Moving Into An Area With Plenty Of Wildlife For The First Time

If you are used to living in the city and you are planning on buying a home in a more rural area where you will be dealing with different types of wildlife, then there are many things you should be aware of. Living where wildlife can be spotted near your home, or even on your own property can be exciting, but it can also be dangerous. Learning about wildlife, educating yourself on how to respect it, understanding how to keep your family and pets and learning tips for keeping wildlife at a safer distance are all very important.

Dealing coyotes

Coyotes may look small and harmless, but they can be trouble, especially if you have small pets that you let go outside unassisted. In fact, once you move into a place where there are coyotes, you should always accompany small pets outside and even keep them on a leash at night. Coyotes can jump over tall fences and they have even been known to try to take off with pets on the other end of a leash. This is due to more and more homes being built in their natural habitat which has led to them getting less fearful of humans. If you have coyotes coming on your property try installing motion activated sprinklers and scare them off by clanging pans when you see them.

Dealing with bears

Bears can be very scary to see up close, especially if they are on your property. Bears in some areas are more dangerous than others, but all of them should be avoided for the safety of people and pets. Not only can a bear seriously injure or even kill people and pets, but they can also destroy your property. Bears tend to like to tip over trash cans and eat from them. If you move where there are bears in the area, you should invest in a bear proof trash can. You should have a very strong fence installed. You can also use predator urine, or even human urine around the border of the property as bear deterrent. Also, cutting down unwanted fruit trees and staying on top of picking the fruit and removing fruit on the ground can help keep them away.

Dealing with raccoons

Raccoons may look cute and the smaller ones can even look harmless, but they can be extremely dangerous to people and pets. They have extremely sharp claws and fangs. Raccoons can destroy a garden quickly and they love to eat out of the trash cans. They will also eat any cat or dog food left out for your pets. Some good ways to keep raccoons away are to bring pet food in at night, pick fruit as soon as possible, get a pest proof trash can and put in motion sensing lights that can scare them off when they trigger the sensor. Also, playing a radio at night near the areas you've been noticing them can help keep them away.

When you move into a new house, talk to the neighbors so you know what pests you may be dealing with and ask them what they find works the best for their situations. Animals in different areas can adapt to different situations, so what may work in one region may not work in another.