Summer Rodent Defense
In these warmer months, you may start to notice more and more rodents wandering around your yard or neighborhood. From raccoons to opossums to squirrels to groundhogs, these animals come out to look for a quick bite to eat, but can also bring some unwanted effects, such as disease. Thankfully, we have a few simple tips in mind to keep the critters out of your yard this summer.
More often than not, rodents are wandering into your yard or neighborhood because they think they can steal a quick and easy meal. As soon as they get the memo that there is no food, they’ll move on. Be sure to only put trash out at the curb the night before it is supposed to be picked up, and use lids. So long as you have proper fitting lids, the smell of the trash will not get out and attract these animals. Pick up trash and food around your yard promptly, and make sure all the gates to your fences are shut. If your yard is spotless but your neighbor’s is not, try politely asking them to clean the trash from their yard, as it will most certainly attract rodents.
If all the trash has been picked up but rodents are still adventuring into your yard, then some harmless-defense solutions should be your next step. In our opinion, one of the most effective defenses you can use is a motion activated sprinkler—one that you can just hook up to your hose. These sprinklers are basically engineered to keep rodents away, especially if your pick one up that has lights and sounds. The last thing a rodent wants is to get wet, so if they see water flying all around your yard, they will most certainly avoid it. Not only that, but the sprinklers are fun to watch!
Some natural sprays and repellants may work well too, if your can’t get your hands on a sprinkler. Try to pick out ones that have citrus, ammonia, or other bitter-smelling additives in them.
However, by no means do we encourage you to go out and try to forcibly remove the animal or take it in as a pet—they can be dangerous, carry diseases, and cause serious harm to you and your family. Should you feel unsafe with an animal on your property, please call animal control right away. Otherwise, make use of our tips or call us in to set up some seasonal defense tactics on your property.
From all of us at Tri-County Pest Control, we hope you have a fun, safe, and rodent-free summer!