Common Outdoor Pests And How To Keep Them Out Of Your Yard

There are a wide range of pest species that can wreak havoc in your yard. Yet, there are a hand-full that happen to be much more common and troublesome than others. So here are some of the best ways to help deter these well-known trouble-making critters before they cause any problems.

Skunks

Common Outdoor Pests

No one wants to deal with skunks in their backyard and for good reason. These critters can spray you or your pets with a foul smelling liquid from their anal scent glands when they feel threatened.

They also love to eat trash and various types of crops. Because they like to move into the abandoned dens of other animals, you’ll want to fill in any old dens or burrows you may have on your property to help keep them away.

If you have an outdoor cat or dog, you should keep their food stored indoors as not to entice them. And garbage cans should be kept securely fastened. You can actually repel skunks by using citrus peels such as lemon or orange in your garden or yard since they don’t like the smell.

Waterfowl

Many people like to encounter geese and ducks at their local pond or lake. However, when they take over your pond or swimming pool it can be a much different story. They can quickly turn your water into a disgusting mess with their waste.

Not to mention the surrounding area. Since they will spot your backyard water source from above the best defense is usually a decoy of a predator that is placed in the actual water.

The most commonly used and one of the most effective is a floating alligator decoy. Because no bird wants to be gobbled up they simply won’t land when they see it.

Designed to be used in either pool or pond alligator decoy models will move with the flow of the water which makes them look like a real swimming gator.

Opossums

Often described as looking like a huge rat, opossums are scavengers and will eat trash and outdoor pet food. Therefore like with skunks, you will want to make sure the lids of garbage cans are on tight, and your pet’s food is kept inside the home.

This will help to keep them from looking at your property as a food source. Installing a fence that is at least four feet high will help to prevent them from entering your yard. A fence can be especially important if you have deck or shed since they often like to live under these structures.

Groundhogs

Common Outdoor Pests

Also known commonly as woodchucks, these pests can be a big problem for gardeners. Not only do they dig up lawns to create underground burrows but also love to eat flowers and vegetables.

To make your yard less appealing to them, you’ll want to remove any wood piles. You’ll also want to cut back your grass and foliage.

Installing a fence around your yard that is at least four feet high above the soil line and two feet deep underground will help to keep them out too. Using predator urine in and around your garden can also make them much less likely to want to come into your yard for a free snack.

With these tactics you now know how to protect your property from most of the pests you are likely to need to deal with. So be sure to get started applying them to keep your yard pest-free from now on.

 

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