As a nuisance wildlife control company in North Georgia, Southern Wildlife Management knows how important it is to prevent wildlife from entering and inhabiting yards. Effective wildlife control starts with wildlife habitat modification, which can reduce the likelihood of wildlife entering and occupying yards. In this article, we’ll provide some useful tips and information on wildlife habitat modification techniques to help prevent wildlife from entering and inhabiting yards in Georgia.

  1. Don’t store food containers outside

One of the most important things you can do to prevent wildlife from entering your yard is to not store food containers outside. Wildlife, such as raccoons, skunks, and possums, are attracted to the scent of food and will readily scavenge through your trash or compost bin. This can lead to them becoming habituated to your property and may even result in them entering your home.

  1. Rethink Bird Feeders

Bird feeders can be a major attractant for wildlife. When birdseed falls to the ground, it can attract rodents and other small mammals. To prevent this from happening, keep bird feeders clean and remove any spilled seed from the ground or better yet – eliminate them entirely. This will help to prevent rodents from being attracted to your yard and will also reduce the number of birds that may attract larger predators.

  1. Dispose of pet waste properly

Dog feces contains undigested food particles, which can attract rats just like any other source of food. Rats are opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything, including grains, fruits, vegetables, and even meat. Dog feces can provide a rich source of nutrition for rats, and the smell of decomposing organic matter can attract them from a distance. In addition, dog feces left on the ground for an extended period can create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and parasites, which can attract rats looking for a food source. It is important to promptly clean up dog feces to prevent the attraction of rats and other pests, as well as to maintain a clean and healthy environment for humans and animals alike.

  1. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed

Overgrown trees and shrubs can provide hiding places and shelter for wildlife. It’s important to keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away from your house to prevent wildlife from using them as access points to your home.

  1. Seal up entry points

Sealing up entry points around your home can help prevent wildlife from entering your house. This can include sealing up gaps around doors and windows, repairing holes in walls, and installing chimney caps. By sealing up these entry points, you’ll reduce the likelihood of wildlife entering your home, which can be costly to seal. We can gladly provide you with a estimate to seal up your entire home to prevent future entry of wildlife.

Humane trapping programs

If you’ve already tried habitat modification techniques and are still experiencing problems with wildlife, a humane trapping program may be necessary. Southern Wildlife Management can set up traps in a safe and humane manner to capture and relocate wildlife away from your property. Humane trapping programs are an effective way to control wildlife populations and prevent them from finding their way into homes.

In conclusion, effective wildlife control starts with habitat modification. By following these tips, you can help prevent wildlife from entering and inhabiting your yard. If you’re experiencing problems with wildlife, consider hiring a professional wildlife control company like Southern Wildlife Management to set up a humane trapping program. With these techniques, you can help ensure that your yard remains a safe and wildlife-free space for you and your family.


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