How to keep wildlife away from your home

Wildlife is a beautiful part of nature, except when nuisance critters invade our homes and properties. From raccoons rummaging through our trash cans to squirrels nesting in our attics, these wild creatures can cause damage to our homes and pose a threat to our families.

If you are experiencing a wildlife invasion in your home, you might wonder how to protect your property and family. Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks that you can use to keep wildlife away from your home.

With the help of wildlife control services from Advanced Wildlife Removal professionals, you can keep your home and family safe from unwanted wildlife.


There are various effective methods you can use to keep wildlife away from your home:

  • Clean up your yard: Keeping a clean and tidy yard is essential in deterring wildlife from your property. Wildlife is attracted to food sources and shelter, so remove any fallen fruits, nuts, or seeds from your yard, and avoid leaving pet food outside.

Maintain your yard by regularly mowing your lawn and trimming overgrown bushes or trees. A well-maintained yard with little cover or hiding places will make it less attractive to wildlife.

  • Don’t feed wildlife: Feeding wildlife can create a dangerous dependency on humans for food, increasing population and disease transmission. This is especially true for animals like deer and raccoons, which can cause damage to your property and even become aggressive when fed.
  • Remove bird feeders: Although they can be enjoyable to watch, they can also attract unwanted wildlife like squirrels, raccoons, and bears to your yard. If you want to keep bird feeders in your yard, consider relocating them away from your home or using squirrel-proof feeders. Do not overfill birdfeeders.
  • Remove water containers: Standing water sources in your yard, such as bird baths or pet water bowls, can attract thirsty wildlife. To prevent this, remove standing water from your yard and keep your pet’s water bowl inside when not in use. To provide a water source for birds, consider using a drip or mist system, which is less likely to attract other animals.
  • Scare them away: Wildlife can be deterred by using various scare tactics. Some effective methods include motion-activated sprinklers, bright lights, or loud noises such as clapping or banging pots and pans. These methods create a “noisy” environment, making your yard less attractive to wildlife.
  • Seal or remove access points: Wildlife can enter your home through small openings such as cracks or holes in your roof, walls, or foundation. Seal any openings with caulk, wire mesh, or weatherstripping to prevent this. Additionally, consider removing tree branches that provide access to your roof or attic.
  • Secure and cover garbage bins: Garbage bins attract wildlife, especially raccoons and bears. Also, store your garbage in secure bins with tight-fitting lids to avoid attracting wild animals.
  • Repel them: Repellents can be an effective way to deter wildlife from your yard. Various natural and commercial repellents are available, including hot pepper spray, predator urine, and electronic repellents. These can create a “barrier” around your property, making it less attractive to wildlife.


The most commonly used repellent scents include castor oil, spearmint, and peppermint oil. These scents are especially effective at deterring burrowing and digging animals, such as groundhogs, moles, and skunks.

You can apply the scents to the soil or spray directly onto plants and vegetation to create a barrier the animals will avoid. You can also spray the scent around your home’s perimeter or apply it to cotton balls and place them in areas where animals are likely to enter.

While these scents can effectively deter wildlife, they are not foolproof solutions. Animals may eventually become accustomed to the smell, and some may not be affected by it. Additionally, it’s important to use these scents carefully and follow the instructions closely, as some oils can be harmful to pets or humans if ingested or applied improperly.


Frightening devices use sound or sight to create a sense of danger or discomfort for the animal, causing them to avoid the area. Common frightening devices include gas exploders, pyrotechnics, owl kites, distress calls, Mylar tape, and strobe lights.

Having guard animals can also be an effective way to scare off wild animals. For example, dogs can be trained to chase away intruders, and llamas are known for their ability to deter coyotes and other predators.

Like scents, frightening devices aren’t long-term solutions. Once an animal determines the device isn’t a threat, it loses effectiveness. To improve effectiveness over time, try moving the devices to different locations.


It’s illegal to kill squirrels during the closed season. However, if you’re a landowner or an immediate family member, you can hunt and trap squirrels that are causing damage to your crops or property or threaten your health and safety.

As a tenant residing on the premise with the squirrel problem, it’s legal to hunt and trap nuisance squirrels but with written permission from the landowner. With that said, if you injure someone or damage property, you’re liable to criminal charges for the subsequent damages.

Also, killing flying or tree squirrels may not always be the most effective solution to the problem. Exploring other control methods, such as contacting a trained professional, is important! If you need critter control services for residential or commercial properties, contact Advanced Wildlife Removal today!


While there are certain steps you can take to keep wildlife away from your entire property, sometimes the best solution is to get professional assistance. Advanced Wildlife Removal has the knowledge, expertise, and tools to safely and effectively remove animals from your property and can help you prevent future wildlife issues.

Whether you’re dealing with nuisance wildlife and need raccoon removal or squirrel removal, our team in Spotsylvania County can solve it. Contact Advanced Wildlife Removal at (540) 501-7729 or for more information.


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