7 Ways to Keep Critters Away From Your Home

Lydia Schapiro
Written by Lydia Schapiro
Updated October 14, 2021
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Bid unwelcome critters adieu with these handy tricks

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Even if you’re an animal lover, you may have to face the plight of unwanted critters. Tiny animals seeking shelter can squeeze their way into your house through the smallest of holes and make themselves right at home. It can be difficult to catch pests since scavenging hours are late at night for many.

Below we’ve listed several tricks that will help ward off any type of wildlife from entering your home.

Note: Although these tricks are beneficial for repelling wildlife, consider hiring a local animal removal service if you’re continually facing serious issues with animals.

1. Utilize Fences

Fences are useful for keeping almost any critter away from your home. You can choose to fence off specific areas of your home, or you can install a fence around the entirety of your property. To determine which fence is ideal for your home and properly execute the installation, you’ll want to hire a professional fence installer.

Typically, the cost to install fencing falls somewhere between $1,500 and $8,000, with the total cost depending on factors such as the materials you use, your location, and the amount of space you’re fencing off.

Note: If you’re dealing with deer munching on your garden, fences should be at least 8 feet tall.

2. Remove Food

Whether you enjoy dinners on the patio or don’t always close the garbage can lid, you could be attracting critter visitors. Unsurprisingly, food messes will attract many types of animals. Mice, in particular, tend to be attracted to fruits and vegetables.

Clean up any food from your yard or patio as quickly as possible to ward off peeping critters. Additionally, if you’re growing crops, aim to pick your produce as soon as possible to prevent luring wildlife.

Pro tip: Move trash cans into an enclosed area (such as a garage) at night to prevent attracting curious critters.

3. Buy Animal Repellents

There are many types of repellents that are safe to use around your property and won’t harm the animals. All you need to do is sprinkle, spray, or place your repellent around the affected areas, and you should see fewer critters roaming around your house. Just be sure to do your research and use these only as directed.

4. DIY Pepper Spray

For many creatures, hot pepper is the enemy. You can make a homemade repellent with a few items: hot pepper, water, and dish soap.

All you need to do is combine hot pepper sauce (or ground hot pepper), a few drops of soap, and a couple of cups of water. Use a food processor or blender to mix the ingredients thoroughly in a well-ventilated area, and then transfer your mixture into a spray bottle. We recommend spraying your repellant at least once a week on critter-friendly areas of your home.

5. Clean Up Your Yard Regularly

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Animals are smarter than we think, and more often than not, are seeking shelter where they can safely reside. Creatures often burrow or hide in piles of wood, overgrown weeds, or accumulated debris where they can nest, hole, and ultimately make into living spaces.

Cleaning up your yard regularly is not only a way to maintain your home’s exterior, but it can also discourage critters from hanging out around your home.

6. Eliminate Bird Feeders

Although bird feeders can be fun home decor, they may be attracting other small animals to your house. Also, if you live somewhere with strong winds, the seeds will regularly disperse, instantly attracting squirrels and mice. If you’ve had a few unwelcome visitors in your garden, it may be time to toss the bird feeder.

7. Find and Seal Up Access Holes

While neighborhood critters may be cute at first glance, you’ll surely think differently when you find them inside your home. It’s essential to find and seal any points of access like holes in your siding or attic to prevent unwanted visitors.

Even if these spots seem absurdly small to you, animals such as mice, squirrels, and rats can usually squeeze in. You can be proactive by periodically looking for these holes and sealing them as soon as possible.

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