Stuart Price
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You can prevent wild animals from entering your yard. If you want to know how to keep pesky wild animals like raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels out of your yard, this article will show you some easy ways to do it!

To get rid of new invaders, it is essential to understand why they are moving in. Almost all wild animals have a reason for entering your yard. Perhaps the area has been void of wildlife for some time, and new food or shelter drew them in. Or maybe there has been a disruption in their environment, such as construction on the other side of their habitat, which causes them to find a new spot. You can’t prevent wild animals from entering your yard if you don’t know what is drawing them in. Be sure to consider any changes in your backyard that may have occurred recently.

We’ll discuss how to get rid of raccoons, skunks, rabbits, and squirrels.

Raccoons often enter yards looking for food. Raccoons are opportunistic feeders, which means they’ll eat just about anything. Their favourite foods include insects, earthworms, frogs, crabs, crayfish, eggs of all kinds (including bird eggs), rodents and carrion.

They also tend to come in when they have been pushed out of their habitat by other animals. Raccoons are not particularly territorial, but they can be aggressive toward one another during the breeding season, and young raccoons who don’t yet have their territory may choose your yard as a place to set up shop.

Raccoons will also search for food in your yard if there is a food shortage in their natural habitat. If you happen to be throwing out garbage or pet food that isn’t secured, the raccoons know they have a good source of nutrition and will most likely return for more.

Raccoons are notoriously crafty when getting what they want, so if you want to keep them out, you should consider preventing easy access to food and water. This means keeping trash inside until the morning of garbage pick-up, not feeding your pets outside and even investing in a shed or garage for your pet’s food and supplies.

Skunks enter yards checking for an easy meal like raccoons, but they also may be looking for a safe place to sleep and raise a family. Skunks are nocturnal – they stay up all night! They often look for an abandoned animal burrow or dug-out space under a porch as their den. They might even choose your yard if another animal is living in it already, such as a raccoon, roof rat or opossum.

If you have skunks in your backyard, be sure to secure any potential den sites. Be careful not to disturb them when removing debris or to do yard work. Skunks tend to feel threatened and will spray the first thing that frightens them.

Rabbits also need a place to sleep and eat, just like raccoons and skunks. They also dig burrows and tunnels for sleeping and raising young. Rabbits stick to their territories, which can be as small as 1/2 acre or as large as 20 acres depending on the size of the rabbit.

Where rabbits and other animals overlap, they compete for food sources, which can cause one or both animals to leave the area. Rabbits are herbivores, meaning they only eat plants, so if there aren’t many plants where you live, this will encourage rabbits to look for greener pastures.

It would help if you kept any potential habitat clear of debris that could serve as a rabbit den site. It would be best if you also kept your lawn mowed and weeded, as rabbits like to eat young shoots and leaves. Be sure to trim any tree branches that hang over your yard as well – rabbits can jump surprisingly high!

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Squirrels may enter your yard looking for food, too. Squirrels are omnivores, which means they eat both plants and animals, so they will look for nuts, seeds or insects that are easy to find. You can encourage squirrels to eat away from your yard by planting trees that produce nuts or fruit, as well as leaving some open spaces in your landscaping where they can forage.

As with any wild animal, you should never feed a squirrel. They may look cute, but they’re wild animals, and if you feed them, they’ll keep coming back for more. If you somehow find yourself face to face with a squirrel, look up at its tail. Squirrels have fluffy tails that are usually grey or brown, while other rodents (such as rats) have hairless tails or thin tails with scales.

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Raccoons, skunks, rabbits and squirrels are all animals that may decide your yard is the perfect place for them to call home. If you want to prevent wild animals like these from coming around, consider making your yard less inviting. Keeping any potential den sites out of reach will make it almost impossible for these animals to set up a house.

Of course, there are always exceptions – for example, if you have a pet that creates a den site in your yard, it will seem like the perfect home to an animal. If you have pets, be sure to keep their food inside and secure their area so it’s safe for them and any potential residents of your yard.

If you live in a once wooded or forested area, wild animals may come around looking for food since they’re used to living at close quarters. If this happens, consider trimming any low-hanging tree branches and doing your best to be a good neighbour and limit the potential presence of wild animals in your yard.

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You can also set up a sprinkler that will scare them away. Raccoons, skunks and rabbits are all terrified of water. You can use this knowledge to your advantage by setting up a motion-activated sprinkler in an area where you’ve noticed animals causing trouble. The sudden noise and burst of water will startle them enough to have them looking for a new home.


Just be sure to clean out any potential den sites as soon as possible because these animals will feel right at home if you leave a place like that unattended. It may take a little bit of work, but it’s well worth the effort when you consider all the money and time you’ll save by preventing the critters from making themselves at home in your yard.

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