Step-By-Step Wildlife Exclusion Instructions

Wildlife exclusion practices are a great way to protect your family, home and business from unwanted visitors.

I love exclusion for 3 main reasons:

  1. Using the proper products and techniques, exclusion is very humane as it is designed to deter animals and rodents from entering a building not to harm them.
  2. Exclusion does not use chemicals.
  3. It provides immediate, long term and often 100% protection.

The following is a step-by-step overview of how I would prevent raccoons and skunks from gaining entry under a deck:

Step 1: Identify the area of concern

exclusionsa On the bottom right hand corner of the deck we can see the entry / exit hole of a skunk. Before proceeding with wildlife exclusion I made sure that there were no animals under the deck (sounds silly outlining this but it is really important).

Step 2: Trench

exclusion2Minimum requirements are to dig down 2 inches and out 12 inches but I prefer to extend both.


Step 3: Instal exclusion

exclusion3I always try to make this both aesthetically pleasing and secure. However, if I have to pick between the two I always choose to make it secure.

Step 4: Finish it off

exclusionbThe best part of any job is being done.



I always recommend using a professional Exterminator to provide wildlife exclusion as effective habitat modification requires awareness of animal behaviour and physical capabilities. Whether you want to be proactive in keeping wildlife out or already have a wildlife issue and want it gone, give Beacon Pest Control a call – we’re here to help.