How to Keep Animals from Chewing Through Outdoor Christmas Decorations

String lights, rope lights, wreaths, garland, holiday statutes, ribbons, decorative signs, and inflatables – all of the outdoor holiday decorations that we have come to love and enjoy each Christmas.

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While all of those beautiful colors and twinkling lights draw a vast array of attention and their fair share of “Oh’s” and “Ah’s” from our family, friends, and neighbors, they are also very attractive to outdoor pests – such as squirrels, raccoons, birds, and other animals.

One of the largest complaints among homeowners are pests that chew through outdoor decorations during the holiday season. In this guide, you will learn a few measures that can help avoid this complication.

 Why Are Animals Attracted to Outdoor Decorations?

There are many reasons why outdoor animals are attracted to decorations. For some, it is a matter of chewing to ensure that the teeth do not become too long. For others, it is a matter of seeing items that look similar to their natural nesting materials.

Many are attracted to the materials used to create the decorations – such as soy. Then, there are others that are seeking food products or warmth from the environmental conditions.

Regardless of the attraction, outdoor pests have the potential to not only destroy all those festive decorative items, but they may also cause a hazard that could put you, your family, and your home at risk of danger – especially in terms of fires.

How to Deter Pests

When working to deter outdoor pests from your Christmas decorations, you are sure to discover a multitude of items available on the market. First, you should opt for items that act as natural repellents.

Examples include pepper sprays, items that are designed to repel specific creatures, a mouthwash that includes mint, or items that include citrus. Remember, though, you must ensure that if it rains or snows, the deterrent will have to be placed again. If using fluid-based items, you must be very careful to avoid electrocution.

In addition to natural deterrents, there are other items that can be used to scare away outdoor pests. The two most common are owl decoys and falcon statutes. These are natural predators to many of the outside pests that may decide to invade your property and chew on your decorations.

If you opt for these, remember that they should be moved around frequently so as not to desensitize the outdoor pests you are working to eliminate. Additionally, if you have a largely-decorated area, you may find that you require more than one decoy in order to achieve success.

Wildlife Extraction Services

Out of all of the methods that can be utilized to scare pests away from outdoor Christmas decorations, wildlife removal services are the easiest and most convenient. If you are in search of South Carolina wildlife extractors, we here at Palmetto can assist you.

Simply contact us today to learn more about how we can help with the pests that are troubling you and/or to set up an appointment with one of our technicians: 855-465-1088

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