Your yard makes the perfect place for your kids to enjoy all types of activities throughout the year. Unfortunately, the same conditions that make your yard great for your kids also make it ideal for wild animals, some of which could be harmful to your children. Fortunately, there are ways to safely coexist with these wild critters and ensure that both man and beast end up unharmed.
Build or Reinforce a Fence
If your yard is open to common outdoor areas, then there’s nothing stopping various types of wildlife from entering your property. However, if you install a fence, you will provide a barrier that will keep many species of wildlife out of your yard. Although you won’t be able to keep out squirrels and rabbits, you will be able to prevent deer, some raccoons, and other similar species from entering your space.
Send Them to a New Home
When it comes to getting rid of the pests on your property, it’s important to use humane methods for the job. That’s why wildlife removal should be done by an expert who can trap any unwanted visitors without killing them so that they can be safely relocated. Wildlife removal is especially effective for animals, such as squirrels, that tend to be difficult to keep out any other way.
In many cases, animals enter your yard because they are attracted to some feature of your yard. Whether it’s food, shelter, or some other inviting perk found in your yard, animals don’t need much of an excuse to take over your property. Therefore, to help reduce the risk to your children, it’s important to remove temptations for wild animals as much as possible. Taking steps, such as keeping your grass cut, removing brush piles, and locking your trash cans will help to keep animals moving when they’re looking for a place to stay.
Explain The Rules
Another important step to take to help keep your children safe from wildlife is to explain some basic rules to them from a very early age. For example, it’s important that your children understand that they should never approach a wild animal, even if it looks cute and friendly. Although most wild animals will run away when approached, a few may feel threatened and try to bite your children, which could be avoided if your children understand basic rules.
Accept Your Location
To a certain extent, having wildlife in your yard is a good thing. As long as they aren’t causing any destruction, animals in your yard are a sign of a healthy local ecosystem. Therefore, rather than fearing wildlife, you can help get your chidren excited about seeing various animals in their own yard.