How do I get animals off my property while killing the smallest number of them possible?
June 13, 2012 5:42 PM Subscribe
How do I kill the smallest number of animals? If I could get them all away from my house without hurting any of them, I would, but I don't think it's possible. Our yard is full of them, and they sometimes get in the house. There are at least three types of mice, moles, rabbits, squirrels and chipmunks. I love them and don't want to hurt them, but having them inside is generally agreed to be bad.
posted by WhathaveIdonenow? to home & garden (20 answers total)
I don't know why they're all over the place. We're in the suburbs near town, we have a big dog, we haven't had birdseed out in weeks, we keep the yard clean, and we don't eat outside or keep our garbage cans in the yard. We don't leave the doors open. Our neighbors have a kennel that is cleaner than before, but they still have it. There's also a small space between our fences that we are going to see about getting rid of or otherwise cleaning up if it's on our property. But the sheer number and variety of animals in our small yard is still surprising.
I assume we will have to call an exterminator, which I really, really, don't want to do, but how do we keep more animals from coming back again? If I could just keep them out of the house and in the yard, I would be okay. I like seeing them, I just don't want them in my house. It's going to be hard enough making myself psychologically okay with killing all these animals, I never want to have to do it again.