The Chipmunks You Don’t Want to Hear Sing

When your bird feeders are raided or tipped over, and your vegetable garden shows evidence of chipmunk activity, the last thing you want to do is listen to them sing about it. Instead, you will probably react like Donald Duck did in all those Disney cartoons where his house and …

Why Do Deer Rub Trees?

Depending on the type, a tree can live for hundreds – even thousands – of years. But the actions of one relatively docile animal can kill a tree long before its time. When a deer rubs bark off a tree with its antlers, the tree is injured, and if the …

Facts About Opossums

The North American opossum, also called the Virginia opossum, is the only marsupial native to the United States. They are commonly (and incorrectly) referred to as “possums,” but this name actually belongs to a marsupial species that lives in Australia. There are other misconceptions about our unique American animal, which …

Nutria – An Animal You Will Be Seeing More Of

Described as a river rat or giant swamp rat, the rodent known in North America as the nutria originally came from South America, where it is called the coypu. Imported over a century ago for its fur, it has since become a native pest, causing particularly extensive damage to the …

Indoor Cats and House Plants – A Bad Mix

Contents:

Your Responsibility
Something Missing in Their Diet?
Poisonous Plants for Cats
Non-Fatal Plant Issues
How to Keep Cats Out of Plants
Suggestions for Pet Safe Plants

Whether our cats want to taste, hide in, knock over or go to the bathroom on our house plants, they should be kept …

It’s Snake Season – What That Means for You and the Snake

As you tend to your yard or garden to prepare it for a summer bloom, be aware that you may not be alone. This is especially true after heavy rains, when snakes are forced out of their once-dry havens and seek out prey or a mate.

Recent inconsistent winters in …

How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell on Dogs

If you’re a dog owner, you know that your faithful companion’s instinct is to protect their turf at all times. Keeping intruders off your property is your dog’s top priority. But what happens when your dog faces a skunk and gets caught in its stinky crossfire? This is a situation …

Where Do Raccoons Live?

Raccoons may look cute and cuddly, but behind those friendly faces are destructive creatures that can ruin gardens and crops, cause damage to home and property and potentially be a danger to pets and children. Raccoons are savage fighters with sharp teeth and piercing claws, and they will eat just …

How Animals Survive in Winter

Have you ever wondered how animals survive during the cold winter months?

Animals use one of three coping mechanisms to deal with cold, snow and food shortages. Animals in winter may:

    Migrate: Migration means moving, and some animals move with the changing seasons. By moving from cold areas to warmer

17 Solutions to Keep Deer Off Your Property

First time homeowners and people who are new to gardening may be excited when they first see deer in their yards. However, after the deer work through their property those homeowners might find their fruit trees chewed to nubs and their garden destroyed.

Deer can quickly decimate decorative trees, shrubs …

What to Do If You Hear an Animal in Your Wall

When rodents and birds are present in a given neighborhood, they will often scavenge properties for food and shelter. If a house has open nooks and crannies, these creatures are highly tempted to enter. This is particularly true during the colder months of the year.

Identifying the Invader

If you’re …

Protecting Chickens From Predators

Chickens are engaging, productive animals to keep in the backyard. They are also more than just simple livestock. A small flock can produce eggs and meat, of course, but they also work as an effective pest control, property sentries and your family’s entertainment committee.

That’s why it’s so upsetting to …

How to Get Rid of Garter Snakes

There are 35 species of garter snakes. These snakes are easily identified by their slim bodies that feature body-long stripes. These stripes come in a number of colors, including red, gray, orange, yellow, and green. It’s also not unheard of to find a garter snake with turquoise stripes. The …

5 Animals That Cause the Most Damage to Your Home

Soft and furry doesn’t always mean friendly and cuddly. When it comes to the health, comfort, and safety of your family and pets, the following creatures should be kept as far away as possible from your property. The last thing you want is to find these animals in the walls …

Keep Nuisance Animals Out: Prep Your Yard for the Spring

    Clear Away Hiding Places

The best way to get rid of squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and other yard crashers is to make your backyard an uninviting environment. Follow the steps below to eliminate breeding and nesting areas that these critters seek out.

