How to Keep Wild Animals Away from Your Yard

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Wild animals can target your garden in search of food.

Despite fencing your garden, small animals such as rabbits, squirrels, rodents, and raccoons can easily find their way in your yard. They can take a big chunk of your garden yield and ruin your beautiful plants.

Aside from these pesky animals, iguana lizards have become a nuisance across the US, particularly in Florida and Texas. Although they are often raised as pets, wild iguanas can make it difficult for you to enjoy the evening breeze in your garden.

Iguanas feed on a variety of plants. They can damage your flowering plants including hibiscus, berry fruits and flowering shrubs. Moreover, they also like plants such as figs, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Iguanas have a long tails and they can attack you with their powerful tails. They can dig deep burrows in your garden and thereby, increase the risk of soil erosion.

Here are some useful tips that will help you keep wild animals away from your yard:

Don’t Be Friendly with Iguanas

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No matter how strong the temptations to take care of wild animals, never feed iguanas. You’ll attract them to your yard by being friendly with them.

If you feed your pets out in the yard, the bowl of the leftover food will bring iguanas to your garden. So, you should feed them indoors.

Don’t you enjoy having snacks on the patio with your family? But if you leave behind any leftover fruits and snacks, you may end up attracting iguanas to the premises.

Remove Dropped Fruits

Iguanas are herbivores and love having fruits. Low-hanging fruits and dropped fruits are their favorites since they’re easy to get.

So, always keep your garden clean. Remove any dropped fruits and store them if they’re good, or else throw them in the garbage can. Trim the trees and plants in your garden so as to remove fruit-bearing branches at a low height.

Cover the Garbage Can

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Never leave the garbage can open or else iguanas will dig into it for food. Keep the garbage can away from their reach and also cover it with a lid. Put a cinder block over the lid so wild animals cannot move the lid.

Fill Up Holes

Iguanas like digging holes. Whenever you notice any hole, fill it up immediately with rocks and dirt and top it with sod. Iguanas may return and try to further dig the hole. But due to the hard rocks, they won’t be able to damage the garden soil.

Clean Your Yard

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Keep your yard clean so that iguanas can’t hide there. If you’ve building material stocked up in your yard, move it to your garage or other storage spaces. Mow your garden regularly and trim plants.

Also, use garden fences and wire nets to prevent wild animals from entering your yard.

Use Iguana Repellent

You can buy an iguana repellant product from the market or the Nike outlet store, but most of these products are ineffective when it comes to keeping the nuisance at bay. So, it’s best to prepare a repellant solution on your own.

For this purpose, grind 3 garlic cloves and 4 habanero peppers. Add a cup of lemon juice. Add a gallon of water and mix with a tablespoon of dish soap. Transfer the solution into a spray bottle and shake well. Spray this solution over the garden plants. The strong smell and sour taste will keep the iguanas away from your yard.

To be precise, wild animals, particularly iguanas, can destroy the beautiful plants in your garden. You should keep them away from the premises by using repellent solutions and removing any food source.

Final Thoughts

Guarding your yard against unwanted visitors can be a painstaking task, especially if you are doing it by yourself. But having a beautiful, lush, and well-maintained garden can drive your home value up more than you expect. It is also a great feature to have, especially if you have plans to sell your home in the future. 

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