If your home has ever been rid of pests, it is within good reason to make certain that they will never return.
Eliminate the Food Source
Chances are, you are inviting pests into your own home by making it enticing. After all, what critter would not want a delicious snack of leftover garbage, fruit trees, or vegetable plants? Few of them will resist all of these factors, which emphasizes the importance of either making the garbage impenetrable or making it too difficult for them to get at certain edibles. Keep the trashcans themselves clean and the area around them free from excess trash, lock the lids down with bungee cords, remove fallen fruit from the ground, avoid using bird feeders if pests are already apparent, and consider fencing in a garden to abate any pest issues.
Reduce Any Sources of Water
If you have a pond, you are making it an obligation for wildlife to come have a drink or snack. If you are able, cover the top of the water with mesh to deter any drinkers. Unlevel terrain that holds excess water should be frequently drained, too. Unfortunately, swimming pools are problematic in this area as they are difficult to cover daily. However, it is salient to regularly inspect the pool for any wildlife droppings, due to the fact that they carry disease.
Seal the Home
Raccoons, squirrels, and bats love calling attics home, specifically when it starts to get cold. To make certain that your attic remains as a spot for holiday decorations and old toys, replace the windows and seal any cracks.
Use Natural Repellents
Typically, organic repellents surround two senses: Taste and scent. Though there are not many pests will not eat, there are some that they opt to avoid, including hot peppers, dishwashing liquid because it smells unnatural, and cayenne powder. The animals will not risk testing these items, but if they did, it would not be harmful to them. The same elements act as a scented repellent as well.
These preventive measures usually do the trick, but this is not always the case for a mother who will do anything to protect her babies. When a pregnant raccoon makes a nest for herself and children, not much can lure her from that nest. A repellent is not enough initiative to draw the mother away from her children and the food and water are not necessarily why the female made a nest in the first place. Simply put, if you discover a nest of baby raccoons, avoid it at all costs and contact professional services immediately.