3 Summer Critters You Might See in Your Yard

If you’re like most homeowners, you want to make sure that your backyard is a safe place for kids, pets, and visitors to enjoy. Unfortunately, there’s one group of uninvited guests that may also want to spend some time in your backyard — wild animals! Animals often roam around in the summertime, looking for sources of cold water and shade. Read on to learn a little more about three critters who might try to make your backyard their new summer home this season.

  • Foxes. Foxes love hunting in residential areas because trash cans provide an easy way to get food. While most foxes will leave pets alone, some have been known to attack small dogs and cats. If you see a fox in your backyard, startling it with a loud noise will usually scare it away.
  • Raccoons. Raccoons are nocturnal animals, which means you’re more likely to see them at night. Raccoons often enjoy eating pet food out of bowls that owners leave outdoors, which can lure them into your backyard. If you notice a raccoon out in the daylight, never approach it — this is usually a sign that the raccoon has rabies. Move indoors and contact animal control immediately.
  • Opossums. The only marsupial found naturally in North America, opossums, have gotten a bit of a bad rap in recent years. Like raccoons, opossums love to break into backyards to snack on pet food and garbage. You can discourage them from coming onto your property by locking your garbage cans with sturdy lids and removing pet food from your backyard.

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