Recently we shared a post about possible pet toxins that could be hiding right inside your own backyard, but what about potentially dangerous wildlife and other pests that could be lurking there? Often we imagine our glorious yard, patio, garden or other outdoor arena as a haven for things like barbecues and picnics, but what’s the first pest you imagine invading a picnic? That’s right – ANTS!
But pests and wildlife often find their way into our yards and they come in all shapes and sizes. Everything from tiny insects to reptiles, snakes and larger scavengers such as raccoons, rodents and other varmints. In the distant past, rabies was a realistic threat to our pets, but thanks to vigilant owners who vaccinate their pets regularly, we’re finding these pests are creating more in the form of property damage instead of a realistic threat to our pets.
But pests and wildlife still cause multiple problems and as responsible property owners and beloved pet masters, how can we protect both of them from harm with these types of dangerous dilemmas and possible attacks from these unwanted critters? Here’s a few ways we can let wildlife be wild and companion animals be calm and safe inside their own space.
Since we have pets and perhaps young children, the use of pesticides and storing these kinds of toxins can be dangerous for little ones. So instead, look for other, more natural alternatives that don’t cause harm to our smaller friends and family members. If you search the internet will find a plethora of pet-friendly, chemical-free remedies that don’t impact our environment, kids or pets.
Certain odors can drive insects, rodents and other pests away from your residence and yard. Here are a few of the favorite remedies that can be naturally applied around your home:
- Soap: Applied around garbage containers and entryways, many swear by this inexpensive barriers that apparently stop insects from going further.
- Coffee Grounds: Rather than throwing them away, scattering them around your yard and property since its purportedly deadly to ants but causes little damage to other animals.
- Hot Stuff: Different recipes online offer mixtures of hot sauce, tabasco, peppers and other spicy substances diluted with water, which makes for an effective spray for pests.
- Garlic: Not just for vampires anymore! Another aromatic defence mechanism when mixed with water can keep many types of pests at bay.
- Mint: It can freshen our breath and also keep wildlife away.
Remember to use these types of deterrents on the outside perimeter and boundaries of your property so as not to annoy your beloved animals unnecessarily. They can be safely kept inside of the areas you call home without endangering them any further. Even if you have a pet that’s kept inside, protecting them from the possible onslaught of these invasive creatures that could come from exterior sources that allow them access.
Inside-outside or even upside down, make sure you do what’s best for you, your family and your pets. Using some of these more natural techniques can help save the planet.
Amber Kingsley is a journalist as well as a lifetime pet lover. When she’s not traveling the world, she’s usually spending time at home with her pets, and wants to help others make sure that their pets are as happy as they can be.