What to Do if Pests are Frequenting Your Yard

By Mabel Sander | Guest post


Yard pests can come in a variety of types. You could have a raccoon making a mess or your garbage, wasps swarming your trees or garden shed, or rabbits eating your garden. No matter what type of pest you have, there are a few different solutions you can employ.



The best thing to do to get rid of rabbits is to remove any and all possible hiding places. Then add a few deterrent plants and, if necessary, a sturdy fence. Keep in mind that rabbits are one of the most determined pests and will chew or claw through just about anything but metal. 




If you have a problem with a skunk, your patience may be tested. One skunk can quickly become a family, especially if the animal has nested somewhere on your property.


The best method to use here is to vacate and close off any areas under porches or foundations, make sure there are no available food sources on your property (such as unsecured garbage cans, compost piles, or pet food areas.) Making sure there is no hospitable cover for the skunk to nest is a decent skunk deterrent.


Raccoons and Possums


Raccoons and any variety of opossum are similar to skunks in that they want shelter and food. If you take these things away, they aren’t likely to stick around.


Chipmunks and Squirrels

Keeping squirrels out of your yard is a battle. Squirrels aren’t quickly put off. If you have a tree nearby, they will be content to set up a nest in most cases. If you can remove what attracts them, like fallen nuts or fruit, do so.


 Snakes stay where food is plentiful. Most yard and garden snakes prey on crickets, small fruits, eggs, and small mammals like mice. Just make sure your snakes are correctly identified as harmless, like a fox snake or garter snake.


Wasps are easier to repel than people might think. They don’t like strong smells (like essential oils, mint plants, or incense), and tend to stay away from thriving population of bumblebees or carpenters bees. Wasp traps can also work but in many cases, these are harmful to bees.

Snails and Slugs

If you have far too many snails and slugs in your flowerbed or lawn, diatomaceous earth and finely egg shells are your new best friend. Both of these substances will get rid of these pests in less than two weeks, if sprinkled on consistently and after each rain or watering.

Pest Prevention and Deterrents

The best way to keep pests out of your yard is to create an unfavorable space for them while still maintaining it as a pleasant place for you and your family. In most cases, you have two main options: add more deterrents and remove any attractants.

Adding Deterrents

Deterrents, in the realm of most herbivorous pests, can be as simple as planting a few undesirable plants. For instance, rabbits dislike strong-smelling herbs like basil (especially Thai Basil) and alliums like garlic or chives.

Most small animals and even deer will avoid areas with a high concentration of (somewhat) poisonous plants- like columbines, morning glory, and clematis. In the case of introducing toxic plants, be sure to keep an eye on your pets near them.


Other deterrents come in the flavor of predators. Dog can produce a scent keeping all but the most desperate pests away. In the same vein, if you attract more beneficial insects, like carpenter bees, wasps are less likely to nest on your property.

Removing Attractants


Few things attract pests like an open food source. If you have a problem with animals getting in your garbage, there are commercial solutions for that. It might add a little inconvenience to your life, but it’s never as bad as having your garbage shredded and strewn across your lawn.


If you have precious plants being nibbled on or eaten down to the ground, fence them, put them up in a planter, or hedge them with deterrent plants.

If you are too desperate and need help from professionals, count on pest exterminator.

This is a guest post from http://skunkpestcontrol.com/

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