What Animals Do the Most Damage to Your Yard?

There’s nothing worse than walking out the door of your house to find a huge mess in your yard. You know the scene. Holes dug in the lawn. Trash cans knocked over. Trash thrown in all directions. It’s a frustrating site and one that may make you question your neighbors. However, before you express your concerns at the next HOA meeting, look closely at the mess itself. If you live within a general proximity of a wooded area, there’s a strong likelihood that animals are the culprit.

Your first thought may be to take matters into your own hands, but you should reconsider. A company that performs wildlife removal in Tampa, FL will have extensive experience dealing with a variety of animals and will be able to get the job done efficiently and safely.

While it’s important to identify that an animal is in your yard, it’s also important to know the type of animal. Some animals are more aggressive than others and the damage they do varies. Here are three different animals and what damage they can cause in your yard.


Squirrels, while cute, can do a great deal of damage to the inside and outside of your home. A squirrels teeth never stops growing so they keep them under control by constantly gnawing on a number of items, including wood on the surface of your home and electrical wires inside your walls. They will also attempt to get into your attic to nest.


Raccoons will spend much of their time on the outside of your home looking for food. This will lead them to rip up gardens, open trash cans, even eat dog and cat food. Raccoons present several potential dangers. They are territorial, so if they do enter your attic or crawl space they may see your presence as a threat. Also, contact with their feces can lead to the disease leptospirosis.


Gophers burrow themselves underground in search of plant roots. While they are not as aggressive as raccoons, their voracious appetite can literally ruin a garden.

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