You may be beginning to notice that increasing numbers of animals are encroaching on your land and becoming more comfortable in close proximity to your home. While this may be amusing at first, as everyone crowds round to see the newest furry visitor to your garden, you’re likely to start noticing that having wildlife on your land can be a little troublesome. Not only do wild animals make a mess (perhaps leaving faeces, digging holes, or damaging different areas of your property), but they could also prove intimidating if you have smaller children or pets. It’s important to understand the reason that they are becoming increasingly brazen in their behaviour and habits. Humans are constantly encroaching on these creatures’ natural habitats. We are destroying their homes in order to use the land to create our own. What’s more? Even if they animals stray further afield to keep at bay from human-inhabited areas, they’re struggling to find sufficient food to survive. The herbivores no longer have the same land to graze on, and this has a domino effect on the rest of the food chain. The most obvious source of readily available food? Cities and residential areas, where humans openly leave an abundance of edible waste for the taking. It’s hard to blame animals for trying to survive in their new conditions. So, how can you go about controlling them and preventing their presence on your land without turning to pest control? Read on for everything you need to know.
No Humane Way to Kill an Animal
Many pest control companies claim that they dispose of animals in “a humane manner”. While there are, of course, certain ways to kill pests that are faster or supposedly less painful than others, it’s important to understand that there is no humane way to kill an animal. Meaning that basically no matter if it does not cause pain, it still kills the animal.. This is why it’s so important to practice genuinely humane methods.
Cut Off Food Supplies
The easiest way to rid your land of animals is to remove any food supplies. Once they realize there is nothing on your property that will sustain them, they’ll find somewhere else to forage. Now, there are several ways that you can go about this.
Dispose of Waste Responsibly
The main source of food available on your property is likely to be your waste bin. Not only is it likely to have all sorts of scraps of food in it, but this supply will be seen by animals as constant and reliable, drawing them back time and time again. So invest in Bear Proof Food Storage. If the unit can keep a bear (perhaps the largest and strongest native animal) out, they’ll easily keep smaller creatures at bay too.
Feed Your Pets Indoors
Many of us feed our pets outdoors to save on cleaning. But by keeping their food indoors, you remove another potential food source for wildlife. The amount of time and effort you save in clearing unwanted animals off your land will more than compensate for clearing up a little spilt gravy or kibble from your interiors.
These are just a couple of places to get started. Remember that animals aren’t encroaching on your land for the fun of it. They’re searching for sustenance, and if they can’t find it, they’ll quickly venture elsewhere!