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Ways to Prevent Your Yard From Being a Wildlife Welcome Mat

    More often than not, issues with wildlife result because we humans have not taken the appropriate precautions to make our yards and homes unappealing to opportunistic passersby. By taking a few simple steps to manage our solid waste output and remove possible food sources, we can do much to keep unwanted visitors from taking up residence.

    Trash and Recycling

    • Place trash and recycling out weekly for pickup.
    • Place in containers with securely fitting lids.
    • Replace damaged containers or lids.
    • Place containers at the curb no sooner than the evening prior to your regular collection day.
    • Once collected, return containers to an enclosure, such as a garage or shed.
    • Do not over fill containers.


    • City Code § 935.03 requires that composting containers be fully enclosed with no opening greater than 1/4-inch in any direction. Failure to use such container is hereby declared a nuisance.
    • The compost bin should be the furthest distance possible from your home.
    • Follow recommended practices for effectively maintaining a compost bin.
    • Instead of having your own compost container, take advantage of the City’s food waste composting program, with drop-off locations at the Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road, and the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park. Click here for program details.

    Maintain Your Yard

    • Don’t let yard waste piles accumulate (leaves, branches, brush, etc.).
    • Regularly cut grass and weeds in the growing season.
    • Haul away any leftover building/project materials.
    • Stack firewood on racks or pallets that are at least six inches off the ground.

    Remove Possible Food Sources

    • Clean up any pet waste daily.
    • Store any food kept outside or in your garage in rat and mice-proof containers, such as galvanized cans with tight-fitting lids.
    • Limit how much birdfeed you place in feeders. Put out only enough for the daytime and regularly remove any birdfeed that falls to the ground.
    • Don’t put out food for wildlife, such as peanuts or stale bread.
    • If you feed pets outside, only leave the food out for as long as it takes for your pet to finish eating.
    • Pick up any fallen tree fruit or garden vegetables.

    Click here for tips on recognizing the various signs that different species may have taken up residence on your property and what to do to solve the issue. We also provide information about SCRAM! Wildlife Control, a service of the Ohio Wildlife Center that is available to Upper Arlington residents at discounted rates. SCRAM! is dedicated to providing wildlife control that is natural, humane and permanent, and is the only provider of non-lethal solutions to nuisance wildlife issues, working with homes and businesses to identify the issue and its cause, evict problem wildlife, and take steps to prevent future problems and educate all involved.

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