How to Keep Wild Animals Away From Your Home

Wild animals like foxes, raccoons, rats and rabbits can damage your home and your property.

Keep foxes from denning in the yard.Keep foxes from denning in the yard.
Depending on the animal, they may also bite or otherwise injure your outdoor pets or even your children. Take steps to ensure that your home is not welcoming to wild animals and that they keep their distance from your yard.

Clear out brush and tall weeds. Vegetative cover gives small mammals and snakes places to live and hide.

Place garbage in garbage cans with tight-fitting lids. The smell of garbage attracts raccoons, foxes and opossums, which knock over the garbage cans in search of food.

Sprinkle pure soap flakes around the perimeter of the property and water them into the soil. The strong scent of soap keeps raccoons away.

Install tall fences around the garden to keep away animals that would eat the vegetables. Fences to keep out deer should be about 8 feet tall.

Feed pets indoors. Bowls of dog or cat food left outdoors attract foxes, raccoons and opossums.

Install lights that illuminate the yard. Install 100-watt light bulbs every 15 feet to help light up the property at night, making it uncomfortable for nocturnal wild animals.

Enclose the area under open porches or decks with wire mesh. These spots encourage wild animals to take shelter.

Things You Will Need

  • Garbage cans with tight-fitting lids
  • Soap flakes
  • Fencing
  • Lights
  • Wire mesh


  • Do not plant vines near the house, as small animals use them to climb the house and get into attics and crawl spaces.