    Remove brush, lawn debris, and wood piles Keep

The Best Ways to Keep Raccoons Away From Your Trash

Have you ever woken in the morning and come to find your trash cans are knocked over and garbage is strewn all over your front yard?  If this has happened to you, a raccoon is most likely the culprit.

Raccoons are very intelligent, curious, and dexterous animals.  This means they …

What Is Eating Your Garden?

Are groundhogs, rabbits, deer, and other nuisance animals chomping on your plants? Here are hints for figuring out which critters are to blame and strategies for repelling them from your ornamental and food plants.

Damage: Seedlings you just transplanted are pulled or dug up.

Suspects: Squirrels, cats, and skunks like …

How to Tell If Your Yard Is an Animal Attractant

Overturned trashcans … trampled gardens … upended birdfeeders … damage to plants or shrubs … holes dug into the lawn … these are just a few of the many signs that your property has become the target of an animal invasion. Each year, wild and stray domestic animals cause millions …

How to Keep Raccoons Out of Your Yard

Hot Spot: Garden beds

Main Attraction: Raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they eat all kinds of plants as well as animals. They’re accurately known as marauders of sweet corn patches, but they also commonly feast on melons, berries, grapes, and a variety of other garden vegetables.

Damage: The most recognizable …

A Yearlong Guide to Animal Control

Some of us think of critter control in terms of keeping animals out of the garden or off the lawn during the warm weather months. But in fact, an animal invasion can occur at virtually any time of year. Some animals are even brazen enough to enter your home during …

Keep Your Yard Mosquito Free: Best Mosquito Control for Your Yard

How Mosquitoes Find You

You may have heard that certain blood types, foods or drinks attract mosquitoes to you.  Or maybe you’ve heard that mosquitoes prefer blondes over brunettes.  While you may have the bites to prove it, none of these myths really explain why mosquitoes bite humans.

Very …

Identify and Get Rid of Poisonous Snakes in Your Yard

 

You’ve come across a snake in your garden, woodpile, or anywhere else around your home, so the first question you need to get answered is whether it’s poisonous. The second question—regardless of the answer to the first—is how to get it to go away. Good news: You don’t have …

Tips from a Pro: Get Rid of Animals in Your Attic or Walls

We recently spoke with Luke Ferguson, a wildlife control expert from Florida Wildlife Busters, about how to get rid of animals in your attic or walls.  Here are Luke’s tips to help recognize when animals are in your attic, how to spot entry points and how to get rid …

What You Need to Know About Leprosy and Armadillo Control

Armadillos have rarely been described as cute or adorable, and they’re usually not anyone’s idea of a great pet. But until recent years, these small, armored tank-like critters were thought to pose little threat to humans — other than their annoying habit of digging up yards to construct their shelters …

What’s Lurking in My Yard?

In more than 25 years of gardening, I’ve discovered that when it comes to animal control, it’s important to “know your enemy!” Being familiar with the surrounding environment and unique features of your property, along with having an understanding of the types of critters that are attracted to these environments …

Fox Facts

You’ve probably heard that foxes are sly, sneaky, crafty and cunning. I’m here to tell you that it’s all true! While foxes are beautiful doglike creatures, they can wreak havoc on your property. Foxes are nocturnal and usually travel alone. You might never actually see a fox, but you’ll certainly …

What Not to Do When Approaching Wild Animals

Successfully catching critters is only the first step towards controlling nuisance animals on your property. The next step is figuring out what to do with the animal after it’s caught. Sadly, I’ve seen far too many situations over the years where either the trapper or the animal was injured — …

