Living in rural areas of San Diego calls for peaceful coexistence with wildlife. Coyotes, snakes, rabbits, opossum, skunks, deer, and bobcats are just a few of the many animals we share our home with. Follow these tips for a more harmonious relationship with your wild neighbors!
In order to keep your home protected from wildlife there are several things you can do to discourage wildlife from visiting:
-Use animal-proof garbage cans
-Keep trash inside until it’s time for the garbage to be collected
-Secure your compost pile
-Remove food residue from outdoor grills after cooking
-Buy locking pet doors
-Install chimney caps
-Periodically monitor your home for cracks and other openings to prevent small creatures from getting into your home
It’s nearly impossible to keep wild animals off of your property, but there are a few steps you can take to minimize their presence. Keep in mind that fruit trees, gardens, bird feeders, and bird baths naturally attract wildlife. If you want to reduce the presence of wildlife, you will need to remove these animal attractions. You can also clear or thin out shrubbery as many animals use these plants for cover. You may also want to install a higher fence.
Many wild animals see your pet as prey. Take these steps to keep your pet safe and avoid a wild animal encounter:
-Feed your pet inside the home
-Do not allow your pet to roam free, especially at dusk.
-Keep your pet up to date with their vaccinations
-Pets should always be kept on leash when leaving the property
If you have issues with the local wildlife, please visit San Diego Wildlife or call 619-225-WILD (9543). Remember that it’s always best to let a trained professional deal with these animals rather than handling it yourself!