Summer is here in Georgia and that means it’s time to enjoy the outdoors more than ever. But nothing ruins an outdoor BBQ like a rat or other wildlife critter. Kids off from school waking up in the morning to scary scurry sounds in the attic is no way to start the day either.

Keep wildlife and outdoor pests away from your home this summer with these 7 helpful animal control tips:

1. Block Their Approach to Your Home
The best way to keep pests away is to make it difficult for them to even find an entry inside. Check screens for holes, and repair any you find. Check doors and windows for small cracks or gaps, and replace window stripping when needed.

2. Clean Up the Kitchen
Even a small pile of crumbs on the counter or floor is a treat for any animal. Let pests find a snack outside and far away from your home by making sure you keep your kitchen clean. Wipe the counters, sweep up the floors, put food away immediately in airtight containers, and regularly take out the trash.

3. Maintain Your Yard
Avoid your yard overgrowing by maintaining it on a regular basis over summer. An overgrown yard is a perfect place for wild animals. Trim bushes and trees that are near the house, rake up debris and pull weeds.

4. Store Your Firewood Properly
If you’re going to have a summer bonfire or light up the firepit don’t give animals access to your home by leaving wood out. If you store firewood, keep it away from your house or shed. Five feet should be the minimum distance, and store it in racks above the ground.

6. Don’t Throw Meat or Produce Outside Too Soon
Try not to throw meat or produce scraps into your outside garbage unless the garbage will be picked up in the next 48 hours. The combination of food and summer heat can create a tempting smell for raccoons and other animals.

7. Use an Animal Control Service
Call a local animal control service like ACE to come to your home and regularly check your home for any entry points or signs of damage. A professional animal control company will provide more protection and assurance than you can do on your own. Enjoy summer with the peace of mind you’ll receive knowing you have an expert protecting your home.

Even though there are a lot of things you can do to try and prevent wildlife from invading your home, sometimes you just need to call a professional. Animal Control Experts provide safe and humane animal removal services in Atlanta, Asheville, Greenville and Charlotte areas. Call to schedule appointment today!