Displaced Wildlife Management in Suburbs
If you live in an area which was formerly wild, and there is a good deal of construction, I am sure you have noticed a few usually unsocial animals popping up in unusual places. It is normal for a few coyotes and other critters to pop up during and after construction.
The coyotes are not the only displaced wildlife. There are also a lot of rodents, insects, and even snakes that have lost their place as well. It is only natural that they begin to seek new places to live and forage for food. I wanted to provide a few hints and tips, on keeping them away from your home.
Displaced wildlife management
First of all, they are looking for what they have always looked for, but since that environment has been disturbed, they are searching elsewhere. Unfortunately, elsewhere may be be your neighborhood. What are they looking for? Food, water, and shelter. The same things that any animal seeks.
If you have a koi pond with a sheltering shade, they have, what looks to them, like paradise! If you feed your pets outdoors, and leave excess food around, this looks like Mcdonald’s to them. If you have a pile of brush and debris, that is the Hilton. If all of this is cloaked by heavy vegetation, or brush, that makes good cover.
Like keeping human predators at bay, making your property a hard target is the best way to keep displaced wildlife and scavengers away.
Displaced wildlife management tips
- Make it hard for displaced wildlife and predators to get onto your property without being exposed. This can be done by removing brush and debris from the area. Doing this will also remove the habitat for the rodents that snakes and other predators call food, and lower the insect and weed population as well.
- Don’t leave food for displaced wildlife to steal, and they will have fewer reasons to want to enter your property. Know how much food your domestic animals need, and feed no more than that amount.
- Keep outbuildings closed, and underpinned.
- Firewood stacks on a rack, a couple of feet off the ground should discourage snakes and rodents.
- Drain any standing water. Make a permanent drain. This will make it harder for displaced wildlife to have a drink with any meal that they might find, like a neighborhood pet! This will also help to keep mosquitoes away.
- You should protect your pets and other domesticated animals with fencing, and proper shelter, because some of the displaced wildlife out there, think that “Fluffy” looks like a a nice juicy steak!
- Keep trash can lids sealed tightly. Some of the animals in the wild, don’t mind sorting through your garbage for uneaten pizza. This will also help with fly prevention.
- Freeze leftovers and food scraps, and deposit them in the trash on the night before trash pickup. This will give the wildlife less time to forage, and prevent most garbage odors that draw displaced wildlife.
- Double bag all scraps before placing them in the trash can, to help prevent odors and leakage.
- Clean trash receptacles regularly, and a squirt of ammonia to cover odors might also be of some help.
- In some cases, animal relocation may be the answer to your displaced wildlife problems. Most cities and counties have animal control personnel to help with this sort of problem.