How to Deal with Wildlife Squatters in Your Backyard

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House owners know the worth of well-maintained and cozy backyards. The entire family can gather in that area after school or work to have a rest and spend some time together.

However, it’s difficult to relax when you have wildlife squatters in the backyard. They can cause significant damage to your shrubs and flowers. Also, some pests could spread into your house and make a real mess there.

In this article you’ll learn how to deal with wildlife squatters and free your backyard.

1. Remove insect nests

Insects like to dwell in greenery, from bushes and shrubs to trees. They’re especially keen on nesting in these areas in spring and summer, because of vegetation. They feed on sap, leaves, and other parts of plants.

Since homeowners like to enrich their backyards with different forms of greenery, insects often make nests in those areas.

To get rid of these pests, first look for their nests in the trees, bushes, and flower beds. When you notice a hornet or wasp nest, check whether you can easily reach them. If you don’t need professional help, put on a protective suit and a beekeeping veil to protect yourself from stings. Now you’re ready to free the backyard from those pests.

If you have a cat or a dog living in the backyard, be aware that wasps and hornets could sting them. So, if you can’t remove those nests at once, learn what to do if any of these insects sting your pet.

Make sure to apply eco-friendly solutions to get rid of wasps, hornets, and other bugs from your property. Don’t use chemicals because they can harm the soil and water.

2. Maintain the shrubs and trees

In addition to evicting pest nests from your backyard, protect that area from new dwellers and their nests. Proper and timely maintenance of shrubs and trees is key to keeping the backyard safe from pests coming back.

Take a pair of shears and observe all the trees and bushes to check for dead or damaged stems and branches. Cut off all the twigs, branches, and stems that don’t have a function anymore. Do this at the end of the vegetation cycle.

Prune the trees and other greenery to let them properly grow. Also, it’s more difficult for bugs to hide in well-maintained greenery. Rake the old leaves under the trees in late fall as well, to prevent insects from moving and spawning in rotting leaves. Use those leaves as compost for the next season.

3. Dig out old trees and bushes

If you want to cope with the wildlife squatters in your backyard, dig out any old trees and bushes. Rotten roots and stumps are fertile soil for pests, bugs, and other critters. For instance, leaving an old stump to rot in the backyard will soon attract cockroaches, ants, and similar insects.

So, when you see that a tree is dying or rotting, cut it down, remove the branches, and grind the stump. Pick up and throw away dead flowers and other dry or rotten plants from your backyard, as well. If you regularly clean the garden, pests and other animal squatters won’t have time to use old plants for food.

4. Mind the water areas

Large ponds or pools in the backyard attract insects. What’s more, pests quickly spawn and grow in damp and dark areas. If you want to keep ducks or any other animals in the backyard, maintain that pond regularly to prevent wildlife from moving in.

Also, if you use water tanks to collect rainwater to water the plants, seal those tanks. Leaving them open won’t attract only insects, but it could be interesting to foxes, racoons, and other similar animals. However, you can use birds to fight off insects, because they feed on various pests. Learn how to make and install birdbaths without attracting pests.

Faucets in the backyard are an appealing attraction for animals of all sorts. As soon as you notice a leakage or any other problem, fix it to prevent excessive leaking or watering.

5. Follow the pest tracks

Detecting that you have pests in the backyard on time will help you solve the problem more quickly. So, check the corners of the backyard and other areas around the house for any pest tracks (mice or rat feces, bugs, dead insects).

If you see traces of bigger pests, such as mice or rats, install traps to catch them. Bear in mind that using poisons or other chemicals is bad for the environment, plus, your pet might eat a dead pest that’s been poisoned. Therefore, use only eco-friendly solutions to get rid of backyard pests.

Still, if you can’t handle the pest plague, call a reputable pest control company to cope with the problem. Don’t wait for too long, because every day you lose can result in hundreds of insects in your backyard.

6. Enclose the backyard

Insects, rodents, and other pests adore open backyards. If you live on the edge of town, you could even see raccoons, possums, snakes, and other larger animals roaming around your backyard at night. While most of them aren’t dangerous for adults, they could harm garden plants and family pets.

That’s why protecting the backyard with a fence is a good idea. You won’t have to think whether uninvited guests are going to come to eat your vegetables, loot your fruit, and destroy your flower beds.


It’s not possible to completely protect a backyard from insects and other animals. What you can do is regularly maintain the greenery, control the number and volume of water areas, and remove all old trees and shrubs. Also, if you notice any pest tracks, take the necessary measures to eradicate them from your garden.

Finally, enclose the entire property to prevent larger animals from hacking your garden. All these tips will help you deal with wildlife squatters and help you enjoy a preserved and pest-free backyard.

About the author

Luqman has been a pest control technician for over 20 years. He is passionate about solving people’s pest and wildlife control problems through innovative, eco-friendly, and humane methods. He believes that pest control is a science and feels that his function in his community is very important since he helps people live in peace without causing unnecessary harm to animals.

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