It doesn't take leaving chow bowls out for the bears to attract them. Bears have an amazing sense of smell and will follow their nose to any potential source of food. Here are some tips to minimize attracting a bear to your home.
- Bring in bird feeders at night. For that matter, clear any debris below the bird feeder on a regular basis. The same would apply for pet food.
- When grilling, do not leave the grill unattended. Also, make sure you thoroughly clean the grill, grease can and/or drip tray after use.
- If you have a compost pile, avoid disposing of sweet or pungent-smelling matter into the pile. Turn the pile regularly and add lime to reduce the odor.
- If you have fruit trees on your property, make sure you harvest the fruit when it's ripe and pick up any fallen fruit from the ground.
- Bring anything scented like sunscreen or scented candles in at night. Even if it's not food, the scent may still entice the bear to explore.
- It's a good idea to keep windows and doors closed at all times, particularly when a bear has been sighted in the neighborhood. However, if you do not want to seal up the house on a summer evening, there are deterrents such as lights, sound deterrents, and even water sprayers that are motion-detecting.
- Another way to create a deterrent is to apply pine-scented cleaner to porch steps, window frames and doors.