Wildlife Control Tips

Squirrels and other rodents:

Cover screen louvers, vents and fan openings. Keep doors and windows in good repair. Replace rotten boards. Cap the chimney. Trim overhanging trees. Remove bird feeders or use squirrel-proof feeders. Chipmunks can be deterred by removing logs.

Opossums and Skunks

: These animals keep busy by raiding garbage cans, and often live under porches and low decks. To keep wildlife from denning under buildings, seal off all foundation openings with wire mesh, sheet metal or concrete. Tight-fitting garbage can lids may eliminate foraging.


These common residents live in hollow trees, ground burrows, chimneys, attics and storm sewers. They are attracted to easy food sources like garbage and pet food. To prevent scavenging, use metal trash cans with secured lids that are fastened to a solid object. Cover chimneys with approved chimney caps and trim overhanging branches.


: Also known as groundhogs, woodchucks burrow near buildings and live under sheds and woodpiles. They damage gardens and shrubs. Fencing can reduce woodchuck damage if the lower edge is buried at least 10 inches and stands three to four feet high.


Rabbits can be kept out of gardens by using repellents or by placing a two-foot poultry fence around the area. It is important to bury the fence at least six inches. Read all labels before using any repellent.


The most effective means of managing a deer problem is to use plants deer dislike. There are dozens of readily available plants that deer almost never eat. Try to introduce a few of these plants into your landscape if deer have been a problem in your area.

Baby animals:

A wandering baby animal is not necessarily orphaned. Unless you know for certain that the mother is dead (i.e. found along the roadside), it is often best to leave young animals alone. The animal's best chance for survival is if it is left where it is found.


Bats prefer to avoid human contact; however, they are known to establish residence in attics. Entry and exit holes can be sealed with 1/4-inch hardware cloth, caulking or wire mesh. If a bat makes its way into the house, you can usually encourage it to leave after dark by turning on lights and opening windows and doors. Bat bites are often difficult to detect. If you cannot definitely rule out a bat bite, seek medical advice and/or contact Chanhassen Community Service Officer.


The fox may be active day and night but prefers to hunt during twilight and evening hours. It is an opportunist that eats rats, mice, rabbits, squirrels, birds, snakes, fish, insects, berries, nuts, and seeds. Eliminating food sources is perhaps the most effective means of controlling this animal.

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