10 Steps to Make Your Property Less Attractive to Unwanted Wildlife


Wildlife can add a touch of natural beauty to our surroundings, but let's face it - they're not always welcome visitors to our properties. Today, I'd like to help you understand some proactive steps you can take to make your property less appealing to unwanted wildlife.

1. Trash Management

Wildlife like raccoons and rodents are attracted to easy food sources - and there's nothing easier than a loosely covered trash can. Secure your garbage in a sturdy bin with a tight-fitting lid to discourage unwanted dinner guests.

2. Food Sources

Wild animals have a knack for sniffing out food sources, including pet food and bird feeders. Consider removing these or making them less accessible, especially during the night when many wildlife species are most active.

3. Water Access

Just like food, water sources can also attract animals. Regularly empty items that collect water, like bird baths and buckets, and repair any leaking pipes or faucets.

4. Shelter

Piles of firewood, leaf debris, or other clutter can provide ideal nesting spots for wildlife. Regular cleanup of your yard will make your property less inviting to them.

5. Garden Care

Fruits and vegetables can attract animals. If you have a garden, consider using fencing or other deterrents to protect your harvest.

6. Compost Control

Composting is great for the environment, but make sure your compost is enclosed in a sturdy, sealed container to prevent it from becoming a smorgasbord for wildlife.

7. Tree Trimming

Overhanging branches can serve as a wildlife highway to your property. Keep your trees well-trimmed and away from your house.

8. Inspections

Regular inspections of your property can help identify any potential signs of wildlife intrusion before it becomes a larger issue.

9. Professional Help

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, wildlife may find their way onto your property. In such cases, it's best to seek professional help to ensure the animals are removed safely and humanely.

10. Wildlife-proofing

Finally, consider investing in wildlife-proofing your property. This may include installing chimney caps, sealing off crawl spaces, and using wildlife-resistant garbage cans.

By taking a proactive approach, you can live in harmony with our native wildlife while also protecting your property from potential damage.

Remember, your home is part of the broader Memphis ecosystem, and managing it responsibly can help preserve our community's wildlife. And if you need help with wildlife management on your property, remember that we're here to help.


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  • What is the estimated cost of professional snake removal services?

    The cost for professional snake removal services can vary based on several factors, such as the size of the snake, the location (inside or outside the property, accessibility), the number of snakes present, and the situation's complexity. Professionals typically assess the situation during an initial consultation and provide a cost estimate. At General's Wildlife Removal, we offer competitive prices and efficient service for your convenience and satisfaction.

  • What are common places snakes might hide on my property?

    Snakes typically lurk in places providing cover and access to prey. They may hide in overgrown plants, beneath rocks or logs, inside sheds or garages, or within cracks in your home's foundation. Unruly stacks of wood or other clutter can also provide a suitable hiding spot. If you locate a snake, never attempt to handle it alone; instead, contact General's Wildlife Removal for professional assistance.

  • Is it advisable to use traps for catching snakes myself?

    While you can technically use traps to catch snakes, we strongly discourage trying to handle a snake problem without professional help. Snakes can be dangerous, especially if they feel threatened. Even non-venomous snakes can deliver painful bites. Additionally, different snake species require different trapping methods and handling procedures, which are best left to the professionals.