Critter Proofing Your Property

Critter Proofing Your Property
It's that time of year when many of us experience uninvited wildlife guests on our property.
Here are a few tips and points to co-exist with wildlife, but help deter them from doing damage on your property.


  Raccoons, Rodents & Coyotes and More


  • Store in a shed or garage until needed.Put trash out on morning of pickup.
  • Secure garbage cans with the latch, bungee cord or a heavy stone on top.
  • Put garbage and recycling outside only on the morning of pickup.


  • Use motion sensor outdoor lighting to scare critters.
  • Use steel wool in vents and in porch lights to prevent bee hives.


  • Clean BBQ grills after every use and wipe exterior of BBQ from any trace of food or sauces.
  • Close BBQ lid.
  • Use a close-fitting BBQ cover. A loose cover may entice critters to use your BBQ arm or shelf as a nice sleeping spot.


  • Keep garden composting inaccessible to animals.
  • Protect your vegetable garden by using wire mesh.
  • Avoid using woodpiles, if possible.
  • Coyote urine pellets deters rodents such as raccoons. You can buy it online or through a store that sells outdoor or garden products such as Walmart and Urban Nature Store,

  Plants that Deter Animals


  • Annuals - Ageratum, Campanula, Impatiens, Forget Me Nots, Scabiosa and Cineraria;
  • Perennials - Achilleaa(Yarrow), Amaryllus, Aqualegia(Coral Bells), Artemesia, Aster, Tuberous Begonia, Campanula, Cyclamen, Dahlia, Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), Digitalis (Foxglove), Echinacea (Coneflower), Ferns, Gaillardia, Hemerocallis (Daylilly) Iris, Monarda (Bee Balm) and Verbena.


Mint deters critters


  • Cinnamon & Black Pepper: Sprinkle liberally around the yard. These spices irritate a raccoons sense of smell and will quickly discourage them from foraging in your yard.
  • Squash plants: The spiny vines deter animals.
  • Rose Bushes: Plant a variety with a very thorny stem.
  • Mint Herb: Raccoons, mice, rats, fleas, flies and ants cannot stand the smell of mint.
  • Garlic Herb: Either plant your own, or if you're impatient you can squish many garlic cloves and leave them at the entrance of your garden.
  • Daffodils:  Deters mice, gophers, voles, squirrels, dogs, cats, raccoons.


  • Tanacetum Genus (also known as Tansy, Feverfew or Phyrethrum). Repels moths, flies, ants, mosquitoes, cockroaches, mites, bedbugs and mice with its strong smell. Plant around doorways
  • Lavender. Repels flies and silverfish fleas.

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