Are critters keeping you from fully enjoying your outdoor space? If so, there are several things you can do to keep animals at bay. In addition, there are some simple tips and tricks for making your patio a safe, comfortable place for your pets. Use these animal-proofing tips for patios to keep the humans using your outdoor space a lot happier.
Deterring Animals Visitors
If squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, rabbits and other critters appear to be tempted to enjoy your patio, there are several strategies you can use to discourage their visits:
You can install screens around your patio and/or garden to keep animals away. These are especially useful for the area below your outdoor deck if you have problems with animals going underneath.
Owl and hawk decoys can be particularly effective at keeping birds and some other types of pests away from your patio.
Get an electric module that uses ultrasonic sound to repel pests. You won’t hear anything, but the sound will keep certain animals from coming near your patio.
You can install motion-activated sprinklers to scare off many types of pests that come too close to your patio.
Sprays & Powders
There are a number of liquid sprays and granular repellant products you can apply around your yard to keep critters from coming too close.
Humane traps can be used to capture animals so you can release them elsewhere. You may be to consult a local organization to figure out where to release certain types of animals.
Trash attracts critters to your yard, so be sure to always keep your patio tidy. If they are breaking into your garbage to find food, use a garbage lid strap to keep it secure.
Consider putting up tall fencing around your yard. This can help to keep out many types of animals with little day-to-day effort.
Bird feeders can attract just as many critters as birds. You may want to take down any feeders in your yard if you have a problem with animals invading.
Keeping Pets Safe
If you have pets, you may want them to be able to enjoy your patio along with the rest of your family. But just like you might baby-proof your home, you also need to animal-proof your patio. This will ensure that pets stay safe while they’re in your outdoor space. Here are a few tips for making your patio safe for pets:
Consider using strong screens to keep animals from escaping into the yard and beyond.
If you have a deck or a railing around your patio, you can install a gate to make it easy to pass through while keeping the pets safely contained.
Remove Dangerous Plants
Some plants are potentially poisonous to pets, such as lilies, ivy and sago palms. Be sure to remove these plants from your outdoor space or use a Serenity Health & Home Décor hanging plant basket to keep them out of reach.
Avoid Dangerous Chemicals
Some fertilizers, weed killers, animal repellants and other yard and garden products are not safe for use around pets, so always read the product details.
Don't let animals keep you from fully enjoying your outdoor space. Use these tips for keeping wild critters away while also keeping your pets safe and happy.