Wildlife in Arcadia
Part of Arcadia's beauty comes from our close proximity to the foothills, an area that is abundant with wildlife. In is important to be aware of how to interact with animals such as bears, coyotes, raccoons, mountain lions, skunks, snakes, and peacocks. Wildlife poses little threat to humans as they have a natural fear of people and are not comfortable in unnatural surroundings. However, with a significant water shortage, animals are getting braver about coming down into residential neighborhoods.
If you see a coyote wandering the streets that is not causing harm, there is nothing to do other than perhaps trying to scare it away if you are walking nearby. If you are walking with a small child or animal you would certainly want to pick them up and remove yourself, the child and the animal from the situation.
If a coyote approaches you or comes in your yard...
...be as big, mean and loud as you can. Make loud noises, throw rocks in the animal’s direction, spray it with a hose, rapidly open an umbrella in its direction or use an air-horn to scare it away. Throw objects at the coyote; if it continues to approach, do not run and instead retain eye contact, pick up small pets and children and move slowly away. Coyotes have been scared off properties by people waving brooms, making noise, throwing tennis balls or other objects and clapping their hands. An air horn, “coyote shaker” or “can clanger” may also work.
Peacocks have settled and adapted themselves to the City of Arcadia, particularly in the vicinity of the Arboretum. Although beautiful to view, peacocks can be a nuisance as well. Treat peacocks as you would any other bird. Feeding them on private property is strongly discouraged; feeding peacocks on public property is not allowed.
Peafowl in Arcadia, a handy brochure offering advice and tips on how to discourage peacock presence on your property. Included is a list of plants peacock like and dislike, as well as gardening and landscaping tips aimed at limiting damage to gardens by peafowl.
Mosquitoes are responsible for more human deaths than any other animals in the world. Over a dozen species of mosquitoes live in the San Gabriel Valley; nearly all bite people and some are vectors of human and animal diseases.
NO WATER=NO MOSQUITOES
Mosquitoes need only a small amount of stagnant water such as the standing water that can be found in dog bowls, planters, bird baths, tires, dirty swimming pools, etc. to reproduce. It is vital to eliminate any standing water on your property. Containers should be drained and cleaned weekly. This is the most effective method of managing mosquitoes in Southern California.
Protect Yourself by taking the following precautions to reduce mosquito exposure:
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin when outdoors.
- Wear long sleeves and long pants when spending time outdoors.
- Make sure windows and doors have tight-fitting, intact screens.
To report issues concerning excessive mosquito activity, day-biting mosquitoes, standing water, or green pools contact: (Also,bees, black flies, midges and rats) San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District at (626) 814-9466.
Tips to keep wildlife off your property and out of your neighborhood:
- Do not ever feed wild animals or leave food out for them to eat. Dispose of garbage in secure containers and do not leave trash, pet food, water or food waste in accessible areas.
- Do not leave small children outside unsupervised.
- Do not leave cats and small dogs outside unattended; they are prey to coyotes.
- Do not touch or pet the animal.
- If you are composting, use securely enclosed compost bins and do not dispose of meat, dairy or egg products in compost.
Keep barbeque grills clean and free of drippings.
- If you have fruit trees, pick fruit as soon as it is ripe and remove any fallen fruit from the ground.
- Reduce the use of bird feeders. Clean up seed that has fallen to the ground.
- Clear bushes and/or weeds close to your home where animals might seek cover. Place obstacles so coyotes can’t use them to climb over fences.
- Spay or neuter your dogs.
- Consider installing motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Wait to place your trash cans at the curb until the day of pick-up. Store garbage cans in a garage or closed shed.
- Frequently wash garbage cans and recycle containers and lids with a strong smelling disinfectant such as
ammonia or a bleach solution, or use a heavy-duty pine-scented cleaner. Eliminate odors by double- bagging smelly garbage.
- Put meat scraps in the freezer until trash day.
- Do not get between a mother and her young.
Wildlife's search for cozy, comfortable shelter intensifies now that they need a safe place to raise their offspring and the days are warmer and longer. Check around your house for places that may inadvertently invite wildlife squatters. An effort to exclude animals from your home is much more effective than convincing them to leave one they have established their home.
The crawl space under your house is the most appealing area to wildlife. Secure all ground-level access points. Inspect the base of your home for ripped screens, holes or missing boards. Make all necessary repairs. Since persistent animals may rip through screens, you may want to reinforce the area with lattice or wood planks.
Cover any window wells at the base of your home. Because they usually drop down a foot or more, skunks may fall in and will be unable to get themselves out. To avoid a potentially stinky situation, try covering the area with planks of wood or a grate.
Under The Deck
Open space under a deck is perfect for a wild animal looking to set up a nursery. Building a lattice or chicken wire boundary is the best way to exclude wildlife from under your deck.
Raccoons are the most common culprits that tear up roofs to get into the attic. To minimize their access to your rooftop, trim tree branches away from the side of your house and remove ivy and trellises. You can attach sheet metal two feet wide to the corners of the house if you suspect the animal is climbing the walls to get to the rooftop.
Animals will get into your chimney both purposefully and accidentally. By installing a chimney cap, you can prevent raccoons and squirrels from establishing residence and keep birds from falling down the chimney. Available at most hardware stores, chimney caps keep animals out and allow you to use the fireplace below.
For information about living with wildlife, please visit the California Department of Fish and Game website at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild