Wildlife

Prevention skirt

Here's the best way to enclose areas under patios, decks, sheds and other places where animals may make a den.

Dig a trench around the base of the structure and use galvanized heavy wire screening not larger than 3 cm  X  3 cm as a "prevention skirt" (as in the diagram). Do not use chicken wire. The screening should go at least 20 to 30 cm straight down and then be angled 90° outwards away from the structure for another 20 to 30 cm, underground. Backfill the trench with dirt.

If you pile rocks or other items over this area against the structure, the animal will dig under them and make a home between the rocks and the prevention skirt.



 


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