of because they are small and sneaky. However, larger animals can be pests, too. You really don't want skunks in your shed, and squirrels, groundhogs, and rabbits can be nuisances, too. Luckily, the steps necessary to keep most of these pests away are about the same. If you take the precautions below, you should have a lot fewer problems with larger pests on your land and in your home.

1. Keep your weeds trimmed.

If pests are attracted to your land, they don't have to venture much further to make their way into your home or an outbuilding. Weeds are one of the key things that attract pests to your land. The weeds provide a hiding place, so the animals feel safe and comfortable hiding out on your property. Keep your weeds cut short, and you'll have far fewer problems because skunks, foxes, and rabbits don't want to sit out in the open too long and risk being taken out by a predator.

2. Fill in holes.

Many of these animals, including groundhogs and skunks, like to build dwellings below ground or at least inside a hole. If you fill in any holes on your property, they're less likely to dig those areas out. Plus, you will more easily notice any new holes, which signal that you need to call the pest control company because something has been digging in your yard!

3. Keep your trash cleaned up.

Human-generated garbage has become a full food group for many raccoons, skunks, and other small animals living in populated communities. They know the smell of trash, and they'll be happy to call a place near smelly trash can home. For this reason, you need to keep your trash bin covered. Put a brick on top for extra security. You don't just want to keep animals from coming in; you also want to keep the smells from coming out. For this reason, washing your trash cans fully every few weeks can help keep pests away, too.

From skunks to raccoons, to rabbits, these larger pests can be quite destructive. If you do start seeing them on your land, call a pest control company. They can trap and relocate the animals before they have a chance to reproduce or build a den in your basement! 


From Skunks to Bugs

Almost any animal can become a household pest if the situation is right. Skunks, for example, usually build their nests outdoors, but if you happen to have a hole in your garage wall, a skunk might move in and take advantage of your warmth. Rats can also move into your home, as can a variety of insects, from earwigs to ants. If you would like to learn more about detecting these pests, getting rid of them, and keeping them away, then read the articles here. We are not pest control professionals ourselves, but we do have a lot of knowledge about this topic, and we're excited to share that knowledge with you.


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