Spring time can coincide with an increase in conflicts between people and wildlife. Woodchucks in the garden, squirrels or other critters in the attic, and skunks under the shed are but a few of the problems people may encounter. The best way to reduce common wildlife issues is by eliminating access to food, water, and shelter.
Tips to help you REPEL or prevent and control problems with wild animals:
- R emove food sources – do not feed wildlife, remove all feeders and suet in the spring and summer, secure or remove garbage immediately and wait until the day of trash pick-up to bring outside, and feed pets indoors.
- E liminate cover and shelter close to homes and buildings – get rid of piles of brush, logs, and junk, and stash firewood away from your house or other buildings; mow tall grass near houses or other buildings.
- P ut up barriers – use chimney covers and soffit vents, fence in areas such as gardens and underneath decks, and seal entry holes that lead into the house.
- E xcite or agitate – use visual repellents such as scarecrows or lights, create noise by yelling or using noisemakers (be sure to check noise ordinances in your area).
- L egally remove or “take” – contact a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator to remove problem wildlife from your property or remove or “take” nuisance animals on your own in accordance to New York State laws and regulations.
Visit DEC’s website for more information on what species may legally be taken and under what conditions you may do so.
Read more about wildlife in New York State here.
Photo of striped skunk courtesy National Park Service.