Keep the balcony clear of all junk, debris, garbage, food and animal droppings
Repair broken windows and screens
Close accesses to storage areas
Use wire mesh, plastic netting, pull down blinds or a commercial barrier to keep wildlife away
Securely attach tin or other light metal at a 45-degree angle on the balcony ledge. This prevents animals from climbing onto your balcony
Remove any material that birds might use for building a nest
If you plan to be away, ask a friend or neighbour to check your balcony frequently for signs that animals have moved in or use wire mesh, plastic netting, pull down blinds or a commercial barrier to keep wildlife away
Keep them clean and free of grease
Keep dumpsters closed as much as possible, especially during the evening
Keep all work areas clean of debris and garbage
Always close doors when you’re not using them
Screen off all vents and fans that lead into the building
Discourage anyone from feeding wild animals
If an animal invades a work area, open all accesses to the outdoors and allow it to escape
Teach wildlife safety to your children. Tell them that they should never approach or touch a wild animal. They should tell an adult they know if they see a wild animal.
Properly cap them to block animals from getting inside the chimneys
Check the cap annually to make sure it still blocks access
Repair the flashing (tin or other metal that builders use to weather-proof the chimney) if animals have pried or chewed it to try to get inside
Decks and stairways
Enclose open areas
Repair enclosures when necessary
Fill any holes under stairs with clay or concrete
Clean out regularly to prevent debris from building up. If you have a lot of debris in the eaves troughs, birds may try to build nests there.
Inspect all siding and general exterior for leaks, damaged or rotten areas and make necessary repairs
Place screens on all dryer, air, stove and bathroom vents that animals can’t get inside
Feeding birds is a nice way to attract them; however, bird feeders may also attract other wild animals
Avoid encouraging wild animals by offering them food or leaving food available for them.
Repair leaks, damaged or rotted areas in the siding, roof, foundation and outside walls
Never leave your garage doors open overnight or for extended periods
Keep garbage in sealed containers at all times in an enclosed area
Place containers at the curb only on the day of garbage pick-up
Staff at your neighbourhood garden centre can advise you how you can eliminate grubs and other insects that some animals like to eat and can also let you know what you can use to safely remove the grubs without hurting the grass, other plants and your pets.
Repair and seal fixtures because birds like to nest in and on them
Mailboxes and ornamental fixtures
Clean and check regularly
The presence of a pet may deter wildlife; however, never let a pet chase or scare wildlife as wild animals could seriously injure your pet.
Don’t leave pets outdoors unless you’re watching them as animals roaming free are always at risk of coming in contact with wild animals.
Don’t feed your pets outdoors as food may attract wildlife
Vaccinate your pet yearly against rabies and other diseases
Animals may fall into your pool, unless your have raised it above the ground or fenced it in.
Muskrats and ducks like to use your pool as a pond.
Cover your pool with solar blanket when you’re not using it.
Repair and secure shingles and vents
Place screens across vents.
Repair leaks, damaged or rotted areas in the siding, roof, foundation and outside walls.
Never leave your shed doors open overnight or for extended periods.
Important: Close up the area beneath the structure, so animals can’t live there.
Repair or replace any loose or rotten soffits.
Enclose and keep them free of debris as animals may fall in and become trapped.
Clean out and place a screen over the top.
Seal any holes or openings in windows
Fill in window boxes or place screens over them.
Yards and other parts of your property
Clean up debris in the yard.
Avoid using woodpiles, if possible as many animals like to nest or hide out in woodpiles.
If you must have a woodpile, keep it in an enclosed area, such as a garage or shed.
Cut down or remove any overhanging branches or old TV antennas around the home.