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The appeal of log homes has quite a long list. From the simplicity, to the hominess and cozy feel, to the woodsy wilderness, there is so much to love and enjoy in a log home.

A log home surrounded by wilderness is especially something to admire, even all the creatures that come along with that. Depending on where your log home is located some of these critters can include; turkey, deer, grouse, and quite possibly some slightly less pleasant creatures, such as bears, wolves, coyotes, and racoons. Depending on the type of location your log home is nestled in, there are different problems to face regarding the wildlife in your area.

Sometimes the biggest thing you may have to deal with is raccoons in the trash. In this situation, it’s as easy as making sure all your garbage is secured in the evening. However, in other areas, bears rummaging through your garden and eating out of your bird feeders, would be a bigger, more damaging problem. Of course, if you have animals of your own, like goats or other small livestock for example, coyotes would definitely be a predator you would want to do all you could to detour away from your home.  One simple way is to have secure fencing and housing for your livestock as to not make them easy targets. Another is to have motion sensor lights, this often scars coyotes away.

Despite the not so charming things that some of these creatures ,bring along with them, living in the wilderness near nature is still something to truly take in and enjoy. There are so many wonderful things about the country living, it easily makes it  worth it.  A little research, effort and, pre-planning  can help keep the beauty of these wild animals intact without too much disturbance to their, or your, habitat!

Here are some strategies to consider that will keep you safe, your property in good shape and of course, keep your animals and our wildlife safe.

Flood Lights:
  • Flood lights are a great, cost effective way to stray away deer and other animals that may decide to creep onto your property for a midnight snack. Make sure they are on motion sensors so that they go off when the animals start heading your way.  You can get these with solar lighting so you don’t have to worry about electric power or even batteries
Sprinklers:
  • Sprinklers on a motion sensor are another effective way to help ensure that the animals that come out at night for some snacking, turn around and go the other way.
 Strong Scents:
  • Certain plants with strong smells are not liked by many animals. Try to plant some of these plants in your garden as well, so that the strong smells will deter them before they get any closer. Some of the plants include garlic, lavender, catmint and chives. Added bonus for planting these, if you like them too! You can also consider placing strongly scented soaps in mesh bags around the areas you wish to not have wildlife lurking. Also note coyotes very much dislike scents such as white vinegar and cayenne. Placing jars with those two in them, could help coyotes away as well.
 Radio:
  • Many of these wildlife animals are skittish and will not want to continue their journey onto your property if they hear or see people. This is where tricking the animals comes in. Place a battery powered radio in a tree, and turn it to a talk radio station so the animals think people are nearby.
 Fencing:
  • This one might sound more obvious, but just plan ahead as much as possible when putting up fencing.  Adding it around your garden when planning for the season, for example. It’s  also needed to protect your livestock as well.  This fence type should be researched as there are many fence options based on what you are trying to protect, chickens, goats, rabbits… etc.

If you have taken necessary steps to keep these animals away and you’re still having trouble or ever feel like you are in danger due to wildlife, make a call to your local Department of Natural Resources for additional help and support.

As always if your log home has sustained damages, give the log home repairs and restorations team at 888 Log Guys a call for a quick, no obligation repair quote.

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