For customers to keep nuisance wildlife at bay, they have to eliminate what probably is the main reason for the critters being there in the first place: food. Here are some simple rules you can pass on to help:
1. Never leave edible items outside your house. These are a magnet for most wild animals — they’re like flashing neon “open diner” signs, inviting them to come on in.
2. Ensure all garbage is placed in secure bins. Recommend the use of bins with locking lids.
3. Remove all bird feeders. These attract not only birds, but also squirrels, rats, and other unwelcome creatures.
4. Do not feed stray cats or dogs. If pets eat outdoors, remember to bring in their bowls or plates once they’ve finished eating.
5. Compost responsibly. Either bury your compost piles deeply, or use properly sealed composting containers.
6. Harvest responsibly. If you have a vegetable garden, consider erecting a perimeter fence. Also, if you have fruit trees, remove fallen fruit as soon as it hits the ground.