Pests such as raccoons and opossums are always looking for food and somewhere to nest. If they have found what they want in your yard, you may have an issue with these pests getting into your garbage, your garden, or in other areas of your yard. If you have these pests, they can be a nuisance for you. Read on for a few things you should do if these types of pests are invading your backyard.
Set Live Traps
You can set live traps in your yard to capture these pests yourself, although getting them out and away from your yard is going to pose a problem. Handling these pests can be dangerous for you, as raccoons can carry diseases and both raccoons and opossums can be dangerous to you if you aren't careful. Handling these pests is not something you should ever attempt to do on your own, so if you do trap one of these pests, you should call a pest control company to help get rid of them for you or to trap them for you in the first place.
Clear Out Yard Debris
To prevent these pests from getting too comfortable in your yard, you should clear out as much of the clutter as you can from your yard. Clutter such as piles of dead leaves, firewood piles, and other debris can be a perfect place for these pests. You should clear out this debris from your yard and clean up your yard as much as possible. Be sure to mow your yard often and trim around the edges of your yard as well.
Remove All Food Sources
Remove all food sources these pests may be using, this might mean enclosing your garden or removing other sources of food that you may have as well (like garbage cans). Once the food source is gone, the pests will hopefully go away as well. These types of food sources can attract a number of other pests to your yard as well, so be sure you do what you can to prevent other pests in your yard.
If you have pests invading your yard and causing a nuisance for you and your family, you should call a pest control company to help you get rid of them. These pests should never be handled by anyone other than a pest control specialist that knows about how to handle these types of pests.