What can I do to keep animals out of my garden and my house?

Wildlife can be attracted to your garden as a source of food and your house as shelter. Following these tips can help:

Deer in the Garden

Run a small wire fence around the perimeter of your garden. Mount it about three feet off the ground and a few feet outside of your garden. Monofilament fishing line works great. When the deer get close enough to touch the fence, it spooks them and they run away.

Wildlife in Chimneys

Have your chimney cleaned once a year to make sure wildlife does not have an entrance in the first place. If one is inside, drop a rope down from the top of the chimney so they can climb out (this works great for raccoons). Once the animal is out you should contact a home repair service to replace or install a proper chimney cap to keep the animals from re-entering later.

If you have an open fireplace, make sure it is closed so they can not get into the house. Open the flue so they can come down into the fireplace. Once there, close the flue so the animal can not go back up. Trap it in your fireplace and call Animal Services so we can remove it. Do not try to smoke the animal out, as even a small amount of smoke can kill a small or young animal and this also poses a fire threat if the animal has built a nest in your chimney.

Animals in Trash

Build a simple plywood box to house your trash cans. Also, try installing two eye-hole screws into a secure wall about the width of your trash can. Wrap a bungee cord around the trash can and fasten both ends to the screws. This method only works with trash cans with lids that are not easily opened. Do not use ammonia or bleach as they may poison the animal.

Stray Cats

Stray or feral cats will go where there is food and stay there. Do not feed stray or feral cats. If you feed one soon you will be feeding so many that the situation will be uncontrollable. If you want to help a stray cat, bring it inside and make it a house pet. This is not suggested with aggressive or feral cats.

Wildlife Underneath Houses or Porches

Porches make great shelter for wildlife, but it can be uncomfortable for the owner. Make sure to seal all entrances to underneath your home by fixing broken boards or installing new trellis. You may still need access to your crawl space, so install a lock.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Animal Services at 479-444-3456.

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1. How much does it cost to adopt a new pet?
2. What do I need to do if an animal bites me?
3. Whom do I call if I have an after hours emergency that involves animals?
4. What kinds of donations does the Animal Shelter need?
5. I just moved into Fayetteville. How do I register my pet's microchip?
6. What do I need to know about rabies?
7. I put in an application to adopt one of your animals, why do I have to wait to bring it home?
8. Are you a "No Kill" shelter?
9. Is Animal Services responsible for picking up dead animals?
10. My pet is sick, what do I need to do?
11. What can I do to get involved with the Fayetteville Animal Shelter?
12. What do you do with the money I donated to the Animal Shelter?
13. Who is responsible for registering my pet's microchip?
14. I lost my pet, what do I need to do?
15. I found a stray, what do I need to do?
16. What do I do if I know about animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect?
17. Why do I need to microchip my pet?
18. Does my pet need to wear his collar with identification tags, even if he never gets outside?
19. Does Fayetteville have a "leash law"?
20. How many animals am I allowed to own?
21. I don't have a fenced yard and my dog can't stay inside all day while I'm away. Can I chain him/her outside?
22. What is a trolley system?
23. What do I do if I have a nuisance wildlife problem?
24. What do I do if I have an animal in my own trap?
25. What can I do to keep animals out of my garden and my house?
26. What do I do if I see a snake?
27. What do I do if I see a bear?