Mice vs. Rats

I get lots of calls from people who think they have a mouse problem in their home, when it turns out they actually have a rat infestation on their hands. In some cases, the opposite is true. What they believe to be rats turns out to be larger species of …

How to Catch a Muskrat

If you don’t live near a body of water, you probably won’t have too many worries about muskrat damage. Muskrats are semiaquatic creatures that need access to a slow-moving or standing water source to survive and thrive. Most of the muskrat issues I’ve had to deal with over the years …

Facts About Muskrats

Without a doubt, the feature I enjoy most on our property (aside from my vegetable garden, of course) is the beautiful pond that lies at the edge of our yard. During the summer months, I’ll often sit by the pond for hours at a time while reading, watching the wildlife …

How to Assess the Damage

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a 30-year veteran of the animal control “wars,” it’s how to identify and assess the various types of destruction that can be caused by four-legged pests. They can be a constant source of headaches for property owners. Let’s take a closer look at …

What’s a Vole?

Every gardener has to deal with nuisance pests such as rabbits, deer and raccoons at some point. While I’ve become an expert at spotting signs of wild animals over the years, such as chewed leaves, broken stems and droppings, I didn’t know what to think when I noticed what looked …

The Dangers of Wild Animals

We’ve all heard those incredible stories about people who attempt to raise tigers or alligators in tiny city apartments or try to keep giant snakes as pets. Sadly, these stories usually don’t have a happy ending. While I don’t normally come across folks who own exotic animals, I have seen …

Intruder Alert

During my 30+ years in the animal control business, I’ve had to deal with just about every type of four-legged critter you can think of. People are always asking me for information about deer and how to get rid of them, as well as skunks, groundhogs, rabbits, raccoons, cats, dogs …

Raccoon Facts

I’ve waged a lot of battles against rogue raccoons over the years. These masked bandits are smart and resourceful, making them one of the more challenging adversaries for an animal control professional. Raccoons will eat just about anything; they’ll also help themselves to the plants and vegetables in your garden …

Rabbit Facts

Oh, those rascally rabbits! While bunnies rank high on any list of the world’s cutest critters, they’re also a gardener’s worst nightmare. When you consider that one pair of cottontail rabbits can start a bloodline that produces 350,000 baby bunnies in a five-year period, it’s hard to imagine how any …

Interesting Facts About Groundhogs

Other than waiting to hear whether that world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow every February 2, you might not give these little critters much thought. But if groundhogs have invaded your property, you’ll need to find a way to get rid of them before they cause extensive damage. …

Feral Cat Facts

What are feral cats? I frequently get calls from homeowners who believe they have a stray cat problem on their hands, when they culprits are actually feral cats. While stray and feral cats may look the same, they are quite different in terms of behavior and temperament. A stray cat …

Dog Facts

It’s hard to remember a time in my life where I haven’t owned at least one dog; we currently have three, and we’re seriously considering adopting another puppy from the local humane society. While we’ve never had problems with our dogs digging up our yard and doing their business in …

Facts on Deer

Deer damage is a constant problem in the animal control business. With deer populations on the rise in many parts of the U.S. and a shrinking number of deer habitats, it’s no wonder that I get many calls from property owners looking for help with getting rid of these delicate …

Interesting Chipmunk Facts

When you consider their cool “racing stripes,” chubby cheeks, large round eyes and the cute way they scamper about, it’s no wonder chipmunks are the movie stars of the rodent family! Unlike Alvin and his pals, real-life chipmunks aren’t quite so entertaining if they decide to make your backyard their …

Facts About Beavers

When I was a little girl, my grandmother frequently used the expression “busy as a beaver” to describe the way I would spend endless hours weeding and pruning in her garden. I never fully understood what that meant until many years later when I had the opportunity to watch beavers …

Fun Facts About Armadillos

If you live in one of the warmer climates in the United States, particularly in the Gulf Coast region, you may have to deal with an armadillo problem at some point. Armadillo literally means “little armored one” in Spanish, an appropriate name when you consider the critter’s tough, leathery shell …

