If you are one of the many homeowners on Long Island frustrated and wondering why wildlife including raccoons, squirrels and skunks are invading your property then it is time to find the source. In most cases, the reason that nuisance wildlife show up in the first place is because they have found a food and water source. And once they have found this, they are likely to be returning guests. For homeowners in search of why wildlife keep returning, here are the top 3 things that are likely to attract wildlife to your property.
1. Trash cans
One man’s trash is a pest’s treasure. So that is not exactly how that adage goes but in this case it is true. If your garbage is left out in the open you can pretty much guarantee there will be some visitors. Even if you try to hide your garbage bags under a porch or behind a gate, most wildlife animals will be able to quickly sniff it out. Your best bet to keep critters away from the trash is to keep it stored in durable bins with locking lids. A simple cover is no problem for dexterous raccoons to infiltrate and once open, they will have a field day. Another note on trash; do not let it pile up. The more frequent you empty the trash receptacles the less frequent you will have to deal with wildlife.
2. Bird feeders
Although many find enjoyment bird watching on their property, you may be attracting more than just the birds. Bird seed are a great food sources squirrels, and other wildlife. And as with the trash, once they have recognized the bird feeder as a source they are likely to continue to come back.
3. Pet food
If you have a pet that spends time outside then more than likely you keep their food outside too. And even if you have fenced in your yard, wildlife will have no trouble accessing your pet’s food and possibly even tormenting your pet. Especially during the hotter summer months, it is best to keep your pet and their food inside, safe from the threat of wildlife.
If you’ve corrected the above conditions around your home and have continuing wildlife problems, turn to the wildlife pros at Parkway Pest Services. Our wildlife control experts will safely and effectively help you resolve your wildlife problems. Simply contact us today to learn how we can help you get rid of squirrels, skunks and other nuisance wildlife.