How to Get Rid of Wild Animals in Your Garage

As an animal control professional, I get an amazing number of calls from people looking to get rid of raccoons in garage areas. Skunks, possums, squirrels and even chipmunks also seem to have a knack for finding their way into garages in search of food, shelter or a nesting place …

How to Trap Squirrels in the Attic

As a long-time gardener, I’ve become an expert at keeping squirrels out of my yard and garden by using effective, all-natural squirrel repellents. I must admit, however, that getting rid of squirrels in the attic was a brand-new experience for me!

I knew I needed to learn how to …

Keep Wild Animals Away When You Don’t Want a Fence

What’s the best way to keep rabbits out of a garden without a fence? I knew I had to find an answer to this question quickly, once I realized I had a full-blown bunny invasion on my hands! Those little critters had pretty much taken over my backyard garden and …

How to Get Raccoons and Other Animals Out of Your Attic

Over the course of 25 years of gardening, I’ve had many encounters with troublesome raccoons that mistakenly believe they have the right to steal the vegetables I’ve worked so hard to grow. I’ve even had to deal with masked bandits toppling over my trashcans a time or two. But I …

How to Stop Animals from Ruining Your Car

Keeping rodents and other animals out of car engines can be a challenge, especially during the winter months. Mice, rats, squirrels and even chipmunks may find your car’s warm engine to be an inviting place to seek refuge from the cold. Unfortunately, the rodents’ natural gnawing instincts can result in …

Get Rid of Mice for Good

It seems that just about everyone has to deal with a mouse problem sooner or later. Mice are particularly pesky animals that like to take residence inside a home, and they stubbornly refuse to pay even a nickel in rent! While wild mice generally only live up to three months, …

How to Keep Dogs Out Without Ruining Your Lawn

There’s nothing more frustrating than to look out and see an unfamiliar dog prowling around your yard. Whether it’s a stray dog or a neighborhood pet that the owner allows to run free, you can be pretty sure that it will view your lawn as a place to dig, relieve …

How Do I Protect My Garden from a Cat or Rabbit Invasion?

Like most things in life, gardening success tends to increase with experience. Over more than 25 years of gardening, maybe the most important lesson I’ve learned is how to protect a garden from animals.

Everyone’s problem critter is different; while some people struggle with deer, squirrels or skunks, the issue …

The Dangers of Mole and Groundhog Tunnels: Getting Rid of Animal Tunnels in the Yard

Have you noticed the presence of tunnels in lawn areas of your property? It could be a sign of potentially harmful mole or groundhog activity.

Moles and groundhogs are burrowing critters that build extensive tunnel networks that can eventually cause damage to crops and plants — and even the foundation …

Which Critters Are Bad for Your Plants?

Rarely does a day go by at the greenhouse that at least one customer doesn’t ask about which animals are bad for your plants. Chances are, just about any animal that visits your garden is looking for something to eat, which places those plants you’ve worked so hard to grow …

The Dangers of Feeding Raccoons and Skunks

My Aunt Jan is a kind-hearted soul who never met an animal she didn’t immediately fall in love with. When she told me she had been feeding the raccoons that had seen scampering across her backyard, I certainly wasn’t surprised.

You’d think Aunt Jan would have learned her lesson after …

How Skunks Spray and Other Skunk Spray Facts

If you’ve ever been in an area where an agitated skunk has recently sprayed or, worse, been the target of a skunk spray attack, I don’t have to tell you that the aroma is … memorable. Throughout more than 30 years as an animal control professional, I’ve had more than …

Is Animal Control a Part of Your Garden Maintenance Calendar?

A routine maintenance schedule can help you prevent damage and prolong the life of your home, car or household appliances, but have you ever thought about the need for setting up a garden maintenance schedule? Routine maintenance can ensure your fruits, plants and vegetables will continue to thrive.

A general …